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Publisher's Summary

When a novel like Huckleberry Finn or The Yearling comes along, it defies customary adjectives because of the intensity of the response it evokes in the reader. Such a tale is Old Yeller; to listen to this eloquently simply story of a boy and his dog in the Texas hill country is an unforgettable and deeply moving experience.

©1956 Fred Gipson (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"There is something special in the telling of this story which makes it more than just a tender account of a boy's love for his dog, and more than a tale of frontier days. It is the combination of excellent writing and the sensitivity to human emotions that places it on a shelf with the classics." ( Saturday Review of Literature)
"Exciting and heartwarming indeed. Recommended for adults and teenagers." ( Library Journal)

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Beyond Heartbreaking

If a book has an animal in it: Bingo! It's for me! And "Old Yeller" is just as rough 'n' tumble, just as slobbery sweet, just as beautiful as I remember it being.
Yes, it's heartbreaking, but it goes beyond that. It's about friendship, and how tough people used to be; it's about making bonds, and the strength and resilience of the human heart.
If you want a story about a boy and his dog, playing, without a care in the world--this book is not for you.
If you want a story about a boy and his dog, going beyond survival in a tough world, all because of a true and pure love--please, please, give this book a chance.
And if, chances are, you read this as a youngun', treat yourself to another listen: Beauty is timeless, and we never stop growing up...

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Can't go wrong with a classic!

What did you love best about Old Yeller?

Great story that captured the heart of my son.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Old Yeller was the best character. Although he had no spoken lines, he was the heart of the story. He displayed loyalty, courage and love and even some comic relief and a touch of mischief.

What does Peter Francis James bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

For a child with dyslexia, the reader adds support as he reads along with the story. My son would not have experienced the story at all without the support of the reader. He would not have had the confidence to read a book of that length without the audio.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

The only thing that kept my son from reading/listening in one sitting was bed time.

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Old Yeller

I love the old children classics. This is my taste. I read "The Tailors Daughter" that was so boring and not my personality. I think I need to stick to the children's books.

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Classic

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this to anyone who has to get this read! It worked!

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Great to listen to with my 10 yr old

This classic book was perfect to get my son interested. It was suspenseful, entertaining and heartwarming, a perfect book for a young boy, who doesn’t particularly like books. It was very well narrated.

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Classic that never disappoints

Old Yeller is filled with gems. The relationship between siblings. Boy approaching man hood but still relying on a mother as tough and capable as they come, good and bad role models. Suspense, joy, sadness, love, beauty. It’s got it all. Oh, and the relationship between a working dog and a boy.

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Struggling listener

I don’t know what to do!!! The book won’t even play all the way thru the first chapter. It’s one of my favorite authors. I hate to waste my credit on junk. Praying someone can help me figure it out 😎

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Very touching story🙂

I’ve always loved the story. it still makes me cry every time.😢the narration is very good.

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Simple and amazing.

Brings memories of how important this story was to me during my childhood and memories of every dog I have ever shared my life with. Incredible truth in this story. A must read.

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American classic. A must read.

Still one of the best coming of age stories in literary history. An American classic that exemplifies the age-old tension between joy and sorrow in every human story.

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