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    In an era of public versus private personas, a young woman decides to shake up her ordinary life by becoming a contestant on a reality television show. The manufactured paradise has no clocks, no way to contact the outside world, and nothing but time, a pool, and gorgeous people. As the days or weeks or months pass by, she discovers more about herself through the people around her and challenges her notions of identity and love. In a paradise where the only game is to fall in love, what will she do to win? 

    ©2020 Elinor Cook (P)2020 AO Media LLC

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    • BB
    • 10/09/2020

    Failed attempt to tell an interesting story

    There is so much wrong with this story. The POV this story is told in is awful. "We" this, "us" that. It does not do this story any favors. It seems like the author tried very hard to write an intriguing story, but instead, it is just a mess. The perspective is confusing. The story makes no sense. No interesting characters are introduced. No "hook" to engage the listener. It strives to be innovative, but it fails to be entertaining, uplifting, inspiring, illuminating, anything. I'm sure there is supposed to be a great "lesson" to be learned at the end of this, but the supposed realization of the main character at the end fell completely flat. I did not enjoy this at all and would not recommend it to anyone, however, if you are someone looking for something completely different, no matter if it is good or not, this is the story for you. It IS different.

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    • Adeline
    • 14/09/2020

    BRILLIANTLY subversive

    I'm not surprised this isn't hitting Stateside - this performance piece seeks a difficult audience: one that has simultaneously spent the requisite hundreds of hours it takes to slavishly obsess over Love Island, and enjoys the slightly experimental aspects of this literary-dramatic crossover. You're basically asking for the high-lowbrow transatlantic crowd that would frequent both Edinburgh AND NY Fringe. And pronounces it freQUENT. For that sliver of audience this book is AMAZING. I got emotional listening to it and I stretched this buck and a half over 2 days because I wanted it to go on. I wish Cook would write one for every season of the show. Pretentious AND trashy? I wouldn't be surprised if ITV's behind this whole thing. As we say on the Island: Don't worry about gettin' pied off, babes, I'll graft for you. P.S. The pronoun-game some listeners had trouble with plays a key turning point.

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    • AH
    • 11/09/2020

    excellent performance

    i bought this because daisy ridley is my favorite actress, and if you listen to this performance, i think you can see why. from beginning to end, she gives the script the attention and interpretation it needs, with lots of little flourishes that you only see in the higher quality narrations. there are often confusing dialogues between characters on account of the piece's weird pronoun game (i didn't get it), but they were at least intelligible in terms of who was speaking because of the tastefully done vocal stylings for each character that nevertheless didn't detract from the "one person talking for an hour and a half" appeal of this kind of performance. the story wasn't my favorite (i primarily read non fiction), but i think daisy ridley's performance really made it a worthwhile listen//i would love to see more daisy ridley on audible!

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    • T. Law
    • 10/09/2020

    No wonder it’s free

    This is the worst book ever. Just straight up awful. I had to restart 2x thinking I kept missing stuff. Awful

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    • Sherry
    • 10/09/2020

    Awful

    This barely deems to be called literature. The 3rd person writing is horrendous and the story is depressing. I would not recommend this book to anyone.

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    • Amelia
    • 17/09/2020

    Purposeful Coming-of-Age

    A lot of the negative reviews can't get past the POV used or the fact that this story makes you self-introspective in the end, alone with pleasant and troublesome thoughts. The "we" pronouns used are indeed purposeful and it takes up residence in your mind once the finale comes to fruition. I feel like most Young Adult readers would love this experimental coming-of-age. It highlights the themes of self-love and self-awareness; How do we present ourselves to one another? Do we truly know who we are? How do we let the past affect our actions and consequently, our future? What lurks in our heads that we make sure to avoid and never confront? Whatever you do, I urge you to give this short story a chance. Take your time with it and listen to its message. Savor all the conflicting emotions it conjures within you. A lot of the people who dismissed it so easily missed the point entirely and let the process of the slightest bit of self-discovery come to a halt over superficial misunderstandings. Well done to Daisy Ridley and Elinor Cook!

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    • Cynthia EST
    • 22/09/2020

    Where is Reality, really...?

    An excellent performance by Daisy Ridley, for a captivating short story, which I'm afraid may be lost on most Americans (I say this, only because I am an American who's spent over a decade married to a Briton... ). That's all I can say, without spoilers, but I would advise, anyone listening to this title, stop everything and give it your full attention. Keep your wits about you, and go in with an open heart and mind. I'll be listening again, to go back and capture some of the nuances I might have missed, but for now, I can say it was enjoyable and captivating. A seemingly simple story for our modern times, but complicated by so many layers of consciousness. Kudos to Elinor Cook for crafting SO much into such a short span of time!

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    • Eleanor
    • 22/09/2020

    Brilliant look at depth vs. venality.

    A short story with a moral compass that peers into the Consciousness of the haves and the have nots locked down together in a reality tv show. Who is good, what is good, what is worth having? Islanders is Well written, well performed and definitely worth a listen.

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    • Patsy
    • 14/09/2020

    A wonderful and beautiful surprise

    I started this book with no expectations and was so delighted. Loved the story & performance!

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    • Woftail
    • 14/09/2020

    Great narration

    I really liked the narration. This is short and fast-paced. The story was interesting to me; however, I found the first person plural pronoun use (or whatever it’s called when we is used instead of I) offputting and distracting. Even though the characters aren’t perfect, I was still invested. I enjoyed the end.

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