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Once Audiobook

Once

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Publisher's Summary

Felix lives in a convent orphanage high in the mountains in Poland. He is convinced his parents are still alive and that they will one day come back to get him. When Nazi soldiers come to the orphanage Felix decides to escape and make his way home. The journey to find his parents is a long and difficult one, as all of Poland is occupied by the Nazis and a dangerous place for a Jewish boy. Felix manages to live and look after himself and another orphan, Zelda, with the help of a kind dentist, Barney, who is hiding and looking after a number of Jewish children. When the Nazis discover them, Barney makes the ultimate sacrifice for the children, electing to go with them on the train to the death camps, rather than taking the option of freedom offered by a Nazi soldier, one of his grateful patients.

©2005 Morris Gleitzman; (P)2005 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

What the Critics Say

  • 2005 Audie Award Nominee, Children's Titles, Ages 8+

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    Victoria 22/11/2016
    Victoria 22/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Enjoyed by my children. Addicted."

    5 star. 9 year old and 11 year old boy and girl both captivated. Keen to read and listen to the whole series. My daughter searched you tube for the movie. Was disappointed. Not sure that I would let her watch the movie but great to listen together, explain, learn and be entertained in a very moving way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elle 05/09/2016
    Elle 05/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "So sad, so powerful, beautifully told"

    An incredible story told in a gentle, beautiful way. Morris captured the voice of a 10year old so well. Such a moving work!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew 24/07/2015
    Matthew 24/07/2015
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    "Once"

    Good audiobook quality
    Good book
    Good clear reader and apparently you need to have at least 15 words for a review so I did that haha

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Denis
    pasadena, CA, United States
    4/03/06
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    "once ..loved by all"

    i bought this book for my 11 yr old boy
    who loved it but the person who really adored it
    was my 8 yr old niece who listened it to over and over again.
    this story really captured her imagination.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Laura
    Melbourne, FL, United States
    29/12/14
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    "Such a sad story"
    What did you love best about Once?

    That the boy tried to write stories about his experiences.


    What other book might you compare Once to and why?

    The boy in the striped pajamas


    What does Morris Gleitzman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It was more sad I think listening to it. If I'd been reading it I'd not have finished it.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Cry cry. Laugh a little then cry some more.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    Mount Annan, Australia
    27/05/14
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    "Kids Favourite"

    My kids loved this story and series in fact. At first I thought it a bit naive and young for them but I liked the way it gently introduced what would have been the experiences of a child during this time of history. They couldn't get enough of it and were talking about it for ages. Great read great story, loved hearing the author read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Samantha
    Auckland, New Zealand
    2/09/12
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    "Love this book"

    Really like hearing this story being read by the author. Morris Gleitzman is a great reader and writer. An amazing story of optimism and friendship. Highly recommended to people of all ages, especially kids. If you love this book, definitely go on and listen to 'Then', 'Now' and 'After'.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shawn
    Myrtle Beach, SC, United States
    11/12/10
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    "I enjoyed this book... My kids loved it"

    This is a good story in a kids perspective on a topic we all know. Both of my daughters enjoyed it so much that they put it on their ipods.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Susan
    Austin, TX, United States
    21/12/09
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    "Excellent for Children and Adults"

    I listened to this with an 8 yr old. We both thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is a story of a child who lives during the Nazi occupation of Poland and is told in his voice and from his standpoint. Highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christine
    Port MoresbyPapua New Guinea
    20/06/08
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    "Brillant, raw, insightful and so much more"

    So heartbreaking and moving. Loved all the characters. Will get all the kids to listen to it.
    Barney & Fliex are such heroes and the little girls that jumped.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bev
    Alton, IL, USA
    26/09/07
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    "Heart Breaking"

    Told from a child's point of view, Once is touching and heartbreaking. As a Jewish boy hidden in a Catholic Orphanage, our hero decides to go in search of his parents, in the middle of the Nazi effort to rid the world of his people. Caught up in the tragedy this child relates the atrocities in such an innocent voice that it has stuck with me every since. At once being part of something he cannot comprehend, and trying to sustain the hope his parents are alive, I found myself hoping beyond hope that history could change. Alas, it does not.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Susan
    Balch Springs, TX, United States
    27/11/09
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    "not a childs book"

    world war 2 thru the eyes of a inocent child it was shocking and heart rending and an unusual telling of a horrible time excelent

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • annemarie
    10/03/16
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    "Once we read a book"

    Good story, catches the imagination, interesting. It was exciting and adventurous but sad. Be prepared.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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