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My Side of the Mountain

Written by: Jean Craighead George
Narrated by: Michael Crouch
Series: My Side of the Mountain, Book 1
Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Sam Gribley is terribly unhappy living in New York City with his family, so he runs away to the Catskill Mountains to live in the woods - all by himself. With only a penknife, a ball of cord, 40 dollars, and some flint and steel, he intends to survive on his own. Sam learns about courage, danger, and independence during his year in the wilderness, a year that changes his life forever.

©2017 Jean Craighead George (P)2017 Listening Library

What the critics say

"How wonderful that this 1959 classic is now an audiobook. Narrator Michael Crouch introduces 17-year-old New York City resident Sam Gribley as he relocates to the Catskill Mountains with only a pocketknife, a rope, $40, and a fire starter. Crouch deftly embraces the speech patterns and vocabulary of the day, and warmly describes the atmospheric setting. Since Sam is usually alone, there's little dialogue, but his thoughts and endearing conversations with the wildlife he meets sound genuine. Listeners will particularly enjoy sharing time with Frightful, the young peregrine falcon Sam adopts and trains to retrieve food. It's inspiring to hear how Sam adapts to nature and uses it to clothe, warm, and feed himself and his menagerie. Vivid descriptions of the seasons, storms, and animals offer a constant 'you are there' feel." (AudioFile magazine)   

"Should appeal to all rugged individualists who dream of escape to the forest." (The New York Times Book Review

"An extraordinary book.... It will be read year after year." (The Horn Book

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Where is book two.

And how can i get it? This series is timeless and well worth the quality time spent with my kids!!!!!

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best book ever

it is a bit like hatchet but not as scary i le ce it make more from rory

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well done

I read this whe I was young and was excited to share it with my son. made a great family road trip listen. we are sad the book 2 isnt available as an audiobook for our next trip to the cabin.
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great for mom and son

my 11 ya old son and I listened to this together during a lengthy road trip and we both loved it.

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  • Sean Lamontagne
  • 2018-08-19

Great overall

This book was great overall. The narrator was calm and relaxing to listen too and the story was exciting and compelling. The only thing I wish was a bit better was the ending. It was kind of abrupt in my opinion. Overall great book that I would definitely recommend.

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  • Dean Reed
  • 2018-11-07

My side of the mountain review.

I enjoyed my side of the mountain because, many times I have want to run away from home and live like Sam did.
This is been the second time that I read this book. Every time it gets better and better.
I love nature and I love reading.

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  • 2018-02-19

Amazing

The preformance of this book is fantastic, it really feels like Sam is real and really telling you his story. This book was one of the highlights of the things I read in my childhood; I didn't think that there could be a version any better than my memory. I was pleasantly mistaken!

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  • 2018-10-31

loved it!

perfect for a 6-15 year old. my 11 and 7 year old love it. they want to live in the woods now.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-07-30

buy this story it's amazing<br /><br />

this a good 12 and up story it's amazing and cool and adventurous and survivalist story

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  • Joshua
  • 2018-07-10

The classic, beautifully read.

As great as you remember, and wonderfully read. It's also a tragedy, which I'd forgotten.

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  • Michele Ahuja
  • 2018-05-24

Great narration and story.

It was a great book for a road trip to listen to as a family.

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  • james hopkins
  • 2018-05-08

my favorite book as a kid

this book brought back a lot of great memories from when I was a kid

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  • Gina Iaciofano
  • 2020-03-30

Very Descriptive

This audio book was very descriptive. It was easy to listen to. The narrator seemed to enjoy what he was reading. The description is done so well that it is almost visual.
I enjoyed the story. If the author has another book, I’d most likely get that as well.

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  • William E. Hotchkiss
  • 2020-03-21

One of my all-time favorites as a young person...

... is still as wonderful today in audio form. My six year old grandson enjoyed listening to parts of it with me as well