Extended Audio Sample

Download The Liberation of Gabriel King Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample The Liberation of Gabriel King Audiobook, by K. L. Going Click for printable size audiobook cover
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (768 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: K. L. Going Narrator: Robert Keefe Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2005 ISBN: 9780307245540
Regular Price: $13.50 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $12.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

Gabriel King was a born chicken. He’s afraid of spiders, corpses, loose cows, and just about everything related to the fifth grade. Gabe’s best friend, Frita Wilson, thinks Gabe needs some liberating from his fears. Frita knows something about being brave, she’s the only black kid in school in a town with an active Ku Klux Klan. Together Gabe and Frita are going to spend the summer of 1976 facing down the fears on Gabe’s list. But it turns out that Frita has her own list, and while she’s helping Gabe confront his fears, she’s avoiding the thing that scares her the most.

Download and start listening now!

BK_LILI_000243

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jody Heiserman | 2/12/2014

    " My students laughed out loud while I read this book, but they also learned things they didn't even realize they were learning... yet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alane Jewel | 2/8/2014

    " nice read for a young adult. great balance of children friendship themes and historical civil rights/equality themes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 2/6/2014

    " This story and its characters really drew me in. I liked it a lot. A very entertaining, yet sobering, indication of the era in which it was set. Here's to "liberatin'!" :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia Miller | 1/23/2014

    " This book gave me an idea of how to get rid of my fears. I also liked how the friends helped each other get over their fears. They were very good to each other. It also gave me an idea of what things were like in 1976. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 1/8/2014

    " I listened to this one. The narrator was really good. Sweet characters. "

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

    " I loved this book. A great read about overcoming fears, both rational and irrational. Also, and endearing story about a frienship between two kids who are both outcasts, though for very different reasons. Though this is meant as a middle grade reader, I would recommend it for adults and teenagers as well. Also, not a bad introduction to the subject of racism for kids. Overall, a super quick but thought provoking and heart warming read. I plan to read this one outloud to my family at night. "

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

    " A lovely book about family and friendship, race and personal courage in the face of bullies for a younger audience by Going. I liked this book and thought that it might make a good read-aloud. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elle Drue | 1/6/2014

    " It was fairly cute. Not really sure why it won an award, though. There are much better children/ya literature out there dealing with racism, in my opinion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janie Hepler | 1/6/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. I learned a lot of interesting stuff about Jimmy Carter, and the premise was cute. The book is short, but just the right length. "

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

    " I knew it was YA lit, but it was geared towards a bit younger than I anticipated. At least, I think so only because it had a happy ending...and who does that anymore? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie | 12/27/2013

    " This book is good for anyone who fears. Which is everyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 12/22/2013

    " really touching. I thought K.L. Going captured kids and their fears really well-without being overly cheesy or annoying, as other books often do. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 12/18/2013

    " I loved this book. It deals with racism in a way that's not too heavy for 4th or 5th graders, and manages to be funny despite the serious subject. Great on audio. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meagan Saia | 12/6/2013

    " Awesome book and even better message. Loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy Gaston | 7/3/2013

    " Compelling story of an unlikely friendship in the 1980s. I was pulled in because it was the first historical fiction written about the time of my childhood. Loved the characters and enjoyed the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meg | 6/7/2013

    " I loved this book! It's a good book for anyone who's up for a good book, involving deep issues but viewing everything through the mind of an elementary school boy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susanna | 4/23/2013

    " This is one of my favorite MG books - great writing, sympathetic characters, important topics. Highly recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 msrouse | 4/17/2013

    " Pretty good historical fiction. Set in the South during the summer of 1976, the 200th birthday of the United States. A story of friendship during tough times. Addresses issues of racism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LifeisWrite2196 | 2/12/2013

    " good, good. somewhat funny "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daphne Da Silva | 8/24/2012

    " great and awesome book!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 8/5/2012

    " I recommend the audiobook version of this one, it was fantastic! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ange | 6/30/2012

    " Thanks to Shauna for reminding me that I did read this awesome little book! We read it for book club, it's a quick read that addresses some social issues that are important to talk about with your children. It would be a great book to read with your child together. And it's quite funny too! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 5/18/2012

    " This is a children's book, but it has a lot to offer. It is short and sweet - you could finish it in one afternoon on the couch. It talks about black and white relationships in the south in the 1970s. However it is framed in the perspective of two fifth grade kids. Great, easy, heart warming read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sunshine | 4/29/2012

    " Such an touching and simple story. Sewn with threads of truth, history, and human realism this book speaks to children of all ages, including this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krista | 2/24/2012

    " Fears are there to be conquered. (Teacher read it to us) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frehnerdiana | 2/22/2012

    " I loved this book, actually I love all books. This was a sweet story of a boy who was afraid of everything and his friend Frita who helps him overcome them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mindy | 6/13/2011

    " Thank you Ammagrace for reminding me of this book. I read it two years ago... it was really good! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jody | 5/17/2011

    " My students laughed out loud while I read this book, but they also learned things they didn't even realize they were learning... yet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 5/5/2011

    " Outstanding book that I used with upper elementary students in our study of racism and integration in the American south during the 1970's. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 2/12/2011

    " Compelling story of an unlikely friendship in the 1980s. I was pulled in because it was the first historical fiction written about the time of my childhood. Loved the characters and enjoyed the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 2/12/2011

    " I might have liked it more in book format, which happens sometimes for audio books with me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 7/30/2010

    " Gabriel is afraid of many things, but what he feared most was entering the 5th grade. His best friend Frita plans to help him get over his fears by facing them head on. Unfortunately, they both end up facing the reality of racism in the south in 1976. This book is both eye-opening and entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle | 7/26/2010

    " Any kid that names their pet spider after Jimmy Carter, because JC is sooo cool, is five stars to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 7/23/2010

    " This was a very good story. I think one every one should read. It takes place in 1976. Just before the election of Jimmy Carter. KKK around. A young white boy and his best friend a young black girl. And how they changed during the summer before going into the fifth grade. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 5/5/2010

    " This was a wonderful story about two childhood friends learning to face their fears in Georgia circa 1976. I loved that this one took place during my childhood. Gabe and Frita were a dynamic duo. "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author

K.L. Going is the award-winning author of books for children and teens. Her first novel, Fat Kid Rules the World was a Michael Printz Honor Book, listed with YALSA’s Best Books for Young Adults and their Best Books for the Past Decade. Her books have been Scholastic Book Club choices, Junior Library Guild selections, New York Public Library Best Books, and winners of state book awards. Her work has been published in Korea, Italy, Japan, Germany, and the UK, and Fat Kid Rules the World is now a major motion picture. She began her career working at one of the oldest literary agencies in New York City. She used this inner knowledge of publishing to write Writing and Selling the Young Adult Novel, a how-to book for aspiring writers, published by Writer’s Digest. She has also written short stories for several anthologies and currently has multiple picture books under contract. She lives in Glen Spey, New York where she both writes and runs a business critiquing manuscripts. She is also an adoring mom.