Island of the Blue Dolphins

Version: Unabridged
Author: Scott O'Dell
Narrator: Tantoo Cardinal
Genres: Classics, Fiction
Publisher: Listening Library (Audio)
Published In: May 2005
# of Units: 4 CDs
Length: 3 hours, 41 minutes
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Overview

In the Pacific there is an island that looks like a big fish sunning itself in the sea. Around it, blue dolphins swim, otters play, and sea elephants and sea birds abound. Once, Indians also lived on the island. And when they left and sailed to the east, one young girl was left behind.

This is the story of Karana, the Indian girl who lived alone for years on the Island of the Blue Dolphins. Year after year, she watched one season pass into another and waited for a ship to take her away. But while she waited, she kept herself alive by building a shelter, making weapons, finding food, and fighting her enemies, the wild dogs. It is not only an unusual adventure of survival, but also a tale of natural beauty and personal discovery.

Reviews (5)

island of the blue dolphins

Written by chris from Norman, OK on October 8th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

reading was excellant ,story was perfect. Loved the music.

Wonderful!

Written by Michelle Albanese on March 21st, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Our family really enjoyed this story. My 6-year old daughter would not let me return the cd's. The story is simple to understand and the writing allows you to vividly picture the island and its occupants. I liked how Karana constantly worked hard for her survival and showed resourcefulness and wisdom. She learned important lessons about caring for her environment and its inhabitants. She made "friends" with her enemies or at least learned to respect them. Great book for the whole family!

Island of the Blue Dolphins

Written by Anonymous from Columbia, MD on August 22nd, 2007

  • Book Rating: 1/5

This book was so stupid and pointless. I don't know why I spent my time on this piece of trash. Don't bother reading this book.

Island of the Blue Dolphins

Written by Anonymous on May 7th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

A wonderful and poignant adventure story. It's a classic.

Island of the Blue Dolphins

Written by Kathy Campbell on November 15th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Simply wonderful ... Tantoo Cardinal is PERFECT as Karana. I now understand why this book is so beloved. I wish I had read it in 1961 so that I would have had it in my heart all these years! If you have not read it, don't wait another moment.

Author Details

Author Details

O'Dell, Scott

Scott Oa (TM)Dell (1898a "1989), one of the most respected aScott Oa (TM)Dell (1898a "1989), one of the most respected authors of historical fiction, received the Newbery Medal, thuthors of historical fiction, received the Newbery Medal, three Newbery Honor Medals, and the Hans Christian Andersen Auree Newbery Honor Medals, and the Hans Christian Andersen Author Medal, the highest international recognition for a bodythor Medal, the highest international recognition for a body of work by an author of books for young readers. Some of hi of work by an author of books for young readers. Some of hi