Well written vintage Louise Erdrich. I loved the book, the story, about the very important issue of violence against Native American women. Written with sensitivity and also with Erdrich's characteristic humor, it's a book you can't put down.
But the reader is awful. He was chosen I suppose because he is or sounds Native American (think Free Willie) which would have been nice. But this reader ends his sentences in the middle of a sentence. You can almost see the period. And then takes up again to finish. Ad he reads very slowly.
I bought the book.
Informative sadness compassion
The honesty of the story and characters. The positive and negative.
Excellent. I truly felt that he was the author and main character as he read.
I grew up in N.Dak., and tho white, I am well aware of the problems on the reservations and the prejudice suffered by the Natives. Even tho I smiled at the antics of some of the characters, I was also terribly sad for them.
I will be anxious to read more by this author and listen to Gary Farmer.
Yes - it was a great story, and beautifully told.
Its hard to pick - there were so many beautifully crafted scenes.
No. It was difficult at times, because the subject matter was dark. But the family (all of them) were crafted with such care that the story kept pulling me back.
I am really enjoying this audiobook. I have been wanting to read a Louise Erdrich book for quite some time, so when I saw the audio version, I decided to give it a try. I was not disappointed. The story makes me laugh out loud and tugs on my heart at the same time. The characters are well-developed and the performance is clear and authentic. I highly recommend this audiobook.
The heart wrenching detail of Joe's description of how his life changes will touch you.
I love them all.
I am not sure about that. There were times when I wished I had a print copy to go back and re-read some scenes because either my brain wandered off while I was listening or I just didn't understand abstractly what was happening.
I think Joe's mother's depression really spoke to me. The author made me feel her pain and what she was going through. I both pulled for her and wanted her to snap out of it, but also felt understanding toward her and allowed her time to heal.
At first, I thought the narrator of this book sounded a little....er....drunk. But then I felt bad for thinking that because I realized it was an actual American Indian with a slight drawl of an accent! Once I was used to him, he helped make the book come alive to me by being an authentic part of the story!
Wow...what a question. No idea. How about "Swamp Tea?"
This book has coming of age, Indian culture, religion, and strong families--a very enjoyable read and brilliantly researched and written by the author.
I love to walk NOW that I download Audible books! Daily motivation for walking and hearing more of my good book!!
tribal justice denied
not finished yet
narrators voice was sometimes halting, broke the continuity of the thought
not finished yet
This is a Native American story that should be read and heard by every American. It truly tells the story of the plight of their journey, now and then.
work as an artist and art restorer. read at least 48 books a year, because I can listen while I work.
excellent book about an indian woman's rape and the effects it has on not just her life but the life around her. Contrary to some people's opinion about the reader, I really loved the narrater, and thought the story would not have been as rich without him. He is an indian himself, and it gives the lives he speaks of an aura of authenticity. There are many insights into what life can be like on a reservation, its isolation, poverty, and what happens to some people because of it.
there is a legal snafu concerning tribal versus U.S. law, and that becomes the crux of the idea of justice -
highly recommend this book.
Gary Farmer's reading of Louise Erdrich's harsh and beautiful story of innocence, boyhood, family, frienship, horror, innocence lost, and loyalty moved me deeply. Farmer's cadence and Erdrich's prose are a perfect match. Will they pair up again. Please, make it so.
Too many to single one out as favorite, but Moosham's stories (and Farmer's wonderful reading of them) are hard to beat.
There are many, none more than the last few pages
Will Erdrich and Farmer pair up again. Please, make it so.
Most of the story is told from the perspective of a twelve year old boy who I grew to love, flaws and all (due in part to the skillfull narration). The author has obviously done her research and her description of the complexities of life on a reservation are very realistic. The only parts I did not enjoy were the sidebars where she told a story within the story. I think she was trying to write in an "authentic" native voice but the sidebars were very distracting. It was really hard to discern the message she was trying to convey with them.