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Publisher's Summary

Avi’s swashbuckling tale of murder and mutiny on the high seas has a fascinating twist: the heroine is a 13-year-old girl. In 1832, Charlotte Doyle boards a ship bound for America and is caught in a battle between a mad captain and his ruthless crew. If you’re looking for an action-packed adventure story for girls, you’ll find it in The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle.

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We loved it!!

We loved listening to this in our 5th grade classroom!!It really saves a teacher's voice when the books are on audibles.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Fabulous story narrated wonderfully!!!

Alexandra O'Karma did a fabulous job with this story. Having previously read the book, she portrayed Charlotte just as I had imagined her to be, not to mention the great job she did with all of the other characters. Now I am interested in both more stories by Avi and more performances by Alexandra O'Karma!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Newberry Honor Book for a reason...

I read this Newberry Honor book aloud to my kids when they were pre-teens, enjoyed its exciting clipper ship setting then and enjoyed it again now. Although I had to suspend my disbelief a few times as the plot becomes ever more complicated... I found I was glad to do it. To me the narration was pretty good considering the variety of voices involved in the book and I honestly didn't notice loud inhaling. Heroine does a 180 degree change in beliefs, behavior, capability and self esteem which depending on your view may be good or bad. It made for some good thought questions and processing with my kids. Would be a fun family listen for cross country trip.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Reader inhales noisily

What did you like about this audiobook?

I didn't finish the book.

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

I will make sure I won't buy another book with this reader.

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

Yes. I have read this book in the past, so obviously I was interested enough to listen to the audio version.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

The narrator Inhales loudly. constantly!<br/> I did not go beyond the first 5 minutes of the book because the reader just totally inhales very loud. I skipped ahead to chapter 7 to see if she changed her performance and she was still making the noise.

Do you have any additional comments?

I am sorry I spent money on the book. I wont listen to it later either because of the narrators poor performance. I think I should get a refund!

6 of 10 people found this review helpful

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YIKES!

This book has all you're looking for: excitement, mystery, and dangerous situations. Although the protagonist is a 13-year old girl, this is always one of the most popular assigned books for both boys and girls in my middle school English class. You'll love it. &quot;Audible 20 Review Sweepstakes Entry&quot;

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Good Family Listen

My daughter and I enjoyed this book on a road trip. Being 13 herself, the first line really hooked her in after not wanting to listen to this story. Overall a great story and fun ending. -&quot;Audible Review Sweepstakes Entry&quot;

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Great history, ships and girl power

I am an adult, this book was great, the history of the period was excellent. I understand so much now about sailing..
The narrator was slow and nasally but I grew accustomed and thought she did a great job.
Any girl, boy or adult would enjoy this journey back in time...

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Returning it

What made the experience of listening to The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle the most enjoyable?

The storyline seems good and I believe it would be an enjoyable read.

What didn’t you like about Alexandra O’Karma’s performance?

The narrator. She seemed to be short of breath while reading. I just couldn't get past it.

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It's a great book...

I just hate some of the characters so much that I can't enjoy the ending. Definitely worth a listen though.

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my favourite book since the 4th grade!

even as an adult it is still my favourite book. the audible version does not disappoint! I highly recommend it!

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  • LJ
  • 08-28-17

Brilliant Adventure book

I read this as a child and always meant to come back and re read it because I had enjoyed it so much. I wasn't disappointed! it was wonderful! perhaps a slightly more tame than I remembered but still a really brilliant adventure.
I always remember how thrilled I felt when I first read it, when Charlotte slices her hair off.... it was just as thrilling this time round too.
Definitely worth a read/listen, and definitely one to get for your kids, especially if you have girls (very empowering for little girls!) .