Code Talker

A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two
Narrated by: Derrick Henry
Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
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Code Talker, with starred reviews from Booklist and Kirkus Reviews, is a Booklist Top-10 Historical Fiction for Youth.

Although the mission school bans all that is Navajo, Ned secretly clings to his native language and culture. Proudly joining the U.S. Marines in 1943, he becomes a top-secret Navajo Code Talker. During bloody battles for Japanese islands, Ned and his brave band of code-talking brothers save thousands of lives using Navajo encryption the enemy never cracks.

©2005 Joseph Bruchac (P)2006 Recorded Books

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heroes with big hearts

Where does Code Talker rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was a great story about one of the many ways the Allied forces used their heads to win the war. Thank goodness the Navajo are loving, forgiving people. This is the first I have read detailed information about the code talkers.

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Well done

Enjoyed listening to this with my son. A moving narrative of an important time in our history. Worth the listen.

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good book very interesting nice short read

I really like this book although I did not realize that it was a fictional book that had a lot of facts. I know a lot of people said it was a children's book but growing up around natives it seem like the way natives told stories very interesting.

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great listen

it's just too bad it was so short. being told the story as opposed to being read a story is so much better. very great and innovative way to listen.

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Good book

A great book, makes you feel engaged with it all the way through. One critique that's not big at all is that it's all based off others experience but the one who I thought was going through all these trials is a fictional character. Though all that is said happened did happen, come to find out it happened to others. Not a big thing just sort of blindsided me at the end. Still a great book worth having.

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Chapter number shown is not the chapter if audible says chapter 20 it is actually chapter 19 but the chapter numbers that the narrator was saying was correct

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Little Known History

Most people have heard of the Code Talkers, but few know the details of how they served. This novel is in reality more of documentary about the vital role code Talkers played in the Pacific Theater. It's a fascinating and informative story of how a people who were scorned, murdered, and cheated rose to the occasion to help the country that had been their tormentors win a war against those who would have destroyed us.

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I loved this book

I loved this book because it was information without loosing a storyline, plot, or theme. I also enjoyed the parts where he talked to his grandchildren and how the author included Navajo words

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The book

This book was very interesting, I love the readers voice.and the history is mine to keep

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Fascinating history!

Very interesting! True stories like this book keep your interest up, and is very moving.