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5.0 out of 5 stars Much more than a story about a boy and his dogs., December 5, 1998
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This review is from: Where the Red Fern Grows, Audiobook (cassette) (Audio Cassette)
Although it has been nearly two weeks since I finished listening to the tape of Where the Red Fern Grows, I am fighting to choke back the tears even now. I plan to order several copies for Christmas gifts.
Yes it is a wonderful epic adventure story about a boy and his dogs and their heroic devotion to each other. And yes, it is so well read that you live every moment right alongside Billy and Old Dan and Little Ann. But, like most great novels, it is much more.
I am a dog lover, a college teacher, and a retired field grade Army officer. I loved the book not only for the captivating story, but also for the slice of Americana that it captures and preserves. It is a time capsule of a way of life, of what made this nation great. The breadth, depth, and magnitude of the love, devotion, responsibility, integrity, courage, and tenacity of the characters is awesome. It was a simpler time, when modest, humble, ordinary people were heroes in their own right, but could not imagine being any other way.
If this story doesn't burst your heart with joy and then rip it out with painful agony, you are dead and worse.
If you think you're dead, it will awaken and electrify feelings you didn't know you had.
If you are looking for answers, you will find them all in this simple little tale of perfectly ordinary and unassuming heroes of epic stature.
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Initial post: Apr 12, 2009 9:51:43 PM PDT
V. Mayfield says:
Well said! Thank you so much for your heartfelt review. A lofty, highbrowed "scholar" could not have said it better.

Posted on Dec 29, 2009 12:04:00 PM PST
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Posted on Dec 20, 2010 9:47:44 AM PST
Customer says:
Wonderful review, thank you; you've persuaded me to buy the book.

Posted on Jul 3, 2011 11:28:15 AM PDT
One of my all time favorites. I still remember, as a fourth grader, my teacher reading the entire story aloud to us. The images formed in my child's mind are still crystal clear to me as I re-read this wonderful story. An American treasure.

Posted on Jan 4, 2012 3:12:21 PM PST
Em says:
Agreed! I absolutely love this book! Very well said!

Posted on Jan 4, 2012 6:42:21 PM PST
KaylaA1204 says:
Agreed!
This story made me choke up while reading it. Where the Red Fern Grows is a wonderful book.I really enjoyed reading the friendship and love between Billy and his dogs. There is so much suspense, sadness, and laughter in this book.

Posted on Apr 2, 2012 1:28:19 PM PDT
Such a great review -- of SUCH a great book. I'm so glad there are others out there who feel the same way I do about this book.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 6, 2014 12:41:55 PM PDT
Liesa Gilley says:
I have not read this story for about 45 years. It is time to order it to share with my 9 year old daughter.
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