Extended Audio Sample

Download The Big Wander Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample The Big Wander Audiobook, by Will Hobbs Click for printable size audiobook cover
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (68 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Will Hobbs Narrator: Ed Sala Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 1992 ISBN: 9781464044441
Regular Price: $24.99 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $12.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

Fourteen-year-old Clay Lancaster has been dreaming for years of the adventure he calls The Big Wander, a summer in the Southwest with his older brother, Mike, searching for their uncle Clay. When Mike decides to return home to Seattle and the girlfriend he left behind, Clay chooses to stay on and continue the search on his own.

Following a tip about his uncle, he heads out into the most remote canyons of the Navajo reservation, with only a burro and a dog named Curly for company. Clay loses his heart to the vast, rugged land, and to an adventurous girl with a long, dark braid, but finds his uncle in big trouble. Can Clay pull off a risky plan to save his uncle and the wild horses Uncle Clay has put his own life in jeopardy to protect?

Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “This good-natured chronicle of a boy’s summer-long search for his uncle is jam-packed with action and…has the kind of charm that just seems to come naturally when a likable kid is put into some gorgeous countryside with a bunch of wild horses.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Hobbs skilfully blends action scenes (flash flood, quicksand, and wild chases) with moments of humor and insight…Hobbs makes Clay a believable character, and creates a memorable supporting cast—even a villain with a heart of gold.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Hobbs has created an adventure that most teens would love to experience themselves. He provides a hero who is capable in the wilds as well as believably naïve and inept with girls, a Monument Valley setting that hobbs himself obviously loves, and enough action and humor to satisfy even the most reluctant reader.”

    Booklist (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bret QuickBear | 11/17/2013

    " Absolutly one of the best books i have ever read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Sammis | 6/24/2013

    " Loved it from start to finish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie Riggs | 5/8/2013

    " I've read better. Its probably a good adolescent boy book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James Denison | 4/9/2013

    " A seminal book of my childhood/young adulthood. Would recommend highly to any preteen boys in search of an excellent adventure in the outdoors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 6/8/2012

    " I enjoyed listening to this book with my 12 yo son each week on our way to and from bagpipe practice. He thought it was a great story which took place in early 60's and in parts of Arizona and Utah. "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author
Author Will Hobbs

Will Hobbs is the author of many outdoor adventure novels for upper elementary, middle school, and young adult readers, as well as a few picture book stories. Several of his novels have been named Best Books for Young Adults by the American Library Association, and Ghost Canoe, his first mystery, won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Young Adult Mystery. The ALA’s list of the 100 Best Young Adult Books of the Twentieth Century includes two of Will's titles: Far North and Downriver. A graduate of Stanford University and a former reading and language arts teacher, he lives with his wife in Durango, Colorado.

About the Narrator

Ed Sala has narrated dozens of audio books throughout his career. His readings include Harlan Coben’s Tell No One, Stephen Sears’ Gettysburg, and Cormac MacCarthy’s Outer Dark.