• The Castaways

  • A Novel
  • By: Elin Hilderbrand
  • Narrated by: Katie Hale
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (1,077 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"The perfect summer read" (Booklist) from New York Times best-selling author Elin Hilderbrand: An intense tale of love and loyalty set against the backdrop of endless summer island life.

With rumors of infidelity straining Greg and Tess MacAvoy's marriage, the couple head out on their sailboat one early summer day to celebrate their wedding anniversary, hoping the roughest waters are behind them. But in an accident off Nantucket, they mysteriously drown, leaving behind two small children as well as three couples who have long been their closest friends. Tragedy brings to the surface long-simmering conflicts and emotions, and the MacAvoys' six grieving friends find themselves unprepared for the revelation of secret upon secret as they struggle to answer the question: What happened to Greg and Tess?

The Castaways probes the boundaries of friendship and forgiveness as it tells a page-turning story of passion, betrayal, and suspense, filled with the perfect details of summer island life that have made Elin Hilderbrand's novels beloved best sellers.

©2009 Elin Hilderbrand (P)2009 Hachette

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not impressed

I guess I have questions how people can call each other best friends when they are doing the spouse of someone they call a best friend. It was a struggle to keep engaged in the story but in the end I listened to the story just to find out whodunit. Sometimes the narrator seem engaged in the story but there were times she was monotone and sounding just as bored as the words she was reading.

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Fun listening

relaxing, addictive great listen. I didntjust listen in the car, I listened at home I really wanted to find out what happened next & I talked about the book to other people. Great book

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The Castaways-Excellent Read

I loved this book and the narrator was really good as well, didn't get tired of her at all. She kept saying "Quay's" like k-ways where I come from that's said "Keys" I found myself yelling at my dashboard on the long commute home "Keys, it's Keys" but I'm not from Nantucket maybe that's how they say it there - all that aside, I really, really loved this book, great story, excellent characters - downloaded Barefoot right after. A Summer Affair was my first by this author and I didn't care for it but I'm glad I looked further and found this book

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Loved It!

A great story about great friends and the many different shapes of friendships/bonds. A feel good read worth the time. With so many dark secrets, the author does well in unfolding them a little at a time. Every ball that was thrown into the air is acknowledged at some point later allowing the storyline to layer nicely. I appreciated the narration and hearing the story in each character's perspective. Worth listening to!

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Don't cast away this one

Though initially I had a hard time sorting out who was married to whom, I really enjoyed this book. Well written, good story line, good narration. I was concerned that (like many a good book) the ending would be disappointing, but I'm happy to say that the author finished as strong as she started. A good listen.

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Enjoyable

I liked the book and found it to be an enjoyable listen. The end was a bit anticlimactic but I frequently find Ms. Hilderbrand's books to be this way so it wasn't unexpected.

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Enjoyable

I enjoyed this book... it was simple and easy but kept me interested until the end. I may even miss the characters.

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Disappointed

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I've enjoyed Elin's books so much, but this was a huge disappointment. It feels like it was written by a beginning journalist and was written in a hurry.

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Very Good

I actually purchased it over a year ago but somehow never started it.
In the very beginning since it was based on 6 different people, it was hard to follow but very quickly I was able to. Very good character structure and a very interesting story.

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Good but not great

I'm sure this would not be a book I'd ever reread but it did pass the time. If you are listening to this and doing nothing else the characters are probably easier to keep track of. I found the story to be rather drawn out.

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  • NellMcMH
  • 03-01-22

It's not sure if it's a whodunit or a drama...

...and maybe that isn't the point, but I was so distracted by the reader that I stopped caring. So much of it sounded like weekly shopping lists strung together by bits of story - such a pity because I usually love EH.

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  • MaryC
  • 04-25-20

perfect escapism

Really enjoyed this book. The narrator had a lovely calming voice. Perfect escapism for these strange times.