The mesmerizing and gently powerful voice of veteran performer Caroline Lee effortlessly brings the tension in this audiobook to a startling climax. Forest: A Journey from the Wild is the heartbreaking and dramatic story of what happens when a couple of pampered housecats are forced out of their cozy confines and have to deal with the natural world and all its less-than-genial inhabitants. From the mind of award-winning Australian writer Sonya Hartnett comes a world few have seen peopled with characters you’ll have to hear to believe.
&$169;2003 Sonya Hartnett; (P)2003 Bolinda Publishing Pty. Ltd.
"Sonya Hartnett is creating new literary territory." (Australian Book Review)
The narrator delivers an exquisite and memorable performance of this well-written, believable, and fascinating story of urban cats abandoned in the forest amid ferals. Each of the cats are distinct not anthropomorphized with admirable and delectable, sometimes detestable, feline qualities. The descriptions of the Australian fauna and flora round out this highly satisfying book.
I bought this book expecting it to be "interesting." When it began playing, it was announced to be a children's book, which put me off for a moment. It didn't take long for me to be pulled into this book though, Carolyn Lee is a mesmerizing reader. Many times I was on the edge of my seat, worried about what would happen next. I loved this book, was ready to give it 5 stars, until I realized there was only 20 minutes left. I got angrier as I listened to the end. If this was supposed to be a children's book, it should have a different ending. I do know the ending was very true to life - that doesn't mean I have to like it.
Next week I will contact an attorney and get a will drawn up that provides for my cats.
Caroline Lee? Yes.
Sonya Hartnett? No chance.
She did an excellent job of narration.
I wish someone had warned me.
It took me a while to get into the story but once there I was captivated. The personalities of the cats were well developed and entirely believable. I too didn't realise it was a children's book when I bought it but there were aspects of the story and concepts that would take a bit of maturity to understand. This is especially true of the ending.
Sonya Hartnett is a talented descriptive writer.I listened to this as a 38 year old cat lover as I often find books aimed at teens to be more 'grown up' than a lot of the so called 'chick lit' out there.The opening scene of the 3 cats being dumped in the forest and being scared and alone is gripping.As our adult cat and 2 kittens travel into the depths of the forest they come across other ferrel cats and foe and their journey becomes as much a tale of survival as a relentless questioning of how they came to be in this predicament.The narrators voice is a bit grating but if you can get past that your in for an enjoyable listen.I would not reccommend younger listeners listen to this, as parts of the story are upsetting, so possibly not a good one to put on for a long family journey in the car.
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