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Earphones Award Winner

by | Read by Brian Nishii

Children Ages 10+ • 6.25 hrs. • Unabridged • © 1937

Brian Nishii narrates this uniquely thoughtful audiobook, translated from a 1937 Japanese classic. It is surprisingly relevant today. Fifteen-year-old Copper’s experiences with school friends and bullies alternate with conversations with his beloved uncle, who also writes essays. As Uncle, Nishii speaks with the slow quiet of an elder accustomed to receiving respect. Uncle shares ideas with Copper on his problems, offering timeless perspectives that seamlessly encompass concepts of science, consumerism, history, and more. His teachings are philosophical, rather than didactic. Nishii creates a heartfelt Copper, respectful and pleasant in both manner and voice, yet we hear painful remorse and shame when he deserts his own lofty ideals. A showdown with school bullies is particularly tense. Nishii’s slight Japanese accent reminds the listener of the book’s universality. L.T. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award, 2022 Best Audiobook © AudioFile 2022, Portland, Maine [Published: APRIL 2022]

Library Ed. • Recorded Books • 2022

CD ISBN 9781705056868 $58.75 • Five CDs

MP3-CD ISBN 9798200901579 $41.95 • One MP3-CDs

DD ISBN 9781705056882 $20.99

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