Two girls. Two tigers. Four years in the wild.
Two girls survive a terrible flood in the Tasmanian bush and are rescued by a pair of Tasmanian tigers who raise them in the wild. Their story of survival is remarkable, as they adapt to the life of the tiger, learning to hunt and to communicate without the use of human language. When they are discovered and returned to civilization, neither can adapt to being fully human after their extraordinary experience. Totally believable, their story will both shock and captivate listeners as it explores the animal instincts that lie beneath our civilized veneer.
Would you listen to Into That Forest again? Why?
Even though audiobooks are a huge time commitment, I would probably listen to this one again.
This is told from Hanna's perspective. But Hannah is telling the story during her twilight years (maybe she's like 70 years old). And, being raised in the wild, her English isnt wonderful. But that really adds to the believability of what's going on. I feel like the narrator IS Hanna. This is more of storytelling than an audiobook!
And this type of a story is not one that comes along too often. Definitely a unique listen.
I'm not usually the type to speed up audiobooks, but you can comfortably speed this one up to 1.5x if you're in a time crunch (like me and I had just 40 minutes left and a 25 minute drive to work ....).
What was one of the most memorable moments of Into That Forest?
Hanna is a little spitfire. And Becky seems to prefer dresses over mud. So when the girls get lost from Hanna's parents during the storm (they're young when this happens, like 6 years old), they get adopted by these tigers (and not real tigers but tasmanian tigers). Hanna seems to be the first to lose her clothes and her speech but Becky seems to hold on to those human parts of her. So the most memorable part of the book to me is their relationship. Even though these two kids are complete opposites, they've been bound by this experience.
Have you listened to any of Lisbeth Kennelly’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I have not listened to any of the narrator's previous works. But she sounds like a grandma that has had one too many martinis. But she makes listening to this audiobook absolutely wonderful! She's very expressive and convincing.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Who are the real animals?
Any additional comments?
There are so many ideas to explore in this book!
- Brutality and nurturing nature of Nature
- Civilization versus the wild/Man vs Wild
- Taming wild things
- What's necessary?
- What makes a family?
There's not that many characters in the book. Hanna and Becky, who get lost in the woods. Dave and Corrina, the tigers that take them in. Mr. Carson and Ernie show up the last 1/3 of the book, they are searching for the girls.
This book has closure, so you find out what happens to everyone! No loose ends, I hate that!
Also, I'm not sure what age group this book is intended for. It's definitely graphic at times and there are some heavy topics. I wouldn't pass this out to elementary school kids but maybe appropriate for mature middle schoolers?
27 of 29 people found this review helpful
First, let's just get the narration out of the way. I totally get twitchy about narration that drags, so I usually listen to all my books at x1.25 speed. This book, however, really shines at x1.50. The story becomes passionate, breathless, zips along and carries the listener with it. Lisbeth Kennelly gives a fearless and touching performance, and I have nothing but good things to say about her.
The book itself starts out with a Young Adult flair, I thought, but soon I began to pick up the universal essences from the narrative: loss, fear, loneliness, a need to belong. Things of that ilk. And by the time the two young protagonists, Hannah and Becky are "rescued," things really hit the fan, and readers of all ages will be able to relate to their dilemmas--how do we bend to society's will and still be ourselves? How do we let go of the best parts of our lives, do what's "right?" How do we live with grief? Very provocative.
Wonderfully written too. Nowra writes some gorgeous prose here. Sometimes metaphors and similes tick me off (Sorry, just have a "thing" about 'em at times), but this book is full of some really breathtaking comparisons. And I gotta say, one of the things I looooove about reading/writing, is that the written word can go ANYWHERE the writer wishes to take us. Love, loyalty, brutal betrayal, friendship, remorse, things that can never be forgiven; all surprises when handled deftly by a skilled author.
This is a great book (especially since it has tigers, and anyone who's EVER read a review of mine knows I think animals rock!), and the ONLY reason I'd be hesitant about recommending using an entire credit for it is because of how short it is, even though it's really quite a stellar work. If you're twitchy, wait for a half credit sale, Daily Deal, kindle bundle, whatever.
You'll discover your inner "beast" and will like it...
21 of 23 people found this review helpful
I personally loved the book but at first didn't have any expectations of it. I was surprised when it brought me to tears at some points. I was overall happy with the story besides the abrupt ending.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
For some reason, the narrator speaks at a slightly slow pace, but once you increase the pace to about 1.2 or 1.25 the normal speed, it sounds like a normal narration. This book is an excellent read. The story is very visual, easy to understand, and the characters are written in a very empathetic manner despite the extreme conditions they experience.
If you could sum up Into That Forest in three words, what would they be?
Good but strangeAll
Who was your favorite character and why?
All of the characters and the tigers
What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?
The voice was very hard to listen to but explained in the end.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I could not stop listening. It took me far away, such a different kind of tale. .it will stay with me forever.
The impossible sounds possible. The girls reentry into society is painful. I did finish in one sitting.
Wonderful story with rich textures and harkens back to a different era. It made me see Tasmania differently. Great read.
Lisabeth Kenelly has earned a fan for life. Amazingly performed narrative. It was extremely moving and memorable. Usually I'd say I'm more likely to remember reading a book than listening to one, but with this it's the opposite!
As a daily Audible listener, this book has to be in my top 5. I usually listen while doing chores or when I have insomnia. Well, let me tell you, I could not put this down. The full characters (human and wild) were so fully developed that I felt I was literally IN the story. The literary themes of survival, rites of passage, friendship, loneliness, the chasm yet closeness of all God's creatures .... I plan to follow this author AND narrator. Both are very talented. Thank you for the gift of writing and performing this book. It will always stay with me, and I will be reading it again. It is also perfectly suitable for family reading with children, as is not the case so often these days. Thank you.