Sep 232014
Review: The BearThe Bear by Claire Cameron
Narrated by: Cassandra Morris
Published by Hachette Audio on Feb 11, 2014
Genres: Contemporary
Format: Audiobook from Library
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

A powerfully suspenseful story narrated by a young girl who must fend for herself and her little brother after a brutal bear attack.

While camping with her family on a remote island, five-year-old Anna awakes in the night to the sound of her mother screaming. A rogue black bear, 300 pounds of fury, is attacking the family's campsite, pouncing on her parents as prey.

At her dying mother's faint urging, Anna manages to get her brother into the family's canoe and paddle away. But when the canoe dumps the two children on the edge of the woods, and the sister and brother must battle hunger, the elements, and a dangerous wilderness, we see Anna's heartbreaking love for her family--and her struggle to be brave when nothing in her world seems safe anymore.

Told in the honest, raw voice of five-year-old Anna, this is a riveting story of love, courage, and survival.

I was initially scared to read this as it’s told from the viewpoint of a 5 year old girl, and I have a son the same age. The very idea of him being in a situation like the story was enough to freak me out.

But I decided to just go for it, and with the audiobook version too, and it was worth it. This is an amazing story.

Yes, the first few chapters are horrific, and I was listening with a stunned and horrified expression I’m sure, but once the initial bear attack was over, it was much easier to listen to. Anna’s thoughts meander all over the place, and she has no comprehension of exactly what happened, so the story is not as scary as I thought it would be. Instead, it was a lot like listening to a real child tell a story, you know there’s an initial plotline, but everything is a little scattered, and it takes a lot of concentration to stay in the story.

The narration of the book was quite well done. The voice sounded young, and fit Anna’s character and personality. It obviously wasn’t a child narrating, but the overall feel was authentic. It was an interesting and positive way to experience the story.

Overall, I’m glad I got over my fear of this book. It was a captivating story that moved from scary to just captivating. The thought process of a young child is quite unique and scattered, and it makes for an interesting way to narrate a story.

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