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Marshal Teddy Daniels has come to Shutter Island, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane, to find an escaped murderer named Rachel Solando.

As a killer hurricane bears down on the island, the investigation deepens, and the questions mount. How has a barefoot woman escaped from a locked room? Who is leaving them clues in the form of cryptic codes? And what really goes on in Ward C?

The closer Teddy gets to the truth, the more elusive it becomes. And the more he begins to believe that he may never leave Shutter Island. Because someone is trying to drive him insane....

©2003 Dennis Lehane (P)2015 Hachette Digital

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Perfect narrator

The story itself is really intriguing. I must admit I watched the movie first not knowing it was a book. I thought I’d listen to the book rather than read it, and holy crap I’m glad I did. The narrator made this a fantastic listening experience. He altered his voice for each character to make them distinct but not take you out of the story, which I appreciated.
I’d happily recommend this audiobook.

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Finally found a great read

I stumbled across this on goodreads and gave it a shot and I’m really glad I did as it was a great story. I’d not heard of it before, nor had I seen the movie so I didn’t see the end coming. Great narrative also. Will be checking out more of Dennis Lehane’s books 👍🏻

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Awesome book!

The narration was perfectly performed, except it's missing some sections! Most noteably in chapter 7 when Teddy and Chuck are interviewing Bridget Kerns. Halfway through the interview the narration just stops and starts off at chapter 8, missing the last 10 or so minutes of the chapter! I know there are slight changes from the audio to the book sometimes, and i accept that ... But this is different, there is a fairly sizeable chunk of the story missing!

Other than that, the narration was great! Perfectly performed! He really captured the sound of the different charactors; their pitch, their various races coupled with the tone and speed in which they talked was performed to perfection!

If based on performance alone, it would be an easy 5 stars! But because of those several missing segments, I'm afraid it will be 4 and a half!

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  • 14-05-2016

Gripping!

Stay with it. It gets better. Tom Stechschulte is an brilliant orator! He really new how to do each voice. Dennis Lehane blew my mind. Gripping!!

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Disturbing

On the surface this book is quite a psychological thriller. It has unexpected twists and turns which kept me listening long after I should have turned it off! I totally enjoyed it right up to the end which left me feeling a little cheated. No, maybe not the right word, anyway you should read it and find out for yourself because in spite of my feelings about the ending, it was very enjoyable while I was listening to it.

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  • Lydia
  • 14-06-2015

Gripping dark thriller.

What did you love best about Shutter Island?

The complex characters, particularly Teddy. Haunted by myriad ghosts and has a thinly-veiled brutal nature.

What other book might you compare Shutter Island to and why?

The Magus by John Fowles. As with The Magus, in Shutter Island, reality is not as it appears.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Teddy sets fire to Dr Collies car. Disturbingly, I found this scene quite satisfying!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Definitely. I found Dolores interaction with the children shocking and macabre.

Any additional comments?

A thought-provoking novel.

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  • Mrs Amy Garnett
  • 18-12-2015

Gripping and so well read

Where does Shutter Island rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

near the very top! this is one of those books that really does have it all, interesting story, very well written and impeccably read. It's set in an insane asylum which piqued my interest immediately (I find books about the mind so intriguing!) and as you would imagine...all is not as it seems. there are some fabulous twists that I certainly didn't see coming. It is terribly sad in places and can be quite unsettling, the ending is so so good!!!!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Chuck... or was it? no spoilers, you'll have to listen to find out!

Have you listened to any of Tom Stechschulte’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No I haven't but I fully intend to now.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes and no... I didn't want the book to end as it was so good but I was also desperate to get to the truth with Teddy!

Any additional comments?

JUST. GET. IT. You won't be disappointed!

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  • Elodie C
  • 16-02-2020

Great story

I loved this audiobook, as I knew I would because I love the film and have see it very many times. This is one where the film actually stays true to the book, I'm happy to say. I listened to this all in one day because I enjoyed it so much.

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  • Matt owen
  • 04-09-2019

Lehane at his best

One of the best books I've ever listened to. Mystery, action, thriller and a dose of psychology.

Lehane makes you feel for the characters, creates picture perfect images in your mind and keeps you hooked right to the end.

Narrator does a fine job.

What more do you want out of a book?

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  • Carr Family
  • 25-06-2019

Brilliant

I enjoyed the film and I've been surprised with how closely the film has matched the book. The narration was perfect!

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  • Andy
  • 15-01-2017

Breathtaking!

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Beautifully written and great performance. I listened to this in 2 sittings (not sitting really, tidying!) I loved every minute of it! Thoroughly recommend! The setting, characters, twist all bloody brilliant, captivating, so emotional!

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  • Madeleine Bearman
  • 15-05-2021

Fantastic

I don’t normally leave reviews but I just want to say how enjoyable this book is, brilliantly read and gripping from start to finish. I really don’t think it makes any difference as to whether you have watched the film first, highly highly recommended

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  • Kayleigh Weston
  • 19-03-2021

High expectations, destroyed by dull dictation

So dissatisfied, well done to motion picture screen writers for making the movie great!

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  • Gaskell
  • 10-07-2020

Great story

I really enjoyed the book, this is a great reading of it. Very happy with this in my collection

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  • Rhiannon
  • 28-02-2019

really enjoyable

really good book, but I have seen the film so the ending was spoiled a bit.

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  • p a page
  • 28-12-2018

mixed bag

An intriguing story to begin with as the story unfold. A disappointing ending. Felt cheated by it.

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