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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (466 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Russell Freedman Narrator: Barbara Caruso Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Almost anything scares young Eleanor: mice, the dark, and a host of imaginary dangers. But she learns to hide her feelings—her father disapproves of fear, and she longs only to please him. She knows she will always disappoint her beautiful, socialite mother, because Eleanor is painfully shy and plain. As a young debutante in Manhattan, she spends her days teaching needy children and touring crowded tenements. There, she makes a life-changing discovery that later enables her to redefine the role of America’s first lady—being shy doesn’t matter as long as she’s helping others. Winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and the Golden Kite award, Eleanor Roosevelt was named an ALA Notable Book and a YALSA Best Book for Young Adults. Author Russell Freedman creates a spirited portrait of the woman who overcame enormous personal obstacles to earn the title, “First Lady of the World.” With Barbara Caruso’s splendid narration, Eleanor Roosevelt’s remarkable life unfolds with clarity and sensitivity.

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  • “Freedman writes both authoritatively and compellingly, and the Eleanor that emerges is a complex, flesh-and-blood individual, not a dull heroine of textbook history. He also deals plainly with some of the more sordid aspects of the Roosevelts’ married life (namely FDR’s infidelity), but he never sensationalizes, and his honesty and candor signal his respect for his subject and for his readers. This biography cannot be recommended highly enough.”

    Publishers Weekly

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by marie | 2/12/2014

    " I knew Eleanor Roosevelt was an amazing woman, but I didn't know the half of it. Freedman does an excellent job of highlighting her accomplishments and showing how she became the public figure we learn about in school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Phoebe | 2/10/2014

    " What a great, simple description of the life of a remarkable woman! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jaimi | 2/2/2014

    " This is a young adult book - but provides a great summary of her life and lots to discuss. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Eric Makelky | 1/28/2014

    " Not a bad read. I gained some insight on the role Eleanor played in the human rights movement, something I previously did not know. "

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