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The Yearling

Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
Categories: Children, Ages 8-10
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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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  • 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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  • lovemykids
  • 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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  • Kelly
  • 12-11-19

a complex, sad read that speaks to adults too

The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings won the Pulitzer Prize in 1939. She told a story for children that is highly enjoyable for adults. Rawlings told stories about the poor people of her time. They were people whom she understood. They are close to nature, hunters and fishers, living off the land. The dialect is true to the time and place and sometimes hard for this modern day woman from the west to understand. So, I bought the audiobook and listened while I read and it was such a beautiful and enriching experience. I fell in love with Jody and his family.

This book is about a young boy named Jody who lives an isolated life with his family. They live off the land and struggle to survive. Jody's father, Penny, knows the land and its inhabitants well. He is determined, strong and calm. He teaches Jody how to take care of the family. I like that Penny is determined. No matter what comes his way he continues to remain calm and focused. He takes the hits and gets up to face it again. Jody is not quite the same, and I liked this too. Because he is a child and shows the scattered, self-centered innocence of childhood. He is sweet and kind and good-hearted. But he is still a child and Rawlings allowed him to be a child rather than writing him with too many adult traits.

Jody finds a fawn which he makes into a pet. Naively he doesn't understand that as the fawn grows into a buck it will be more wild and will cause problems for the farm. He thinks that if he loves the animal that it will be tame. As an adult reader I knew what Jody didn't, and still I hoped for a different outcome than the one I foresaw.

I am a child of the 1970s and yet I never saw the movie or read the book prior to now. I can only imagine my grief over certain events in this book at that time. As it was, I knew what was coming and yet I found myself with tears stinging my eyes at the climax of this story.

The book is sweet and sad. It is also smart, funny, peaceful and joyful. I loved it.

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  • Kelsey Mukai
  • 28-06-19

The Yearling - mesmerizing

One of my favorite stories of all time. Captivating and engaging, Jodie, Flag, and Penny are characters that come to life in this well written and totally engrossing story about loneliness, love, and loss.

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  • Rebecca
  • 25-06-19

Wonderful

Full of love and pain and growth. A teaching book with an excellent reader. A good book for the whole family.

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  • Georgeann
  • 14-05-19

National Treasure

This book is a national treasure. I’d put it up against Huck Finn any day. Tolstoy would have wept to read it — and wished he’d created a character as lovely and whole as Penny Baxter.

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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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  • elizabeth peterson
  • 11-11-18

American Classic

You won't be disappointed in either the story or the narrator. This is a definite must-listen. #ComingofAge #FeelGood #Inspiring #tagsviging #sweepstakes