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.
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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.
I was mesmerized by the voice of Gary Farmer. It truly added authenticity to Joe's story in a way that took me to the reservation and brought everything alive.
Erdich's choice of words created the believability of the voice of a 13 year old boy, his world and his struggle to understand it. It took me back to that time of my life and a memory that came alive once again.
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.
The headline is not intended to damn this audiobook with faint praise. The story is great, and I almost decided not to "read' this book on Audible because of some prior reviewers suggested the narration detracted from the story. But I am glad I did listen to it. The performance was an expression of the narrator's voice and seemed entirely appropriate. I thought the book offered an interesting window into the culture on the reservation and the relationships in the family and with their friends and relations as they deal with the horrific assault on the mother and its aftermath. Terrific story, well-plotted. Overall, the audiobook was great, well worth the time invested in listening.
I enjoy mysteries, NOT thrillers, contemporary fiction, especially about diverse cultures, and sometimes history, if it doesn't involve too many dates. I often listen to a book multiple times, discovering unnoticed details in the retelling.
Yes, because the accents of the various characters are such a wonderful addition to the printed words.
Muushuum (sp?) and the old grandmother. Their riotously funny observations and descriptions of sexual acts are very different than the staid notions and remarks of old "white" folks.
Muushuum's stories about all sorts of things hold such depth of understanding that they will stay with me for a long time.
The mother's withdrawal after a traumatic event reminded me of my own depressive times. And this portrayal of a contemporary "Indian" society helped me to understand the students who were so incomprehensible to me many years ago in Albuquerque, NM.
I'd recommend this title to any teacher or counselor working with students from reservations.
I've been a fan of Louise Erdrich for years and this is my first listen to her work. This is the best kind of fiction to listen to since it is written in first person narrative form. Her writing is wonderful and Gary Farmer's narration perfectly voiced to a suddenly maturing Native American boy. I usually listen to books in 30 minute spurts but listened to this in 3 hour sessions.
yes. almost need to read it more than once to absorb it all
the storyteller. like visiting with a friend as he shares his life.
the "murder" scene was perfect when the friends are both involved.
i knew gary farmer was a great actor but loved his reading of tiis book. could have listened to him all day and did!! erdrich is never disappointing as a writer. and you feel as if you visited a reservation and met a fascinating bunch of people.