1 title per month from Audible’s entire catalog of best sellers, and new releases.
Access a growing selection of included Audible Originals, audiobooks and podcasts.
You will get an email reminder before your trial ends.
Your Premium Plus plan is $14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $24.95

Buy for $24.95

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

In the shadows of New York City lies forbidden North Brother Island, where the remains of a shuttered sanatorium hide the haunting memories of century-old quarantines and human experiments. The ruins conceal the scarred and beautiful Cora, imprisoned by contagions and the doctors who torment her. 

When Finn, a young urban explorer, arrives on the island and glimpses this enigmatic woman through the foliage, intrigue turns to obsession as he seeks to uncover her past - and his own family's dark secrets. By unraveling these mysteries, will he be able to save Cora? Will Cora meet the same tragic ending as the thousands who've already perished on the island?  

The Vines intertwines North Brother Island's horrific and elusive history with a captivating tale of love, betrayal, survival, and loss.

©2021 Shelley Nolden (P)2021 Shelley Nolden

What listeners say about The Vines

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    63
  • 4 Stars
    17
  • 3 Stars
    10
  • 2 Stars
    4
  • 1 Stars
    6
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    60
  • 4 Stars
    10
  • 3 Stars
    11
  • 2 Stars
    4
  • 1 Stars
    4
Story
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    57
  • 4 Stars
    12
  • 3 Stars
    9
  • 2 Stars
    5
  • 1 Stars
    6

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

I’m in shock!

I am in shock. This may have been the best book I have EVER experienced. This writer is a genius. I was hooked from the very beginning, I had to know the mystery of Cora! I needed to hear her story. I sobbed like a baby, I rooted for certain characters and hated others! This book was incredible. At the end I was like nnnoooooooooo! I must know what happens now! But I will be first in line for the next book. And now I’m going to check out everything Shelley Nolden has written. This book was AMAZING. ♥️

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

disappointing

i loved the premise of this book but it was terribly slow, writing was just ok and a very anticlimactic ending.. Narrator was hard to listen to.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Slowly the vine twists

the book starts out pretty slowly and jumping back and forth through time can get confusing at times..it took several chapters to get into this story but I'm glad I stuck with it. I'm a little disappointed/happy there will be another book. (I don't like to wait)

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Didn't like it

An 18 year old girl ends up in a plague hospital on an island near NYC. The island has some "special power" that keeps her diseases at bay and keeps her young while a family of doctors experiment on her through the generations. 105 years later she's still alive on the island with her disease. Nope not for me

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

A surprise and hard to put down

A richly told story about a mysterious woman and an abandoned island. A real page turner. I enjoyed both the narration and the subject matter. The characters really grab you and I was inspired after reading this to research the real island behind the story. Highly recommend!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Amazing story!

This story was so timely and full of twists and turns. This is a book for this time! I can’t wait to research North Brother Island and it’s history! And I can’t wait for the sequel!
I loved the Authors’ note at the end! Shelly Nolden explained everything about her life experiences and how that impacted the story line.
My only critique of the audio book was the narrator’s tones attempting to sound like various male characters. But honestly, I don’t think anyone else could do better.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

GREAT BOOK

I listened to this book when walking and driving. It was so good I found myself sitting on the porch just so I could listen some more. I finished it this morning while walking and after listening to the author talk about how she decided to research and write about North Brother Island, I hurried home to read about this place. Wow She is a great writer and the narrator was wonderful. Loved the story and the characters (good and bad) and to learn a sequel is coming is icing on the cake. I can’t wait ❤️

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Boring!

Hi there. This is a snoozer. Not sure how this was even published. Recommend not wasting your time.

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

exasperated

struggled to finish. just could not buy the story. seems like she should have died from the begining.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Intriguing, sorrowful, frustrating, hopeful

Be patient during the first few (developing) chapters. Then settle in for an intriguing concept, not only about infectious diseases, but about love, sacrifice, sorrow, honor, humanity... The list goes on. I will wait on pins & needles for the next book. Thank you Shelly Bolden. And thank you Jess Nahikian. Your voice made this gorgeous story okay for me to do stuff I had to do when I couldn't sit & read in quiet nonactive solitude.