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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: Pam Muñoz Ryan Narrator: Mark Bramhall, David de Vries, MacLeod Andrews, Rebecca Soler Publisher: Scholastic Inc Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2015 ISBN: 9780545788380
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2016 Newbery Honor Book

New York Times Bestseller



An impassioned, uplifting, and virtuosic tour de force from a treasured storyteller!




Lost and alone in a forbidden forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and suddenly finds himself entwined in a puzzling quest involving a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica.



Decades later, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California each, in turn, become interwoven when the very same harmonica lands in their lives. All the children face daunting challenges: rescuing a father, protecting a brother, holding a family together. And ultimately, pulled by the invisible thread of destiny, their suspenseful solo stories converge in an orchestral crescendo.



Richly imagined and masterfully crafted, Echo pushes the boundaries of genre, form, and storytelling innovation to create a wholly original novel that will resound in your heart long after the last note has been struck.
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Quotes & Awards

  • “A satisfyingly multilayered tale of music, self-sacrifice, and redemption.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “After reading Pam Muñoz Ryan’s enchanting new novel, you’ll never see the harmonica the same way again….Start to finish the book is a joy to read….The music swells, the book sings.”

    New York Times

  • “Music infuses this production as four narrators perform interlocked stories…Narrator Mark Bramhall sets the tone with his powerful, accented portrayal of Otto…From there, David de Vries, MacLeod Andrews, and Rebecca Soler take listeners from Germany to Pennsylvania to California with distinctive performances that give a sense of place and life to characters struggling with the rise of the Nazi party, the Great Depression, and then WWII itself. A riveting exploration of that which destroys and that which heals. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • “The book’s thematic underpinnings poignantly reveal what Friedrich, Mike, and Ivy truly have in common: not just a love of music but resourcefulness in the face of change and a refusal to accept injustice.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Ryan has created three contemporary characters who, through faith and perseverance, write their own happy endings, inspiring readers to believe they can do the same.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “A grand narrative that examines the power of music to inspire beauty in a world overrun with fear and intolerance, it’s worth every moment of readers’ time.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A BookPage Best Book of 2015 for Middle Grade Fiction
  • A 2016 YALSA Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults Top Ten Selection
  • Winner of the 2016 Audie Award for Middle Grade Novel Best Narration
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2015 Kirkus Prize for Young Reader's Literature
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About the Author

Pam Muñoz Ryan is the recipient of the NEA’s Human and Civil Rights Award and the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award for multicultural literature. She has written more than thirty books which have garnered, among countless accolades, the Pura Belpre Medal, the Jane Addams Award, and the Schneider Family Award. She lives near San Diego.

About the Narrators

Mark Bramhall has won thirty-four AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been a finalist for the Audiobook Publishers Association’s prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He has been named by Publishers Weekly and AudioFile magazine among their “Best Voices of the Year” in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. He is also an award-winning actor whose acting credits include off-Broadway, regional, and many Los Angeles venues as well as television, animation, and feature films. He has taught and directed at the American Academy of Dramatic Art.

David de Vries, an audiobook narrator and veteran stage actor and director, spent three years in the cast of Wicked and was the last Lumiere in the Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast. He has also appeared in numerous films and voiced commercial campaigns for companies large and small, including American Express, AT&T, UPS, Motorola, Georgia-Pacific, Delta Airlines, Coca Cola, and Ford, among others. He can be seen in a number of feature films, including The Founder, The Accountant, Captain America: Civil War, and Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. On television, his credits include House of Cards, Nashville, and Halt and Catch Fire. De Vries is the winner of four AudioFile Earphones Awards.

MacLeod Andrews is an actor, voice actor, and audiobook narrator. He has narrated dozens of audiobooks, earning eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards and placing as a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. He is a company member of Rising Phoenix Repertory in Los Angeles.

Rebecca Soler is a film and voice-over actress and winner of five AudioFile Earphones Awards for audiobook narration. Her audiobook credits include work by authors such as Judy Blume, James Patterson and Sarah Dessen. She has also narrated the young adult series The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. Her voice-over credits include various video games, like Star Wars: The Old Republic and Red Dead Redemption, and television shows such as Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.