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The Yearling Audiobook

The Yearling

Young Jody lives with his ma and pa on a farm in backwoods Florida. Life is hard there: cutting wood, planting fields, hauling water from a distant sinkhole. It is dangerous: wolves and bears roam the night. It’s also lonely for a young boy. One spring day, Jody’s pa kills a deer for meat. When Jody sees her spotted fawn in the brush, he convinces his father they should bring the fawn home. Thus begins a year when deer and boy are never far from each other. But the day will come when Jody must make a terrible choice between his beloved pet and his family’s survival.
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Young Jody lives with his ma and pa on a farm in backwoods Florida. Life is hard there: cutting wood, planting fields, hauling water from a distant sinkhole. It is dangerous: wolves and bears roam the night. It’s also lonely for a young boy. One spring day, Jody’s pa kills a deer for meat. When Jody sees her spotted fawn in the brush, he convinces his father they should bring the fawn home. Thus begins a year when deer and boy are never far from each other. But the day will come when Jody must make a terrible choice between his beloved pet and his family’s survival.

The Yearling, published 50 years ago, is an enduring classic which won the Pulitzer Prize. As it follows Jody from childhood to the first steps of adulthood, it has touched the hearts of readers of all ages. Now, with Tom Stechschulte’s warm narration, this moving story will delight an even wider audience.

©1966 Norton Baskin (P)1999 Recorded Books. LLC

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    P. Giorgio Illinois 10-22-13
    P. Giorgio Illinois 10-22-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Gorgeous"

    Wonderful book, good story, some predictable elements, but the "twist" was unexpected. I expected a whole different reason for the "big decision." This was better. Warm, authentic and suitable for all ages, cultures and interests. Narrator very good. Recommended -- in fact, should be required reading for students of the human community. Tolerance, humor, survival, family, fathers and sons.... just great.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    lovemykids 12-14-15
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    "The first book ever to make me cry!"

    A heartwarming and heart-wrenching story of a boy's growing up with his faithful friend beside him. This is a story I will read many times over and share with my children when they get a little older. the narrator was superb and really brought the story to life. I listen to a lot of audio books and I must say this is one of the best I've ever heard! Take the time to listen, I don't think you will be sorry.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jon Crawfurd ST PETERSBURG, FL USA 08-22-14
    Jon Crawfurd ST PETERSBURG, FL USA 08-22-14
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    "A true classic"

    This book is on everyones list of the most important "Florida Books". After listening to it, I understand why it has so many devoted fans. Everything about this book is a wonder: the characters, the narrative and dialog, the depiction of old Florida, and the story telling! I recommend it highly.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Poppisima The United States of America 12-10-15
    Poppisima The United States of America 12-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Best and most touching coming-of-age story ever"

    The characterization, the rural simplicity, simple narrative arc, the friendship with Fodder-Wing, the closeness of the family, the descriptions of the landscape and its wildlife--it's like Huckleberry Finn, Little House on the Prairie, and the parable of the prodigal son all rolled into one.

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    William 07-11-15
    William 07-11-15
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    "Classic"

    I forgot how great this book was. Awesome reading as well. Great use of different voices

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    Jack 03-24-16
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    "A coming of age tail"

    Very slow novel with a powerful ending. The author does a great job of capturing the difficulties and beauty of life in the Everglades. You'll love it if you're into nature and enjoy books by Jack London. Younger audiences may find it overly sincere.

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    amy bahrain, Bahrain 03-07-16
    amy bahrain, Bahrain 03-07-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Magnificent!"

    A great coming of age story for adults... and children! Beautifully told story of a boy growing up in the woods of Florida (I think!) - wonderfully evocative writing and a great fitting narrator.

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    Susan Livingston, TX, United States 02-10-16
    Susan Livingston, TX, United States 02-10-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A Very Good Classic. The performance is AWESOME!"

    such a great book from my childhood. listening to it being read made it so much better! Thanks.

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    "Touching but not life-changing"

    Dragged on in many parts. Didn't really do much for me. Too many other better books out there.

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