Yes, I would listen to this story again as it was easy reading, easy listening. Narrator had a pleasant voice.
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell. Both stories are about youths who are living on their own away from civilization and need to be self-reliant.
The very end (spoiler alert) when he tells his parents, "you'll spoil everything!"
I had a few chuckles, but as an adult I have a different view than that of my 12-yr-old. She said that book made her think differently about exploring "wilderness". She's never been hiking and is now thinking about going if the opportunity ever arises.
NOTE to AUDIBLE - the narrator skipped a page! Penguin paperback version skips page 148.
I don't recall what promoted me to revisit this children's classic, but by the time I listened to it, I was staying in a small village in the Andes--not exactly a hollow tree, but close enough. That environment made listening to the tale a special experience that reading a book couldn't quite match. It's a simple story, though loaded with exquisite details of nature, and almost naively drawn by today's standards. Christian Rummel's youthful, almost breathless reading brings a wide-eyed, curious boy to life, and makes it work beautifully. If you'd ever wished you could run away and live in the woods, this is almost as good.
This is a charming story of a young man that leaves the big city to live on his own in a forest.
The details of what he ate and how he provided shelter. It made us feel as though we were there with them.
My children and I sat on our deck, next to the firepit and listened to Mr Rummel. It was wonderful. My children are grown now but they still remember the story and we recently listened to it again.
An enchanting tale of adventure.
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My Side of the Mountain was my favorite book at 12 years old and I own several copies and will pass them down to my grandkids. I embarked on a journey that today has enabled me to create a Company based on my love of the outdoors and pass it down to my Son. This book was the accelerant and propeled me to pursue the outdoors, plants, animals, and living off the land. What a wonderful story and any pre-teen should read before he or she get TOO old.
I love the simplicity it was portrayed, yet the danger that can come if not prepared in the wild. The knowledge, that no one can take away, is invaluable to sustain yourself and possibly your loved ones in the event you are stranded or lost in the wilds.
The winter part of the story was my favorite, because he reflected on what he accomplished and how comfortable he was in his tree home.
I cried many times that I have read it when his mountain paradise was invaded by so many people.
Please let your children read it - you too adults if your not TOO OLD.
The story is a classic. Timeless and still relevant in the 21 st century.
It should be noted that the name of the town Delhi is pronounced Dell-High not Deli like in India or a delicatessen! Where was the production staff on this one, in California?
Delhi is the county seat of Delaware County, NY. For those who like the James Fenimore Cooper Leather Stocking tales Delhi is also on the headwaters of the Delaware River as Cooper often refers too in his books. Also for those that may be curious, there is as the book says a gorge with falls just outside of town and numerous tributary creeks up and down the valley. Delhi is a beautiful place.
While we are at it, cache is pronounced cash not cash-eh. I'm holding one star back for production errors otherwise kids from 9 to 109 will like it.
I got this as a reading assignment for my 10 year old boy, but I have to say it is a great book for anyone. I and my 82 year old mom both enjoyed it. Great adventure!
I never tire of listening to the classic stories. This is one of the best. If you like this one try the Hatchet by Gary Paulson.