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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (370 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henry Williamson Narrator: Michael Maloney Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This is the tale of Tarka the Otter's growth to adulthood in the country of the Two Rivers. It is also the story of his life in the wild and how he is hunted by his enemy, the great hound Deadlock.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Gary Land | 1/25/2014

    " Williamson covers about two to three years in the life of an otter. The first two-thirds of the book focuses on the Darwinian struggle for existence--the constant search for food and fending off enemies--whether otters or other animals or men. The last third of the book revolves around an organized hunt for otters that is relentless in its quest for a kill. I do not know the history of this book but I wonder if Williamson was protesting such hunts. The author has obviously observed otters closely and largely avoids romanticizing and anthropomorphizing them. His language, which uses a regional English dialect, is often peculiar but does not get in the way of understanding. I thought that this was going to be a children's book but it seems to0 realistic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by John | 12/29/2013

    " I remember loving this as a child. Not sure that I can remember why though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Laurence | 11/24/2013

    " This book follows the life of an otter called Tarka. As he grows up from a young cub, we are drawn into his fascinating adventures in the rivers of North Devon. Every detail of his life is described in wonderful detail - from hunting for food to searching for his long-lost mate, from bathing on riverside boulders to escaping from the jaws of angry hounds. Such is our attachment to him by the end of the book that the sad ending is a bitter pill to swallow. Tarka the Otter has an extremely descriptive narrative and Henry Williamson pays great attention to the detail of the natural world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Paul | 11/17/2013

    " I've rarely read a book that made me dislike my own species as much. "

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