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  • Salar the Salmon

  • By: Henry Williamson, Michael Morpurgo
  • Narrated by: James Murray
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
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From the pen of Henry Williamson, author of Tarka the Otter, comes the story of Salar - the ‘leaper’ - a five-year-old salmon returning to the stream of his birth. Salar’s migration through the rivers of Devon, surviving porpoises, seals, nets, fishermen, otters, poachers and weirs, is one of nature’s great journeys. Intense, brilliantly imagined and described from Salar’s point of view, this is a vivid and unsentimental picture of the people and wildlife of a river and its estuary. Originally published in 1935, Salar the Salmon combines Henry Williamson’s great talent as a writer with his insight as a naturalist.

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  • Exquisitely written and beautifully read

  • By georgeo on 29-08-18

Exquisitely written and beautifully read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-08-18

Books such as these can be romantic to the point of nausea but this is something quite different. The prose really are magnificent and had the subject matter been more mainstream it would no doubt be on every A level student’s reading list. The story is more akin to a biography, whilst obviously incredibly well researched it is immersive and engaging but also informative.
If you are a fan of English language it is worth listening too, if you are interested in natural history you will find it most enjoyable and if you just like an old fashioned tale of a bygone era in the English countryside you will fall in love with it. The narrator is very good and easy to listen too. Further to that the money goes to charity.