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Where the Red Fern Grows | [Wilson Rawls]

Where the Red Fern Grows

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.
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Publisher's Summary

A loving threesome, Billy and his two dogs ranged the dark hills and river bottoms of Cherokee country. Old Dan has the brawn, Little Ann has the brains, and Billy has the will to make them into the finest hunting team in the valley. Glory and victory were coming to them, but sadness waited too. Soon their skills will be put to the test as they brave the dangers of the wilds for the ultimate glory.

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

What the Critics Say

"This title is an excellent selection for family listening or for anyone desiring an uplifting, but realistic tale." (AudioFile)

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    michael p conlow 01-23-15
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    "Great re-read"

    loved it first book i can remember reading that was not a childs book in school. It was asigned to the class in 6th grade

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    Lora 01-18-15
    Lora 01-18-15
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    "Loved it!"

    My whole family loved it! Excellent narrative. couldn't wait to get back to it each time we listened!

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    JB 01-16-15
    JB 01-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Reminiscing."

    I haven't read (or heard) thus book since I was a young'n. It was just as I remember.

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    join.the.study Vancouver, BC, Canada 03-25-13
    join.the.study Vancouver, BC, Canada 03-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A childhood favorite and not bad at 32..."
    Any additional comments?

    The narration leaves something to be desired, but it's not terrible. The story is a timeless one.

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    Steve 03-18-13
    Steve 03-18-13
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    "Listen to this one at home...alone!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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. ;)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The hunt for the "Ghost Coon"!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Love, loyalty and passion at their finest!


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    Karin United States 03-03-13
    Karin United States 03-03-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Great modern classic story organized inefficiently"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Billy is the narrator and main character. The development of his character is realistic for the setting and has universal appeal.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    This story lives in memorable moments and to pick just one would be too difficult.


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    Sara Fresno, Ca, United States 01-02-13
    Sara Fresno, Ca, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Great!!"

    Fantastic story. Fantastic reader. I would recommend for all ages. Great book for animal lovers.

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    Prsilla 12-19-12
    Prsilla 12-19-12 Member Since 2014

    Retired to mountains of California. Sell on eBay as Prsilla. No TV. Volunteer in wildlife rehab. Knit, sew or embroider while listening.

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    "OLD-TYMEY REALISTIC VIOLENCE"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Oakland, CA, United States 06-18-12
    Sharon Oakland, CA, United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A Classic"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Where the Red Fern Grows to be better than the print version?

    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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    Kindle Customer 06-04-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story for my kids"

    This was a good book for a summer vacation road trip. My kids loved it.

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