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  • Island of the Blue Dolphins

  • By: Scott O'Dell
  • Narrated by: Tantoo Cardinal
  • Length: 3 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 950
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 949

Island of the Blue Dolphins is the remarkable story of a strange and beautiful Indian girl who lives a serene and courageous life as the solitary survivor on an island off the California coast. Left behind when the rest of her tribe fled, she waits, year after year, for a ship to come for her. She fights for her very survival, building a shelter, hunting for food, and making weapons to stave off her enemies, the wild dogs who took her brother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Beloved Favorite!

  • By Pamela M. on 10-01-14

Hauntingly beautiful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-18-04

A very well written and exceptionally well read story. The theme of being alone, an only survivor, is one that is often considered and in this context, which seems very plausable, core feeings are dealt with: fear, loneliness, companionship and joy, making the story close to the reader and possible to identify with her. We didn't want it to end but so it had to be... It's a great listen!

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Hatchet

  • By: Gary Paulsen
  • Narrated by: Peter Coyote
  • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,279
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,545
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,564

Newbery Award-winner Gary Paulsen's best-known book comes to audio in this breathless, heart-gripping drama about a boy pitted against the wilderness with only a hatchet and a will to live. On his way to visit his recently divorced father in the Canadian mountains, thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is the only survivor when the single-engine plane crashes. His body battered, his clothes in shreds, Brian must now stay alive in the boundless Canadian wilderness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding!

  • By Raquel Aceves-Mittman on 02-14-12

Too real to be fiction

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-06-04

I could listen to Peter Coyote read anything. The story itself is a wonderful tale of adventure in the very harsh world of the wilds, yet there is a beauty in this boy's struggle to survive. The scenes of desperateness will make you breath shallow and strain to hear. It is a great story, too good to be fiction. Enjoy.

18 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • Inkheart

  • By: Cornelia Funke
  • Narrated by: Lynn Redgrave
  • Length: 15 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,886
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,883

Imagine it were possible to bring the characters from a book to life. Not like when you listen to an audiobook with such enchantment that the characters seem to jump off the pages and into your bedroom...but for real. Imagine they could actually climb out of the pages and into our world. Then imagine if those characters brought their world into ours.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For ALL ages

  • By A on 11-24-04

Fantastic with marvelous characters!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-26-04

Cornelia Funke has come up with the right formular for giving kids thrills and not nightmares. The European settings are beautiful and give a touch of 'otherness' to make it real, yet special. The characters are unique and intriguing yet with enough 'humanness' to afford kids closeness. This story takes unexpected turns in every chapter with would give a reluctant reader the 'pull' into this book, which is what the story is all about, rather characters being pulled out of books with some pretty nasty consequences. But don't just take my word for it. Read this and try The Lord Thief another great book!

19 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond

  • By: Elizabeth George Speare
  • Narrated by: Mary Beth Hurt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 978
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 987

Orphaned Kit Tyler knows, as she gazes for the first time at the cold, bleak shores of Connecticut Colony, that her new home will never be like the shimmering Caribbean islands she left behind. In her relatives' stern Puritan community, she feels like a tropical bird that has flown to the wrong part of the world, a bird that is now caged and lonely.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listen with a friend or relative!!

  • By E. Dickson on 08-26-05

Great characters - a delightful listen!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-28-04

Set in colonial New England, harsh in the physical and social senses, young Katherine arrives in this seeming cruel environment and struggles to fit in. She is changed in the process and she brings about change in this severely prejusticed society. The relationships are well described between all the various characters giving the story a richness. Understanding for people grows past just the outward appearances.The mean uncle and the old Quaker are more than what they seem to be. And true love wins the day. My 11 year-old son loved the story which is still the best proof of this story's worthiness. He's a tough critic. It is a lovely listen.

25 of 29 people found this review helpful