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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,086 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bethany Hamilton Narrator: Eleni Pappageorge Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2011 ISBN: 9781608148356
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They say Bethany Hamilton has saltwater in her veins. How else could one explain the passion that drives her to surf?

Born into a family of surfers, Hamilton won her first surf competition at age eight. Just five years later, she was attacked by a tiger shark while surfing in Kauai. Bethany responded to the shark’s stealth attack with the calm of a teenage girl with God on her side, resolutely pushing aside her pain and panic while being rescued and brought back to shore. “When can I surf again?” was the first thing Bethany asked after her emergency surgery, leaving no doubt that her spirit and determination were part of a greater story—a tale of personal empowerment and spiritual grit that shows the body is no more essential to surfing, perhaps even less so, than the soul.

Now a major motion picture, Soul Surfer is the moving story of Bethany Hamilton’s triumphant return to competitive surfing and has continued to be a beacon of inspiration to all who hear it.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hamilton’s optimism, determination, and resilience (she climbed back on her surfboard within a month of the attack) are undeniably impressive and uplifting.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marilyn | 2/18/2014

    " I read this aloud to a class of 7th graders. It is definitely not great writing, but we all came away liking Bethany. Who wouldn't be totally impressed with her? It got a little didactic at times which made me uncomfortable reading it aloud. I probably crossed some major lines that I shouldn't have. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Cantrell | 2/12/2014

    " Thanks to cousin Katie, Hayley actually read this book as on of her first "chapter" books...she loved it and we can't wait to see the movie! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Horsebackridingchick | 1/31/2014

    " I loved it so much. I made me realize that I should be grateful that I have two arms and not one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hang | 1/30/2014

    " Bethany was the main character. She didn't change a lot, but her faith in God is more than ever. She has a lot of faith in god because she believed that God was on her side when she was in the hospital and helping her. She was realistic because she did what human beings did. I would compare her with the movie because it has the same life and other people that doesn't have an arm. I think I am most like Alana because she cares a lot about her friends and I do too. The qualities that Bethany used to save the problem was the courage and belief. She believed in God and she believes that he is always with her. She also thinks that she will not die after her arm was eaten. "

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

    " Wow! I picked up this book for a school project after seeing the movie,and I have to say it blew me away! It is an amazing book and Bethany's voice is really heard in the novel. It is so strong and inspiring- a book everyone should read. Wonderful book!!! 10 out of 5 stars! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucy | 1/10/2014

    " This book, and Bethany's story, is inspiring. Her resiliency and faith helped her overcome a great obstacle and speak to millions of people about the power of the human spirit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily Loewen | 1/9/2014

    " Wow you really get the feel of her life before and after the attack she is an ispiration and everyone should be that positive about life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 1/3/2014

    " i really enjoyed this book. Bethany is a really strong person. i can't wait to see the movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cristal | 12/19/2013

    " Inspirational...my daughter read it and while helping her with homework... I got into it. Quick read and inspirational story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 AJ | 12/11/2013

    " I finished this book, and it was awesome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Issra | 11/29/2013

    " This is a great and inspiring book!!Its moved many people. I hope you all read it!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cheryl Jensen | 10/19/2013

    " Reads like a biography written by a 14-year old with a good editor, which is exactly what it is. Moderately interesting, very quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kara Hunter | 8/22/2013

    " Excellent book! This is by far one of the best stories of faith and determination I have ever come across. I will definitely read this book again! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stefani | 6/27/2013

    " My daughter read this and told me it was great! I wanted to read it before the movie comes out and read it in 2 days! Great read for kiddos VERY inspirational! Can't wait for the movie now! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erika Cullen | 4/4/2013

    " We have to read it for class. Its good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 12/15/2012

    " It was alright. Not spectacular since it sounded like a diary instead of a story being told. I was just expecting something different. But it was pretty good; however, I wouldn't read it again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 11/3/2012

    " She had me until she said Mel Gibson was her idol- ACK. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Summer | 10/23/2012

    " BORING!!!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dana | 9/18/2012

    " Very easy read. Decided to read it after seeing the movie and then attending a speaking event with Bethany. She's a very strong girl. I will read this to my 7 yr old who is just beyond fascinated with her story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marley | 3/17/2012

    " Very Inspirational...but can be a little boring at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly Procida | 1/25/2012

    " While it is hard to imagine that Bethany Hamilton really is as positive as she portrays herself in this book, it was very uplifting nonetheless. A very good book to have students read who may feel sorry for themselves because of small obstacles. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 1/13/2012

    " Beautiful and inspiring true story! Amazing what this girl can do! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cheryl | 11/4/2011

    " Reads like a biography written by a 14-year old with a good editor, which is exactly what it is. Moderately interesting, very quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 11/2/2011

    " Loved this book...can't wait to watch the movie. This girl's attitude in the face of her shark attack and everything that came after is just amazing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 10/29/2011

    " Amazing true story. Very inspiring and tells a great story of Bethany's struggles and triumphs. I'm very glad I read this book. Not amazingly written, but Bethany was young when she wrote this. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cindy | 10/27/2011

    " Sorry! I found this a little too sappy for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 10/26/2011

    " This book was super easy to read, and Bethany Hamilton was actually REALLY relateable. Majorly inspiring book, I'd suggest it to anyone feeling down in there life- great novel. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Delaney | 10/23/2011

    " i thought that this book was truly inspirational. This book was very hard to sent down it just made you want to keep reading! It was an amazing story and great for people in need for a little inspiration.:) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kendra | 10/21/2011

    " I remember reading this book for the first time when it came out in those school book catalogs made from cheap paper. I was in awe with Bethany's story. Her strength and perseverance taught me a lesson in my own faith as well as my families. A wonderful story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Artie | 10/20/2011

    " I think that it was pretty good.I really like the way that it shows that God can do anything.It also shows how no matter what happens in life always keep on pushing on.Even if you lose an arm. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susanne | 10/13/2011

    " Reading Bethathy Hamilton's story is inspiring, she has a tenacious spirit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 10/12/2011

    " I wanted to read the book before watching the movie. This book on CD included an update of Bethany's experience making the movie. This is an inspiring and uplifting story of faith and trust. I would recommend it to anyone, especially to teenage girls. What a role model of faith in action. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dewin | 10/8/2011

    " Super fun read. Finished it in a day. It's so nice to read someone who doesn't try to come off as sounding knowledgeable or deep. Like she says in the book, Bethany "tells it like it is". It's so much more real a story than the awful movie version. "

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About the Author
Author Bethany Hamilton

Bethany Hamilton began surfing at a young age, winning her first surf competition at age eight. She lost her left arm in a shark attack just five years later, but returned to the water and went on to become a champion professional surfer in 2007. She has traveled around the globe to compete in surf competitions, and she currently resides in her home state of Hawaii.

About the Narrator

Eleni Pappageorge is a Chicago-based actress with experience in theater, film, television, and voiceover work. She received a BFA in acting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a graduate of the Second City Conservatory Program.