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Publisher's Summary

Following the unfortunate death of his parents, young Toby Matthias finds himself living a carefree life on Piper Cay, an Out Island in the Bahamas, at his grandparents' inn. Isolated from children his own age, Toby develops a deep and lasting friendship with an unlikely companion: a bottlenose dolphin.
A heartwarming tale, The Boy and the Dolphin follows the tropical adventures of Toby and Phinney as they make sense of life in the mid-50s. When Toby is sent to complete his education in the States and Phinney immerses herself more deeply in her dolphin culture, the best friends experience ever-increasing separations. But even while Toby serves his country in the skies over Vietnam, the boy and the dolphin share an unbreakable, decade-long bond.
©2016 Dick Schmidt (P)2016 Dick Schmidt
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5 out of 5 stars
By Nicole Klein on 12-20-16

Well written book about a very uncommon friendship

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

This book is so well written you will feel completely immersed into it! I listened to the audiobook version and would highly recommend.
"The Boy & the Dolphin" is a unique story about Toby and a bottlenose dolphin named Phinney. These uncommon friends endure many trials and tribulations during the 1950's, including the Vietnam war.
This book can be enjoyed by a wide variety of ages and even my husband who normally never reads or finishes a book!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ellie P. on 04-01-17

Fun listen

What did you love best about The Boy and the Dolphin?

This was a great book to listen to. The narrator was great and kept the author's scientific information interesting. Not only was I pleased with the production (the narrator's voice and delivery) but the descriptions of the source material were extremely informative while still holding my attention. The plot might have been a bit simplistic, but the flow of the book lent itself to being a valid, lifelike story. It felt realistic.
Definitely would suggest as a read for animal lovers, and those who want a good conservation story.

What other book might you compare The Boy and the Dolphin to and why?

I haven't read other conservation books like this one.

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

He does well on being both a fictional and scientific narrator.

If you could rename The Boy and the Dolphin, what would you call it?


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