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Publisher's Summary

It all started with a birthday present that Omri didn't want: a small plastic Indian that was no use to him at all. But an old wooden cupboard and a special key brought his unusual toy to life, and strange and wonderful things began to happen.

As Omri struggles to balance his real life in England with the characters of the Wild West of 18th century America, his incredible adventures are a fantasy beyond his wildest imagination.

©1980 Lynne Reid Banks; (P)1995 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, An Imprint Of Random House Audio Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

"The best children's book of the year." (The New York Times)
"Ms. Banks has a riveting expressive contralto voice." (School Library Journal)

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  • Tiffany
  • Shoreline, WA, United States
  • 01-07-11

So well read.

I loved this book. Really, really well narrated in my opinion. Using this story to introduce my children to audio books. Plus, I don't mind listening to it again (and again, as kids are wont to do).

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • John
  • San Jose, CA, USA
  • 06-11-04

Couldn't stop them from listening...

We started this on a trip, and had to figure out how to listen at home as they went to bed.
Finally got them to turn it off 1 hour after normal lights out.
Next morning we are woken to the sound of the author reading... they figured it out themselves!
The sound quailty is great, the story is great. 8 year old loved it, 5 year old found it a bit long and didn't listen to it all.
I loved it!

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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A Great Listen!!

What made the experience of listening to The Indian in the Cupboard the most enjoyable?

My third grade class listened to the audio book while following along in their own books. They LOVED it! The author's British accent made the whole experience that much better! One day, I had them vote whether they wanted me to read it or listen to the audiobook and the vote was overwhelmingly against me!!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Indian in the Cupboard?

When Omri takes the "figures" to school with him, my class was hanging on every word! The author does a very good job of describing the event so that my students felt like they were there.

Have you listened to any of Lynne Reid Banks’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I've not listened to any of her other books. She does a great job with this one, though.

Any additional comments?

The only reason that I gave four instead of five stars for this review is that the author was reading a slightly different version that the one we had.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • PCoop
  • MAIDEN, NC, United States
  • 04-03-12

High quality children's book

If you could sum up The Indian in the Cupboard in three words, what would they be?

Exciting, Engaging, CLEAN!!

What did you like best about this story?

It has a continuing flow that draws you into the book, you just can't quit listening!!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Kat
  • United States
  • 03-12-12

Whole family enjoyed

Where does The Indian in the Cupboard rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best family books we have read so far.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Indian in the Cupboard?

The kids loved how the Indian pronounced words...

Have you listened to any of Lynne Reid Banks’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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For any kid at heart!

All 4 of my children LOVE this audiobook and have listened to it over and over again. This is such an endearing story, and even big kids like me can enter into this world with great pleasure! Linda Redgrave does an incredible job of narrating. I just can't say, "So enjoyable," enough! Now, if only Audible would do the next book in Banks' series - we are waiting!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Narrator/author fantastic!

This is the second recording by this author/narrator my son and I have listened to together. She is amazing: great voice, great sense of timing. I wish Audible carried more books by her.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Beautiful Story

my son did not want to listen to this book at first. By the middle, he couldnt wait until the next chapter. By the end of the book both of us were about to cry and I've read it before back when I was in school. Great performance of a classic.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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AMAZING

This book was amazing I loved it and I think it's perfect for people who love a good adventure 🐺

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Kelly
  • North Hollywood, Ca
  • 02-24-04

Wonderful!

My 8 year old was entranced by this book as was I. The naration was great. Perfect solution when I'm too tired to read to him at night. We snuggle together to listen to Audible stories. Thank you!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful