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In this delightful memoir, Sterling North recalls his year with Rascal - a very mischievous and resourceful raccoon. Sterling, a boy of 11, watches in amazement as this baby raccoon, barely the size of Sterling's hand, instinctively washes everything before eating it. Sterling knows that every night Rascal will sneak into the house by hooking his claws onto the back screen door and then heading straight for Sterling's bed!
Virtually everywhere Sterling goes, Rascal is there, and life is filled with one adventure after another.
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By E. Carlson on 04-13-18
Old Yeller, Shilo, Misty... Rascal felt closer
Where does Rascal rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Rascal was the first audiobook I ever listened to (back when they were all called "books on tape"). Roughly 20 years and truly hundreds of audiobooks later I've grown picky and my tastes have matured, but this recording holds a sweet, tender place in my heart. When I saw it on the Daily Deal special it I had to buy it.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Rascal. He was so full of life and personality and was always doing something interesting.Quote: "...I gave Rascal his first sugar cube. Rascal felt it, sniffed it, and then began his usual washing ceremony, swishing it back and forth through his bowl of milk. In a few moments, of course, it melted entirely away, and a more surprised little 'coon you have never seen in your life. He felt all over the bottom of the bowl to see if he had dropped it, then turned over his right hand to assure himself it was empty, then examined his left hand in the same manner. Finally he looked at me a trilled a shrill question: who had stolen his sugar cube?"
Have you listened to any of Jim Weiss’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I have not listened to any other performances by Jim Weiss but I will say that his reading style is gentle, easy and a bit slow. As a child, listening to this recording at bedtime worked as a panacea for nightmares it was so soothing. This narrator may not be lively enough to hold the attention of kids today. He does an adequate job with dialog. You can tell who's speaking but Weiss doesn't have a whole lot of range and Sterling's best friend wound up sounding like a gruff old man. All that being said, I still prefer Jim Weiss to other narrators of this book.
Any additional comments?
Aside from the joys of Rascal, in subtle ways this book is actually quite deep. Through Sterling's eyes you see the impact of WW1 on a community; the absence of his dead mother; the quiet strength and closeness of his relationship with father and Sterling's enjoyment of nature and animals, both the ones he sees in the wild and his own pets.