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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (28,772 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alex Garland Narrator: Michael Page Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN: 9781423391449
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The Khao San Road, Bangkok - first stop for the hordes of rootless young Westerners traveling in Southeast Asia. On Richard's first night there, a fellow traveler slashes his wrists, bequeathing to Richard a meticulously drawn map to "the Beach." The Beach, as Richard comes to learn, is a subject of legend among the young travelers in Asia: a lagoon hidden from the sea, with white sand and coral gardens, freshwater falls surrounded by jungle, plants untouched for thousands of years. There, it is rumored, a carefully selected international few have settled into a communal Eden. Richard sets off with a young French couple to an island hidden away in an archipelago forbidden to tourists. They discover the Beach, and it is as beautiful as it is reputed to be. Yet over time it becomes clear that Beach culture, as Richard calls it, has troubling, even deadly undercurrents. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Calandra | 2/16/2014

    " Loved this book. Modern day Catcher in the Rye meets Lord of the Flies. (Do not watch the movie!) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen | 2/11/2014

    " This book was amazing. I have been reading things for school all year and finally had a chance to read something for pleasure and for myself, and i am so glad i chose the beach. Not only does this make me want to run out and get anything Alex Garland has written, but I appreciate the movie (2000 with leonardo dicaprio) much more now. I do not even like travel writing, but this book's story was so intense that it did not read as a travel novel. I've heard this called a cult classic and that is exactly what it is, and i am more than happy to have finally joined the cult :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick Perdiew | 2/9/2014

    " Gripping story, may make you want to go to Thailand. In reality, it's a little like Animal Farm too, if you think about it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelli | 1/24/2014

    " I loved this book so much - I just recently re read it again. I first saw the movie to this book - having seen that and liekd it a lot - my enlightened sisstyer told me about Alex Garland and specifically that book - which she had carried around Australia when travelling for a few years around the world - she said it really touched a nerve and having travelled myself later - I knew exacly what she meant - This book teels of the Eutopia we all dream of and the costs of having it - or keeping it - its such a good read I would recommend to anyone. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Roxanne | 1/24/2014

    " I was disappointed with this one. I thought I'd enjoy it and really wanted to love it and, to be fair, I did find it gripping. Yet for some reason, I found it hard to maintain my suspended state of disbelief and kept wondering what the issue was. Very well written and definitely interesting but I thought it was a bit anti-climatic and just felt a bit empty once it had finished (and not in a profound, disturbed way either). Dunno... maybe I missed something...? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jana | 1/23/2014

    " much better than the movie! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick Clapson | 1/17/2014

    " Sums up a time and a place for me "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carey Henderson | 12/23/2013

    " I was really into the beginning of the novel, but the middle/end of the novel was a little to far-fetched for me. I found it hard to follow & couldn't stay focused. I enjoyed the movie much better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cameron | 12/7/2013

    " I really loved this book. Devoured it in three sittings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bert | 12/2/2013

    " Wow, the ending is pretty damn horrendous. Overall a fascinating read. Fast pace, patiently constructed characters and enough crazy twists to keep the story interesting. I also particularly enjoyed Garland, having written a travel classic, criticizing the travel crowd itself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaz | 11/30/2013

    " It was a pretty good book. Some parts were fun and exciting but unfortunately many others were boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Callen Lewis | 11/28/2013

    " Had a lord of the flies feel to it...I thought it was way interesting "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marlo | 11/10/2013

    " Richard is traveling in Thailand when he is given a hand-drawn mad by a crazy guy called Daffy. He and a couple other travelers set out to find an eden-like piece of paradise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wispywillow | 11/1/2013

    " Amazing book. Takes u on a visual and imagination journey like no other. Please read this instead of seeng the film it is a masterpiece to itself. Beautiful writing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lucy Briggs | 2/15/2013

    " More like a 2 & 1/2. Kept thinking it was going to be a great book, but it just never got there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank Farrell | 2/13/2013

    " Found this very readable a real page turner. Invites comparisons with Lord of the Flies. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joseph | 1/30/2013

    " Easy to read, but not much happens really. And the attitude on the book about this wonderful beach, amoral POV and Thailand without Thais gets on my nerves - just like the film, really. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gwendolina Guarino | 10/5/2012

    " Suspense and cultural commentary are a rare combination. I really enjoyed The Beach. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott | 9/17/2012

    " Well...I liked the book so much I must be the only one who didn't hate the movie. Oh Leo! {sigh} "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin Nelson | 8/8/2012

    " Dont let the bad movie deter you from reading this. I re-read it last year and it was just as good as I remembered. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Mccarthy | 5/14/2012

    " LOVED IT! As always, the film does not do this book justice. It takes you away on an adventure that by the end, you are glad you survived! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daz | 4/21/2012

    " A great book that is a must read for those backpacking. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Emily | 1/5/2012

    " I did not like this book. I was given a copy by a friend who said that I should read it. I could not even finish it. There was way too much swearing in it and I found it to be offensive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lewis Pritchard | 1/1/2012

    " It is rare to find a modern page turner.Fantastic. While i do have some gripes with the plot i don't want the minor details to sully Garlands appreciation. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark kocourek | 7/7/2011

    " The ultimate book for the modern day adventurer. This is one of those rare books that changed my life, at least until they made that awful movie based off of it. I think i own 6 copies of this book for various reasons. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sampatkar | 6/28/2011

    " Reread the beach!!! Had almost forgotten how good this book is! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Corinna | 6/24/2011

    " Saw the movie ages ago and thought I'd give the book a shot. The movie just barely followed the plot of the book and was an awful depiction of the book. The book was an easy, exciting read tha kept me captivated the whole way through. I highly recommend! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 6/17/2011

    " I was impressed with Garland's style and story - a good debut. (a pity they made such a bad movie). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dina | 6/9/2011

    " I watched the movie first.. I loved it. Then I read the book. My mind was blown away.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 6/7/2011

    " I was expecting something more supernatural and less realistic. It became frightening when I realized that everything he describes could actually happen. It started slow for me, but I ended up loving the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MalibuLisa | 6/4/2011

    " Really liked it but had questions on things that were not explained such as no pregnancies? And swimming underwater caves with heavy bags of rice - and keeping them dry? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 je-ne-sais-kat | 5/31/2011

    " A truly excellent read, as a travel novel, a philosophical reflection on contemporary youth, and a study of a young man's deteriorating sense of self. Fast-paced and striking (read cover to cover in one evening.) Looking forward to reading another novel by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 5/13/2011

    " Lord of the Flies set in Thailand. What can I say? Way.Cool. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 O.C. | 5/10/2011

    " Lord of the Flies meets Scarface.
    Backpacker searching for utopia finds life gets in the way.
    Beach life is not all it’s cracked up to be.
    "

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About the Author
Author Alex GarlandAlex Garland was born in London in 1970. The Beach, his first novel, received great critical acclaim. It was a national bestseller in the UK and hit many regional lists in the US. He lives in London. The Tesseract is also available from Brilliance Audio.
About the Narrator

Michael Page has been recording audiobooks since 1984 and has over two hundred titles to his credit. He has won ten AudioFile Earphones Awards and in 2012 was a winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. As a professional actor, he has performed regularly since 1998 with the Peterborough Players in Peterborough, New Hampshire. He is a professor of theater at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.