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The Twenty-One Balloons | [William Pene du Bois]

The Twenty-One Balloons

Professor William Waterman Sherman just wants to be alone. So he decides to take a year off and spend it crossing the Pacific Ocean in a hot-air balloon the likes of which no one has ever seen. But when he is found after just three weeks floating in the Atlantic among the wreckage of twenty hot-air balloons, naturally, the world is eager to know what happened. How did he end up with so many balloons . . . and in the wrong ocean?
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Professor William Waterman Sherman just wants to be alone. So he decides to take a year off and spend it crossing the Pacific Ocean in a hot-air balloon the likes of which no one has ever seen. But when he is found after just three weeks floating in the Atlantic among the wreckage of twenty hot-air balloons, naturally, the world is eager to know what happened. How did he end up with so many balloons . . . and in the wrong ocean?

©1975 William Pene du Bois; (P)2008 Penguin

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    Christian Barreto Stanton, CA United States 12-19-12
    Christian Barreto Stanton, CA United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "It is an never ending adventure"
    Where does The Twenty-One Balloons rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is in my top 10. I was surprised on how well the story was structured. There is plenty of funny parts and at the same time there is a deep meaning in every single part. It is like a working machine with all parts functioning well and with a special purpose.


    What other book might you compare The Twenty-One Balloons to and why?

    Any Jules Verne Book because of its adventure style. Besides the other book that I read about balloons was written by Verne (Travel around the world in 80 days)


    Have you listened to any of Hal Hollings’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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    Good for kids, plenty of fantasy and at the same time brilliant description of how machines work within the book.

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    lhb Veseli, MN, United States 12-02-12
    lhb Veseli, MN, United States 12-02-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Every child should know this book"
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    This is one of my favorite books since I was assigned to read it in grammar school. I bought it thinking it would be nice to listen to with my niece but ended up introducing it to my husband on a trip this summer. He was skeptical at first and I could see he was intending to sleep instead of listen but after the first chapter he was hooked and listened to it on the way TO and then requested the book on the way BACK!

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