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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

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • 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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  • Four Perfect Pebbles: A Holocaust Story

    "Now this is a Family Story"

    Overall

    I enjoyed this book. I read a lot of the holocaust literature and some WWII history --this story was definitely one of the will to survive. The family was so close to being able to leave Nazi Germany but instead the story is an accounting is of their life of struggle for 6 years. It's a 2-1/2 hour read and I recommend

  • I Am a Star: Child of the Holocaust

    "A short story"

    Overall

    I like reading these accounts, so I gave it a 4 star, but it was too short to really tell a story. Other than that, it's worth reading.

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    Really liked this book. The narrator's voice is child-friendly (at least, for my children), and the material was at the appropriate level to inspire children, though not overwhelming them.

    I'm happy that my children can hear about Edison, Bell, the Wright Brothers, etc. and how they kept failing and learning, before they triumphed.

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    Great Inventors and Their Inventions

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By David Angus
    • Narrated By Benjamin Soames
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    Nine remarkable men produced inventions that changed the world. The printing press, the telephone, powered flight, recording, and other innovations have made the modern world what it is. But who had these ideas and made realities of them? As David Angus explains, they were very different: quiet, boisterous, confident, or withdrawn. But all had a moment of vision that they combined with single-minded determination to battle through numerous obstacles and produce something that really worked.

    Patty says: "Inspiring!"

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  • 4.3 (376 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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    (277)
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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 (113 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!"
  • 4.3 (46 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 (42 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

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • 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"
  • 4.4 (19 ratings)
    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!

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  • 4.6 (19 ratings)
    Patterns of Destiny: Your Story Hour Album 7 (






ABRIDGED) by Your Story Hour Narrated by Your Story Hour

    Patterns of Destiny: Your Story Hour Album 7

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • 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 audio you will learn about Albert Schweitzer, George Muller, Florence Nightingale Clara Barton, Louis Pasteur and many other characters of history.

    M. says: "Doesn't download with individual tracks"
  • 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
    (376)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (271)

    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
    (113)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (104)

    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
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    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!"
  • Children of the Dust Bowl: The True Story of the School at Weedpatch Camp (






UNABRIDGED) by Jerry Stanley Narrated by Fred Sullivan

    Children of the Dust Bowl: The True Story of the School at Weedpatch Camp

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 23 mins)
    • By Jerry Stanley
    • Narrated By Fred Sullivan
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    This is the compelling story of the "Okie" migration to California and of the construction and life of a remarkable school at a farm workers' camp. This memorable book provides a glimpse of a neglected period of American history and tells a story of prejudice being transformed into acceptance and despair into hope.

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  • Who Was Thomas Jefferson? (






UNABRIDGED) by Dennis Brindell Fradin Narrated by Kevin Pariseau

    Who Was Thomas Jefferson?

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 4 mins)
    • By Dennis Brindell Fradin
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
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    Did you know that John Adams had to coax Thomas Jefferson into writing the Declaration of Independence? It's true. The shy Virginia statesman refused at first, but then went on to author one of our nation's most important and inspiring documents. The third U.S. president, Jefferson was also an architect, inventor, musician, farmer, and - what is certainly the most troubling aspect of his life - a slave owner.

    Jacqueline says: "Narration matters"
  • Little Squire - The Jumping Pony: True Horse Stories (






UNABRIDGED) by Judy Andrekson Narrated by Lorraine Tao

    Little Squire - The Jumping Pony: True Horse Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 9 mins)
    • By Judy Andrekson
    • Narrated By Lorraine Tao
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    Little Squire was born in an Irish meadow on an early spring day. The colt was beautifully formed with strong, straight legs and a pretty head. By the following spring, the yearling was separated from his mother and turned out to pasture with the other weanlings. Little Squire wasn’t happy to be away from his dam so he charged the high stone wall and cleared it easily. Little Squire had just shown an astonishing side of himself that would eventually bring him greatness.

    Lynn says: "Especially for Horse lovers"
  • 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

    • UNABRIDGED (14 mins)
    • 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.

  • Who Was Mark Twain? (






UNABRIDGED) by April Jones Prince Narrated by Kevin Pariseau

    Who Was Mark Twain?

    • UNABRIDGED (57 mins)
    • 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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  • Birds, Beasts and Relatives (






UNABRIDGED) by Gerald Durrell Narrated by Nigel Davenport

    Birds, Beasts and Relatives

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Gerald Durrell
    • Narrated By Nigel Davenport
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (32)

    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"
  • Comic Books: From Superheroes to Manga (






ABRIDGED) by Capstone Publishers

    Comic Books: From Superheroes to Manga

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    • By Capstone Publishers
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    Describes the history of comic books and comic book publishing, including information on the beginnings of the Superman and Spiderman comics. In addition, provides an introduction on drawing comics, and explains what the manga style is.

  • 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

    • UNABRIDGED (7 mins)
    • 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

    • UNABRIDGED (22 mins)
    • 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

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • 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

    • UNABRIDGED (14 mins)
    • 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

    • UNABRIDGED (20 mins)
    • 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
    • Narrated By Susan Spain
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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

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Rick Atkinson
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
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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.