Echo

Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
Categories: Teens, Ages 11-13
4.5 out of 5 stars (2,516 ratings)

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Audie Award, Middle Grade, 2016

Music, magic, and a real-life miracle meld in this virtuosic, genre-defying tour de force from storytelling maestro Pam Muñoz Ryan.

Lost and alone in the forbidden Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and suddenly finds himself entwined in a puzzling quest involving a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica. Decades later Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California each becomes interwoven when the very same harmonica lands in their lives, binding them by an invisible thread of destiny. All the children face daunting challenges: rescuing a father, protecting a brother, holding a family together. How their suspenseful solo stories converge in an orchestral crescendo will resound in your heart long after the last note has been struck.

Richly imagined and structurally innovative, Echo pushes the boundaries of form and shows us what is possible in how we tell stories. With music by Corky Siegel.

©2015 Pam Muñoz Ryan (P)2015 Scholastic Inc.

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"A riveting exploration of that which destroys and that which heals." (AudioFile)

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One of the best audio productions I have heard

Not only is this a magical story about a harmonica involving multiple storylines, but this is one of the best produced audiobooks I have ever heard.

There is music everywhere and directly related to the plot. You hear harmonica, cello, piano and even a vocal rendition of Sone Enchanted Evening. I don't know what kind of mouth harp that was but it had a beautiful sound. Sounded like a tremolo harp.

These interconnected stories are about the magic of music and the love of family to overcome the most terrifying obstacles, including Hitler's Germany.

I wish there were more audiobooks like this. I feel like I have just returned from an incredible journey.

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Wonderful story

Ryan has written a story that is parrt fantasy, part historical fiction - all wonderful.
If you have the chance - listen to the audio version of this book. The inclusion of the harmonica music brings the story to life.
Also, any age would enjoy this book. It would be an excellent choice for a family to listen to together.

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THIS is storytelling!

I can't even imagine reading this versus listening to it! While the story is lovely, it was the way they sprinkled it with music that made it such a special listen. The narrators were excellent and the way the stories all came together at the end was perfect. Listening to this was like a night out at the theatre.

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A Wonderful Story

My 12 year old son and I listened to this story over the course of a month only while riding in the car. This is an epic tale that will renew your appreciation for life, we were weeping in the end. Echo was written to be heard...music is an integral part of the story and the audio book adds the music bringing the novel to life and could be considered another character. Don't read this book, listen to it.

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One of the best!

Our family listened to this book on a summer road trip. It was fantastic and exceeded our expectations. The reading and music elements made the story come alive. The storylines sticks with you with characters kids can look up to.

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You will just want to sit down, listen, enjoy.

The weaving of the stories was exceptional and pushed me to keep "going".
One for the bookshelf to re-read, etc.

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Enchanted Echo

This may be the best audio book production I've ever heard. A fairy tale with harmonic singing and weeping, addressing the evils in this world while sprinkling hope like fairy dust. A threefold story, interwoven around hate, prejudice, misery and irony. Can they be conquered by faith, hope and love?

If you have children, buy this and go on vacation with them and listen with them. Or turn off the TV and listen while working a puzzle. If you don't, borrow some. Or just listen by yourself, but you are going to want to pass it on.

Excellent. Thank you Pam Munoz Ryan and the audio team that put this together. Now can I please buy the music album?

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Wonderful

This was s lovely, warm, and enchanting book. The audio version adds such a dimension and fullness that I will recommend it to everyone. This is a gem!

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Magnificant! Perfection!

Echo was written for late pre-teens and early teens. It is perfect for its target audience, but most adults will also enjoy it immensely. There are 4 stories and four main characters woven together with music being the common theme. If ever a book were written for the audiobook format, Echo is that book. Echo is sure to become a classic.

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A Magical and Very Special Listen!


Can I please encourage everyone in the world to listen to this?

Yes, it's a children's book. It's also a fairy tale, well set up in the book's first section. Then, however, it proceeds to three separate stories of three very real and irresistible children. Respectively, the listener is quickly and completely drawn into a different part of the planet in 1933, 1935, and l942.

There's magic, with a hint of schmaltz and occasional tear-jerkiness. But, make no mistake, sometimes sentiment is genuine, and shouldn't we all be willing to weep occasionally at the injustices and hardship in the world? Suspend disbelief and check cynicism at the door!

This book is really about love, belonging, resilience, persistence, and tolerance. It's also very much about music and therefore impossible to imagine a better medium than Audible for maximum enjoyment. The narrators are perfect, and music comes when music should throughout.

It's special. It's magical. An unforgettable listening experience for all ages.

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  • Miss Moon
  • 10-02-18

First audiobook experience; now ensnared

Magical. Beautiful. Captivating. Cannot stop listening.

Absolutely brilliant in every way. As a first experience with audiobooks, this has left me hook and I can't wait to start on my next!

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  • Rosie Becker
  • 08-28-18

This book weaves its way to a fabulous ending.

This story is very thoughtful and touching. Well worth a read/listen. I loved the addition of music throughout.

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  • Oisin O.
  • 06-22-18

A beautiful hidden gem

This is a sweet story following 3 different characters around the time of WW2. It focuses on music as a theme that binds them and incorporates the music beautifully into the audio-book performance. The narration itself is done spectacularly with separate narration for each section of the book. It is a emotive listen, a true hidden gem.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-25-18

The most beautiful audiobook.

The most stunning, beautifully heartful audiobook filled with enticingly fantastic stories companied with the best music to emerse you into the book.

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  • Lyly
  • 11-27-17

Lovely book!!

I really enjoyed this book, I wasn't sure at first but it comes together nicely

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  • Joshua Manuel-Oni
  • 10-10-17

Great audio and performance,

Listening to the book was good. The author is a good writer. The plot however was a little lacking at times. Enjoyable. Worth a listen

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  • Lucia
  • 06-01-17

Wow sit back close your eyes and be transported

This book is the best book i have ever heard it is magical right to the very last word and the music arrangements is so spectacular it takes ones breath away could not turn it off it is a brilliant book just listen

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-29-18

a beautiful, happy, sad, wonderful musical journey

What a surprising and just beautiful story that was meant to be an audio book. I don't want to give too much away, I think saying too much for anyone reading this review would spoil the magic of this book. The production was excellent, I thoroughly enjoyed the music throughout the production that was part of the story, hence the reason I think this was meant to be an audio book. I couldn't stop listening to it, I really felt for the characters, the author has done an astounding job. Thank you!