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I Am Still Alive

Narrated by: Amy McFadden
Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (49 ratings)

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After: Jess is alone. Her cabin has burned to the ground. She knows if she doesn't act fast, the cold will kill her before she has time to worry about food. But she is still alive - for now.   

Before: Jess hadn't seen her survivalist, off-the-grid dad in more than a decade. But after a car crash killed her mother and left her injured, she was forced to move to his cabin in the remote Canadian wilderness. Just as Jess was beginning to get to know him, a secret from his past paid them a visit, leaving her father dead and Jess stranded.    

After: With only her father's dog for company, Jess must forage and hunt for food, build shelter, and keep herself warm. Some days it feels like the wild is out to destroy her, but she's stronger than she ever imagined.   

Jess will survive. She has to. She knows who killed her father....and she wants revenge.

©2018 Kathleen Marshall (P)2018 Tantor

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Exciting, engrossing story

Fast paced, exciting read, that grabs you from the first moment. Jess, the teenaged protagonist, gets into so many impossible jams that you wonder how she IS still alive. I think she comes off as human, full of doubt, fear, and faults, but also is strong and kick-ass. To me this book read like a movie (in a good way) and I Googled and found out Universal bought it for Ben Affleck to star (as Jess's Dad). The narration was top notch. Highly recommend.

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WOW. JUST. WOW.

All I can say is, I've never read anything more evoking than this. I absolutely could not stop listening. This is the greatest book in this genre I've ever had the pleasure of reading. Amy McFadden is my FAVORITE NARRATOR OF ALL TIME. Put this Author, and this Narrator together and you've got GOLD. AMAZING. OUTSTANDING. LIFE CHANGING. I just got done with this book and am starting it all over again. Perfect plot. Zero holes. So much emotion. STUNNING.

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Good listen

I buy a lot of books for my middle school students in my resource room. This is an enjoyable listen and I think they will like it. I thought the narrator was a little over the top and annoying when she was reading the girl's part when she wad upset ; it seemed a little too much and I would fast forward some of those parts. All in all it was good.

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Excellent....

Both the storyline by Kate Marshall and the narration by Amy McFadden are exceptionally well done.

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Character says it best herself..

Chapter 34: "There ought to be more drama." -Jess

Its not that the story was bad by any means - you can see from my ratings that I enjoyed the story and narration. There were times that the narrator came off as a little over the top and her way of speaking reminded me vaguely of Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory but she was overall a pleasant narrator to listen to. The author definitely did not let the main character achieve all her goals easily but I do feel like the plot of the story could have allowed for Jess to be put through so much more and to be able to really show her growth better through the story.

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Excellent

I thought this story would be boring. I simply could not see how a girl alone in the woods could possibly be entertaining. I was wrong. Marshall’s writing and narrative style makes this one of those books you can’t stop reading (listening to) until the end, and when you do get to that end, you wish it kept going. If Jess were to survive the woods (maybe she does, maybe she doesn’t) it seems like college admissions would be the next step for her, and I’m pretty sure Marshall would find a way to turn even that mundane task into an exhilarating read. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book Marshall puts out!

Amy McFadden did a great narrating.