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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Agard Narrator: Dion Graham Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2015 ISBN: 9781511323611
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Books contain countless tales—but what if Book told its own story? From clay tablets to e-readers, here is a quirky, kid-friendly look at the book.

Books are one of humankind’s greatest forms of expression, and now Book, in a witty, idiosyncratic voice, tells us the inside story. A wonderfully eccentric character with strong opinions and a poetic turn of phrase, Book tells of a journey from papyrus scrolls to medieval manuscripts to printed paper and beyond—pondering, along the way, many bookish things, including the evolution of the alphabet, the library (known to Egyptians as "the healing place of the soul"), and even book burning. Book is a captivating work of nonfiction by one of England's leading poets.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Dion Graham nails the narration of Agard’s loving tribute to books and their history…Graham has the style of a storyteller with a myriad of tools at his disposal, including a rich voice, variations in tempo, and volume changes, all used to make information clear and emotions palpable. Listeners of all ages will come away with a deeper appreciation of books. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “Consider this a love letter to the physical object of the book, chronicled through time with humorous lyricism by Agard.”


  • Book covers a lot of territory accurately and with verve…A pleasing visit.

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “This clever and interesting tome relates the beginnings of writing, its transcendence through the years, and its importance to everyone no matter what the form.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “[Agard] conjures a vivid, intriguingly detailed picture of the way the book and its social and economic meaning have transformed over the millennia…This will have an easy place in library lessons, and it will also engage the youngsters who want nonfiction to read like a story.”

    Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
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About the Narrator

Dion Graham, from HBO’s The Wire, also narrates The First 48 on A&E. Winner of more than a dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, he has performed on Broadway, off Broadway, internationally, in films, and in several hit television series. His performances have been praised as thoughtful and compelling, vivid and full of life.