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Forest: A Journey from the Wild | [Sonya Hartnett]

Forest: A Journey from the Wild

Kian, a cossetted suburban cat, is snatched from his comforts and dumped in the bush along with two kittens, Cally and Jem. The greatest threat to their survival are other cats, ferals who fiercely guard their territories. Kian survives some unnerving and vicious encounters but is unswerving in his desire to make the long journey home to his territory even though it is apparent his owner is dead and that there will be no welcome from the cruel man who has taken over the house.
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Audible Editor Reviews

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.

Publisher's Summary

Kian, a cossetted suburban cat, is snatched from his comforts and dumped in the bush along with two kittens, Cally and Jem. The greatest threat to their survival are other cats, ferals who fiercely guard their territories. Kian survives some unnerving and vicious encounters but is unswerving in his desire to make the long journey home to his territory even though it is apparent his owner is dead and that there will be no welcome from the cruel man who has taken over the house. Hartnett's creation of the cat's point of view and her sensuous depiction of the forest is exceptional in its imagination, beauty and truth.

&$169;2003 Sonya Hartnett; (P)2003 Bolinda Publishing Pty. Ltd.

What the Critics Say

"Sonya Hartnett is creating new literary territory." (Australian Book Review)

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    Eleanor Corner Edmonds, WA USA 07-13-07
    Eleanor Corner Edmonds, WA USA 07-13-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Australian gem"

    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.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Kmrsy Fort Wayne, IN United States 06-06-09
    Kmrsy Fort Wayne, IN United States 06-06-09 Member Since 2000

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    "Powerful"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Janis Salcfas Lake Elizabeth, CA United States 04-29-13
    Janis Salcfas Lake Elizabeth, CA United States 04-29-13 Member Since 2005
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    "If you love cats, don't read this book"
    Would you try another book from Sonya Hartnett and/or Caroline Lee?

    Caroline Lee? Yes.
    Sonya Hartnett? No chance.


    What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

    She did an excellent job of narration.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Forest?

    The hunters.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish someone had warned me.

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    Sandra Arlington, VA, United States 04-17-10
    Sandra Arlington, VA, United States 04-17-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Expected better"

    You have to really love cats. I don't. Expected more than the "Incredible Journey" re-do.

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    Pam Castletown, Australia 04-09-10
    Pam Castletown, Australia 04-09-10 Member Since 2008
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    "PG needed think"

    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.

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  • Sandra
    Redditch, worcestershire, United Kingdom
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    "Cats Whiskers"

    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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