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.
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.
The writer evokes a time and place and a young man's sudden growing up. Her characters are multi-faceted, realistic, and sympathetic. The narrator captures their voice and syntax perfectly.
To Kill A Mockingbird; A Member of the Wedding
Excellent, powerful writing and an intriguing story. It felt more like a male was writing than a female and this is not meant to be sexist. Erdrich competes with the best authors I have ever read (and that does include Roth).
A Native American accent and speech enhance the story.
I love Erdrich, and the story was at once sad, captivating and redeeming. Farmer did a great narration. I love his easy way of speaking.
I don't know what to compare this book to. But it's just as good as Wild and Beautiful Ruins in its own way. The writing is literary but not dense. Totally enjoyable to listen to.
I loved his drawl. Perfect for a story about the Reservation.
Nice to get the male perspective.
Lives up to her tradition of greatness.
The scene in the hospital.
The Round House
At first the narrator drove me nuts and I didn't think I could finish the story. Either he got better as he read - and quit trying to be dramatic - or I got used to his cadence, I'm not sure. He excelled in reading narration as a true voice of a native American and for that alone, I appreciated his reading. Meanwhile the story was spellbinding.