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Freckles | [Gene Stratton-Porter]

Freckles

Freckles, a plucky young man, lands a job as a watchman for a lumber company that logs timber in a mysterious forest swamp called the Limberlost.
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Freckles, a plucky young man, lands a job as a watchman for a lumber company that logs timber in a mysterious forest swamp called the Limberlost.

©1916 Gene Stratton Porter; (P)1985 Books in Motion

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    Bart Cedar City, UT, USA 07-10-10
    Bart Cedar City, UT, USA 07-10-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Doesn't get better!"

    Gene Stratton-Porter is our favorite with the kids to travel with. She makes for very peaceful trips! We just wish she would have written more books!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Merijane Burley, ID, USA 12-06-09
    Merijane Burley, ID, USA 12-06-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Heartwarming Classic"

    Definitely one to own for a lifetime and to pass down through the generations. A heartwarming book that teaches boys what "real men" are. Virtuous, lovely, adventurous and an amazing example of a true classic. We also purchased the hard copy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth United States 05-27-13
    Ruth United States 05-27-13 Member Since 2010

    I love clean books of all sorts. Love mysteries, fantasies epic to kids stories, fairy tales, romances, humor, and historical fiction

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    "Triumph of Courage and Heart!"

    Gene Stratton-Porter is one of my father's favorite authors, so he recommended Freckles to me when I was young. Keeping in mind that this book was published in 1904 when sentimentality and melodrama were popular, I think it is a great coming-of-age story. Freckles is a lovable underdog character who works hard for everything he gets, makes very interesting and loyal friends along the way, and comes out better than he ever expected. Perhaps I am as old-fashioned as this book, but I like it when things are happy and uplifiting. I get really tired of literature that revels in misery. The descriptions of his natural environment and the flora and fauna that live there are wonderful. This is a fun book for kids and adults alike. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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    Vohnna vidor, texas, United States 12-20-12
    Vohnna vidor, texas, United States 12-20-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Loved the story, overall great"
    Where does Freckles rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Freckles?

    When he met the swamp angel


    What three words best describe Mary Starkey’s voice?

    Very good. The studio quality was sadly lacking. There was a lot of bleed over noise in the background on a particular part that made the story hard to listen to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nadene 09-01-12
    Nadene 09-01-12 Member Since 2009
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    "tear jerking, poor narration"

    My disappointment is that the narrator reads like a competent mother or teacher to her children. I would have preferred an actor to read this who could have honored Freckles great language and Irish brogue, voiced the Angel and the other characters.

    The story was beautiful and well rounded--continuing through to the end of the tale where other authors would have dropped the reader. My only criticism is that I think Freckles should have been closer to 17-18 rather than 20. I understand his background intimidated him and made him more innocent than the average boy, but I felt his reactions to Angel were a little too naive.

    Loved the book. Highly recommended!

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    Joy Oswego, KS, United States 05-31-12
    Joy Oswego, KS, United States 05-31-12 Member Since 2004
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    "A Beautiful, Old Fashioned Tale"

    Written around 1904, this is a story of noble heart and good character during a time when love was pure and honor meant more than life.

    Freckles is a young man with only one hand who had been raised in an orphanage with no idea of who his parents were. He had gone through life consumed with the thought that his mother had cut off his hand and then abandoned him. Hungry and lonesome, he comes into a lumber camp in the “Limberlost,” a section of prime woods in rural Indiana, and applies for the job of watchman. The owner hires him without even looking at his missing hand, and thus begins a tale of honor and true love and Freckles grows into a man.

    Alone in the Limberlost, Freckles faces fears and dangers but refuses to quit as this is the only job he has and he desires to belong. Finally he discovers the beauty of the place and learns to love it and the creatures that live there. He is hired to protect the forest and does his best to do just that. In a clearing he creates a beautiful “garden” and one day takes his “Swamp Angel” to it. She falls in love with him but he refuses to allow himself to even consider it because he has no notion of his birth. She sets out to find out the truth.

    This is a beautiful story but is written in old fashioned terms and manner. It is a classic in literature.

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    Kathleen Hewitt, NJ, United States 03-18-12
    Kathleen Hewitt, NJ, United States 03-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Bad Audio Starting CD2"
    What disappointed you about Freckles?

    The audio failed in CD 2. Story seems real nice, but with loud background noise it's very hard to understand.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mary Starkey?

    I like her voice ... but cd 2 background sounds drown her out...


    Any additional comments?

    i would prefer tracks 5-8 minutes long instead of 1 single track downloaded.

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