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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,258 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Narrator: Tom Stechschulte Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2012 ISBN: 9781464045707
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No novel better epitomizes the love between a child and a pet than Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’ Pulitzer Prize–winning novel, The Yearling.

Young Jody lives with his ma and pa on a farm in backwoods Florida. Life is hard there: cutting wood, planting fields, hauling water from a distant sinkhole. It is dangerous: wolves and bears roam the night. It’s also lonely for a young boy. One spring day, Jody’s pa kills a deer for meat. When Jody sees her spotted fawn in the brush, he convinces his father they should bring the fawn home. Thus begins a year when deer and boy are never far from each other. But the day will come when Jody must make a terrible choice between his beloved pet and his family’s survival.

The Yearling, published fifty years ago, is an enduring classic. As it follows Jody from childhood to the first steps of adulthood, it has touched the hearts of readers of all ages. Now, with Tom Stechschulte’s warm narration, this moving story will delight an even wider audience.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Never before has Mrs. Rawlings created a set of characters who are so close and real to the reader, whose intimate life one can share without the taint of unconscious patronage.”

    New York Times

  • Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1939

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abigail | 1/21/2014

    " I liked it overall, but the ending was so sad and I think it was maybe a little old for me at the time I read it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Caitlin | 1/18/2014

    " one or two stars. not a very good book. it got way better in the middle then it was terrible in the beginning and end. lost intrest in the end!! anyway... only finished it for summer reading "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 1/18/2014

    " I've read a lot of books but this one remains one of my all-time favourites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laeroport | 1/9/2014

    " It took me a while to get into, and the dialect made it a little slow for me at times, but I loved this book. And I'm not sure why I had never read it before. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sanfordgrant | 12/30/2013

    " This book is a full immersion in another time and place. It sets you firmly down in the mind of a young boy as he leaves childhood over the course of a year. I learned deep lessons in this book. I am a different person for having read it. I loved the complexity of the mother in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Drew | 12/20/2013

    " I read this in 3rd or 4th grade, and I think I picked it because it was a really thick book. It was actually the first book to make me cry. I know, I'm such a sissy. I give it 4 stars because it did evoke an emotional response, and I really liked it back then. I don't know what I would rate it today, but I'm not going to read it again to find out. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nam | 12/20/2013

    " I hated this book. So did my friend Breata. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karl Kenny | 11/15/2013

    " I read this book when I was a kid - it was the first book to ever make me cry "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 11/10/2013

    " This is still one of the finer American novels. You'll need a crying towel for this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ambookworm | 9/12/2013

    " Ohhhh what a heartbreaking story...even thinking about it makes me want to cry. This is a beautiful book that truly captures the pains of growing up. The author uses powerful symbolism to descibe the journy we must all take from the innocence of our youth into adulthood. Good read. "

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

    " This book is about a little boy who is trying to save a little deer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bee | 7/7/2013

    " I'd have to re-read it to be sure, but I'm pretty sure I loved this book when I first read it as a kid. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 A.S. Peterson | 6/21/2013

    " Great book. Might be one of my all time favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine Cardon | 6/18/2013

    " A novel for the heart. A wonderful book I've read several times, once to my children. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 4/19/2013

    " So long ago, so many tears. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 4/2/2013

    " When I had to read this in high school, I did not enjoy it. Fifty years later, I find myself relating to alot of the themes in the book, and consider it as one of my favorites. I reread it every couple of years. It gets better with each reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keri | 11/6/2012

    " This was a wonderful read, well except for the last few pages. I really felt for Jody, wanting something of his very own to love and take care of. I don't think his parents, especially his mother understood this need of his. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ebby | 11/2/2012

    " Now that I am an adult, I should pick this up and try to read it again... I tried in vain several times as a kid (and I was a SERIOUS bookworm), but I never made it past chapter 3. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deana | 10/25/2012

    " I loved this book when I was young and of course I read a much earlier edition. There is a great movie "Cross Creek" which tells of Marjorie Rawling's separation from her husband and move to Florida so that she could write. Watch it if you can. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Summer | 10/25/2012

    " So good! "He did not believe he should ever again love anything, man or woman or his own child, as he had loved the yearling. He would be lonely all his life." Who doesn't relate to the loss of your first pet and your first best friend! My "yearling" was my dog Rudy. I still miss her. :( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa Smith | 9/30/2012

    " I'd had a copy of this book since I was 10. I decided it was finally time to read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amoreena | 9/23/2012

    " A great book that will take you back to basics and back to nature! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Haley | 9/17/2012

    " really good book after i read the book i watched the movie on youtube. its a pretty old moive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shaun Vannurden | 8/10/2012

    " Its going great, i wish i had more time to read it because i find it interesting because i never read a book like this "

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

    " Descriptions of Florida make you imagine you are there. Sad but pretty inevitable ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeannie Scheirman | 8/3/2012

    " It made me appreciate all of the modern conveniences we have. The poor family worked so hard. The mother was a sad character for sure. The little boy sure grew up and worked hard. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trae Noël | 6/16/2012

    " This book was so sad, but it was still pretty good. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 David | 5/26/2012

    " Had to read this for school. Fell asleep over and over. So did my mother who was supposed to help me get through it. Should've been 100 pages. "

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About the Author
Author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (1896–1953) is the celebrated American author of The Yearling, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1939.

About the Narrator

Tom Stechschulte has narrated well over a hundred audiobooks and has won fifteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. He won the prestigious Audie Award in 2009 and has been a finalist for the Audie in 2005 and 2011. As an actor, he has been seen in eleven Broadway shows as well as numerous television and film shows, including the remake of The Manchurian Candidate.