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Tarka the Otter

Narrated by: Michael Maloney
Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
Categories: Kids, Ages 5-7
3.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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This is the tale of Tarka the Otter's growth to adulthood in the country of the Two Rivers. It is also the story of his life in the wild and how he is hunted by his enemy, the great hound Deadlock.

©1995 Henry Williamson (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Very British nature story

There's a certain kind of nature writing that I really associate with Britain (England specifically), and this is exactly it. Sort of for children but sort of not, very realistic and trying hard not to anthropomorphize. And maybe that's not my favorite kind of British writing because I just didn't love this.

I can't totally get why. I'm not particularly prudish about language but as a woman I don't love to hear the word bitch all the time (yes I KNOW it is a technical term. But words' meanings evolve and it's not an easy word to hear over and over). It's also a pretty violent book with all the hunting and while that's totally realistic, I just don't personally love it. If you're thinking about reading/listening with a child, just make sure they're cool with the violence. If you're reading/listening for yourself, if you are into nature writing, this is probably a good pick.

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  • Fleur
  • 02-03-18

beautiful, classic literature

Tarka the otter is a beautiful and heart breaking account of the short life of a wild otter. While charming it does not shy away from the harsh realities of the hunt and the cruelty of man, leaving many listeners with a deep sense of guilt for the crimes of their own race. A must- listen for anyone who loves otters and other British wildlife.

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  • Mr. Steve Cavanagh
  • 09-07-16

Fantastic

Overall as above five stars. Recommend to any reader no matter how old. A classic

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  • Sarah Russell
  • 05-10-19

Review of Tarka

It was a well read and well written book and I completely enjoyed it!!! Recommend to all who like classics and hearty, thought-out books.