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3.59 out of 53.59 out of 53.59 out of 53.59 out of 53.59 out of 5 3.59 (41 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elin Hilderbrand Narrator: Katie Hale Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2009 ISBN: 9781600246234
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Greg and Tess MacAvoy are one of four prominent Nantucket couples who count each other as best friends. As pillars of their close-knit community, the MacAvoys, Kapenashes, Drakes, and Wheelers are important to their friends and neighbors, and especially to each other. But just before the beginning of another idyllic summer, Greg and Tess are killed when their boat capsizes during an anniversary sail. As the warm weather approaches and the island mourns their loss, nothing can prepare the MacAvoys’ closest friends for what will be revealed.

Once again, Hilderbrand masterfully weaves an intense tale of love and loyalty set against the backdrop of endless summer island life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Castaways is a sensitive portrayal of the complexities of friendship. Hilderbrand’s characters illustrate the alliances, insecurities and joys that color adult relationships. But it’s also a cautionary tale about hanging out with the same people all the time.” 

    Washington Post

  • “Readers of women’s fiction…should be satisfied with this tale of knotty relationships set against the lovely Nantucket backdrop.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Hilderbrand has a master’s touch at characterization, making the novel’s players seem so familiar that the revelation of their secrets is irresistible.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa Wild | 2/15/2014

    " This was a great story of friendship, marriage, healing and love. Worth reading! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jen | 2/14/2014

    " I did not enjoy this book at all....too much flashing back to past. The story rambled about things that didn't seem to go with the story line... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo Keefe | 2/14/2014

    " loved it.. I got so involved in all the characters and I loved how each main character told their story.. great book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Randall | 2/9/2014

    " I really expected this to be about two people stranded on an island and falling in love. Boy was I wrong! It took a little while to get into the story, but when I did, I loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helena | 2/2/2014

    " I found it a bit too depressing, but I had to finish and see how it all pieced together. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gretchen | 2/1/2014

    " I loved this book didn't want it to end. Used my Kindle and rented it from the public library. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer - ReadingwithPugs | 1/25/2014

    " Not my favorite in her line of books but still a nice story and enjoyed reading it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trish | 1/19/2014

    " My favorite of Elin! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kdevoli | 1/17/2014

    " I was expecting not to be impressed with this melodramatic "beach book" but boy, was I drawn into the story. It takes place on Nantucket and I had strong mental images of both place and character throughout. The author does a great job of pulling you in and keeping you hanging til the last page!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josie | 1/15/2014

    " I don't know how much I like the "way" it was written - the different points of view from all of the characters - but I had to know what happened - so that kept me interested. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 1/12/2014

    " I really enjoy Elin Hilderbrand's books and this one was no exception. Kept me hooked from start to finish. My only complaint was that it drug out a little bit longer than I thought it needed to before the resolution, but otherwise it was a really good read :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra | 1/10/2014

    " I liked this book after I got used to reading from the viewpoint of six different people. The only thing I didn't like is the fact that it didn't seem to have a point. It didn't go anywhere, just some reminiscing and stuff by a group of friends. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne Jenkins | 1/10/2014

    " I love everything by Elin Hilderbrand. I can't read a book that won't eventually get at least three stars, and that would be nit picking. Her characters are great, the story isintriguing, and it didn't end the way I thought it would, which was even better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 12/26/2013

    " Oh. My. Goodness!!! This is an amazing book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 12/4/2013

    " This was ok. I chose it because the author grew up in PA. It took a long time to build all the character angles but the ending was anticlimactic. It wasn't a bad book but it didn't leave me wanting to read another one of hers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jody | 9/11/2013

    " Enjoyed this story and the writing. Have another story downloaded from this author and it's on my very long list! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 7/20/2013

    " This was a solid good book. Definitely kept you hooked and interested the whole way through. However, I didn't really walk away with anything from this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheri | 2/13/2013

    " 3 and 1/2 stars. I wish 1/2 stars was an option. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki Young | 1/20/2013

    " Predictable, but a nice easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charmaine | 11/26/2012

    " Another good summer book..but a bit complicated..too many characters.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marta | 11/21/2012

    " This is my first read of a Elin Hilderbrand novel. From the first page, I enjoyed her style of writing each chapter from one of the six remaining characters perspectives. Could not put this one down. And I am anxious to read some of her previous novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 7/14/2012

    " Engaging, interesting stories. Good character development, even if the characters are somewhat caricature and predictable. Not intense reading, but great for an escape. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen Baker | 7/5/2012

    " I enjoyed this book. It is a chick lit but a refreshing style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki Mcmichael | 3/13/2012

    " The book grabbed me and kept me reading (hopefully to solve the mystery) but I was disgusted that the story seemed to taking place in "Peyton Place"! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marsha | 1/19/2012

    " Great setting as usual and the plot is good. It was somewhat convoluted to follow with the intertwining of characters and all the different narrators. Not my fave of Hildebrand's work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kizzy | 10/28/2011

    " It was a story that made you think about your relationships with your closest friends. The author pulls you in as you get to know about these 8 people you want to know more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deirdre | 10/26/2011

    " Part of me really liked this book. It was well written, the plot was well done, and the characters were fully fleshed out. There was a real sense of place about it. Unfortunately, I didn't really like any of the characters very much, and in this case, it made for overly slow reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashlee | 6/4/2011

    " Not as much of a light beach read as I had hoped but, I could relate to the characters and it was an easy read that kept me hooked. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marsha | 5/15/2011

    " Great setting as usual and the plot is good. It was somewhat convoluted to follow with the intertwining of characters and all the different narrators. Not my fave of Hildebrand's work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherlynn | 5/14/2011

    " Loved the plot and the characters. I'm hooked on E. Hilderbrand's books now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leah | 5/10/2011

    " This book was ok. It was good summer fluff. A little language, a little sex. Good beach read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 April | 5/8/2011

    " Author swears a lot. Lots of infidelity and sexual content.:( "

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

    " Her writing style was a little choppy, and I didn't love the subject. But I loved the ending and the setting (Nantucket during the summer). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Asnance | 4/29/2011

    " Was good, but slow in the progression of the story. Not one of my favorites by Elin. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 4/25/2011

    " Really liked it! Expecting fluff and instead had a riveting engaging story full of twists and turns! First one I had read by this author. It was a little hard to keep all the characters straight, especially Phoebe and Delilah. I am not really sure why. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 4/23/2011

    " Good summer read with local connections. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerry | 4/23/2011

    " Just finished this book yesterday. Was an easy read, slow in some parts, but an overall good book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 4/7/2011

    " Sad story....quick read. Love the Nantucket setting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 3/31/2011

    " This was my first time reading Elin Hilderbrand. I enjoyed the different perspectives she wrote in. I will definitely read another book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 3/23/2011

    " Good book - only problem: had to make a sort of character graph because for the first part of the book I could not keep all the characters and their "love matches" straight at all. Still interested in reading her other books though! Good author! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 3/21/2011

    " So good!! I am really loving this author right now. It's about four couples, who are the best of friends, how their lives are intertwined and the secrets they share. "

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About the Author
Author Elin Hilderbrand

Elin Hilderbrand lives on Nantucket with her husband and their three young children. She grew up in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, and traveled extensively before settling on Nantucket, which has been the setting for several of her novels. She is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the University of Iowa’s graduate fiction workshop.

About the Narrator

Katie Hale’s friendly and upbeat delivery has been put to good use in hundreds of radio spots, website tutorials, educational projects, and industrial videos. A professional actor and singer as well, Katie is a whiz with accents, dialects, and character voices and is a critically-acclaimed audiobook narrator.