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Listen to the Moon

By: Michael Morpurgo
Narrated by: Mike Grady,Laurence Bouvard
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Publisher's Summary

A stunning new emotional tour-de-force from the author of Shadow, Born to Run and War Horse.

May, 1915. Alfie and his fisherman father find a girl on an uninhabited island in the Scillies - injured, thirsty, lost… and with absolutely no memory of who she is, or how she came to be there. She can say only one word: Lucy. Where has she come from? Is she a mermaid, the victim of a German U-boat, or even - as some islanders suggest - a German spy…? Only one thing is for sure: she loves music and moonlight, and it is when she listens to the gramophone that the glimmers of the girl she once was begin to appear.

WW1 is raging, suspicion and fear are growing, and Alfie and Lucy are ever more under threat. But as we begin to see the story of Merry, a girl boarding a great ship for a perilous journey across the ocean, another melody enters the great symphony - and the music begins to resolve…A beautiful tour de force of family, love, war and forgiveness, this is a major new novel from the author of Private Peaceful - in which what was once lost may sometimes be found, washed up again on the shore.

©2014 Michael Morpurgo (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

Praise for Michael Morpurgo:

"Please invite this wonderful story in, you won't regret it. History is rarely more movingly alive." Morris Gleitzman
"Michael Morpurgo writes brilliantly about war and animals, conveying the big emotions without preaching." (Guardian)
"Champagne quality over a wide range of subjects." (Daily Telegraph)
"There are few children's writers as compelling as Michael Morpurgo." (Daily Express)
"Morpurgo, as always, is subtle and skilful, and incorporates social and moral issues into his writing without being self-righteous or detracting from the quality of the narrative" Elizabeth Reilly, (British Council)
"The former children's laureate has the happy knack of speaking to both child and adult readers." (Guardian)

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Another Morpurgo Masterpiece!

Brilliant production. Readers were acting and voicing perfectly. Such a powerful and emotional tale. I soaked dozens of tissues throughout the story. Even the epilogue got me going all over again. Highly recommend this Audible offering.

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Very good

This was a great book it was just very long. Although it was worth the wait.

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  • 07-30-16

Sweet and compelling

It may have been written for children but this 65 year old loved it. Sweet story with sad parts and always compelling.

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  • Maria Smith
  • 01-30-15

Amazing Story

Listen to the Moon is a war story with a difference, set in 1915 it focuses on an injured girl found on an uninhabited island in the Scillies. Not knowing who she is, or where she has come from, the father and son who find her take her home with them.

It is an amazing story about community, courage , and of love, as they try to unravel the story of 'Lucy Lost' is she a German? A mermaid? And why can't she speak?

This is a story to warm your heart.

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  • charlotte
  • 07-12-16

It was fabulous

Execellent read kept me wanting more and more couldnt put the book down every time I tried I just wanted to read another cbapter. fantastic ending

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  • Mrs. Amanda Hann
  • 07-30-21

Listen to the Moon

Another fantastic story from a great writer well worth the credit. You will be able to enjoy a well narrated story and gentle on your mind

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  • Miss B Karol
  • 02-17-18

Fabulous story

A lovely moving book that's not just for kids but a wonderful listen for the grown ups too.

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  • Aconitum
  • 07-27-22

over long

I love this author and the story line was fascinating however I felt that the book was unbalanced with huge amounts of descriptive text was drawn out and over long particularly in relation to Lucy / Mary's treatment by the islanders in general and the school teacher in particular. By contrast, the twist / revelation at the end of the story had been so long in coming and I was hoping for a much greater impactful delivery that when in fact we reached that point it was all explained and done and dusted in a very prompt and unsatisfactory manner without sufficient time to savour the conclusion.

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  • Nancy S
  • 03-24-22

One of the best books I’ve read in 40 years

This is an amazing book. I literally couldn’t put it down. The fact that it’s true is amazing. It made me smile and it made me cry. It made me remember that there are some very very good people in this world.
This is a must read for all ages.

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  • S G Clevett
  • 12-26-21

Listen to the moon

This story was a sad and emotional story but the truth. As many of Micheal’s books about war.
This story is excellent the voices from audio show which character is which easily.I recommend this book to anyone who is mature enough to take in the concept of it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-10-20

Great story

Loved it as much as War Horse and Private Peaceful. He is a great story teller

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  • Valerie Kennett
  • 07-28-20

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Initially I found the story a little slow, & felt it was probably narrated for a child. But as soon as Lucy’s story got going, I changed my mind. It’s good & well told. One might say “Stranger things have happened at sea”. Aged 63 I can genuinely say, I looked forward to every opportunity to listen.

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  • Wendy Berry
  • 10-15-17

Loved this Book

This is a gripping story. The narration is excellent. I thoroughly recommend it to people who love a good story.

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  • Stargirl456
  • 06-03-16

a beautiful way to enjoy a truly remarkable story

I loved the story, it's intensity,it's heartache, the highs and lows. The narration was lovely. I wonder is this a true story. Anyone who likes war stories and fast paced sagas will love this book. Ages 8 and up.