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The Island

By: Victoria Hislop
Narrated by: Emma Powell
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A number one bestseller in the UK, this captivating and epic tale of family ties, romance, war, disease, and history is set on the beautiful Greek Island of Crete.

On the brink of a life-changing decision, Alexis Fielding plans a trip to her mother's childhood home in Plaka, Greece hoping to unravel Sofia's hidden past. Given a letter to take to Sofia's old friend, Fotini, Alexis is promised that through Fotini, she will learn more.

Arriving in Plaka, Alexis is astonished to see that it lies a stone's throw from the tiny, deserted island of Spinalonga—Greece's former leper colony. Fotini at last reveals the story that Sofia has buried all her life: the tale of her great-grandmother Eleni and her daughters, and a family rent by tragedy, war, and passion. Alexis discovers how intimately her family is connected with the island, and how secrecy holds them all in its powerful grip.

Atmospheric and captivating, The Island transports listeners and keeps them gripped to the very last word.

©2005 Victoria Hislop (P)2022 Tantor

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A beautiful and beautifully told story

I am so happy to have stuck with this book. Initially a little slow and slightly confusing to keep the characters straight, this story became more layered as it went. The characters were richly developed, and the author was wonderful about not “telling” the story, but rather allowing it to unfold. If you loved books like Molokai and Pachinko, you will also love The Island.

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Engrossing, satisfying story

A cross between historical fiction, family drama, and romance, all set jn the sunswept islands of Greece. Excellent narration. A great vacation or beach read!