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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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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 history!

Very interesting! True stories like this book keep your interest up, and is very moving.

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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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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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Excellent version

Would you consider the audio edition of Code Talker to be better than the print version?

I think it's easier to get the emotional feel of the story when hearing someone tell about the war and not just reading it on the page.

What does Derrick Henry bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

It was an excellent experience for my students to hear an authentic voice reading this story and actually hearing the Navajo language spoken.

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Enjoyable read about an important historical event

Every American should read about and understand the important role the code talkers have played in our history. This is a beautiful and well presented story that will capture the audience's attention as well as their hearts.

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great historical fiction

very much enjoyed this book. listened along while my son read it for school ha!

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This book is amazing and touching I am 10 and I am reading the real book that is amazing

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Great story - wanted an older voice to narrate

Any additional comments?

Love this story. It gave me such a deep appreciation for all of our Marines in WWII, in addition to the Navajo people. The only nitpick I have is that I read the book before listening to the audio, and since it is written as a grandfather relaying his story to his grandchildren, the actor they chose to record the audio just sounded a bit too young for that role. Other than that, great read/listen.