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.
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.