• Forest

  • A Journey from the Wild
  • By: Sonya Hartnett
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 12-21-05
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.7 (18 ratings)

Regular price: $27.95

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Editorial Reviews

The mesmerizing and gently powerful voice of veteran performer Caroline Lee effortlessly brings the tension in this audiobook to a startling climax. Forest: A Journey from the Wild is the heartbreaking and dramatic story of what happens when a couple of pampered housecats are forced out of their cozy confines and have to deal with the natural world and all its less-than-genial inhabitants. From the mind of award-winning Australian writer Sonya Hartnett comes a world few have seen peopled with characters you’ll have to hear to believe.
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Publisher's Summary

Kian, a cossetted suburban cat, is snatched from his comforts and dumped in the bush along with two kittens, Cally and Jem. The greatest threat to their survival are other cats, ferals who fiercely guard their territories. Kian survives some unnerving and vicious encounters but is unswerving in his desire to make the long journey home to his territory even though it is apparent his owner is dead and that there will be no welcome from the cruel man who has taken over the house. Hartnett's creation of the cat's point of view and her sensuous depiction of the forest is exceptional in its imagination, beauty and truth.
&$169;2003 Sonya Hartnett; (P)2003 Bolinda Publishing Pty. Ltd.
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Critic Reviews

"Sonya Hartnett is creating new literary territory." (Australian Book Review)
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Customer Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
By Eleanor Corner on 07-13-07

Australian gem

The narrator delivers an exquisite and memorable performance of this well-written, believable, and fascinating story of urban cats abandoned in the forest amid ferals. Each of the cats are distinct not anthropomorphized with admirable and delectable, sometimes detestable, feline qualities. The descriptions of the Australian fauna and flora round out this highly satisfying book.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Kmrsy on 06-06-09


I bought this book expecting it to be "interesting." When it began playing, it was announced to be a children's book, which put me off for a moment. It didn't take long for me to be pulled into this book though, Carolyn Lee is a mesmerizing reader. Many times I was on the edge of my seat, worried about what would happen next. I loved this book, was ready to give it 5 stars, until I realized there was only 20 minutes left. I got angrier as I listened to the end. If this was supposed to be a children's book, it should have a different ending. I do know the ending was very true to life - that doesn't mean I have to like it.
Next week I will contact an attorney and get a will drawn up that provides for my cats.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Sandra on 12-04-06

Cats Whiskers

Sonya Hartnett is a talented descriptive writer.I listened to this as a 38 year old cat lover as I often find books aimed at teens to be more 'grown up' than a lot of the so called 'chick lit' out there.The opening scene of the 3 cats being dumped in the forest and being scared and alone is gripping.As our adult cat and 2 kittens travel into the depths of the forest they come across other ferrel cats and foe and their journey becomes as much a tale of survival as a relentless questioning of how they came to be in this predicament.The narrators voice is a bit grating but if you can get past that your in for an enjoyable listen.I would not reccommend younger listeners listen to this, as parts of the story are upsetting, so possibly not a good one to put on for a long family journey in the car.

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1 out of 5 stars
By eva on 04-13-16

I would right 4 stars because it was an amazing book

I loved how it was so real and I loved how the language was so funny and I love how it had romance and funniness and sad times as well as intense and well written


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