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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (525 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steve Sheinkin Narrator: Mark Bramhall Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9780449014974
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On a bitter cold day in January 1741 Benedict Arnold was born. Little did anyone know that he would grow up to become the most infamous villain in American history. But first, he would be one of the country’s greatest war heroes. Fearless in the line of fire, a genius at strategy and motivating his men, General Arnold was America’s first action hero. But his thirst for recognition would ultimately be his undoing. Hopeless at political
maneuvers, prone to outbursts of ego and temper, Arnold saw his fame slowly slipping away. And so, he came up with a plan that would guarantee his place in history . . .
     Packed with gripping first-person accounts, astonishing battle scenes, and shocking betrayals, this accessible biography proves that there’s more than one side to every good story. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “American history is brought to life in this engaging story of revolution and treason…The Notorious Benedict Arnold is likely to make readers want to learn more about the American Revolution and its players, great and small.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “History junkies are in for a treat when they pick up this lively, highly readable biography of the US’s most vilified traitor…A worthy addition to all libraries.”

    Booklist

  • “Several complex political, social, and military themes emerge, one of the most prominent being that within the Continental army, often simplistically depicted as single-minded patriots, beat hearts scheming with political machinations that are completely familiar today…Arnold’s inexorable clash with Gates and his decision to turn traitor both chill and compel.”

    Horn Book Magazine (starred review)

  • “Sheinkin sees Arnold as America’s ‘original action hero’ and succeeds in writing a brilliant, fast-paced biography that reads like an adventure novel…The author’s obvious mastery of his material, lively prose and abundant use of eyewitness accounts make this one of the most exciting biographies young readers will find.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • Winner of the 2011 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 2/19/2014

    " This was a wonderful nonfiction book. So interesting. A little heavy on the description of Revolutionary War battles for my taste, but also necessary...because the battles are large part of Benedict Arnold's story. I was amazed that what little I thought I knew about Benedict Arnold pretty much turned out to be wrong. Sheinkin really brought both Benedict Arnold - and the time period - alive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 2/2/2014

    " This was an amazing book that included a great deal of information in a way that made it interesting and engaging. While I learned about both Benedict Arnold and the Revolutionary War I was truly interested in what I was reading the entire time. I have had multiple 7th grade students read the book and they too enjoyed it. I would recommend this to anyone interested in or studying American History. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cinda | 2/1/2014

    " BIO of traitor Arnold start in his youth, details events leading up to his dissatisfaction and finally describes the events around the treasonous offense of Arnold and Major Andre. Also tells the aftermath. Reads like an adventure story. not dry! "

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

    " This is exactly what historical nonfiction for kids should be - very well researched, with a bare minimum of speculation or imagined conversations, but with lots of excitement and vivid details - an honest-to-goodness real life adventure story: the opposite of dry 'n' dusty history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 1/16/2014

    " great young adult history!! I enjoyed reading the story of a "character" I knew little about... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 1/13/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book & learned a ton from it at the same time! Found it in the YA section & since I knew nothing about this man, I was interested. It was an easy read & a good one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ✿Sandra | 11/24/2013

    " This book was well-researched and held my interest from the beginning to the end. I learned a lot about the role Benedict Arnold played in the Revolutionary War, both good and bad. I enjoy learning about history from books as well done as this one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tari | 9/27/2013

    " Lots of detail, but parts of it read more like a genealogy report than a biography. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ms. Jackson | 7/26/2013

    " Even though it took me a long time to read, this is a really good book about Benedict Arnold's life. The author did a great job of relating the facts in an exciting way, especially when his treachery is discovered! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben Gerber | 6/7/2013

    " So far this book has been working for me and I think you should read it to. This book is a great book because of the way the Author describes what is going on in the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Wright | 6/7/2013

    " I found myself rooting for Benedict to somehow turn out to be a good guy by the end, but alas, not so much. I empathized with him when politics kept him back, and I was amazed at how much this man did for the Revolutionary War. Well written and fascinating tale! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah Sammis | 5/24/2013

    " Will rate after CYBILS. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lory Stewart | 3/1/2013

    " Great YA book for reading about the American Revolution and another perspective of Benedict Arnold. Loved this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard | 10/6/2012

    " i think this is a historicly accurate book but i think it is very boring and needs some more action in it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bethany Erickson | 7/24/2012

    " An amazing story, amazingly told. The suddenness of Arnold's switch from war hero to traitor and all around bad guy left me feeling just as betrayed as I'm sure Washington felt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 7/11/2012

    " An interesting history...a lust for money destroys a good man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 7/9/2012

    " Wow . . . I had no idea how much I didn't know about the Revolutionary War or about Benedict Arnold! A fascinating read. "

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About the Author

Steve Sheinkin is the award-winning author of fast-paced, cinematic histories for young readers. His The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights was longlisted for the National Book Award. Bomb: The Race to Build-and Steal-the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon was a Newbery Honor Book, a National Book Award finalist, and winner of the Sibert Award and YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults.

About the Narrator

Mark Bramhall has won eighteen 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.