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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (741 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Morpurgo Narrator: Virginia McKenna Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2009 ISBN:
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Rushy Bay was forbidden territory to Gracie and Daniel. And not just because of the currents; the Birdman lived there. Gracie brings the curse of Samson Island on her own family. It is only the Birdman who can avert the tragedy. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shoshana | 2/19/2014

    " A little too tell-don't-show to hold my attention, but it had its moments. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsay | 2/11/2014

    " Another favorite...Really made a lasting impression. "

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

    " A lovely story that talks about friendship and discrimination. Worth reading, especially for teens. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 2/1/2014

    " This was a very gentle book set in the scilly isles, about 2 children, Daniel and Grace who befriend the islands "misfit" the birdman although warned to keep away from him, they make friends with him.It shows the changes that come about the island when war is declared and Grace's father joins the war effort as a sailor, it highlightes peoples ignorance towards other people who may not fit in with everyone elses ideals. The children have many adventures and the end of the book when the whales do actually come is heartstopping, a heartwarming read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Thomas Moss | 1/22/2014

    " Needed more "oomph!" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hayley | 1/19/2014

    " Classic Morpurgo tale of friendship in the face of adversity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 1/17/2014

    " Lovely book to read for the kids, whatever age they are. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren stephens | 1/11/2014

    " very sad story!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy Chard | 11/30/2013

    " Wow, I could really feel the influences of Paul Gallico's The Snow Goose in this story. The Birdman was a brilliant character, and this was a nice story of childhood friendship, loyalty and goodness. I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tanja | 11/19/2013

    " Historical fiction, adventure and a great mystery all in one - fascinating read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 8/9/2013

    " Superstition and closed-mindedness were conquered after much duress. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ezamoosh | 7/9/2013

    " A great story of exactly the title, 'Why the Whales Came' "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannan | 6/29/2013

    " I read this as a school book and was surprised. Why the Whales Came is a great book! What more can I say? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Titi | 5/18/2013

    " Well this book was me a little boring but this book gives you a lesson it is that you cant say anything about people before you know them.If you ask me why I didnt like is because they way the author wrote it because some words were old so you didnt know what they meant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lydia Mckane! | 3/8/2013

    " Michael is my favourite author of all time and he inspires me to write stories and Why the Wales Came is an amazing novel. I can only hope to be as brilliant as him in future times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie (73) | 1/12/2013

    " Quick YA read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 12/24/2012

    " a good story,very involving,i couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie Stand | 8/31/2012

    " just read the damn book people!!!!!! Simply amazing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aisling | 7/29/2012

    " Very good book cant really say anyhting else "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Giulia | 6/9/2012

    " Great short stories, set on his usual islands. Seriously, only this man can come up with this genius. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caleb Lee | 2/21/2012

    " I think that this book is a good book besides the fact that at some points it gets boring and a little over exaggerated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebekah | 12/3/2011

    " Really good book. A great book for people who likes mysteries. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 8/14/2011

    " One of my very favorite books as a child...Morpurgo has such beautiful and evocative prose. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caleb | 3/18/2011

    " I think that this book is a good book besides the fact that at some points it gets boring and a little over exaggerated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ezamoosh | 10/24/2010

    " A great story of exactly the title, 'Why the Whales Came' "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Titi | 3/27/2010

    " Well this book was me a little boring but this book gives you a lesson it is that you cant say anything about people before you know them.If you ask me why I didnt like is because they way the author wrote it because some words were old so you didnt know what they meant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 8/14/2009

    " a good story,very involving,i couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 4/1/2009

    " An interesting read, but not as good as i expected it to be "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsay | 2/23/2009

    " Another favorite...Really made a lasting impression. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shoshana | 7/6/2008

    " A little too tell-don't-show to hold my attention, but it had its moments. "

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About the Author
Author Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo, former Children’s Laureate of Britain, is the author of War Horse, called “superb” by the New York Times Book Review and now a major motion picture. His other prizewinning books include Kensuke’s Kingdom, Private Peaceful, and The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips. Morpurgo lives in Devon, England, with his wife, Clare. Together they founded the charity Farms for City Children, which gives children from urban areas an opportunity to spend a week working on a farm in the countryside.

About the Narrator

Virginia McKenna is a British actress who has stared in numerous films and television shows. Her performance in the 1956 film A Town Like Alice earned her a BAFTA Award for Best British Actress. She has also spent many years working as a wildlife campaigner, and for her efforts she was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2004.