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.
I would read another book from Louise Erdich.
The young protagonist and his friends are painted in a realistic manner. The story also provides glimpse into life on an Indian reservation.
I understand that Native American speech patterns are different and Gary Farmer's narration provides authenticity, but the pacing, weird pauses, and inflection slowed the story. It was like listening to a beginning reader who does not understand punctuation marks. When I stopped listening to read the book I could not get Gary's slow voice out of my head. Oy.
I just love Erdrich's books, but the narrator rendered this unlistenable. And I know we're supposed to be getting the effect of a Native American reading the story, but that's not the end result. Words are forgotten and then reintroduced, punctuation is anybody's guess. I have gotten her stuff recorded before and enjoyed it, but this narrator gives every impression of not reading onto the next page quickly enough, or something like that. On every page. I'll have to get a hard copy of the book and read it on a plane or something. I can't get through this version.
I quit listening almost 3/4 through because I remained unconnected to characters and uninvolved in plot. Narration flat. Perhaps this was a conscious choice to remain consistent with American Indian minimal inflection.
I think I've read all her work, but not of this book.
Perhaps George Guidall.
Perhaps this is a book better read than listened to. I couldn't sustain interest and gave up just over halfway through. The book has many detours that seem to go nowhere and that one could skim as a reader. However, the narrator of this book is very slow and deliberate, as if he were reading to first-graders, and after taking a few-day break, I just couldn't bring myself to return to finish.
This is not a bad book and it is very interesting in terms of learning about the culture of one of the Native groups (Chippewa, I believe). The narrator is a young teenager who reacts to the rape and almost murder of his mother. The writing is very good, but I was not too interested in the story and also have a hard time with stories that I perceive as showing a stereotyped view of women (as weak, serving roles in stories primarily as victims). There are some interesting minor female characters, but the primary roles of women in this story is to have something terrible happen to them and then the male figures have to react. Unfortunately, this view has become so dominant in our literature that even highly rated female authors fall for it. In contrast, the women that I see in every day life are brave and struggle with many issues of meaning, spirituality, goals, etc.
I also had difficulty with the narrator's style but listened to this right after listening to "Sense of the Ending" which has one of the best narrators ever. After a while, either I got used to it or he got into the flow better.
Many people love this book and my tastes are different than many, so see what I like or don't to see if this review applies to you.