Following the unfortunate death of his parents, young Toby Matthias finds himself living a carefree life on Piper Cay, an Out Island in the Bahamas, at his grandparents' inn. Isolated from children his own age, Toby develops a deep and lasting friendship with an unlikely companion: a bottlenose dolphin.
A heartwarming tale, The Boy and the Dolphin follows the tropical adventures of Toby and Phinney as they make sense of life in the mid-50s. When Toby is sent to complete his education in the States and Phinney immerses herself more deeply in her dolphin culture, the best friends experience ever-increasing separations. But even while Toby serves his country in the skies over Vietnam, the boy and the dolphin share an unbreakable, decade-long bond.
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This audiobook was a good attention grabber from the beginning. The narrator I think did a great job of keeping the audience’s attention throughout the whole book. The bond that the story tells of Toby and Phinney is one that will keep you thinking about the book long after the story is over. The book provided great detail of the life people lived in the Caribbean in the 1950’s. The story in general is a feel good story that makes you believe in the power of friendships, even if it is between human and animal. The book was a wonderful read and a heartwarming tale. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a great story.
I thought it was very imaginative and interesting how the author weaves this story through the perspectives of a growing and maturing boy and a dolphin. You experience the highs and lows of life through this unique evolving friendship.
Although the dolphin perspective is fiction, it was fun to learn some information about dolphins. Through Toby/ 'The Boy' you learn a bit about sailing and aviation.
The narrator reads the story clearly, with a pleasant voice. I do enjoy a little more voice acting. But, nevertheless he did a nice job.
Minus a few moments of...mammal nature, this tale is pretty clean and would be ideal for a family roadtrip in my opinion.
I will definitely listen to it again. I found it relaxing to listen to after a stressful day. It was well told and very easy to follow along with. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
Phinny - she was a dolphin and I loved the bond she forged with Toby
No this was my first
For me it was Toby, as a loner growing up I could identify with him and I've always loved dolphins so I could picture myself as Toby.
A wonderful story of a young boy and a dolphin. They form an unlikely relationship and grow up together in the Bahamas. This was an endearing story of a boy named Toby in need of a friend and finding one in the unlikeliest place. The story continues of his growth and school years with his Grandparents and locals in their Bahama home area. In turn, the book also gives perspective of the dolphin’s point of view, which was very interesting. I love the time period of the story and all of the detail put into it. The best way to describe this is “finding yourself and finding home”. This was a great book to listen to and I would recommend to all!
The Boy and The Dolphin is imaginative and charming with well crafted characters and overlaying themes of conservation, friendship, and coming-of-age. I'm glad this was not just a simple retelling of the TV show, Flipper. It had more heart in its ability to unravel more about our characters as the pages continued on. Dick Schmidt has an earnest appeal to his writing that reminded me of the 1994 film, Forest Gump. Similarities consisting of isolation, social awkwardness, and true friendships lasting for years, all allowed me to keep an open mind with the direction Schmidt was taking us. I was not disappointed. What I was left with while completing this book is a deeper appreciation of nature, my geographic surroundings, and the friendships I have accumulated over the years.
This book provides excellent detail of the 1950's Caribbean life which created an authentic layer of adversity. Family ties were forged through life circumstances and Schmidt does a beautiful job of relating this through Toby's relationship with Phinney. Overall I had a deeper respect for conservation and the delicate ecosystem in our oceans. This was a beautiful read.
Can't think of any books. Just Films: Forest Gump, Finding Nemo, Free Willy, The Never Ending Story, etc...
The Caribbean during the 1950's.
Heart felt story of family and human nature.
I've read the book. The audio version adds a great layer of authenticity to Dick Schmidt's book.
If only every child could grow up with a dolphin for a friend....The Bahamas are beautiful,but the book opened my eyes to what lies below the surface...Making it all the more beautiful.
This was really a refreshing and enjoyable read. You get to experience the lives of Toby and Phinney. Having a perspective of the dolphin was so well written with how they would perceive or process information. It's a very easy and laid back read. You will get to see Toby grow from teen to adulthood. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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