Two girls. Two tigers. Four years in the wild.
Two girls survive a terrible flood in the Tasmanian bush and are rescued by a pair of Tasmanian tigers who raise them in the wild. Their story of survival is remarkable, as they adapt to the life of the tiger, learning to hunt and to communicate without the use of human language. When they are discovered and returned to civilization, neither can adapt to being fully human after their extraordinary experience. Totally believable, their story will both shock and captivate listeners as it explores the animal instincts that lie beneath our civilized veneer.
©2013 Louis Norwa (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
SciFi/Fantasy and Classics to History, Adventure and Memoirs to Social Commentary—I love and listen to it all!
First, let's just get the narration out of the way. I totally get twitchy about narration that drags, so I usually listen to all my books at x1.25 speed. This book, however, really shines at x1.50. The story becomes passionate, breathless, zips along and carries the listener with it. Lisbeth Kennelly gives a fearless and touching performance, and I have nothing but good things to say about her.
The book itself starts out with a Young Adult flair, I thought, but soon I began to pick up the universal essences from the narrative: loss, fear, loneliness, a need to belong. Things of that ilk. And by the time the two young protagonists, Hannah and Becky are "rescued," things really hit the fan, and readers of all ages will be able to relate to their dilemmas--how do we bend to society's will and still be ourselves? How do we let go of the best parts of our lives, do what's "right?" How do we live with grief? Very provocative.
Wonderfully written too. Nowra writes some gorgeous prose here. Sometimes metaphors and similes tick me off (Sorry, just have a "thing" about 'em at times), but this book is full of some really breathtaking comparisons. And I gotta say, one of the things I looooove about reading/writing, is that the written word can go ANYWHERE the writer wishes to take us. Love, loyalty, brutal betrayal, friendship, remorse, things that can never be forgiven; all surprises when handled deftly by a skilled author.
This is a great book (especially since it has tigers, and anyone who's EVER read a review of mine knows I think animals rock!), and the ONLY reason I'd be hesitant about recommending using an entire credit for it is because of how short it is, even though it's really quite a stellar work. If you're twitchy, wait for a half credit sale, Daily Deal, kindle bundle, whatever.
You'll discover your inner "beast" and will like it...
yoga, chemistry, but mainly chick lit.
Even though audiobooks are a huge time commitment, I would probably listen to this one again.
This is told from Hanna's perspective. But Hannah is telling the story during her twilight years (maybe she's like 70 years old). And, being raised in the wild, her English isnt wonderful. But that really adds to the believability of what's going on. I feel like the narrator IS Hanna. This is more of storytelling than an audiobook!
And this type of a story is not one that comes along too often. Definitely a unique listen.
I'm not usually the type to speed up audiobooks, but you can comfortably speed this one up to 1.5x if you're in a time crunch (like me and I had just 40 minutes left and a 25 minute drive to work ....).
Hanna is a little spitfire. And Becky seems to prefer dresses over mud. So when the girls get lost from Hanna's parents during the storm (they're young when this happens, like 6 years old), they get adopted by these tigers (and not real tigers but tasmanian tigers). Hanna seems to be the first to lose her clothes and her speech but Becky seems to hold on to those human parts of her. So the most memorable part of the book to me is their relationship. Even though these two kids are complete opposites, they've been bound by this experience.
I have not listened to any of the narrator's previous works. But she sounds like a grandma that has had one too many martinis. But she makes listening to this audiobook absolutely wonderful! She's very expressive and convincing.
Who are the real animals?
There are so many ideas to explore in this book!
- Brutality and nurturing nature of Nature
- Civilization versus the wild/Man vs Wild
- Taming wild things
- What's necessary?
- What makes a family?
There's not that many characters in the book. Hanna and Becky, who get lost in the woods. Dave and Corrina, the tigers that take them in. Mr. Carson and Ernie show up the last 1/3 of the book, they are searching for the girls.
This book has closure, so you find out what happens to everyone! No loose ends, I hate that!
Also, I'm not sure what age group this book is intended for. It's definitely graphic at times and there are some heavy topics. I wouldn't pass this out to elementary school kids but maybe appropriate for mature middle schoolers?
I personally loved the book but at first didn't have any expectations of it. I was surprised when it brought me to tears at some points. I was overall happy with the story besides the abrupt ending.
I loved the book and movie "life of pi". This was recommended to me as a result of that. I found it boring and the main character very annoying. Nothing at all like life of pi.
Lisabeth Kenelly has earned a fan for life. Amazingly performed narrative. It was extremely moving and memorable. Usually I'd say I'm more likely to remember reading a book than listening to one, but with this it's the opposite!
As a daily Audible listener, this book has to be in my top 5. I usually listen while doing chores or when I have insomnia. Well, let me tell you, I could not put this down. The full characters (human and wild) were so fully developed that I felt I was literally IN the story. The literary themes of survival, rites of passage, friendship, loneliness, the chasm yet closeness of all God's creatures .... I plan to follow this author AND narrator. Both are very talented. Thank you for the gift of writing and performing this book. It will always stay with me, and I will be reading it again. It is also perfectly suitable for family reading with children, as is not the case so often these days. Thank you.
I can't imagine reading this book.... This is a story that was so wonderfully enhanced by the narrator. A truly beautiful listen.
Some of my friends might like it.
It was a unique story. I enjoyed the perspective of the old woman looking back over her life.
Her voice was way too annoying. I realize that she was an old woman who had never learned to speak English properly, but I couldn't get past the narration the entire book.
I bought this on a whim when it was the sale of the day. The story was interesting but so sad. I felt like the ending got wrapped up a bit too quickly and I felt like some of the things that Hannah talked about regarding Becky's story when they weren't together were a bit far fetched as to how she would have really been able to know about them. Overall, I did enjoy the book but now I feel like I need to go listen to a comedy. With a GREAT narrator!
Greedy, voracious reader since age five. After a number of eye injuries & surgeries, reading is hard. So now, I listen.
The perfect narration of this story of an elderly Aussie woman, in her quavery voice and old regional speech patterns, as she recalls incidents of her childhood, is what raises this simple adventure story to a book with a lasting presence. For young adults, it will start discussions about what makes us civilized, what is a family, the nature of love, interspecies communication, and our responsibility to other species on the planet. As an adult, I was mesmerized by the performance of the reader. Her depiction of a child's experience of loss, and fighting fiercely to keep hold of the next thing, and lifelong regret and sadness, is so real and wrenching. A slow start, but then exciting and haunting.
I choose the books I listen to very carefully, so I usually rate them quite highly. That said, this book far exceeded my expectations. I expected it to be good; I didn't expect it to be this good!
I loved most the descriptions of the sensory experiences the girls had living in the forest with the tigers, the smells, sights, and the sounds of all the flora and fauna, and how their senses became more keen over time.
She was completely believable as a 70-year-old woman describing her extraordinary experiences as a child. I thought I might tire quickly of the old woman's quavering voice but it had the opposite effect on me. I felt like I was sitting opposite her on a porch on a summer's evening listening to her story, and I could scarcely move or get up from my place for being so completely in her thrall. I don't really have any way of knowing if her dialect is authentic, but I found it and her diction completely convincing. The story itself, though fiction, is quite believable, and Kennelly's performance of it was as though she had really lived through it herself.
A wonderful read for a weekend afternoon.
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