I have enjoyed several of Louise Erdich's novels. This is the least of them. I was not engaged until almost one third of the way into the book. If not for Erdich's reputation I might not have continued on. The plot did pick up mid-way through, but in the end, I was still disappointed.
I found the narrators stilted diction stereotypical and annoying.
This might make a good movie. maybe.
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 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!
Cappy - Joe's best friend. He loves his friend Joe and is loyal to him through all there antics. He is also funny and you like the character immediately.
He brought each character to life, giving each one a voice and character.
Boomer-type who loves science, especially physics and cosmology.
I'd buy another Erdrich book, but not if Farmer narrated it.
This story is about the effects of a violent crime on the coming of age of a teenage boy. It is woven in an interesting way with little bits of insight on how laws governing native Americans have been manipulated to rob them of their wealth, dignity, and self reliance. However, the narrator- chosen I think because he is native American- really detracted from the story. He read the first chapter so slowly that I wasn't sure I was going to be able to stand listening to the book at all. Someone must have pointed this out to him because he sped up the reading in subsequent chapters. He also had an irritating habit of pausing so that descriptive clauses sounded like they were part of the next sentence, e.g. "She made us a lunch of sandwiches, pickles, and fry bread. Wrapped to absorb the grease, which I put into my bag." (Not an actual sentence from the book, but meant to illustrate the odd pauses). I was relieved to finish the book just to be done with the awful narration. Overall I thought the story was good, but I'd wished I'd read it instead of listened to it.
I love it when I have no idea what's going to happen next.
Great book with wonderful characters and interesting insights into modern Native American culture. But the narrator spoke soooooo slowly.
The narrator was so slow that I sped him up to 1.75x on my audible app. It was ok after that.
The story was compelling
The main character was appealing to me
I am familiar with the fact that Native American cadence can be different than non Native American. The problem with Gary Farmer's narration for me was that his performance rendered the story unintelligible. The long, poorly placed pauses and curious rushes of his speech serve to make each sentence very difficult to follow. I do not know what went on in that recording studio, but it would seem that Farmer was reading the story cold, for the first time, with no preparation whatsoever. The editing and sound is extremely poor as well. There are break points in the middle of a chapter - in the middle of a paragraph - where Farmer's voice changes so much I replayed it over and over to discern if a new person was reading. I love audio books, but a good reader, sound studio and editor are essential to the end product and this book is going down 0 for 3. I would love to see this book re-recorded.
So...you're telling me I can pay people to read books to me whilst I do other things?
Louise Erdrich's writing is so exquisite--and so pared-down and simple you're not even conscious of how good it is when you're in it. Because you're just so...in it. How she's able to boil down the angst of human experience into such effortless, casual prose is one mystery, but there's also the actual story, which is its own mystery/suspense story.
I didn't research Gary Farmer but he sounds like an authentic native American--if not an Ojibwe. In any case, his reading is spot-on, and I felt like he captured Erdrich's voice (channeled through a 13 year old boy) perfectly. (There are some very minor editing glitches; nothing distracting though).
I can't imagine who wouldn't be mesmerized by this story from the start, regardless of age or reading tastes...highly recommend!
Every page! I had read the book, but wanted to give a try and listen. The narration really added a powerful dimension. I was so pleased.
Louise Erdrich speaks these powerful truths of Life. Not always simple, but profound and moving! Life is not black and white and this story illustrates that precisely. Thank you Louise!