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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kenneth Oppel Narrator: John McDonough Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2009 ISBN:
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Shade, a young silverwing bat, is the runt of his colony. Determined to show how brave he is, Shade breaks one of the ancient rules that governs the bats. As punishment, owls burn the bats' roost, forcing them to migrate earlier than normal. While on the trip south to the Hibernaculum, Shade becomes separated from his flock during a rain storm. His destination is millions of wing beats away. Now he must find a way to make the journey on his own. Along the way, he'll meet up with bats of different species--some friendly, some not. Shade will have to learn quickly which ones to trust if he's ever going to see his family again.

A Smithsonian Notable Book for Children, Silverwing combines action, fantasy and factual information on bats into an unforgettable tale. John McDonough's soaring narration brings Shade and his colony to life. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elena | 4/26/2011

    " I loved this book! I learned a lot about bats and began to like them a lot more than I used to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chelsea | 4/4/2011

    " This book about a bat and his friends truly touched my heart. I loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krista | 3/23/2011

    " Good for children in elementary school or maybe early middle school, that's when I read them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 3/22/2011

    " I remember why I loved this book when I was younger. Too bad it's such an easy read now though. Incredible story and description for such a short book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meghan | 3/22/2011

    " Didn't finish it - no humour! Odd that it was such a success. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamara | 3/8/2011

    " Read this book to my 4th grade class. What a wonderful story. We might read the second book too. "

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

    " I've been wanting to read this book for ages. And when i finally got my hands on a copy - I couldn't put it down. Who knew I'd enjoy a story about a bat! This was packed with action and great characters. I really enjoyed reading this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bianca | 2/27/2011

    " An surprisingly well-written, fast-paced, excellently-ended book for all ages. I read this aloud to my second and fourth graders, and they and I loved the story (so much better than Percy Jackson!) We are making our way through the sequel now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josie | 2/27/2011

    " This was a good book about a Silverwing bat who gets lost. He has to find his way back to his family so that they can hibernate. It takes a long time a he meets a brightwing bat, an albino bat, and two evil cannibal bats. But, he has to get home. This he knows. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Raina | 2/17/2011

    " Read this on talking book early in my library career. Now it feels like a classic in my mind. Great adventure story about a bat who gets away from his group in a migration. Great stuff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christan | 2/12/2011

    " this was a really well put together book. I read it in 8th grade and absolutely loved it!
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robstrang | 1/8/2011

    " it's about a silver wing bat who got lost and is try ing to find his family but almost gets eaten by goth "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stallone | 12/31/2010

    " I grew up with this book in my closet. It was my first book i ever owned i think. Even now, it's still one of my fav's. I never thought i could love bats so much. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chelsea | 12/24/2010

    " This book is about displacement and finding yourself, but also about being terrified of what you know you have to do- but doing it anyway. It's totally an adventure book and it is a cliff-hanger (it's a series though- which I literally did not know until about 2 minutes ago)... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacqueline | 12/14/2010

    " I really liked this whole series "

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About the Author
Author Kenneth Oppel

Kenneth Oppel is the author of numerous books for young readers. His award-winning Silverwing trilogy has sold over a million copies worldwide and been adapted as an animated TV series and stage play. Airborn won a Michael L. Printz Honor Book Award and the Canadian Governor General’s Literary Award for children’s literature; its sequel, Skybreaker, was a New York Times bestseller and was named Children’s Novel of the Year by the Times. Born on Canada’s Vancouver Island, he now resides in Toronto with his wife and children.

About the Narrator

John McDonough, one of AudioFile magazine’s Golden Voices, has narrated dozens of audiobooks. He is known for his narrations of children’s books, including Robert McCloskey’s Centerburg Tales and Albert Marrin’s Commander-in-Chief Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. Outside of his audiobook work, he has starred in a revival of Captain Kangaroo on the Fox Network.