My 5.5 year old has been listening to this on car trips. Following the story easily with the vocal characterizations. Nicely, simply done. I find some of the vocalizations a little silly, but they really help to distinguish an audio book with so many characters and one reader. It's not a full production with sound effects and multiple actors, but a sincere reading of a children's classic. I recommend it.
For the first time, we found an audible story that riveted my husband, son, myself and even (at times) my 5 year old daughter. As family listening goes, this was the best book we've listened to on a long car trip, and Brian's story was discussed on hikes, at meals and long after the exciting conclusion.
The gradual development of Brian's grit and character through problem-solving, persistence and patience. The gentle repetition of words and ideas in the text works well in an audible format, both dramatically and because you don't miss any crucial points in the story. The words are repeated several times, but with building intensity.
After the storm, when Brian realizes nature's indifference to his survival, and realizes he can survive it with what he continues to learn in the wilderness.
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