• The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

  • By: Avi
  • Narrated by: Alexandra O’Karma
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (747 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Avi’s swashbuckling tale of murder and mutiny on the high seas has a fascinating twist: the heroine is a 13-year-old girl. In 1832, Charlotte Doyle boards a ship bound for America and is caught in a battle between a mad captain and his ruthless crew. If you’re looking for an action-packed adventure story for girls, you’ll find it in The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle.

©1990 Avi (P)1992 Recorded Books, LLC
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oldie but a goodie

I remember listening to this book in middle school, completely enthralled with Charlotte's adventures at sea. The magic hasn't faded over the past twenty years. I strongly recommend this audiobook.

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Fabulous story narrated wonderfully!!!

Alexandra O'Karma did a fabulous job with this story. Having previously read the book, she portrayed Charlotte just as I had imagined her to be, not to mention the great job she did with all of the other characters. Now I am interested in both more stories by Avi and more performances by Alexandra O'Karma!!!

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We loved it!!

We loved listening to this in our 5th grade classroom!!It really saves a teacher's voice when the books are on audibles.

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Newberry Honor Book for a reason...

I read this Newberry Honor book aloud to my kids when they were pre-teens, enjoyed its exciting clipper ship setting then and enjoyed it again now. Although I had to suspend my disbelief a few times as the plot becomes ever more complicated... I found I was glad to do it. To me the narration was pretty good considering the variety of voices involved in the book and I honestly didn't notice loud inhaling. Heroine does a 180 degree change in beliefs, behavior, capability and self esteem which depending on your view may be good or bad. It made for some good thought questions and processing with my kids. Would be a fun family listen for cross country trip.

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Great story!

Our family loves good read aloud books and this one was awesome. Our second book by Avi and we can't wait to start another!

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Great story, weird voice

This is an excellent novel! My class thoroughly enjoyed the content, but endured the author's voice, which in all honesty was quite distracting.

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This book would make an excellent movie! I wish it could happen. Excellent adventurous story from start to finish.

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Irritating Narration

I loved this book growing up and thought it would be fun to revisit it. The story is interesting and well-done, as far as YA novels go, especially when compared to how many these days focus on romance. My problem is with the narrator. She has a lilt to her sentences, especially when trying to give each character a unique voice (and failing to do so) that grates on the ears. It's almost as though she's trying to ask a question. If this weren't such a short book, and one I was already familiar with, I probably wouldn't have finished it based on the narration alone.

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Don't want to stop listening until finished!

love this story, wanted to listen straight through to the end. Narration could be more engaging.

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A great tale of adventure and suspense

I started listening to this in the car with my 10 year old son going to and from school. It was required reading and listening made the story come to life for him. When he would get out at school I would find it impossible not to listen more. Well written, beautifully tailored descriptions, and unexpected plot development. Recommending it to his three older sisters and any adventure and suspense enthusiasts.

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  • Tomasz
  • 11-24-20

Great book

Very captivating story and one that could easily have happened. I listened to it when commuting and sometimes stayed longer in the car to find out what would happen next.

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  • LJ
  • 08-28-17

Brilliant Adventure book

I read this as a child and always meant to come back and re read it because I had enjoyed it so much. I wasn't disappointed! it was wonderful! perhaps a slightly more tame than I remembered but still a really brilliant adventure.
I always remember how thrilled I felt when I first read it, when Charlotte slices her hair off.... it was just as thrilling this time round too.
Definitely worth a read/listen, and definitely one to get for your kids, especially if you have girls (very empowering for little girls!) .