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The Cay

Written by: Theodore Taylor
Narrated by: Michael Boatman
Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
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Phillip is excited when the Germans invade the small island of Curacao. War has always been a game to him, and he's eager to glimpse it firsthand, until the freighter he and his mother are traveling to the United States on is torpedoed.

When Phillip comes to, he is on a small raft in the middle of the sea. Besides Stew Cat, his only companion is an old West Indian, Timothy. Phillip remembers his mother's warning about black people: "They are different, and they live differently."

But by the time the castaways arrive on a small island, Phillip's head injury has made him blind and dependent on Timothy.

©2002 Theodore Taylor (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the critics say

"A tense and moving experience." (Publishers Weekly)

"Michael Boatman is a fabulous narrator. His narration expresses both the urgency of learning a new way of life and the joy of new friendship. The lilting calypso intonation Boatman gives to Timothy - and his uniquely outrageous “wisdom” - transports the listener." (AudioFile

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  • Carol
  • 2010-02-07

The Cay

I had downloaded this book to share with my students. The audio was of excellent quality. The students were able to better understand the dialect than if they had read it orally in class. Thanks for a great experience with audible.com

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  • Renee
  • 2017-07-30

The Cay is amazing

Spectacular lessons, fantastic story, hero's for all children to look up to. The narrator is wonderful.

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  • rickb72
  • 2018-10-18

6 grade revisited

I liked this book at 12years of age..
I love the story now at 50+

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  • Renee
  • 2017-09-06

The day

This book is really dog I think people should read this book but not for summer reading it took some time but it was good

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  • Annette B
  • 2010-01-18

Fantastic

Not only is this a superbly written book, Mr. Boatman's narration is perfect. An absolute MUST listen!!!!

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  • mcnultytx
  • 2020-01-02

Not just for fifth graders!

Listened to this on a family road trip and all ages loved it and learned.

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  • Rashman333
  • 2019-07-07

Great book to help kids with racism.

Very insightful book which opens your eyes to racism in an ingenious way. Great for children!

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  • six year old loves it we play together
  • 2018-12-02

The Cay

Great book!!! From first chapter to the end it was edge of your seat reading. my 11 year old boy and i read it together, it was a great way to spend time with each ither.

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  • deedee
  • 2017-07-16

Delightfull

Lovely, well presented. Short so it can be enjoyed on a road trip. I always love a story with a cat as one of the players.

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  • isabel ken
  • 2016-04-11

Great Story, Great Storytelling!

I remember this from elementary school. It was good to read it once more.

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