A History of US is a 10-volume, award-winning series about the birth and development of the United States. Master storyteller and lifelong student of American history Joy Hakim takes readers from 9 to 99 on a breathtaking journey, from the Ice Age to the 21st century.
©1993, 1999, 2003 Joy Hakim; (P)2002 Recorded Books, LLC. Recorded by arrangement with Oxford University Press.
"A bold contrast to the old facts-and-dates approach to history....A throough and accurate narrative of our nation's history, written in a warm and chatty voice." (Philadelphia Inquirer)
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Although the blurb for the book says readers from 9 to 99 it's more appropriate for under 17. That said, both the author and reader do a magificent job of bringing this era to life. For adults, if you can get through the abundance of rhetorical questions ("What do YOU think about that?") and don't mind definitions of words like "totalitarian" you'll be pleasantly surpised. Both my daughters (ages 9 and 12), however, absolutely love this volume and are insisting on getting the others.
Estate planning lawyer and mom to two boys. My older son liked audiobooks as an infant, and I've listened to a lot since then.
Another great installment by Hakim. And the narrator is one of the best. The Nazi period is of course very tough going, but important. My 13 year old still counts this series as one of his favorites on audio, and enjoyed hearing about World War II.
The later installments in the series are most suitable for tweens, less so for older teens and adults. For me, the events are more familiar and the author's opinions are more grating. Still, it is a great series for young teens and tweens. Anything that makes history a favorite request is a win!
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