Julie of the Wolves

Narrated by: Christina Moore
Series: Julie, Book 1
Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
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“Miyax had been lost without food for many sleeps on the North Slope of Alaska. The barren slope stretches for three hundred miles from the Brooks Range to the Arctic Ocean, and for more than eight hundred miles from the Chukchi to the Beaufort Sea. Winds scream across it, and the view in every direction is exactly the same. Somewhere in this cosmos was Miyax; and the very life in her body, its spark and warmth, depended upon these wolves for survival. And she was not so sure they would help.” - from Julie of the Wolves.

When Miyax walks out onto the frozen Alaskan tundra, she hopes she is leaving problems at home far behind. Raised in the ancient Eskimo ways, Miyax knows how to take care of herself. But as bitter Arctic winds efface the surface of food, she begins to fear for her life, and turns to a pack of wild wolves for help. Amaroq, the leader of the pack, eventually accepts Miyax as one of his own defenseless cubs, protecting her from danger and saving portions of the daily kill for her. But as Miyax makes her way nearer to civilization, her life with the wolves, as well as all that she has come to learn about herself, are challenged as never before.

©1972 Jean Craighead George (P)1993 Recorded Books

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  • Newbery Medal Winner, 1973
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Nature Threatened

This marvelous work by JCG highlights the plight of nature as humans overtake it with greed, selfishness, and lack of care. We need to heed the warning and begin to care for this earth instead of ravage it. The wolves and Natuve Americans k ew how to manage the wilds I. a way to survive and coexist. Fascinating book.

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20 years later

I loved reading this book as a kid and now with audible I can still enjoy a good read without taking up all my time

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Fantastic story of a young girl

The story of a young girl & her ability to get out of bad situations, survive in the wilderness and make good decisions was so beautifully described by the author. The narrator spoke softly, clearly, beautifully.

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Hard to understand

It took long to catch on to the book, when you do, it isn’t the best book. Great performance!

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Reading too slow for my students

I love this book, and I thought it would be a good way to delve into it by listening. However, the text being read was just too slow & took too long for our class.

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Great Setting

My favorite thing about this story is how unique the setting and environment are. I confess that I couldn't remember much of this, so it was interesting to reread it. I wouldn't minded having a bit more information about Julie before she joined the wolves, but I guess that really wasn't what the story was about.

Overall, it's a good MG book for those interested in wilderness/survival/unique settings and cultures.

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Adventure 🐉🐺🐺🐺🐺🐺🐺🐺

Good adventure I really liked it because it had a lot of good story plots and it is a good book for people who like adventure books like when people are running and they are finding them self in a good family and yeah it’s a really good book.

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Great story of humans relationship to nature

Though rather depressing at times, this story illustrates the transition of humanity from a harmonious part of nature to the fragmented disconnected species we have become through the eyes of a wise beyond her years Eskimo girl with a difficult past and uncertain future! Heavy on wolf behavior and cross species communication as well as commentary at the state of our 20th century culture.

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Beautiful Female Narration

Female narrator was superb and a good choice, gentle, warm, and fierce, like Miyax (Julie).

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loved the detailed info about life on the tundra!

loved the story. the information and details about how to live on the top of the world was awesome.