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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: May 2010 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 Paul | 11/17/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danielle | 10/7/2013

    " life is crule "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 9/29/2013

    " A timeless book that shows life through the eyes of an Otter, Tarka, in the beautiful Devon countryside. I remember not liking the ending of this book and refusing to ever read it again, however I think it is one I shall try and revisit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 6/27/2013

    " I read this as a child and the tale will remain with me forever. A wonderful read. AJB "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 6/10/2013

    " I really liked this one,I did say reccommend to animal story readers,but this would suit anyone, adults or children. The winter scene in particular is one of the best I have ever read, If you like heartwarming stories,then this is for you! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sophie | 6/7/2013

    " I wanted to like this book. But I couldn't. Not enough commas and a lot of old English words I don't understand :( "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Snufkin | 1/15/2013

    " I am usually a high-star person and lover of all books, but this is my all-time worst memory of a book. so dull, repetitive, and no interest from start to finish! (Sorry guys, I had to be mean at some point) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca Edwards | 5/3/2012

    " I know it's a classic and loved the first few chapters but then there's only so many descriptions of kingfishers and rivers that I can read without wishing the otter would get caught by the hunters and end it all! Seriously, beautiful book to read whilst on holiday in Tarka country. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanne | 4/17/2011

    " Finished on the day that it was announced that otters had been spotted in Kent. This was the last county that these creatures had yet to return to since they were nearly wiped out in the 1970's. Great news as it means the rivers are heathier and it's an indication of what can be done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grecom | 2/3/2011

    " Amazed that I've never read this before and so glad that I have. Williamson's observations are brilliant and the book will ring true with anyone with an interest in watching nature. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 6/17/2010

    " The one book from my childhood that I'd like to re-read someday. Looks like it has faded into obscurity in this part of the world... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Den | 3/13/2010

    " Loved this book when I was younger and wanted an otter of my own when I was older "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 9/22/2009

    " A timeless book that shows life through the eyes of an Otter, Tarka, in the beautiful Devon countryside. I remember not liking the ending of this book and refusing to ever read it again, however I think it is one I shall try and revisit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 4/14/2008

    " 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 Joe | 3/23/2008

    " A story from the animals' point of view, without being overly anthropomorphistic. Not as endearing as Wind in the Willows or Watership Down. Still a good story. Life in the wild can be harsh and cruel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 5/21/2007

    " I really liked this one,I did say reccommend to animal story readers,but this would suit anyone, adults or children. The winter scene in particular is one of the best I have ever read, If you like heartwarming stories,then this is for you! "

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