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!
Others have commented negatively about the narration, however for me it added so much to the authenticity of the story.
Well worth a listen.
Joe, his buddies and their antics provided such real life humor in an otherwise sad tale.
Mr Farmer brought this book to life. I felt like a fly on the wall seeing it all happen. Superb performance.
Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
Louise Erdrich, the author of “The Round House” grew up in Wahpeton, North Dakota. Erdrich’s parents, a Chippewa mother and German father, taught at the “Bureau of Indian Affairs” in Wahpeton. She is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians and her husband was the director of “Native American Studies” at Dartmouth.
Though not an essential element of the story, Gary Dale Farmer is the narrator of “The Round House; he was born into the Cayuga nation, an Iroquois Confederacy.
This brief explanation of author and narrator gives context and authority to a significant cultural quality of “The Round House” which is a story about a rape but, more broadly, about life on an Indian reservation. The story symbolizes lives of poverty, cultural isolation, and discrimination that are amplified by an unjust American legal system.
History shows that isolation of a minority is inherently discriminatory; i.e. Brown vs. Board of Education is a legal proof of that belief. Jews in ghettos, Palestinians in the nation of Israel, Blacks and Hispanics in America, and other minorities wishing, wanting to retain their own identity, naturally, expect to be allowed to equally participate in their homelands’ prosperity. However, isolation of a minority mitigates against equal opportunity for all. “The Round House” shows how Reservation’ isolation leads a 13-year-old boy to consider murdering another human being because he sees no justice for his mother, the victim of a brutal rape.
It's most definitely a 4 out of 5 stars. At first, honestly, I was thinking 3 - the narrator's voice was flat, but it began to work with the story. The voice sounded Native American (I know - however that is "supposed" to sound).
As a coming-of-age novel, it compares to lots of novels - from Great Expectations to Catcher in the Rye, but given that it happens on a Native American reservation, it is a whole different experience.