My Side of the Mountain

Narrated by: Michael Crouch
Series: My Side of the Mountain, Book 1
Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (687 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Sam Gribley is terribly unhappy living in New York City with his family, so he runs away to the Catskill Mountains to live in the woods - all by himself. With only a penknife, a ball of cord, 40 dollars, and some flint and steel, he intends to survive on his own. Sam learns about courage, danger, and independence during his year in the wilderness, a year that changes his life forever.

©2017 Jean Craighead George (P)2017 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"How wonderful that this 1959 classic is now an audiobook. Narrator Michael Crouch introduces 17-year-old New York City resident Sam Gribley as he relocates to the Catskill Mountains with only a pocketknife, a rope, $40, and a fire starter. Crouch deftly embraces the speech patterns and vocabulary of the day, and warmly describes the atmospheric setting. Since Sam is usually alone, there's little dialogue, but his thoughts and endearing conversations with the wildlife he meets sound genuine. Listeners will particularly enjoy sharing time with Frightful, the young peregrine falcon Sam adopts and trains to retrieve food. It's inspiring to hear how Sam adapts to nature and uses it to clothe, warm, and feed himself and his menagerie. Vivid descriptions of the seasons, storms, and animals offer a constant 'you are there' feel." (AudioFile magazine)   

"Should appeal to all rugged individualists who dream of escape to the forest." (The New York Times Book Review

"An extraordinary book.... It will be read year after year." (The Horn Book

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Great overall

This book was great overall. The narrator was calm and relaxing to listen too and the story was exciting and compelling. The only thing I wish was a bit better was the ending. It was kind of abrupt in my opinion. Overall great book that I would definitely recommend.

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My side of the mountain review.

I enjoyed my side of the mountain because, many times I have want to run away from home and live like Sam did.
This is been the second time that I read this book. Every time it gets better and better.
I love nature and I love reading.

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Amazing

The preformance of this book is fantastic, it really feels like Sam is real and really telling you his story. This book was one of the highlights of the things I read in my childhood; I didn't think that there could be a version any better than my memory. I was pleasantly mistaken!

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loved it!

perfect for a 6-15 year old. my 11 and 7 year old love it. they want to live in the woods now.

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buy this story it's amazing<br /><br />

this a good 12 and up story it's amazing and cool and adventurous and survivalist story

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The classic, beautifully read.

As great as you remember, and wonderfully read. It's also a tragedy, which I'd forgotten.

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Great narration and story.

It was a great book for a road trip to listen to as a family.

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my favorite book as a kid

this book brought back a lot of great memories from when I was a kid

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As good as I remember from grade school -

I forgot why I loved this book so much back when. Well produced and good narration.

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Mixed Emotions Due to Child Abandonment

I did struggle to finish this. I liked the premise, but it bothered me that he had parents and other adults, that did nothing to assist this child. the author did not present them as irresponsible, negligent and selfish.

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  • 10-02-19

Amazing book

Wonderful absolutely wonderful this is a must read a amazing must read book you need to read