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3.82 out of 53.82 out of 53.82 out of 53.82 out of 53.82 out of 5 3.82 (11 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara Dana Narrator: Susan O’Malley Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538463086
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“My life came in two pieces of time. There was the time before I heard the voice, and then there was the time after.”

Before she became the legendary Joan of Arc, the child Joan lived the simple life of a farm girl in the village of Domrémy in France. Joan saw the work of God all around her, in the tall gnarled grandfather tree, in the small gentle sheep on the family farm, and in the faces of her dear friends and neighbors. Then one day Joan had a dream. She dreamed that three saints came to her and gave her a glorious yet terrible mission: to reunite her war-torn country and restore its rightful king to the throne.

Dutifully, Joan takes up the seemingly impossible task. But how, she wonders, can a simple farm girl accomplish such deeds?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Wise and profoundly moving…Captivating and timeless.”

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • “Dana’s fictional treatment of the life of Joan before she became legendary gently balances the girl’s exceptional devoutness with her human, childlike qualities. This peaceful and comforting telling of an extraordinary story succeeds in giving clear, knowing insight into the seldom treated subject of intense religiosity.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A beautifully crafted fictional portrait of Joan of Arc…Joan’s own revealing narrative voice is the center of interest here.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Dana brilliantly re-creates the daily life of Joan of Arc before she leads the French army.”

    Newbery Companion

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 10/20/2013

    " I found the grammar and writing style distracting, but the story charming. I would probably only give it two stars except that now I'm so interested in Joan of Arc. I know so little about her! I'm definitely going to read more about her life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Korrin | 7/30/2013

    " I learned a lot about the childhood of Joan of Ark. Excellent story of how she came to be! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharla | 3/31/2013

    " Overall, it's a slow-paced novel and I had to be patient. In the end, I was glad that I read it. I found it interesting, made me think more about my own personal relationship with deity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mckinley | 1/10/2013

    " Maybe better to listen to than to read due to writing style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beatrice Gormley | 4/20/2012

    " This is an outstanding piece of historical fiction, both for bringing Joan of Arc's world alive for the reader, and for imagining convincingly what kind of person this extraordinary girl was. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joelle | 3/8/2012

    " I loved this book, it makes feel like you are Joan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracey Dunning | 5/2/2011

    " Fun read about what the young joan of arc may have experienced. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharla | 10/5/2010

    " Overall, it's a slow-paced novel and I had to be patient. In the end, I was glad that I read it. I found it interesting, made me think more about my own personal relationship with deity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracey | 7/30/2010

    " Fun read about what the young joan of arc may have experienced. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 11/10/2009

    " I found the grammar and writing style distracting, but the story charming. I would probably only give it two stars except that now I'm so interested in Joan of Arc. I know so little about her! I'm definitely going to read more about her life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Korrin | 3/8/2009

    " I learned a lot about the childhood of Joan of Ark. Excellent story of how she came to be! "

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About the Author
Author Barbara Dana

Barbara Dana is an award-winning author of books for children and young adults. Her books include Zucchini, Zucchini Out West, Crazy Eights, Necessary Parties, Rutgers and the Water Snouts, and Spencer and his Friends. An actress as well as a writer, Ms. Dana has appeared in several films on television and on the stage. It was while playing the starring role in a production of Joan of Lorraine that she felt the need to tell Joan’s story. Young Joan was the result. Ms. Dana lives in South Salem, New York, with her yellow lab, Riley. She has three sons.

About the Narrator

Susan O’Malley (a.k.a. Bernadette Dunne) is the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. She studied at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center and off Broadway. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.