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3.76 out of 53.76 out of 53.76 out of 53.76 out of 53.76 out of 5 3.76 (41 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Wendy Orr Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2011 ISBN: 9781455189298
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Nim lives on an island in the middle of the wide blue sea, shared by only her father Jack, a marine iguana called Fred, a sea lion called Selkie, a turtle called Chica, and a satellite dish for her e-mail. No one else in the world lives quite like Nim, and she wouldn’t swap places with anyone.

But when Jack disappears in his sailing boat and disaster threatens her home, Nim must be braver than she’s ever been before. And she needs help from her friends, old and new.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A fantasy tale as welcome as a breath of fresh tropical air…With ample doses of suspense and comedy, and a pleasingly sappy happily-ever-after ending, the tale portrays the improbable so cleverly that readers will want to believe everything about the likable Nim and her idyllic isle.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “This finely produced audiobook captures the spirit of Orr's fantastic tale…Reading lightly differentiates characters’ voices, but her real strength lies in her expressive delivery. Children will savor the slivers of information about the tropical habitat, the adventure and survival themes, and the imaginative twists that Orr works into the story.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “With a perky tone Kate Reading keeps listeners engaged as the descriptions of daily tasks alternate with descriptions of the pleasures of island living. Through unlikely plot twists, Reading keeps suspense alive as a marvelous cyber friendship built on mistaken identities develops in this satisfying adventure.”

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 2/17/2014

    " I read this with my kids. We really enjoyed it. I took them to see the movie. It didn't follow the book very closely so that was disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shreya=Drastically Random. Find the emoticon. | 2/16/2014

    " The movie was better, but the storyline was good in the book. The movie was more dramatic and communicated emotions better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emilie | 2/14/2014

    " I liked the movie better, to me it was good but just seemed rrreeeaaalllyyy slow. It took me awhile to finish because I wasn't very into the story.. over all it was okay.. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katiana | 1/31/2014

    " Meet Nim-a modern-day RObinson Crusoe! She can chop down bananas with a machete, climb tall palm trees, and start a fire with a piece of glass. So she's not afraid when her scientist dad sails off to study plankton for three days, leaving her alone on their island. Besides, it's not as if no one's looking after her-she's got a sea lion to mother her and an iguana for comic relief. She also has an inteesting new e-mail pal. But when her father's cell phone calls stop coming nd disaster seems near, Nim has to be stronger and braver than she's ever been before. And she'll need all her friends to help her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katy | 1/21/2014

    " I think nims island was really good. it taught me that all girls need help from grownups. **** 4 stars! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacqui Ainsworth | 1/18/2014

    " A really cute book! Excellent read aloud for girls or boys! My kids and husband really enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aly | 1/9/2014

    " Nim is a great role model for girls...she solves problems and knows when to ask for help. Her story is imaginative and real...cannot wait to read it to my daughter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hillary | 1/7/2014

    " Read this one out loud to my 8 year old before we check out the movie. It's fun and is fairly short. It's a good kid power and adventure story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megt | 1/4/2014

    " The tale of a secret island owned by Nim and her dad. When Nim comes across an e-mail sent by a stranger she starts a relationship between the stranger. The perfect adventure for a young girl. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 1/3/2014

    " The narration is very well done, with little 'special' effects, or character voicing. A very enjoyable read for the whole family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna Bliss | 12/16/2013

    " An enjoyable read-out-loud chapter book. My daughter enjoyed the story (and the animals area way more fun in the book than in the movie). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally | 12/8/2013

    " It was so fun! Age 10 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ravenous | 12/2/2013

    " A wonderful novel for younger readers and old alike! Although not as adventure filled as the movie the narritive is charming and fun! I especially love the epistolic dialouge between Nim and Alex! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie Jane | 11/24/2013

    " Wanted to read it before I saw the movie. The book doesn't really match the previews I've seen. Can't wait to see if the changes are for the better or worse. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsten | 9/5/2013

    " Adorable and imaginative! A sweet, fanciful read for anyone who just wants a good story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tabi (Sherlockian; My Middle Name Is Eccentric) | 8/11/2013

    " I like the movie better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brooke holcombe | 5/3/2013

    " have not read it but just saw the movie to night. it is so good i love it it is my favorite movie "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice.t | 3/19/2013

    " This is an amazing adventure book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elisabeth Wheatley | 5/16/2012

    " While this book was funny, I think the writer was still learning as a wordsmtith and that it showed. I enjoyed this book and I think it's an excellent read for young bookworms, but I just liked the movie better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leah | 4/22/2012

    " A fun adventure book of courage, but nothing too dire. Described Alex as a "dreamer not a doer" and that's how I feel sometimes. Never daring to do the things I dream of doing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 4/14/2012

    " It was a really great book to read my students and the ending made them have to use their inferencing skills to decide what happened... That was the best part! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacie | 4/4/2012

    " Loved this book. It was a Treat to read this and after I watched the movie and feel the book was 100 times better. Think I will read this with my daughter this summer "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mokamonkey | 1/21/2012

    " A reasonably interesting kid's adventure book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carly | 10/24/2011

    " Such a good book for young girls. Sweet and simple with being overbearingly so. Reminiscent of the old-school classics. I would imagine this to be a modern day version of The Swiss Family Robinson. Quite enjoyable overall. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 *tarazza | 6/16/2011

    " Around her neck she wore three cords. One was for a spyglass, one for a whorly, whistling shell, and one for a fat red pocketknife in a sheath. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 5/23/2011

    " Such a good book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gentlereader | 5/20/2011

    " All girl characters except dad who's away, lost at sea.
    Nim has animal friends, corresponds with advenuture author who comes to visit, decides to stay at end of book, leading to sequel...
    Rec: animal loving elementary girls "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clayton | 5/16/2011

    " A beautiful children's book surrounding a tropical island with sea lions and iguanas and volcanoes and secret coves and shell beach and more. Nothing like a happy ending and . . . . they lived happily ever after! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice.t | 5/7/2011

    " This is an amazing adventure book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah | 4/3/2011

    " It was adventureous and fun "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megt | 3/26/2011

    " The tale of a secret island owned by Nim and her dad. When Nim comes across an e-mail sent by a stranger she starts a relationship between the stranger. The perfect adventure for a young girl. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vinod | 3/26/2011

    " GOOD STORY- EVEN WATCH THE MVOIE TODAY.THANKS "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 the Reeds | 3/4/2011

    " cute story. too many gaping holes for older readers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marisa | 2/20/2011

    " If I would not have seen the movie first, I would have given this 4 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 AmyLyn | 1/9/2011

    " My kids really liked this! I left my mp3 player in Arizona when I moved so I listened to most of this while I drove to the airport. I didn't ever finish it, but it was a fun story and even better than the cute movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grace | 11/25/2010

    " Didn't even know there was a book to this! The movie was hilarious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia | 11/24/2010

    " This is one of my comfort books - when I'm upset, I read this. And somehow, it makes me feel better. I always wished I could live on a desert island. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Japhy | 11/6/2010

    " I recommend this book for people who like nature and adventures. Good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorelle | 10/2/2010

    " This is a fun book about a brave, adventurous, independent girl. The idea of having an island to oneself is one that catches the imagination. A great modern day Robinson Crusoe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jordan | 9/21/2010

    " i thought this was a great book i love how it gos on a aventure and and its about a girl who gos on ann adventure


    GREAT BOOK "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 9/14/2010

    " An enjoyable read-out-loud chapter book. My daughter enjoyed the story (and the animals area way more fun in the book than in the movie). "

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About the Author
Author Wendy Orr

Wendy Orr is the author of Peeling the Onion, an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults. She lives with her dog and other family in the hills by the sea in southern Australia.

About the Narrator

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.