Since its publication over forty years ago, this heartwarming tale of a boy and his dogs has touched millions. A tale of adventure, special friendship and coming-of-age, Where the Red Fern Grows makes for delightful listening. This unabridged production, featuring a moving performance by Anthony Heald, brings this enduring classic to life and makes a powerful story even more unforgettable.
©1961 Woodrow Wilson Rawls; (P)1995 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, an Imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
"This title is an excellent selection for family listening or for anyone desiring an uplifting, but realistic tale." (AudioFile)
The narration leaves something to be desired, but it's not terrible. The story is a timeless one.
It's a great story. I remember the movie from years ago and thought the story wouldn't get to me the way it did when I was young. My mistake. I usually listen at work but I had to wait to listen to the end at home, alone. It still got to me. ;)
Ol' Dan was my favorite character because of his dedication to his God given talent (hunting coons) and his loyalty to Lil' Ann and the boy. I've had dogs and that kind of bond is hard to beat.
The hunt for the "Ghost Coon"!
Love, loyalty and passion at their finest!
It would depend on how they planned to used the recording. If they wanted to just listen to the book and were not interested in following along with the printed edition or cross-referencing the printed edition, it is a great listen. However, if reading the book and listening to the audio version, navigating back and forth is cumbersome as the audio version does not identify the individual chapters in the book version. There are only six chapters in the audio version and 20ish in the print version.
Billy is the narrator and main character. The development of his character is realistic for the setting and has universal appeal.
This story lives in memorable moments and to pick just one would be too difficult.
Retired to mountains of California. Sell on eBay as Prsilla. No TV. Volunteer in wildlife rehab. Knit, sew or embroider while listening.
Yes, this is a wonderful slice of old-time family life. All the family values are there. Even religion, and that is beautiful, especially as spoken by the father. I love the way parents and grandparents are respected, and they actually come up with good solutions and wisdom to apply to the situation. There are so many sweet touches in the story, like when the boy is served coffee for the first time, without comment from the men.
As a town girl and wildlife rehabilitator-volunteer, I winced to hear about killing coons. I have bottle-fed baby raccoons and tolerated the antics of older coons when they are being fed and their home cleaned. Likewise, I almost cried for the big tree that "had" to be cut down. I saw no sense to that! Same with the boy's attitude toward the predator mountain lion, i.e., the only good one is a dead one! So if I had kids or grandkids listening to this story, I think we would be talking about changed attitudes since it was written.
So the story had to end somehow, but I am adding my own ending: Papa found a good job in town; the kids settled in at the school; Billy took up maybe a paper route; and Mama gave them a baby brother!
Anthony Heald deserves 8 stars for his narration. His tempo is quite fast when the action is intense. He can switch his voice wonderfully to narrate conversations. A usually slow reader would surely enjoy following along with the book.
Wonderful story and narration. I dont know how I missed reading this when I was young, but it was fantastic to find it again after all these years. It was recommended by my sister who says its her all time favorite book. I totally see why and now its on my all time list as well.
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