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Williwaw! | [Tom Bodett]

Williwaw!

Growing up in a remote part of Alaska, Ivan and September Crane know that autumn is an unpredictable season - days of clear blue skies can give way to fierce, sudden storms in a blink. They know the trouble signs: changes in the wind, the temperature, or even the color of the dawn. But somehow, this time, left alone when their fisherman father is delayed at sea, even their keen sense of their surroundings and the lessons they've been taught fail them.
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Growing up in a remote part of Alaska, Ivan and September Crane know that autumn is an unpredictable season - days of clear blue skies can give way to fierce, sudden storms in a blink. They know the trouble signs: changes in the wind, the temperature, or even the color of the dawn. But somehow, this time, left alone when their fisherman father is delayed at sea, even their keen sense of their surroundings and the lessons they've been taught fail them. So does their common sense. Though their dad warned them not to hook up their video game to the short-wave radio batteries and ordered them to stay off moody Bag Bay in their skiff, they wind up doing both. With their radio - their only link to the outside world and the town across Bag Bay - fried and useless, they've got to sneak into town to have it repaired.

Soon brother and sister are caught up in a whirlpool of complications from which they can't escape. And unbeknownst to them, heading viciously and mercilessly their way is something they fear more than anything else on Bag Bay: a williwaw, a violent and unbending storm, the kind that took their mother's life years before.

©1999 Tom Bodett; (P)2000 Random House, Inc.; Music: Shella's Pictures performed and written by Will Ackerman; A Child's Song performed by Will Ackerman and written by Will Ackerman and Samite Mulondo, (P)1998 Windham Hill Records; Cover Illustration ©1999 Wayne McLoughlin

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    Margo 03-18-04
    Margo 03-18-04 Member Since 2009

    Tucked away in the beautiful mountains of New Mexico.

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    "Good listen for kids on a car trip"

    We all enjoyed this title on our last car trip. The main characters are children (12 yrs. and 8 yrs., if I recall) and the premise is suitable for all ages. If you're riding with kids, you might also take a look at Hoot, by Carl Hiassen. We enjoyed Hoot slightly better than Williwaw.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Arthur Simi Valley, CA, United States 01-16-13
    Arthur Simi Valley, CA, United States 01-16-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Extremely enjoyable book"

    This is one of the most enjoyable stories I've come across on Audible. Trying to soak up some books related to Alaska before a trip planned for summer 2013, and this ended up first on the list. Audio quality seemed a little less than on most other audiobooks I've listened to on Audible. This was more than made up for with Tom Bodett's delivery, and his engaging and accessible story. A great storyteller and I'll be checking out other works by Mr. Bodett in the future. A very familiar voice in the narration as well - if you've heard the Motel 6 commercials, you've bumped into Mr. Bodett. This is one of those books I couldn't wait to resume each time I got back to my mp3 player.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    L. Brown 09-13-03
    L. Brown 09-13-03 Member Since 2014
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    "One for the whole family"

    You will get thoroughly engrossed in the adventures of Ivan and September. The teens are admirably self-reliant, but oh, so young in their misjudgements. The book vividly describes the people and locale of coastal Alaska. This tale will appeal to both adults and children.

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    Amazon Customer Bayonne, NJ, United States 08-12-14
    Amazon Customer Bayonne, NJ, United States 08-12-14 Member Since 2014

    I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.

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    "Poor production quality - good, not great story"

    This is not a series of stories like other Bodett listens I've found. It is a short novel that follows a couple of young kids who live in the wilderness of Alaska, and have to fend for themselves while their dad is away.

    This was very captivating and charming, once you get passed the crapping recording quality.

    My only real gripe with the novel is that the ending was a bit of a let down. It is a bit too predictable, and the kids act in ways that are out of character.

    Still worth the listen, though. The ending wasn't horrible, it just wasn't great.

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