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.
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.
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.
The epilogue was awesome. Wraps the story up nicely
I really enjoyed Cameron's narration, Love his humor.
This story really makes you think. Very inspirational.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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