This book is tedious with a bunch of short stories patched together. The reader's voice is just odd. I quit about 1/4 of the way through it.
I seemed very disjointed. I'm not sure the rape was the primary focus ... she seemed to lose track of what she was talking about.
Strange accent, strange cadence ...
I was hopeful that I would be drawn into this book. Unfortunately, the narration is awful, the pace of the plot slow and the characters forgettable. I'm not going to finish listening and write this one off to "They can't all be good." Blech.
I've listened to hundreds of books and this is by far the worst narrated book yet. The story was good in a few parts; the parts that related to the mother and what happened to her. The rest is just garbage. Very disappointed in this one. Recommend you spend your money elsewhere.
I fell for it. I thought the story slogged along and this was one of the worst narrators ever. So many times, I had inserted a mental period only to discover that it was a mistimed, inappropriate pause. The only reason I finished was I didn't have the good sense to download a backup for my roadtrip. Thumbs down!
I'm ashamed to admit that this was my first Louise Erdrich novel. I had always meant to read her before, but never had. I was not disappointed. As someone who lived around many Native American tribes, I appreciated her appreciation and unique look in to a modern Native American tribe's life and practices. (Yes, I'm aware she is descended from Native Americans.)
The subject matter might be hard for some as it deals with a woman being attacked, but I feel it was handled eloquently and honestly. This was a wonderful book.
I am so thankful that the narrator was a Native (First Nations) man, it really, in my opinion, added an authenticity to the story.
Definitely a novel that lingers, leaving a wistful melancholy about past mistakes and hazy futures. Lest you think it a leaden slog, there were also moments of beauty and laugh out loud humanity.
Unlike other reviewers I found Mr Farmer's performance excellent and perfectly suited to the story.
I really liked this book and Louise Erdrich's writing, but come on! Thais is an award winning book and the narrator can't even be bothered to pronounce words correctly or place the proper emphasis on the text of the story. There's no way he could have read the book before narration...just too many horrible mistakes and missteps. Yuk! Also, sometimes his "Native American speak" sounded like Yiddish!! Ugh!
Having worked and lived for a period of time on a North Dakota Reservation I found the book of great interest. Also many locations were known to me. St. Luke's was a hospital I spent 3 months living in at the age of 16. Silverman's was a clothing store near JC Penney's in Grand Forks. Highway 5 went by a community I was a school principal in. Overall the descriptions were very well done both of locations and characters.
I enjoyed every minute as I was drawn into this intricate tale of a boy on the Res. Even though revenge is a negative, sometimes justice is served in unconventional ways.