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Douglas

Douglas Auburn, WA, United States Member Since 2008

College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.

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  • "Decidedly A Children's Book..."

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    This short bio of Twain would be appropriate for children aged 10-12, and anyone with much knowledge of American literature will find no surprises here, but it does have good information for the total neophyte and it's written in a style that will be attractive to most preteens.

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    Who Was Mark Twain?

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    • By April Jones Prince
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
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    A humorist, narrator, and social observer, Mark Twain is unsurpassed in American literature. Best known as the author of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain, not unlike his protagonist, Huck, has a restless spirit. He found adventure prospecting for silver in Nevada, navigating steamboats down the Mississippi, and making people laugh around the world. But Twain also had a serious streak and decried racism and injustice. His fascinating life is captured candidly in this enjoyable biography.

    Douglas says: "Decidedly A Children's Book..."
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  • "The Diary of Anne Frank"

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    I picked this book as the first audio book purchased through audible.com; because it was a simple format (diary) and it was narrated by Selma Blair - an actress I am familiar with.
    Although some of the content is dry and Selma Blair sometimes seems to lack enthusiasm in her portrayal of Anne Frank, I am overall pleased with this book and would recommend it to anyone interested. However, be prepared - the content is depressing at times and I was quite emotional throughout the reading.

    I also started becoming slightly obsessed with learning more about the Holocaust (the genocide of approximately six million European Jews and millions of others during World War II, led by Adolf Hitler, throughout Nazi-occupied territory. Of the nine million Jews who had resided in Europe before the Holocaust, approximately two-thirds perished. More than one million Jewish children were killed in the Holocaust, as were approximately two million Jewish women and three million Jewish men).

    This was not something I had previous knowledge about – never learned it in school (or don’t remember) and so I became curious about how this happened….needless to say,” it opened up a whole can of worms” for me and I ended up enveloped in the history of this time – not very pleasant.

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    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Anne Frank
    • Narrated By Selma Blair
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    More than 50 years after its first publication, Doubleday's definitive edition of Anne Frank's famous diary generated an extraordinary amount of excitement when it was published in early 1995. Enthusiastically received by critics and readers alike, it reigned for nine weeks on The New York Times best seller list and will remain for all time the version that millions of readers will cherish.

    Cynthianna says: "First review I've written - Had to write it"

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  • 4.3 (392 ratings)
    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition (






UNABRIDGED) by Anne Frank Narrated by Selma Blair

    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Anne Frank
    • Narrated By Selma Blair
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    More than 50 years after its first publication, Doubleday's definitive edition of Anne Frank's famous diary generated an extraordinary amount of excitement when it was published in early 1995. Enthusiastically received by critics and readers alike, it reigned for nine weeks on The New York Times best seller list and will remain for all time the version that millions of readers will cherish.

    Cynthianna says: "First review I've written - Had to write it"
  • 4.7 (128 ratings)
    Rush Revere and the First Patriots: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans (






UNABRIDGED) by Rush Limbaugh Narrated by Rush Limbaugh

    Rush Revere and the First Patriots: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Rush Limbaugh
    • Narrated By Rush Limbaugh
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    Nationally syndicated radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh has long wanted to make American history come to life for the children of his listeners. In Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims, he created the character of a fearless middle-school history teacher named Rush Revere, who travels back in time and experiences American history as it happens, in adventures with exceptional Americans. In this second book in the series, Rush Revere is transported back to the people and events leading up to the American Revolution.

    Deborah Gunnlaugsson says: "Over the top!"
  • 4.2 (48 ratings)
    Who Was Albert Einstein? (






UNABRIDGED) by Jess Brallier Narrated by Kevin Pariseau

    Who Was Albert Einstein?

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    • By Jess Brallier
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
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    Everyone has heard of Albert Einstein-but what exactly did he do? How much do kids really know about Albert Einstein besides the funny hair and genius label? For instance, do they know that he was expelled from school as a kid? Finally, here's the story of Albert Einstein's life, told in a fun, engaging way that clearly explores the world he lived in and changed.

    Kathi says: "Informative and VERY interesting!"
  • 4.4 (45 ratings)
    Bomb: The Race to Build - and Steal - the World's Most Dangerous Weapon (






UNABRIDGED) by Steve Sheinkin Narrated by Roy Roy Samuelson

    Bomb: The Race to Build - and Steal - the World's Most Dangerous Weapon

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Steve Sheinkin
    • Narrated By Roy Roy Samuelson
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    In December of 1938, a chemist in a German laboratory made a shocking discovery: When placed next to radioactive material, a Uranium atom split in two. That simple discovery launched a scientific race that spanned three continents. This is the story of the plotting, the risk-taking, the deceit, and genius that created the world's most formidable weapon. This is the story of the atomic bomb.

    Library says: "So interesting and great performance!"
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  • 4.6 (37 ratings)
    Birds, Beasts and Relatives (






UNABRIDGED) by Gerald Durrell Narrated by Nigel Davenport

    Birds, Beasts and Relatives

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    • By Gerald Durrell
    • Narrated By Nigel Davenport
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    The Durrell family returns to the island of Corfu, continuing the story begun in My Family and Other Animals. Already an ardent naturalist at the age of 10, the young Gerald lives in an unconventional and disordered household with his mother, sister, and two brothers. Convivial and open, the family plays host to a constant stream of quirky guests. But for Gerald, the main attraction is the wildlife of Corfu.

    Amazon Customer says: "One of my favorites by Gerald Durrell"
  • 4.3 (33 ratings)
    Heritage Of Our Country (Dramatized): Your Story Hour Album 6 (






ABRIDGED) by Your Story Hour Narrated by Your Story Hour

    Heritage Of Our Country (Dramatized): Your Story Hour Album 6

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    • By Your Story Hour
    • Narrated By Your Story Hour
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    Dramatized audio stories, for children of all ages, taken from history. Through this album you will learn about Columbus, the pilgrims, Alexander Graham Bell, the Wright brothers and many other characters of history.

    jdt says: "Good, but needs story titles"
  • 4.4 (21 ratings)
    Pink and Say (






UNABRIDGED) by Patricia Polacco Narrated by Melba Sibrel, Hal Hollings

    Pink and Say

    • UNABRIDGED (22 mins)
    • By Patricia Polacco
    • Narrated By Melba Sibrel, Hal Hollings
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    Drawing from the rich store of Civil War reminiscences handed down in her family, acclaimed author Patricia Polacco tells the true story of a remarkable wartime friendship between a young white Union soldier, Say Curtis, and a young black Union soldier, Pinkus Aylee. They are captured by Confederate soldiers and sent to Andersonville Prison.

    Amy says: "Powerful true story"
  • 4.5 (20 ratings)
    Boy (






UNABRIDGED) by Roald Dahl Narrated by Dan Stevens

    Boy

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    • By Roald Dahl
    • Narrated By Dan Stevens
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    Where did Roald Dahl get all of his wonderful ideas for stories? From his own life, of course! As full of excitement and the unexpected as his world-famous, best-selling books, Roald Dahl's tales of his own childhood are completely fascinating and fiendishly funny. Did you know that Roald Dahl nearly lost his nose in a car accident? Or that he was once a chocolate candy tester for Cadbury's? Have you heard about his involvement in the Great Mouse Plot of 1924? If not, you don't yet know all there is to know about Roald Dahl.

    Jacquelyn says: "non fiction and wonderful!"
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  • 4.4 (19 ratings)
    Who Was Thomas Alva Edison? (






UNABRIDGED) by Margaret Frith Narrated by Kevin Pariseau

    Who Was Thomas Alva Edison?

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    • By Margaret Frith
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
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    One day in 1882, Thomas Edison flipped a switch that lit up lower Manhattan with incandescent light and changed the way people live ever after. The electric light bulb was only one of thousands of Edison's inventions, which include the phonograph and the kinetoscope, an early precursor to the movie camera. As a boy, observing a robin catch a worm and then take flight, he fed a playmate a mixture of worms and water to see if she could fly!

  • Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition (






UNABRIDGED) by Anne Frank Narrated by Selma Blair

    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Anne Frank
    • Narrated By Selma Blair
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (288)

    More than 50 years after its first publication, Doubleday's definitive edition of Anne Frank's famous diary generated an extraordinary amount of excitement when it was published in early 1995. Enthusiastically received by critics and readers alike, it reigned for nine weeks on The New York Times best seller list and will remain for all time the version that millions of readers will cherish.

    Cynthianna says: "First review I've written - Had to write it"
  • Rush Revere and the First Patriots: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans (






UNABRIDGED) by Rush Limbaugh Narrated by Rush Limbaugh

    Rush Revere and the First Patriots: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Rush Limbaugh
    • Narrated By Rush Limbaugh
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (118)

    Nationally syndicated radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh has long wanted to make American history come to life for the children of his listeners. In Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims, he created the character of a fearless middle-school history teacher named Rush Revere, who travels back in time and experiences American history as it happens, in adventures with exceptional Americans. In this second book in the series, Rush Revere is transported back to the people and events leading up to the American Revolution.

    Deborah Gunnlaugsson says: "Over the top!"
  • Bomb: The Race to Build - and Steal - the World's Most Dangerous Weapon (






UNABRIDGED) by Steve Sheinkin Narrated by Roy Roy Samuelson

    Bomb: The Race to Build - and Steal - the World's Most Dangerous Weapon

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Steve Sheinkin
    • Narrated By Roy Roy Samuelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (45)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
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    In December of 1938, a chemist in a German laboratory made a shocking discovery: When placed next to radioactive material, a Uranium atom split in two. That simple discovery launched a scientific race that spanned three continents. This is the story of the plotting, the risk-taking, the deceit, and genius that created the world's most formidable weapon. This is the story of the atomic bomb.

    Library says: "So interesting and great performance!"
  • Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (






UNABRIDGED) by Eleanor Coerr Narrated by Elaina Erika Davis

    Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

    • UNABRIDGED (45 mins)
    • By Eleanor Coerr
    • Narrated By Elaina Erika Davis
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    For 25 years, middle-grade readers have been moved by this telling of Sadako Sasaki's spirited battle with leukemia. She was two-years-old when the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima at the end of World War II, and dizzy spells began when she was 12. She faced the disease with an irrepressible spirit and focused her energy (and that of everyone who knew her) on folding 1000 paper cranes, which Japanese legend held would prompt the gods to make her well again.

    EmilyA says: "Sadako"
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  • Revenge of the Whale: The True Story of the Whaleship Essex (






ABRIDGED) by Nathaniel Philbrick Narrated by Taylor Mali

    Revenge of the Whale: The True Story of the Whaleship Essex

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Philbrick
    • Narrated By Taylor Mali
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    Can a whale attack a ship? The shipwrecked crew of the whaleship Essex was living proof that it could when a whale displayed a fury never before witnessed, ramming and sinking their vessel in a matter of minutes in November 1820. The story of their survival is one rarely spoken of by Nantucketers even to this day, but National Book Award-winning author Nathaniel Philbrick courageously brings every shocking detail into the light.

    Mark says: "So great I want to hear the longer version."
  • Four Great Americans: Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, Daniel Webster, and George Washington (






UNABRIDGED) by James Baldwin Narrated by David Thorn, Bobbie Frohman

    Four Great Americans: Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, Daniel Webster, and George Washington

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    • By James Baldwin
    • Narrated By David Thorn, Bobbie Frohman
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    Essential learning for any young student of American History, biographies of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Daniel Webster and Abraham Lincoln. These stories help us get to know the gentleman as people and then take us through their great accomplishments that make us appreciate their place in American history.

  • Boy (






UNABRIDGED) by Roald Dahl Narrated by Dan Stevens

    Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Roald Dahl
    • Narrated By Dan Stevens
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    (20)
    Performance
    (18)
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    Where did Roald Dahl get all of his wonderful ideas for stories? From his own life, of course! As full of excitement and the unexpected as his world-famous, best-selling books, Roald Dahl's tales of his own childhood are completely fascinating and fiendishly funny. Did you know that Roald Dahl nearly lost his nose in a car accident? Or that he was once a chocolate candy tester for Cadbury's? Have you heard about his involvement in the Great Mouse Plot of 1924? If not, you don't yet know all there is to know about Roald Dahl.

    Jacquelyn says: "non fiction and wonderful!"
  • An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 (






UNABRIDGED) by Jim Murphy Narrated by Pat Bottino

    An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jim Murphy
    • Narrated By Pat Bottino
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    In An American Plague, Jim Murphy tells the story of the 1793 yellow fever epidemic. Bizarre medical practices of the time are discussed, as well as popular historical figures, such as George Washington and Benjamin Rush, who were involved in finding a cure for this horrific outbreak. Pat Bottino's captivating narration adds appeal to this interesting historical tale.

    E. Birdsell says: "Don't expect technical depth..."
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  • Cave of Wonders: Infinity Ring, Book 5 (






UNABRIDGED) by Matt Kirby Narrated by Dion Graham

    Cave of Wonders: Infinity Ring, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Matt Kirby
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
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    What marvels and mysteries await Dak, Sera, and Riq in the Golden Age of Baghdad? Europe is in the grip of the Dark Ages, but there is a light in the dark: Baghdad. The great city has become a center of learning, populated by scholars, merchants, and explorers from all across the known world. But danger lurks in the desert...and Dark, Sera, and Riq must act fast to save the world's greatest library from utter destruction.

  • Who Was Thomas Alva Edison? (






UNABRIDGED) by Margaret Frith Narrated by Kevin Pariseau

    Who Was Thomas Alva Edison?

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 2 mins)
    • By Margaret Frith
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
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    One day in 1882, Thomas Edison flipped a switch that lit up lower Manhattan with incandescent light and changed the way people live ever after. The electric light bulb was only one of thousands of Edison's inventions, which include the phonograph and the kinetoscope, an early precursor to the movie camera. As a boy, observing a robin catch a worm and then take flight, he fed a playmate a mixture of worms and water to see if she could fly!

  • Lives of the Explorers: Discoveries, Disasters (and What the Neighbors Thought) (






UNABRIDGED) by Kathleen Krull Narrated by Amanda Dolan

    Lives of the Explorers: Discoveries, Disasters (and What the Neighbors Thought)

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 56 mins)
    • By Kathleen Krull
    • Narrated By Amanda Dolan
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    The entertaining style and solid research of the Lives of…. series of biographies have made it a favorite with families and educators for twenty years. This new volume takes readers through the centuries and across the globe, profiling the men and women whose curiosity and courage have led them to discover our world.

  • A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis (






UNABRIDGED) by Matt de la Pena Narrated by J. D. Jackson

    A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis

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    • By Matt de la Pena
    • Narrated By J. D. Jackson
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    On the eve of World War II, African American boxer Joe Louis fought German Max Schmeling in a bout that had more at stake than just the world heavyweight title; for much of America their fight came to represent America's war with Germany. This elegant and powerful biography centers around the historic fight in which black and white America were able to put aside prejudice and come together to celebrate our nation's ideals.

  • Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation (






UNABRIDGED) by Duncan Tonatiuh Narrated by Adriana Sananes

    Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation

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    • By Duncan Tonatiuh
    • Narrated By Adriana Sananes
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    Almost 10 years before Brown vs. Board of Education, Sylvia Mendez and her parents helped end school segregation in California. An American citizen of Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage who spoke and wrote perfect English, Mendez was denied enrollment to a whites-only school. Her parents took action by organizing the Hispanic community and filing a lawsuit in federal district court. Their success eventually brought an end to the era of segregated education in California.

  • Me...Jane (






UNABRIDGED) by Patrick McDonnell Narrated by Elizabeth Jasicki

    Me...Jane

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    • By Patrick McDonnell
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Jasicki
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    The author of the Mutts comic strip and several best-selling children’s books, Patrick McDonnell has been hailed as the next Charles Schulz. In his characteristic heartwarming style, McDonnell tells the story of the young Jane Goodall and her special childhood toy chimpanzee, Jubilee. With anecdotes from Goodall’s autobiography, McDonnell makes this true story accessible for the very young - and young at heart.

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  • Worst of Friends: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and the True Story of an American Feud (






UNABRIDGED) by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain Narrated by Richard Poe

    Worst of Friends: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and the True Story of an American Feud

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    • By Suzanne Tripp Jurmain
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
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    Celebrated for her nonfiction books aimed at young readers and listeners, award-winning author Suzanne Tripp Jurmain illuminates historical figures in fun and engaging ways. Worst of Friends draws listeners into the earliest days of America's history to profile the friendship and rivalry that grew between Founding Fathers Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, both of whom would go on to become president of the United States.

  • If I Were Martin Luther King Jr.: Little Martin's Dream (






UNABRIDGED) by Charles Thornton Narrated by Kaitlin Ty Warren

    If I Were Martin Luther King Jr.: Little Martin's Dream

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    • By Charles Thornton
    • Narrated By Kaitlin Ty Warren
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    If I were Martin Luther King Jr. tells the story of young Martin Alexander Cunningham and how he was terrified of the school's bully. Young Martin finds inspiration from a book about Martin Luther King Jr. that his mother let him borrow to solve his bullying predicament. Not only does he find a way to non-violently solve his problem, he also makes a life-long friend.

  • Hatshepsut: The Princess Who Became King (






UNABRIDGED) by Ellen Galford Narrated by Susan Spain

    Hatshepsut: The Princess Who Became King

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    • By Ellen Galford
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    Convinced that unnamed babies are not truly alive, King Tuthmosis I’s wife Ahmose immediately names her newborn daughter Hatshepsut. This tiny girl will one day rise above her name and become not just "the foremost of women" but ruler of all Egypt. Growing up in pharaoh’s palace, the young princess prepares for her future by learning the essentials of Egyptian religious, political, and social life. After 12-year-old Hatshepsut’s father dies, she - following the royal custom - becomes queen by marrying King Tuthmosis II, the son of one of her father’s lesser wives.