Island of the Blue Dolphins

  • by Scott O'Dell
  • Narrated by Tantoo Cardinal
  • 4 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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Newbery Medal Winner, 1961

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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!
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- Terri O. Johnson "Terri"

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.
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- kurt

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-24-2000
  • Publisher: Listening Library