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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:
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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!


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.”


  • “Fast-paced and earnest.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 . . . . "

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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.