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The One and Only Ivan

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Katherine Applegate

Narrated By: Adam Grupper

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: March 2013

Duration: 3 hours 46 minutes


Soon to be a major motion picture!
Winner of the Newbery Medal and a #1 New York Times bestseller
This stirring and unforgettable novel from renowned author Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendships. Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this novel is told from the point of view of Ivan himself.
Having spent 27 years behind the glass walls of his enclosure in a shopping mall, Ivan has grown accustomed to humans watching him. He hardly ever thinks about his life in the jungle. Instead, Ivan occupies himself with television, his friends Stella and Bob, and painting. But when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, he is forced to see their home, and his art, through new eyes.
The One and Only Ivan was hailed as a best book of the year by Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Amazon, demonstrating it is a true classic in the making.
In the tradition of timeless stories like Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little, Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create Ivan's unforgettable first-person narration in a story of friendship, art, and hope. An author's note depicts the differences between the fictional story and true events.
Plus don't miss Katherine Applegate's Endling series!


  • Sami F

    I loved the book it was definitely one of my favorite books

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful.

  • Sophie D.

    The best book i had ever read and listened!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

  • Tiffany M.

    One of my favorite

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Michelle Kaatz

    This book is both heartbreaking and inspiring. It won the Newberry Medal for 2012 and it's clear why it deserved the honour. Without being graphic or disturbing, it addresses the issue of animals kept in captivity in less than ideal conditions in a poignant and sincere way that is perfect for young listeners (and is enjoyable for adults, too!) The narrator does a great job of creating voices for each animal and human character.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful.

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