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Publisher's Summary

In an Edenic future, a girl and her father live close to the land in the shadow of a lone mountain. They possess a few remnants of civilization: some books, a pane of glass, a set of flint and steel, a comb. The father teaches the girl how to fish and hunt, the secrets of the seasons and the stars. He is preparing her for an adulthood in harmony with nature, for they are the last of humankind. But when the girl finds herself alone in an unknown landscape, it is a bear that will lead her back home through a vast wilderness that offers the greatest lessons of all, if she can only learn to listen. 

A cautionary tale of human fragility, of love and loss, The Bear is a stunning tribute to the beauty of nature's dominion.

©2020 Andrew Krivak (P)2020 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

Editor's Pick

A literary thriller that boasts plot and character
"Andrew Krivak’s The Bear is a methodical, evocative, and magical story. Drifting in and out of parables, myths, and the fluid language of the natural world—it somehow never feels lost. It’s in fact very simple, but incredibly layered. In narrator Eric Jason Martin’s steady, almost melodious narration, at first you feel like you have entered a fantastical field manual where profound questions of human nature are unearthed in old-world survival skills like making a bow and arrow, fishing, or navigation. But what you find yourself fiercely following is a young girl coming to terms with harsh realities and a heritage of grief that is widely relatable, and deeply moving."—Michael D., Audible Editor

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Interconnectedness of all life

Imagine only two people left on the planet -- it's the time after people. What would the relationship be between animals and humans. A fable, beautifully told- mysterious, haunting, and thought provoking. A story of survival. Note- many realistic scenes of hunting and fishing animals. The tone of this story is perfect.

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Couldn't Get Invested

I got an hour into this and couldn't finish it because I kept getting distracted. I wasn't invested at all. Maybe it has symbolism by the end but none of the traditional elements of an engaging story are there. The characters are kept at such a distance from the reader - not even names. I get it - they're the last; they could be anyone. But you can't convince me they don't call each other by names. Thoughts and emotions were minimal. I felt no human connection to them. An hour into the story and no major conflict had emerged. I personally wasn't a big fan of the narrator either. This one wasn't for me.

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This should be a movie

This story of a girl's survival in a world that is endlessly expansive and yet profoundly small, personal and heartbreaking invokes view of nature that is beautiful and frightening. Despite the meticulous detail given to survival in the wild, it is only the grace of nature that might allow her to succeed. The crafting of the story constantly brought to mind cinematic visuals that would make for a great movie. Excellent narration!

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A beautiful apocalyptic story

The girl and her father live in a world devoid of humans. It is a beautifully evoked story of hope and strength in adversity. Highly recommended.

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Reader does no justice to the writing.

I very much enjoyed the story, but the reader was not the best fit for it in my opinion. Too many long pauses and his voice and manner just didn't match the story.

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A Mystical and Poetic Journey

Lovely story of mans living in balance with nature. Part parable, part fable and part myth. Charming and thought provoking. Perfect narration, although I did up the speed to 1.2 as I do with many listens.

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Love his voice, but not love this story

its not a typical story, its lack of conflicts. but it worth reading, its very touching.

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Well verse

Well verse story and i really love how it was carried out with the voice. Excellent!

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The peak that never came

I quite loved this story at first, following the girl through her journey. However, it felt like the story was leading up to something that never came. Beautiful idea behind the book but never quite hit the mark.