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The Yearling

By: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
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Summary

Young Jody lives with his ma and pa on a farm in backwoods Florida. Life is hard there: cutting wood, planting fields, hauling water from a distant sinkhole. It is dangerous: wolves and bears roam the night. It’s also lonely for a young boy. One spring day, Jody’s pa kills a deer for meat. When Jody sees her spotted fawn in the brush, he convinces his father they should bring the fawn home. Thus begins a year when deer and boy are never far from each other. But the day will come when Jody must make a terrible choice between his beloved pet and his family’s survival.

The Yearling, published 50 years ago, is an enduring classic which won the Pulitzer Prize. As it follows Jody from childhood to the first steps of adulthood, it has touched the hearts of readers of all ages. Now, with Tom Stechschulte’s warm narration, this moving story will delight an even wider audience.

©1966 Norton Baskin (P)1999 Recorded Books. LLC

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A classic, beautifully read.

What a moving tale. So gentle, so engaging. I felt like I was there, I wanted to be there. The narration was first rate and helped this Brit through that old Florida hick speak.

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  • P. Giorgio
  • 22-10-13

Gorgeous

Wonderful book, good story, some predictable elements, but the "twist" was unexpected. I expected a whole different reason for the "big decision." This was better. Warm, authentic and suitable for all ages, cultures and interests. Narrator very good. Recommended -- in fact, should be required reading for students of the human community. Tolerance, humor, survival, family, fathers and sons.... just great.

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  • BethP
  • 01-05-19

One of the best!

This is a wonderful coming of age tale. A true classic. This is also one of the most beautifully performed audio books I have ever listened to, and I listen to dozens each year. As a literature teacher I played several portions for my students and they sat spellbound. How could they not? Again, truly a remarkable audio book.

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  • swag
  • 14-12-15

The first book ever to make me cry!

A heartwarming and heart-wrenching story of a boy's growing up with his faithful friend beside him. This is a story I will read many times over and share with my children when they get a little older. the narrator was superb and really brought the story to life. I listen to a lot of audio books and I must say this is one of the best I've ever heard! Take the time to listen, I don't think you will be sorry.

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  • Poppisima
  • 10-12-15

Best and most touching coming-of-age story ever

The characterization, the rural simplicity, simple narrative arc, the friendship with Fodder-Wing, the closeness of the family, the descriptions of the landscape and its wildlife--it's like Huckleberry Finn, Little House on the Prairie, and the parable of the prodigal son all rolled into one.

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  • Rosta Farzan
  • 24-12-19

what an amazing narration

while the book is a great classic and enjoyable, the narrator made this audio book, an amazingly enjoyable experience. very impressive and distinctive voice for a large number of characters in the story. it really felt like watching a movie! thank you!

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  • Nancy Crawfurd
  • 22-08-14

A true classic

This book is on everyones list of the most important "Florida Books". After listening to it, I understand why it has so many devoted fans. Everything about this book is a wonder: the characters, the narrative and dialog, the depiction of old Florida, and the story telling! I recommend it highly.

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  • Emmalyn
  • 25-07-21

beautiful telling and writing

I cried at the end of this beautiful coming of age story. Even after a century has passed since its conception, it still holds a truth that we all go through today. this story illuminates the pain we all go through when we hand in our childhood for adulthood, the mark of incredible writing.

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  • Lori Morrison
  • 11-03-21

best dad ever, like God!

Best portrayal of the best dad in the world I've ever read of!!! Excellent reader! Deep, beautiful, sadness all infused with hope.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-03-16

Touching but not life-changing

Dragged on in many parts. Didn't really do much for me. Too many other better books out there.

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  • William
  • 11-07-15

Classic

I forgot how great this book was. Awesome reading as well. Great use of different voices

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