Addicted to Audible!
I often wonder when I listen to or read a book that I find intolerably dull and boring, if perhaps I missed the point? Maybe more intellectual people than myself understood something I missed? I don't know, all I can say is that I gave it a shot and after the book was done I couldnt even tell you what happened as I couldnt follow the story and forgot whatever I heard a few minutes after listening. I have never listened to such a terrible narration. I am sure that many Native American narrators could have brought some life and excitement to the story- a great reader can make a mediocre book interesting- this narrator did the opposite. The story never captured me, the fables were boring, the characters poorly developed. The book just never seemed to come together into anything I found enlightening or different or significant. I don't recommend wasting your credits on this book.
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 had to read this book for a college class, I knew nothing about it. I couldnt stop listening/reading after the first 10 pages. what a beautiful and tragic story. so well written i felt lime I was seeing everythong through Joe's eye. i will cherish this book and the lessons in it for a lifetime.
I am very glad to have listened. It was a very good story and the author told it well. The audible book narration improved as the reading progressed. But I found it difficult to understand at times because pauses were made in sentences where they did not belong. The narration was not smooth and flowing but kept jarring me and making me wonder what was the meaning of what I had just heard. I had to go back and listen again a few times. It was actually easier to understand the story when I sped up the narration to 1.5 , it moved along better. That said, I enjoyed the story and am glad I purchased the audible book. I listened In the car, in bed, with coffee in the morning and a beer at night. I ignored my poor husband. Good story to hear!
I'm a professional painter and love ennobling, enlightening literature
too much juvenile male talk about anatomy
too much padding
images weren't painted, events seemed recorded, many characters shallow
sometimes halting between verb and noun when opposite would've seemed natural
Sonia for starters
not an elevating read
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.