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The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly

A Novel
Narrated by: Jill Larson
Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
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The 2 million-copy best-selling modern fable from Korea that is winning hearts around the world

This is the story of a hen named Sprout. No longer content to lay eggs on command only to have them carted off to the market, she glimpses her future every morning through the barn doors, where the other animals roam free, and comes up with a plan to escape into the wild - and to hatch an egg of her own. An anthem for individuality and motherhood, The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly has captivated millions of fans in Korea, where it is a contemporary classic. Now the novel is making its way around the world, where it has the potential to inspire generations the way Jonathan Livingston Seagull or The Alchemist have. This first English-language edition beautifully captures the journey of an unforgettable character in world literature.

©2000 Sun-mi Hwang; Translation copyright 2013, Chi-Young Kim (P)2013 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Narrator Jill Larson credibly evokes human qualities in the characters, who are a cast of barnyard animals. Her vocals are tender when rendering Sprout, the protagonist, varying when it comes the harsh ducks, roosters, and hens. The listener is drawn into this tale of survival, bolstered by Larson's dexterity. She differentiates between male and female animals in addition to the various species. Her quieter tones give this volume the quality of a bedtime story." ( AudioFile)

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  • David
  • San Diego, CA, United States
  • 01-13-19

A Near Fable

There have been many reviews comparing this to Charlotte's Web, Babe, or even Bambi: A Life in the Forest. For me, this feels almost like a fable. Accepting the fable like quality of the story made it stronger. There are many powerful sentences about the nature of family, love, and nature. Sprout's wish to be a mother and the family she forms with Green-top could speak more to parents and children of adopted family. It's a simpler story, and it is a book you can finish in a single sitting. Considering the printed version comes with unique illustrations, it might be a better read than a listen, as the illustrations could add to fable like elements.

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Charming

Bittersweet lessons of life told through the eyes of a useless hen who found her purpose. Loved it.

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  • E. Brooks
  • 09-29-19

Fantastic story

Really lo e this story, so many layers to it and so easy to listen too. Felt so touched and its really stayed with me. I cried at the end.