I am not sure if the audio version is better. It was nice hearing it read by a Native American, but I felt his inflection was off at times. I would still highly recommend it!
Definitely Joe. He provided great insight into the mind of a kid.
It was a book about Native American culture, so it was nice hearing it with the correct narrative voice.
Geraldine... she was so sad.
I have seen this book all over the place and have had many people recommend it. I work with Native people in Oregon and I found the book to be both entertaining and educational.
yes, but only if you have read some other works by Louise Erdrich there are characters that pepper this novel from some of her earlier works that make it delightful to hear them mentioned again.
Linda - she just had a mystery about her.
His voice but I felt his accent was spot on...and brought real life to the male characters especially.
That's tough probably "ooops" I just loved him!
I enjoy Louise Erdrich books. Some mystery and suspense mixed in with a well written personal family history. They show the Native American contemporary experience in a new way for me. The Round House is not too long and Gary Farmer does a nicely paced read.
This book was beautifully written, but I was a little bored while listening. I felt detached from the characters and found my mind wandered quite often.
Yes, Gary Farmer was wonderful. Perfect voice.
The elders telling stories.
He has a great voice, a great rhythm and a sense of the stories.
The reader is perfect, just what the story needs, the voice of a native American. This book has all of Erdrich's best qualities: story, passion, mystery, humor, caritas. I will read it again & again.
Addicted to Audible!
I often wonder when I listen to or read a book that I find intolerably dull and boring, if perhaps I missed the point? Maybe more intellectual people than myself understood something I missed? I don't know, all I can say is that I gave it a shot and after the book was done I couldnt even tell you what happened as I couldnt follow the story and forgot whatever I heard a few minutes after listening. I have never listened to such a terrible narration. I am sure that many Native American narrators could have brought some life and excitement to the story- a great reader can make a mediocre book interesting- this narrator did the opposite. The story never captured me, the fables were boring, the characters poorly developed. The book just never seemed to come together into anything I found enlightening or different or significant. I don't recommend wasting your credits on this book.
Yes. It combines a coming of age mystery filled with some really sad moments, some happy times, humor, and the struggle of a family to come to terms with rape and the laws that tied their hands. It also gave a glimpse in to the lives of Native Americans and how they have been discriminated over the years. The characters were so varied and different and they were all developed and weaved through the story. This was not one of those books where you guessed what happened next at every turn, and that's a good thing. The story was both fresh and poignant and the narrator made it even better.
The birthday gift from Sonja to Mushim (and I listened to the audio version so I doubt that I've spelled his name correctly); I really didn't see that one coming, and even more memorable is how Sonja spilled her story out to Joe in a way that had a very strong impact on both of them.
I feel his voice and accent were perfect for this book. I feel this Native American narrator did a wonderful job, absolutely wonderful.
I loved how the whole community stuck together, taking care of one another.
I liked how there were several little stories that for the most part all came together at the end. It starts out being the story of Joe's family and the terrible tragedy that occurs in their lives and how they react to it, but continues on to pull in the stories of those in their community, their family and friends. The end was sad and I think the book could have ended sooner without adding that part, but, in a way it continued how the four friends stuck together through many life changing events; they were always there for one another. This was a good use of a credit. The story brought to the reader Native American culture, and, how they are treated unfairly by discrimination and laws but keep strong to their heritage. I liked the side stories that brought out culture and history.
I couldn't help but think of the coming of age film Stand By Me while listening to this book. Despite the brutal assault and its aftermath interweaving through the story, I didn't feel this book was too noir or dark - if you're worried you can't handle the subject matter, I'd say try taking it on. The Round House documents the growth of a young man on a reservation, at a pivotal time in his adolescence, as he begins to understand racisms and 'Indian'isms and all sorts of things about the world. I loved Erdrich's writing - it was easy to get lost in - clear and true to its source but not overly verbose. This is a big story, and it contains tales within, so if you are looking for a quick read this may not be the best book for you. I can also see how the narrator might be off-putting, I would listen to a sample before purchasing. I loved his voice and style of narration, found it very refreshing, and thought it went perfectly with the story.
A story about a people we frequently forget about but were here long before most of us, immigrants on this land.
I loved the humanity, the emotion, the search for justice, and of course the voice of brave 13 year-old Joe.
I had to relisten to multiple chapters just for the pleasure of listening to the flow of the words and the telling of story (for example Nanapush)..