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Island of the Blue Dolphins Audiobook

Island of the Blue Dolphins

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Island of the Blue Dolphins is the remarkable story of a strange and beautiful Indian girl who lives a serene and courageous life as the solitary survivor on a rocky island off the California coast. The island looks like a big fish sunning itself in the sea. Around it, blue dolphins swim, otters frolic in the surf, and sea elephants and birds abound. Once, many Indians lived on the island, too. But when the Russians arrived to prey on the wildlife surrounding the island, a war broke out, and many perished. The few that were left fled the island and sailed to the island of Santa Catalina in the east, but Karana, The Girl with the Long Black Hair, and Ramo, her brother, were left behind.

Year after year, Karana waited for a ship to come for her. But while she waited, she fought for her very survival, building a shelter, hunting for food, making weapons to stave off her enemies, the wild dogs who took her brother. Scott O'Dell's timeless classic about an unusual adventure of survival is also a tale of natural beauty and personal discovery that touches everyone who hears Karana's unforgettable story.

©1960 Scott O'Dell; (P)1995 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, a Division of Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc.

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  • Terri O. Johnson
    Eden Prairie, MN
    23/07/09
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    "Rich in cultural details and extremely well read."

    I believe this will be a longtime favorite for me and my girls, ages 9,7,and 4. We all love a theme which combines history, culture, and a unique story line. This has it all. The narrators voice (likely a native american) adds to the visualization of the island. Highly recommend it!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • kurt
    21/02/09
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    "Best audio book I've listened too"

    This is my all time favorite. The narrator is perfect for this enchanting story. Our whole family loved it -- children and adults.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Susan
    East Boothbay, ME, USA
    18/04/04
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    "Hauntingly beautiful"

    A very well written and exceptionally well read story. The theme of being alone, an only survivor, is one that is often considered and in this context, which seems very plausable, core feeings are dealt with: fear, loneliness, companionship and joy, making the story close to the reader and possible to identify with her. We didn't want it to end but so it had to be... It's a great listen!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Christina
    newport beach, CA, USA
    08/08/08
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    "Beautifully made! :D"

    I've read the book at school, and I bought the audiobook on iTunes after, and I absolutely loved the book. The audiobook, brings the book alive, I absolutley love the person who plays Karana, she did very well :D Super well written, I've still got to say, if you buy it, buy the book or go to the library. I love how O'Dell adds in the Wild dogs. I remember though it saying that they were wolves?? but i guess they were dogs... i think his name was.. Fox Eyes? I don't remember the dogs name. But I cried when he died.

    Amazing. Must buy if you like dogs, stories about girls, pirates (kinda), and if you like stranded island kind of stories.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher B.
    Oxford, Mississippi USA
    28/06/04
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    "An old classic"

    I read this years ago in elementary school and remember enjoying it so much. I thought I'd pick it up for a trip I was going on since the length was right and I remembered it fondly.

    I enjoyed hearing the story again as I'd forgotten most of the major points and the side plots. I thought that the narration was weak and the music during the dramatic moments was nauseating. I did get over this and it's not so rampent as to ruin the whole experience.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Pamela M.
    Southern California
    01/10/14
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    "A Beloved Favorite!"

    This is one of my all time favorite stories. I remembering reading it when I was young. It had such an impression on me I wanted to revisit it 20 years later. It's an adventure story of a 12 year old girl left alone on an island. She deals with loneliness and finds the strength and courage she needs to survive. Tantoo Cardnial was the perfect voice for this story. It's a true classic worthy of the Newbery Medal. A must read/listen for all ages.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Coco
    30/06/16
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    "I've always loved this."

    this was my favorite childhood book. And I still love it today. It isn't the typical book I read now but I definitely still enjoy listening to it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Isabel
    14/09/15
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    "The story"


    I love this book it was amazing. I rate it all stars because this book makes me fill I'm in the book like, I know how she fills.this is a great book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    19/11/16
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    "What I think of the story!"

    I think this was a great story and I think this is a story for somone who likes animals+adventure and being brave.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • john strecker
    31/10/16
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    "Awesome"

    I love this book it is my favorite book of all time you should reed this

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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