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Publisher's Summary

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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Terrible audio

The reader of this book has zero enthusiasm while reading. Another thing that is painful to listen to is the fact that his stomach growls every other paragraph and the sound of him swallowing the saliva in his mouth is very evident and extemely difficult to listen to. Very dissapointed.

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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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Recommended to war and history buffs

Although I struggled to finish, surely see the merit of this story of the Codetalkers, who served a nation that did not honor them as Americans even though they were here first. Honorable and fascinating historical novel!

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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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Fascinating Story, Truly Impressive Narration

Wonderful book. Interesting book and very informative. A great family car trip book. The narrator is really fantastic! One of the best narrations I have heard. Highly recommend for history buffs.

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Inspiring First Nations story

I like how the story was delivered to this character's "grandchildren". I'm amazed at the willingness these Navajo had to fight for this country after being so betrayed and mistreated. They love this land. They were humble heroes, and had to keep their vital role in WWII a secret for so long. Let us appreciate their sacrifices.

The narrator was good for this story. He either spoke Navajo, or did his homework. Bravo!

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Excellent book of firsthand account by a Navajo Code Talker in WWII

Beautifully written novel about the experiences of the Navajo Code Talkers in WWII. An excellent read (or 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.