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Emory's Gift | [W. Bruce Cameron]

Emory's Gift

After 13-year-old Charlie Hall’s mother dies and his father retreats into the silence of grief, Charlie finds himself drifting lost and alone through the brutal halls of junior high school. But Charlie Hall is not entirely friendless. In the woods behind his house, Charlie is saved from a mountain lion by a grizzly bear, a species thought to be extinct in northern Idaho.And this very unusual bear will change Charlie’s life forever.
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Publisher's Summary

After 13-year-old Charlie Hall’s mother dies and his father retreats into the silence of grief, Charlie finds himself drifting lost and alone through the brutal halls of junior high school.

But Charlie Hall is not entirely friendless. In the woods behind his house, Charlie is saved from a mountain lion by a grizzly bear, a species thought to be extinct in northern Idaho.

And this very unusual bear will change Charlie’s life forever. Deeply moving, and interwoven with hope and joy, Emory’s Gift is not only a heartwarming and charming coming-of-age story, but also a page-turning, insightful look at how faith, trust, and unconditional love can heal a broken family and can bridge the gaps that divide us.

©2011 W. Bruce Cameron (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Rebecca Sandy, UT, United States 07-08-14
    Rebecca Sandy, UT, United States 07-08-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Didn't want it to end"
    Where does Emory's Gift rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best stories I've heard in a long long time. One of those you look forward to everyday and hate when it ends.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The epilogue was awesome. Wraps the story up nicely


    What does W. Bruce Cameron bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I really enjoyed Cameron's narration, Love his humor.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both ...


    Any additional comments?

    This story really makes you think. Very inspirational.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret CHILOQUIN, OR, United States 08-07-12
    Margaret CHILOQUIN, OR, United States 08-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Can you love a killer?"

    I didn't want the bear to leave but then, neither did most of the characters. What a powerful force he was in the lives of this disparate community. I completely accepted the possibility of the story and was surprised by the many responses to it. I particularly enjoyed the periodic justaposition of the psychiatrist who by asking, had the storyteller examine how Emory met his needs at particular junctures in the story. Do we really attract all that we need? I loved this listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Fargo, ND, United States 05-06-12
    Kim Fargo, ND, United States 05-06-12 Member Since 2014

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    What made the experience of listening to Emory's Gift the most enjoyable?

    I loved the way that the boy always looked after the bear. When he relized the bear had a message for him, hwe was even more protective. Great story. I really enjoyed it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K. F. Adams Virginia Beach, VA 03-11-12
    K. F. Adams Virginia Beach, VA 03-11-12 Member Since 2014

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    "A big bear-hug for author & reader!"

    Never thought I'd be fascinated by a story about a bear & a boy. But this was great, well-written and perfectly read. Think this would appeal to both - adults & children (maybe 9 years + - because of some of the "drama".) A good combination of author & reader. Hope there are more to come.

    Bobbye Fentress

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joy Annapolis MD United States 09-03-11
    Joy Annapolis MD United States 09-03-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Delightful"

    A delightful and engaging story. I enjoyed it and if it hadn't been so late in the evening, I would have listened straight through.Generally I would shy away from an author reading their own book, and in the preview I had my doubts but I bought the book anyway. I'm glad I did and it didn't take me long to get over my author/narrator phobia. I can't say it was a stellar performance, but the quality of the story far out shown any narration flatness. I'd actually listen to him again if his other stories were this entertaining.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carianti 03-02-15
    Carianti 03-02-15 Member Since 2014

    Born in Detroit, Michigan, I now live in Southern Oregon on a small farm. Lots of furred and feathered friends and even some human types!

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    "Wanted to believe it was real"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Emory's Gift to be better than the print version?

    Once the story grabbed onto me, I was helpless to give it up. Every moment I could, I hooked up my ITouch to listen. Maybe it's just me but I wanted to believe this was not a book of fiction but had really happened. And so it goes.......

    The author did a wonderful job in narration.

    The only negative, perhaps a little heavy in the pre/adolescent angst but perhaps this was part of what made Charlie "grow" (mature) and lent more to the story and character development.

    Other than that, I totally enjoyed this book and will be recommending it to others.


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    J from tampa 02-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting idea"

    Bear being human..a story we could enjoy, combined with human elements of Father - son relationship. Understanding each other's life.

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    Mary 01-11-15
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    "Great book!"

    This is a unique and heart warming story - If you grew up in the 70s you'll enjoy it even more.

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    Linda United States 12-02-14
    Linda United States 12-02-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Unbeliveable and far fetched and yet compelling"
    Would you listen to Emory's Gift again? Why?

    I would not listen to it again but there are not many books that I would listen to a second time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the way the characters changed and grew through out the story.


    What three words best describe W. Bruce Cameron’s voice?

    He sounds a bit like John Grey but sounded like he was totally into the story.


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    Karen La Crescenta, CA, United States 08-22-14
    Karen La Crescenta, CA, United States 08-22-14 Member Since 2014
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    "I love the story, a great book for families."
    Where does Emory's Gift rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is hard to find a family story that is entertaining, engaging and has a nice moral.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Emory's Gift?

    I liked the friendship between father and son when the bears discovery brings on unwanted problems.


    Have you listened to any of W. Bruce Cameron’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He did a good job.


    If you could rename Emory's Gift, what would you call it?

    Emorys Healing Power.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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