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Publisher's Summary

Mafatu's name means "Stout Heart," but his people call him a coward. Ever since the sea took his mother's life and spared his own, he has lived with deep fear. And even though his father is the Great Chief of Hikueru, an island whose seafaring people worship courage, he is terrified, and consequently, he is severely scorned.

By the time he is twelve years old, Mafatu can bear it no longer. He must conquer his fear alone...even if it means certain death.

This classic tale of a young boy's hidden strength has been a favorite of readers of all ages since its 1940 publication. Now this exclusive audio preserves its original poignancy and splendor, and brings Mafatu to life for future generations of listeners.

©1940 Macmillan Publishing Company, a Division of Macmillan, Inc. (P)1999 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, an Imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

Newbery Medal Winner, 1941

"The story is wild enough to be remembered, and it cannot be remembered without doing good." (New York Herald Tribune

 "[Narrator Lou Diamond] Phillips gives this Newbery Medal classic adventure tale an outstanding performance. He so effectively develops the character of the boy that listeners feel Mafatu's terror and fierce determination to overcome his fear... Sound effects enhance the narration.... A classic example of the power of audio to enhance a beautifully told story." (AudioFile)  

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Kept my kids on the edge of their seat

This book was a fun family read. Lots of excitement combined with a very good lesson.

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Amazing

I love this! At first you're not used to the music, but overall IT IS amazing

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great story

Great story, easy to follow and understand. Narrator and music adds great detail to the story. 100% recommend it

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Great Narration!

This story had my children intrigued the whole story! I would recommend this version over any other.

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It was great

It was a cool story and I liked the music in the back round. The narration was great to

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All-age favorite

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This overcoming, coming-of-age story is a favorite with my children from elementary school to adult.

What did you like best about this story?

Mufatu faces his deepest (and legitmate) fears and overcomes them

Which scene was your favorite?

When he realizes himself that he has faced his fears and a brave

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It will make you hold your breath a bit! Sigh with relief, and rejoice

Any additional comments?

The end requires some meditation, and personal interpretation

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