Sounder

Narrated by: Avery Brooks
Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (294 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Newbery Medal-winning classic novel about the courage and faith - and the love of a dog - that give a family strength in the face of inhumanity.

The boy knows that times are tough for his family. Every night, his father goes out hunting with their great coon dog, Sounder, to try to put food on the table. But even with the little they bring back, there is still never enough for the family to eat.

When the boy awakens one morning to a sweet-smelling ham on the table, it seems like a blessing. But soon, the sheriff and his deputies come to the house and take the boy's father away in handcuffs. Suddenly the boy must grow up fast in a world that isn't fair, keeping hope alive through the love he has for his father's faithful dog, Sounder. Listeners who enjoy timeless dog stories such as Old Yeller and Where the Red Fern Grows will find much to love in Sounder, even as they listen through tears at times.

©1969 William H. Armstrong (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Critic Reviews

  • 1970 Newbery Medal Winner

"The magnificent trained bass of Avery Brooks is a beautiful compliment to Armstong's prose; words and voice clearly paint images and evoke emotional responses from the listener." (AudioFile)

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Sounder was a great book to read because it really invested me in the story.

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Beautifully read

The language in this moving story approaches poetry, and the narrator, with his deep, resonant voice, captures the cadences.

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Sad but powerful!

Excellent listen...the reader really enhanced the experience. What sad history but so worth the knowing.

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Awsome book

This book has a lot is details and
It is a sad story
Sounder is the best book I've read

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Do you love Dogs then you'll love Sounder

Wonderful touching story! Great reader! Great guitar playing😊! You love dogs you love Sounder!🐶 a wonderful book about a boy and a dog!

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One of my favorite childhood reads

This title was assigned to me in school and one of the books that fed my love of reading!

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This book was ok...

Not a typical read for me. I guess I didn’t like the fact that the name of the main character was “the boy”... I don’t recall a name. Just couldn’t relate, sorry.

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The power of reading and family

Wonderfully poetic story of hard ship and family trials in the south. The narration is very powerful and moving. It is so sad that a man steals some food and has to do hard labor for his crime. But that is what makes this story work is the hard ship and waiting for a resolution. to me the hero is the young man that learns to read.

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Sounder

We like this book because it gives you a lesson on not to give up.
We dislike this book because the father and the dog dies.

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Left me speechless

The narrator was amazing, and he brought this story to life. This book was one of those stories I had heard of but never read. Glad I read it with Avery Brooks narrating it. This book ripped my heart out and gave it back to me. short and amazing read. Another story which everyone should read to understand the stories and experiences of a lot of the minority living in the country.
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