• Soul Surfer

  • A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board
  • By: Bethany Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Eleni Pappageorge
  • Length: 3 hrs and 52 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (256 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

She lost her arm in a shark attack and nearly died, but she never lost her faith. Now a major motion picture, Soul Surfer is the moving story of Bethany Hamilton’s triumphant return to competitive surfing and has continued to be a beacon of inspiration to all who hear it.

They say Bethany Hamilton has saltwater in her veins. How else could one explain the passion that drives her to surf? Or that nothing—not even the loss of her arm - could come between her and the waves? That Halloween morning in Kauai, Hawaii, Bethany responded to the shark’s stealth attack with the calm of a teenage girl with God on her side, resolutely pushing aside her pain and panic while being rescued and brought back to shore.

“When can I surf again?” was the first thing Bethany asked after her emergency surgery, leaving no doubt that her spirit and determination were part of a greater story - a tale of personal empowerment and spiritual grit that shows the body is no more essential to surfing, perhaps even less so, than the soul.

©2004 Bethany Hamilton (P)2010 Oasis

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Great Summer Read

I wanted to read the book before I saw the movie and I am glad I did. I enjoyed the read and thought Bethany gave some great insight to her life as a christian, a surfer and what she is doing post accident. I didn't care much for the music played between each chapter, I saw it as a filler for the audible book as it seems to be a fairly short read. The load music was the only reason why I gave it three stars.

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Different from what I expected

The narrator of this book was not my favorite. She read the book as though it was geared toward adolescent girls.....The story itself was inspiring but I couldn’t finish it....way too many spiritual references....

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Totally absorbing.

Would you listen to Soul Surfer again? Why?

I got this book because I watched the movie of the same title. I enjoyed listening, mostly because the narrator, Eleni Pappageorge, had a voice that completely embodied the character of Bethany Hamilton. I felt like it was being read by a teenager, and -- to borrow a metaphor -- I couldn't put it down. Just a total delight to listen to.

Which character – as performed by Eleni Pappageorge – was your favorite?

I enjoyed listening the most when she was "performing" Bethany herself.

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Great book

I loved this book.The story was so touching and showed a great story that Bethany has.

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powerful and very moving,- motivating

loved it so much I want listen to it over and over again because of my disability too

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Amazing!!

I truly loved this book! Bethany is so humble but so faithful in her friends, family, and God. She is someone I now really look up to! I highly recommend this book to everyone!

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Awesome

Very good story. Inspiring story. Recommend it to anyone. This review is being forced. Done done done done done do e

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  • Jeanette
  • 08-07-21

Heart-felt and inspiring

Excellent account of a girl with such great faith and fortitude. The book was very well read, though part of it was repeated.

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  • Victoria
  • 12-01-13

A truly inspirational book

Where does Soul Surfer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Soul surfer is one of the best audio books we've listened to ! Engaging and inspirational - it tells a story and motivates at the same time.

What other book might you compare Soul Surfer to, and why?

Soul surfer doesn't compete with any other books. It's in a league of it's own. It's part autobiography and part spiritual guidance book.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

We enjoyed the chapter about the making of 'Soul Surfer' the movie. It really captured how it must feel to suddenly be the star of a Hollywood movie...plus your family is too.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The whole book moves you...Bethany's belief that she can love and achieve more with one arm than two and that this was the awesome plan God had for her despite the circumstance is moving and inspirational.

Any additional comments?

A feelgood factor book. Skims over the shark attack enough that you can hear this book as a family. Teaches us all something...that Faith is something to live and breathe...so listen to this book and start living !

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-17-22

Inspirational story

I really enjoyed the audiobook it was very inspirational to hear Bethany being able to surf after a horrific incident

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  • Melissa W.
  • 08-31-19

What a champion!

Fantastic book read by the most intelligent girl, herself, Bethany. A disability never stops athletes wanting to achieve the top. I know as I competed at the Sydney paralympics.