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  • I Am David

  • By: Anne Holm
  • Narrated by: Struan Rodger
  • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (43 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

David escapes from the concentration camp where he has spent his entire life and flees across Europe. He is utterly alone – who can he trust? What will await him? And all the while, how can he be sure that they won’t catch up with him...David learns that his polite manner, his haunted eyes and his thin features are strange to other people. He must learn to fend for himself in this strange new world.

This is The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas meets Jonathan Safran Foer for children. An incredible story of survival against all odds and self discovery.

©1963 Anne Holm (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Par Excellance!!

First read this book at High School for English Literature. Then read it again as an adult because I loved it. This time listening to it with Audible was an even better way of consuming every page and day of David's life. There are not enough superlatives to describe the essence of how this story effects the emotions of the Heart. It is just so touching! I would recommend it to any age group and yes, I would even read it again!!

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  • Bob
  • 26-06-2018

loved this story since high school.

I first read this book 23 years ago as a 9th grade English assignment. I still to this day have that hard copy.
brilliant and beautiful story.

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Brilliant book!

I had to read this book for a school assignment. This story is a brilliant story as it teaches every one important lessons. I love this book and I recommend it to all, it is 100% worth a 5 star rating

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I loved it, the story was really nice, the narrator was really good and my most memorable moment was, unfortunately, when the dog died.
I'm so sad about the dog but I loved the story and the narrator was great.

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"I am David" is riveting and unforgettable.

I had read this book many years ago and always wanted to read it again but it was very hard to find. This audible version was really good to listen to, and it was hard to make myself stop listening. The narrator had a pleasant voice and did an excellent job. The story of David's escape from a concentration camp and his long and difficult journey alone and mostly on foot, through several different European countries as a twelve-year-old boy to find somewhere safe to live, is eye-opening and well worth reading or listening to.

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Very emotional

It is a very hard core and specific book. You must have a specific knowledge to read it. The story is not the best but the way she has written it in a deep and personal way. Attending to every detail makes it worthwhile reading this book.
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Excellent storyline with excellent narration.

Loved it. Kept my attention throughout the entire story.

Narration was brilliant and easy to follow.

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  • Debbie
  • 09-01-2014

Character of a Child

This is quite simply one of the most beautiful, heart rendering stories I have ever heard. Breaking down every barrier, looking deep into the human spirit, revealing the good in a boy who had every reason to be bitter, to be broken beyond repair, this historical tale brings the reader from the child's escape from a concentration camp through his journey through Europe. The genuine, forthright way that David deals with his environment, the people he meets, those who would harm him or help him is touching, amazing, thought provoking. That a child who had escaped from a lifetime in a concentration camp could have such compassion and reasoning of right and wrong, that he would choose to believe in "the God of the green pastures" . . . the God of the David in the Bible . . . well, it goes to show that words, even few words spoken to children with ears to hear are sometimes retained. Though the book is historical fiction, it is true to the times, and well could have happened. God bless those who lost family members in the concentration camps . . . God bless those who survived . . . and God help us all who let it happen.

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  • Nicolette
  • 16-08-2012

David stole my heart

What did you love best about I Am David?

The way the writer describes the surroundings

What did you like best about this story?

Every little detail, especially the way David pray

Which scene was your favorite?

Every time he calls out to the God of the Green Pasture, it is sooooo sincere

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

When you surging for something bigger than yourself, do as David: God of the green pastures..... it is me... David

Any additional comments?

Read this book 3 times, listen to this book twice already, only downloaded it in this week

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  • M.T.S.
  • 21-01-2015

I Am David

I had no expectations when I bought this book. It's succeeded in blowing me away. What an amazing story. And the narration is fantastic.

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  • Scott
  • 20-08-2012

Well worth a listen

I've loved this book since I had to read it in year 8 at school. The story is intriguing and the main character, David, grows and develops as the story unfolds. It was well read and flowed smoothly. I'd definitely recommend this one!

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  • J. Jimenez
  • 23-03-2018

What a beautiful story

Loved the story, how it unfolded. I was pressed with the fact of how much we take for granted. Life is beautiful and we are blessed. God’s sovereignty was portrayed beautifully. Recommend.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 16-11-2016

Wonderful

My sixth grade teacher read this to us once and for some reason I still remember it, at least bits and pieces, till now almost two decades later. I decided to hear it again and I'm glad I did. The narration was excellent. The story is exquisite, with so many important themes and I think some gospel overtures as well. Very well worth it!

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  • Nico
  • 20-04-2020

Visually powerful narrative

Beautifully told and evocative of the long hard road life poses for many of us. Thoroughly recommend this, I then encourage preteens to read to learn how to think quickly to solve issues they might face in unknown situations.

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  • Emma Canion
  • 08-04-2020

I Am David

this was an amazing book I loved it. I reread this all the time. best book ever

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  • Jordan's Toy emporium
  • 07-04-2020

Boring

This book sucks, very boring and I hated it I think this should be taken down, this book is absolutely terrible

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  • Sarah
  • 14-12-2019

Brilliant and educational

Absolutely a must read! Informative, yet beautifully written. Moving story... captivatingly written! My husband and I enjoyed the story and I would definitely recommend it.

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  • Jenny Clifton
  • 25-03-2015

As good as I remembered

I read this many times as a child and have just finished listening for the first time as an adult. A brilliant book.

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  • Tipper
  • 04-06-2016

Such a touching story

Read this book at school when I was 14 and loved it. came back to see if it was as good as I remembered and all I can say is even better when it's read aloud to you. highly recommended...

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  • Caroline evelyn Gibbons
  • 23-02-2021

I AM DAVID

One of the most memorable books I read as a teenager. Listening to it on Audible reduced me ti tears again. The narrator was brilliant. The plot is beautifully structured and extremely touching. It tells of a boy born into a concentration camp, escaping into the world and how he survives on his way home to a place he does not know. I would highly recommend it.

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  • Barry
  • 10-01-2021

Amazing journey

Love it. Start to finish. Great cross country adventure novel for all ages. Very well read. Really transports you away across the fields and on all the trips David takes. Great escapism.

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  • Moray Hospitality
  • 04-01-2021

Moving, uplifting, absorbing

This book made a profound impression on me as a child. Revisiting it many years later, in this beautifully narrated audiobook, I loved it even more. One review mentions the reader's rather flat, monotone voice but I think the calm, matter of fact way that he reads is very much in tune with the main character's personality, and all the minor characters are sensitively and convincingly voiced. A superb listen.

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  • Anna L.
  • 08-12-2020

What a wonderful story!

This is my favourite audiobook so far. I bought it based on the good reviews and I wasn't disappointed. I must admit, I am into World War 2 novels at the moment but even if I wasn't, I would still love this book. The writing is superb and the narration very good. The story is simple but very thought provoking. I will now buy the paperback version and read it with my 10 year old son.

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  • This Particular Reviewer
  • 05-12-2020

11/10

A classic from my childhood. Even more powerful to read years later. Absolutely amazing for anyone.

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  • Teddy ‘n’ Toby
  • 04-12-2020

I read this at school.....

...decades ago and the storyline made such an impact on me that I’ve read it again several times. It’s lovely having it read to me so I can get on with jobs at home. The narrator doesn’t have many changes of tone in his voice so it can be a little monotonous.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-12-2019

Great book

Loved this book.
When I was 14 my Mum read it to me, am so happy I found it again

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  • Heather S
  • 16-01-2017

A boy called David and his journey home.

I read the book years ago, and having listened to it, I'm still disappointed with the ending. Other then that it's good.

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