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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,044 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Shors Narrator: Richard Poe Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN: 9781440742934
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Bestselling author John Shors is a master storyteller. A novel of mercy, love, and renewal in a time of war, Beside a Burning Sea is hailed as “a magical read” (Publishers Weekly). During World War II, the hospital ship Benevolence is providing relief to victims in the South Pacific when she is torpedoed and sunk. Among the survivors are a troubled nurse named Annie and the wounded Japanese soldier named Akira who saves her life. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “From page one of Beside a Burning Sea, you know you are in the hands of a master storyteller. This novel has the aura of the mythic, the magical, and that which is grounded in history. Shors weaves psychological intrigue by looking at his characters’ competing desires: love, revenge, and meaning. Both lyrical and deeply imaginative, Beside a Burning Sea confirms again that Shors is an immense talent.”

    Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club

  • “Features achingly lyrical prose, even in depicting the horrors of war…Shors pays satisfying attention to class and race dynamics, as well as the tension between wartime enemies. The survivors’ dignity, quiet strength and fellowship make this a magical read.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “An astounding work. Poetic and cinematic as it illuminates the dark corners of human behavior, it is destined to be this decade’s The English Patient.”

    Booklist

  • “Fast-paced and earnest.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 2/19/2014

    " I loved it---Now looking for his first book. Powerful story with great character development "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amie | 2/16/2014

    " I love this time period. World War II was a fascinating time. I think I feel so connected because my grandfather was from that time. I feel like I am getting a glimpse of his life. He is one of my heroes. This is a love story that will have you hoping for a happy ending! The characters were beautifully written and the villan... well, lets just say that he's as bad as they come! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lori | 2/4/2014

    " started out good but so slow and too many descriptions of thoughts instead of a story "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim | 1/28/2014

    " This book struck me as the type of old Grade B movied you might see on TV Saturday afternoons: lots of adventure, the hero, the villain - and, of course, forbidden love. Entertaining and easy to read, but not very imaginative . . . . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy Morrison | 1/22/2014

    " Another good book by John Shors. Different twist on the World War II. Entertaining and a good escape from the real world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 1/14/2014

    " I really loved this book, this author is amazing. The story was interesting, some survivors of a ship wreak on a desert island during world war II and an unlikely romance between an American Nurse and a Janpanese officer. It's not really a romance ( I dislike most romance books), it is a story of acceptance and bravery and love. It really made me think and I loved the author little haikus in every chapter "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda Appelbaum | 1/11/2014

    " I guess my anticipations were high for this book. I found it to be a book about nothing. I couldn't relate to the characters, who seemed under-developed and shallow given the story-line. Sorry, but this book was one I just quit reading half way through. I just hate that! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ken | 1/6/2014

    " A very good read! Well worth it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gina | 11/7/2013

    " Really a 3.5. I loved that this story was set in the Pacific during WWII. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Megan | 10/26/2013

    " What a major let down after his first book. Very predictable and completely boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 10/7/2013

    " took a while but i just love the way jone writes but it was no comparison to his others "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lonni | 10/7/2013

    " Fascinating view of survivors from a WWII hospital ship. Comes off as anti-war "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri | 7/23/2013

    " Very well written with meaningful characters and a story about love, revenge and life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy | 7/17/2013

    " Loved it. Sometimes, we have to believe that characters are in love because the author tells us so. In great books, we know it is so because the writing is just that good! Such is the case with this book. Great characters, good plot twists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Soni | 5/5/2013

    " I found this book hard to put down from start to finish. The characters were compelling, the storyline was fascinating. I can't wait to read Beneath a Marble Sky, wish has been on my wish list forever. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janet | 3/21/2013

    " Story was okay; writing was elementary. A better writer could have done much better with the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Devon | 2/15/2013

    " This was a good story,,just kinda slow for me.. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa B | 2/12/2013

    " wasn't my cup of tea - too predictable "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 10/8/2012

    " Another good one from John "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julianne Maguire | 7/19/2012

    " It was like a parade of American stereotypes. Might appeal to those who really dig the whole Lost, Survivor, stranded on tropical island thing. But for those who favor more realistic historical fiction, stay far away from the burning sea..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lili | 5/15/2012

    " This book is all about the different types of relationships we can have and how we tend to take them for granted until we really need them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lara | 10/4/2011

    " This was a good book, quite descriptive but a little unbelievable at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 9/10/2011

    " Great story, moves quickly! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue Hines | 6/10/2011

    " So far a wonderful book. I can't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara | 5/6/2011

    " I could not put this one down! LOVED IT! so amazing! He is such a gifted writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 5/4/2011

    " This was a good book...not as well written as Beneath a Marble Sky with too much fluffy romance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Devon | 3/24/2011

    " This was a good story,,just kinda slow for me.. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elise | 3/20/2011

    " It was an interesting read, but somewhat unrealistic in many ways. Entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 1/20/2011

    " Part historical fiction part love story that is set during WWII. Each chapter begins with a beautiful haiku. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 1/14/2011

    " This was really good. Probably more like 4.5 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 1/11/2011

    " I enjoyed this enough that I might read more from him. "

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About the Author
Author John Shors

John Shors is an international bestselling author whose work has won numerous awards and been translated into twenty-six languages. He traveled extensively throughout Asia after graduating from Colorado College in 1991, living for several years in Japan, where he taught English, and then trekking across the continent, visiting ten countries and climbing the Himalayas. More recently he worked as a newspaper reporter in his hometown, Des Moines, Iowa, before entering public relations and moving to Boulder, Colorado. John encourages reader feedback and can be easily reached via his website at johnshors.com.