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Dolphin Island (Arthur C. Clarke Collection) [Kindle Edition]

Arthur C. Clarke
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Set in the recent future, a cargo hovership makes an emergency landing in a rural part of the Midwest. An adventurous teenager, Johnny Clinton, sneaks on board-only to survive a second crash a few hours later, this time into the Pacific Ocean. The crew escapes, but Johnny is left on board-adrift in the wreckage of the ship.

Johnny is rescued by a pod of dolphins-who bring him to a remote island hidden in the heart of Australia's Great Barrier Reef. There, Johnny meets the brilliant and eccentric Professor Kazan, who has dedicated his life to the study of dolphin communication. Johnny's further adventures with dolphins and the sea make this an exciting and fascinating coming-of-age story.

Product Details

  • File Size: 413 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: RosettaBooks (November 30, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,844 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid adventure story September 11, 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Dolphin Island is one of those solid, worthy Arthur C. Clarke books that has been out of print for many years and is now quite hard to find. This is a novel that Clarke wrote in the early 60's after spending a substantial amount of time around Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Clarke, as many are not aware, was, at least at one time, just as interested in diving and the sea as he was in space. Clearly fascinated by what he saw in his time around the reef, it inspired Clarke to write this novel, one of his very few targeted at young adults. As such, it lacks the poetic prose and philosophical and theological aspects that permeate Clarke's best novels. However, it is a very tight, well-written, and highly-enjoyable adventure romp. It is a very fast read, and you will be interested all the way through. Although it was intended as a book for young adults, Clarke being Clarke, this book is nevertheless packed full of interesting ideas and concepts. Clarke's speculations on dolphin intelligence and the many applications he dreams up for them are vivid and very believable. The descriptions of the Reef are also very poetic and sometimes beautifully rendered; however, as another reviewer pointed out, these sections tend to go on for too long and sometimes slow down the pace of the novel. Don't worry, though: it's nothing close to what he made it out to be. This is a very short novel to begin with, and these sections comprise the majority of only 3 or 4 chapters. Those more interested in the Reef and underwater exploration in general may find these sections more satisfying than I did. At any rate, this is a solid, action-packed adventure story that is a worthy read for any Clarke fan and recommended reading for younger science fiction lovers.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like finding an old friend March 25, 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I first read this book when I was in the 7th grade in 1967. It's one of the first books I remember holding my interest all the way through. As a young boy, I could relate to the protagonist and other characters in the book. It inspired me to continue reading. Today, I am a published author with two books and am working on a third one. I work as a newspaper editor. I have just ordered a copy so my grandson can read it. This is the book that planted the seed for me as to just how much fun reading could be. I highly recommend it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dolphin Island - one of my all time favorites. November 10, 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I first read this book somewhere around 1982, when I was about 11 years old. I picked it up because I liked the cover but once I was reading it, it had my full attention.

It sucked me into this slightly futuristic world and I felt a strong affinity with the main character, a kid about my age that had no family and stowed away on a hover ship that had made an emergency stop near his house. When the ship goes down somewhere over the vast Pacific Ocean, his new life begins.

That imagery of the solitude - alone on the vast ocean at night, the blinking satellite somewhere in orbit above tracking slowly across the star filled sky...the imagery has stayed with me my whole life. I often think of such powerful descriptions from the book when I am far from the city on a serene night.

It is a powerful story, evocative and a perfect adventure for a young reader.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book December 18, 2002
A Kid's Review
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Dolphin Island-A Story of the People of the Sea is a wonderful book! This futuristic tale seems like a reality, and the characters have vived personalities. You are drawn into the story. The ending leaves you yearning to read more! It's a Must Read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Between the future and the deep blue sea July 3, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Few novels for young people today inspire them to explore the marvels of natural science, space science, and engineering. Robert A. Heinlein deserves lasting credit for his science fiction works (such as "Rocket Ship Galileo", etc.) targeted at teens and younger. Clarke's "Dolphin Island" is such a novel. Enchanting and inspiring with its submarine mystery. Too bad Clarke didn't write more of these "juveniles" (a term for the genre I dislike, but oh, well). Find a used copy and present it to your young boy or girl. Perhaps an e-book version exists? No matter, you will fall under the spell of "Dolphin Island". Why it has never been produced as a motion picture (Disney?) is beyond me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story when written, and is still topical December 6, 2009
By Mike
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Definitely an under appreciated book, shadowed by the rest of Clarke's efforts. A good book by Clarke beats a "great" book by many others.

Like some other reviewers I read this book first as a 12-14 year old. It is one of the few books that I have kept a copy of from that time, and my collection has been ruthlessly pruned over time. The technology is still advanced, maybe more interesting today because some of it is closer,

Excellent adventure, inspires the imagination, and well based in real science.

I'm keeping my copy around for my kids and their kids!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read! September 18, 2013
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I gave this book four stars not because you'll be hanging on the edge of your seat but because the subject and story is so refreshingly unique. It's these kinds of books that cleanse the mental palette.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lost Gem July 10, 2013
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After reading this book many, many moons ago in school I then lost track of it until I spotted it in ebook form. I thoroughly enjoy the old-fashioned flavour of this story , even though it is supposedly set in the future. I feel it has aged well, but probably would appeal more to girls than boys - I certainly enjoyed it when I was younger and wished for similar adventures. (Although I could do without the killer whale coming upon me with just a surfboard!) The idea of communication with the dolphins I thought was plausible and something which I wish were true, as was the idea of separate oceans reserves for each animal - though I'm not sure how that would unbalance the ecology - have to consult with David Attenborough on that one!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
excellent Clarke history
Published 6 months ago by Carlos A. Bianconi
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful storytelling
The author is skilled at portraying true facts in a wonderful fantasy of dolphins and people. A must read...
Published 8 months ago by Memere
5.0 out of 5 stars Dolphin Island
This is the near future, or perhaps the present as it should be. Johnny's adventures are at once familiar, running away from home by accident, and learning new skills and gaining... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Nancy E Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars A great re-read
This was an old friend. I think I first read it when I was in high school (50 years ago). I own a copy in paperback. Read more
Published 9 months ago by davewa
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
just as good as when I first read the book
Published 10 months ago by D. Roxanne Todor
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good Book
Pretty much has it all. Excellent beginning and stays excellent all the way through to the end. Highly recommended for everyone of every age.
Published 13 months ago by lanmanjs
2.0 out of 5 stars Dolphin Story is alright for teens.
I was expecting a futuristic book. Writing style was pretty basic. In general I would recommend for a young teenager.
Published 13 months ago by Judy Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Dolphin Island
Very good for the contemporary reader. It was believable and well developed by the author. I look forward to more books by this author. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ms. Beck
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun story
This was written more for young adults, I believe but I really enjoyed this story and look forward to reading more titles by this famous author.
Published 16 months ago by Lara D.
5.0 out of 5 stars A VERY OLD FAVORITE!
Published 17 months ago by ELLA CARSON
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"SIR ARTHUR C. CLARKE (1917-2008) wrote the novel and co-authored the screenplay for 2001: A Space Odyssey. He has been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, and he is the only science-fiction writer to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. His fiction and nonfiction have sold more than one hundred million copies in print worldwide.

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