When the main character encounters a bear.
When the rifle is stolen.
There is music at the beginning of each section that is REALLY annoying and distracting. The sooner producers of audiobooks stop adding music at all, the better, IMHO.
The reader sounds like an adolescent boy, and he does a competent job, but I always groan when a child does the narrating because inevitably, in terms of voices, nuance, and general acting skills, they are not up to the job. Still, it is a book for kids, and kids might connect better to another kid.
No doubt Sign of the Beaver is a well written novel. As for the plot, it is thoroughly convincing; the voice, in the first-person of an 18th-century adolescent boy, equally so. The concept, that the narrator is stranded alone in a wilderness cabin is engaging; its resolution, that a Indian boy and his grandfather come to his rescue, is perfectly acceptable. The only aspect of the novel that is a little tough, at least for an adult reader who is aware of stereotypes, is the cliched manner of speech of the Indian characters. Of course, this can be forgiven, given the time the book was written. (Meanshile, another book, Last of the Mohicans, written almost a hundred years earlier, presents similar characters speaking English in a more convincing way.) Still, this hardly ruins the book; and, it's overall sympathetic and otherwise believable portrayal of the Native American characters more than makes up for it.
A fan of the Three Stooges
Something with some depth
His voice is fantastic; it has a unique timbre.
Anger that I wasted a credit on such nonsense
This book was recently deemed the best work of fiction of all time by some bunch of supposed literary bigwigs. This just goes to show what a bunch of supposed literary bigwigs know, which when it comes to an enjoyable, readable and well-written story is, apparently, nothing. Don Quixote is essentially one long gag: A mentally ill person, deluded into believing that he is a knight and that the various people and situation he encounters are in keeping with the adventures of such a person, convinces a person of low intelligence to accompany him on a number of misadventures, all of which end in the two unfortunates being pummeled a la the Three Stooges. For me, this continued for many hours of listening until, in search of the literary depth and complexity I had been led to expect, I finally decided life is too short and there are too many good pieces of literature, classical and otherwise, to read, and I gave up. I kid you not: This is just like the Three Stooges; it involves endless scenes of people being pummeled and beaten, all of which is supposed to be humorous, all of which is essentially the same: There is no plot; there is no depth of technique or narrative; there is no depth of character; it is nonsense. How in the name of God this book has become not only a part of, but the shining beacon of the pantheon of western literature, over the likes of James Joyce, John Milton, Franz Kafka, and Fyodor Dostoevsky, just for a smattering, is a tremendous mystery. One must guess that the ghost of this hack, Cervantes, is coming back from the beyond to bribe the members of today's literary elite with free passes to Disneyland and sets of crystal martini glasses. You tell me. In my opinion, this book is not worth the 1s and 0s it was converted to. Then again, it's all subjective. If you like the Three Stooges, you'll love Don Quixote.
I can't imagine anyone enjoying this book.
There is no story; nothing happens.
Don't waste your precious time and money on this squit.
Yes. It is brilliant.
When the protagonist walks naked and alone to the South Pole.
He is perfectly suited to the literary voice.
With all due respect, I don't like movies.
Give this book a try; have an open mind: it is not a typical fantasy book. Be patient, you will be rewarded.
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