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Freckles

By: Gene Stratton-Porter
Narrated by: Mary Starkey
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Publisher's Summary

Freckles, a plucky young man, lands a job as a watchman for a lumber company that logs timber in a mysterious forest swamp called the Limberlost.
©1916 Gene Stratton Porter (P)1985 Books in Motion

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tear jerking, poor narration

My disappointment is that the narrator reads like a competent mother or teacher to her children. I would have preferred an actor to read this who could have honored Freckles great language and Irish brogue, voiced the Angel and the other characters.

The story was beautiful and well rounded--continuing through to the end of the tale where other authors would have dropped the reader. My only criticism is that I think Freckles should have been closer to 17-18 rather than 20. I understand his background intimidated him and made him more innocent than the average boy, but I felt his reactions to Angel were a little too naive.

Loved the book. Highly recommended!

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A Beautiful, Old Fashioned Tale

Written around 1904, this is a story of noble heart and good character during a time when love was pure and honor meant more than life.

Freckles is a young man with only one hand who had been raised in an orphanage with no idea of who his parents were. He had gone through life consumed with the thought that his mother had cut off his hand and then abandoned him. Hungry and lonesome, he comes into a lumber camp in the “Limberlost,” a section of prime woods in rural Indiana, and applies for the job of watchman. The owner hires him without even looking at his missing hand, and thus begins a tale of honor and true love and Freckles grows into a man.

Alone in the Limberlost, Freckles faces fears and dangers but refuses to quit as this is the only job he has and he desires to belong. Finally he discovers the beauty of the place and learns to love it and the creatures that live there. He is hired to protect the forest and does his best to do just that. In a clearing he creates a beautiful “garden” and one day takes his “Swamp Angel” to it. She falls in love with him but he refuses to allow himself to even consider it because he has no notion of his birth. She sets out to find out the truth.

This is a beautiful story but is written in old fashioned terms and manner. It is a classic in literature.

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Doesn't get better!

Gene Stratton-Porter is our favorite with the kids to travel with. She makes for very peaceful trips! We just wish she would have written more books!

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Great Sorry/Poor Recording

This is a WONDERFUL, classic story! It’s beautiful, entertaining, unpredictable, and even educational. But the recording isn’t very good. The reader’s performance is so-so, but she doesn’t even attempt speaking in different voices, much less the various accents of the characters. The sound quality isn’t professional, and there are other voices and noises heard in the background, as if the narrator was recording at home with other people and maybe a TV playing in another room. It’s quiet but obvious and detracted from the lively story.

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Heartwarming Classic

Definitely one to own for a lifetime and to pass down through the generations. A heartwarming book that teaches boys what "real men" are. Virtuous, lovely, adventurous and an amazing example of a true classic. We also purchased the hard copy!

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great book

This is the best audio book ever!I really enjoyed it. Recommendated read.My top favorite book

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Never Enough!!!

I have read this and A Girl of the Limberlost MANY times and it is always fresh, warm, home!

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If you like nature + tender, sappy and idealistic

As with all Porter books, love for nature is beautifully woven throughout. I felt like the character of Freckles with in the vein of the "Gary-Stu" - too perfect to be true to life, but more the untarnished ideal. He grows up maimed, orphaned and mistreated and yet has rare honesty, hard work ethic and nobility. It's a fairytale ending, and everyone's character is either very good, or very bad. And, sadly life just isn't that black and white. BUT, it is a sweet story and if you don't try and make it too realistic, it's enjoyable. But still, my favourite Porter books are The Keeper of the Bees and The Harvester :)

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Hidden messages in this book!

I loved the things that touched my heart. Example when Freckles asked if a kiss could be washed off! A manly man with a kind and loving soul.

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WOW!!!!

This is an amazing book!
I loved how Freckles fought for McLean.
I recommend this book book to anyone who loves adventure and consistency and a lot of fun!!!!!