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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,723 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joanne Harris Narrator: Vivienne Benesch Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The island of Le Devin is shaped somewhat like a sleeping woman. At her head is the village of Les Salants, while the more prosperous village of La Houssinière lies at her feet. You could walk from one to the other in an hour, but they could not be farther apart, for between them lie years of animosity.

The villagers of Les Salants say that if you kiss the feet of their patron saint and spit three times, something you've lost will come back to you. And so Madeleine, who grew up on the island, returns after an absence of ten years spent in Paris. She is haunted by this place and has never been able to feel at home anywhere else.

But when she arrives, she finds her father -- who once built the fishing boats that fueled the village's livelihood -- has become more silent than ever, withdrawing almost completely. His decline seems reflected in the village itself, for when the only beach in Les Salants washed away, all of the tourists drifted to La Hodssinière.

Madeleine, herself adrift for a long time, soon finds herself united with the village's other lost souls in a struggle for survival and salvation.

Performed by Vivien Benesch

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Tactile, sensory, immediate…An epic tale.” 

    USA Today

  • “Harris develops her beguiling story in layers, drawing Madeleine into the village life she loves and loathes while exploring the nuances of island living…Harris exposes a wide range of passions and emotions as Madeline gets involved with Flynn against the effective backdrop of the various family and village rivalries.”  

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Benesch’s reading is both sensitive and sympathetic to the characters, including a beachcomber who helps Madeleine achieve her dreams.” 

    Booklist

  • “Harris delivers the goods for readers who can’t get enough.”   

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by L Kepferle | 2/4/2014

    " another great read from Joanne Harris. A bit slow going at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Catherine Woodman | 1/21/2014

    " I did not like this nearly as well as the other books I have read by this author "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jane | 1/21/2014

    " The first of her books I've read. Very very good. It made me cry at the end, and possibly in the middle as well. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Sandra-Jane Goddard | 1/16/2014

    " I can hardly believe that I am being negative about a book by Joanne Harris because ordinarily I am such a fan. But I've tried twice now to read 'Coastliners' and for the second time, I have given up barely a third of the way in. It's hard to pinpoint what doesn't do it for me because the sense of place is there. Maybe it's the characters who don't feel to have so much life, maybe it's just the plot that doesn't engage me but I seriously doubt that I will be giving this book a third chance to win me over. "

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About the Narrator

Vivienne Benesch is a New York City–based actress who has appeared at the Roundabout Theatre, Lincoln Center, New York Shakespeare Festival, and Classical Stage Company, among others. Her television work includes Law and Order, Sex and the City, The Education of Max Bickford, and The Division.