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  • "Insightful and educational"

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    Watching the movie about Temple inspired me to listen to this book. I felt the book was excellent for giving a person insight into autism if you know of someone that has autism. It helped me to better understand why they do what they do. If we can understand their perspective on things, we can work together to accomplish any task, rather than being frustrated that they don't communicate 'my way'.

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    Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World

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    • By Sy Montgomery
    • Narrated By Meredith Mitchell
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    When Temple Grandin was born, her parents knew that she was different. It wasn’t until years later that she was diagnosed with autism, a brain disorder that makes communication difficult. Today, Dr. Temple Grandin is a scientist and professor of animal science at Colorado State University. Her career has revolutionized the livestock industry - each year, half the cattle in the United States are handled in cruelty-free facilities she designed. She is also a passionate advocate for autism, using her experience to prove that people with this disorder can have “normal” lives.

    Tom says: "Insightful and educational"
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  • Escape!: The Story of the Great Houdini

    "Interesting book"

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    I am not a big magic fan, but I really enjoyed this book. I like listening to biographies and I did not know much about Houdini.

    Good writing and narration. Definitely kept my interest the entire book.

    Recommended.

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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

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    • By Anne Frank
    • Narrated By Selma Blair
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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 (388 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
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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 (124 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

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    • 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!"
  • 4.3 (47 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 (43 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

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    • By Steve Sheinkin
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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
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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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    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

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    • 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
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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!"
  • 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"
  • 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!"
  • 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!"
  • 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."
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  • The Greatest: Muhammad Ali (






UNABRIDGED) by Walter Dean Myers Narrated by J. D. Jackson

    The Greatest: Muhammad Ali

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    • By Walter Dean Myers
    • Narrated By J. D. Jackson
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    Rising from poverty-stricken Louisville in the 1950s, Ali became one of the world's greatest athletes. Beginning life as Cassius Clay, Ali would struggle against opponents both in and out of the ring. Segregation and racism stood as obstacles in his path, but as he climbed the boxing ranks, his social conscience grew. He refused to be pigeonholed as a stereotypical black athlete in the 1960s and changed his name to Muhammad Ali after converting to Islam.

  • Who Was Eleanor Roosevelt? (






UNABRIDGED) by Gare Thompson Narrated by Kevin Pariseau

    Who Was Eleanor Roosevelt?

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    • By Gare Thompson
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
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    For a long time, the main role of First Ladies was to act as hostesses of the White House...until Eleanor Roosevelt. Born in 1884, Eleanor was not satisfied to just be a glorified hostess for her husband, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Eleanor had a voice, and she used it to speak up against poverty and racism. She had experience and knowledge of many issues, and fought for laws to help the less fortunate.

  • Who Was Anne Frank? (






UNABRIDGED) by Ann Abramson Narrated by Kevin Pariseau

    Who Was Anne Frank?

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    • By Ann Abramson
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
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    In her amazing diary, Anne Frank revealed the challenges and dreams common for any young girl. But Hitler brought her childhood to an end and forced her and her family into hiding. Who Was Anne Frank? looks closely at Anne's life before the secret annex, what life was like in hiding, and the legacy of her diary.

  • Who Was Abraham Lincoln? (






UNABRIDGED) by Janet Pascal Narrated by Kevin Pariseau

    Who Was Abraham Lincoln?

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    • By Janet Pascal
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
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    Born to a family of farmers, Lincoln stood out from an early age - literally! (He was six feet four inches tall.) As 16th President of the United States, he guided the nation through the Civil War and saw the abolition of slavery. But Lincoln was tragically shot one night at Ford's Theater - the first President to be assassinated.

    Cari says: "Great for my 3rd graders Report"
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  • Pink and Say (






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

    Pink and Say

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    • 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"
  • Una Aventura Llamada America, El Descubrimiento (Texto Completo) [A Story Called America ] (






UNABRIDGED) by Yoyo USA, Inc

    Una Aventura Llamada America, El Descubrimiento (Texto Completo) [A Story Called America ]

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    • By Yoyo USA, Inc
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    Una de las fechas más significativas durante el reinado de los Reyes Católicos fue la del 12 de Octubre de 1492: el día en que Cristóbal Colón descubrió América. El hecho de que Cristóbal Colón (que no era Español de origen) acudiera a una corte extranjera para ofrecer sus servicios prueba que el descubrimiento de América no fue en modo alguno accidental.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • D-Day: The Invasion of Normandy, 1944 (






UNABRIDGED) by Rick Atkinson Narrated by Jason Culp

    D-Day: The Invasion of Normandy, 1944

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    In D-DAY: The Invasion of Normandy, 1944, Pulitzer Prize winning author Rick Atkinson adapts his #1 New York Times bestselling The Guns At Last Light into an audiobook program capturing the events and spirit of the day – June 6, 1944 – that led to the liberation of western Europe from Nazi Germany’s control. Atkinson skillfully describes how Allied forces came by sea and by sky to reclaim freedom from the occupying Germans, turning the tide of World War II. The events leading up to, and of, the momentous day are vividly captured in this four hour audiobook adaptation. Perfect for history buffs, D-DAY is both an outstanding introduction and a concise survey detailing one of the most important dates in history.