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Hannah

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  • Old Yeller

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Fred Gipson
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (64)

    When a novel like Huckleberry Finn or The Yearling comes along, it defies customary adjectives because of the intensity of the response it evokes in the reader. Such a tale is Old Yeller; to listen to this eloquently simply story of a boy and his dog in the Texas hill country is an unforgettable and deeply moving experience.

    Karen says: "Old Yeller"
    "Can't go wrong with a classic!"
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    What did you love best about Old Yeller?

    Great story that captured the heart of my son.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Old Yeller was the best character. Although he had no spoken lines, he was the heart of the story. He displayed loyalty, courage and love and even some comic relief and a touch of mischief.


    What does Peter Francis James bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    For a child with dyslexia, the reader adds support as he reads along with the story. My son would not have experienced the story at all without the support of the reader. He would not have had the confidence to read a book of that length without the audio.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The only thing that kept my son from reading/listening in one sitting was bed time.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hatchet

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Gary Paulsen
    • Narrated By Peter Coyote
    Overall
    (507)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (300)

    Newbery Award-winner Gary Paulsen's best-known book comes to audio in this breathless, heart-gripping drama about a boy pitted against the wilderness with only a hatchet and a will to live. On his way to visit his recently divorced father in the Canadian mountains, thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is the only survivor when the single-engine plane crashes. His body battered, his clothes in shreds, Brian must now stay alive in the boundless Canadian wilderness.

    A User says: "the whole family loved it!!!"
    "Great story!"
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    Would you try another book from Gary Paulsen and/or Peter Coyote?

    Paulsen is an amazing writer and his story captured the attention of my 9 year old son...which is not an easy thing to do!


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is much harder, it seems to find books for boys that do not include magic or sci fi. I love both but they do not interest my son. This book was much more realistic to a boy who is more impressed with a boy who can survive on his on with a hatchet than with a wand.


    What about Peter Coyote’s performance did you like?

    Good inflection and intonation.


    Was Hatchet worth the listening time?

    It was definitely worth the listening time.


    Any additional comments?

    My only problem was that I thought I was purchasing the text as well as the audio. My son has dyslexia so we purchase books above his reading level with audio so that he can follow along. This gives him a higher interest level book and helps build his reading confidence. This was just the audio with no text. Totally my fault, but I wish there was a notice that said it was just audio.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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