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Summary

'Ring of Bright Water' represents Gavin Maxwell's account of his life at Camusfearna, a remote cottage in the western Highlands, and in particular the two otters, Mijbil and Edal, who became his constant and much-loved companions.
©1960 Gavin Maxwell (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Not for those sensitive to animal death

I’m sure this is a wonderful and well written book, however I could not enjoy it or finish it. I am very sensitive when it comes to accounts of animal suffering and death and found this book upsetting. I was advised there was more and worse to come so gave up the story during the first chapter.

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magical

This is my favourite Audible download so far. Gavin Maxwell's wonderful prose had me completely enthralled, his story is beautifully and evocatively descriptive without being sentimental, and the narration is faultless. It ended too soon and I'm only sorry that the further two parts of the trilogy do not seem to be available in audio format, but I have bought the book.

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So wanted more

I so wanted more....I wanted to know how this new Ottar continued to live & thrive with him there.
Great notator lovely voice. So worth a listen
Thank you

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WARNING! to all who love animals

Overall a mediocre story with animal cruelty and unnecessary killing of wildlife.

The only redeeming feature is the Otters themselves. But even they are badly treated.

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Ring of Bright Water - Very bright

I really enjoyed this, mainly because the quality of the narration and the story of a life so isolated and remote it almost took you to the cottage and the countryside...you could smell it!

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Otterly charming

A primary school teacher read this to me as child It's stayed with me since.

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Brilliant

A beautiful story brought to life. I will always love this book. A must read!

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Inspiring insight on nature

A hugely engrossing window on wildlife in the West Highlands, couched ib unpretentious but poetic form, born of understanding and respect for the character of otters.

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Otter lovers dream.

This story is beautifully told.
Alas though I was expecting it to be like the film: a human love story too.

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Beautiful

I have loved this story since first read as a boy - it is however read in tooth and claw frankness - spectacular though the narration most certainly is this is not for 'Townie' sensitivities. A thumpingly good tale, vividly written and sumptuously delivered. Thank you all
Ps David Rintoul along the Wests - Mum Dad and actor son - now my most favoured narrators.

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  • 19-01-18

A Kindness to Creatures Great and Small

What a lovely book. It’s as heartwarming as when I read it as a child. The narration ads a great deal of color to the story. Lovely accent and very well told. Maxwell has an extremely descriptive and pleasant way with words. I am sad it has come to an end. But I shall plan a visit to Camusfearna and take in the sights and sounds so lovingly described.

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  • Luke
  • 15-03-20

Ring of otters I killed....

......is a more appropriate title. The narrator is superb as are the landscape descriptions, but the story is horrible. This isn’t Old Yeller or Where the Red Fern Grows. SPOILER ALERT This is the story of an enormously wealthy loner who wants to live like a poor man and decides he wants a wild otter as a pet at his hermitage In his quest he kills about ten otters with no remorse, but when a farmer kills “his” otter, we’re to believe it changed his life. Half way thru the book I started routinely asking myself “why didn’t he just get a cat”, but who would read that..... Recommend “A Streetcat named Bob” instead.

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  • Elaine Moon Balsam
  • 24-07-19

One of the best animal tales (true and verifiable) I have read.

There was nothing to dislike in this book. The reader is transported to every scene, present both visually and emotionally. There are endless facts about animal life to be learned and brilliant descriptions of nature. This book is a must for any nature lover.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-08-18

Highly recommend

Loved everything about this book. I know I will read it again. So glad I found it

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  • A. Stearn
  • 12-10-21

Beautiful

At first I was stricken thinking this book was simply a beautiful description of Maxwell’s time in Scotland. I kept listening, however, and fell in love with his otters and the rest of his natural world. This is a beautiful and deeply moving book. It’s not a beach read, more like a long letter from a friend who lives in a magical world where humans and animals live together in harmony. It’s probably not for everyone but for those who love animals and nature I highly recommend it.

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  • Christa South
  • 14-09-21

Wonderful Story about Man and Beast

Love this story that takes place on an isle in the Scottish Highlands. A man of much life experience adopts an otter who changes his perception of life.

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  • aretzinger
  • 05-01-21

A favorite.

Loved this book - a great listen. Ready to add this volume to my own library!