I loved its honesty, a hallmark of all of her novels.
The narrator and main character, of course, is my favorite, mostly because of his courage, but also because of his growth throughout the story.
Gary Farmer is so perfect for this. His attention to phrasing and timing is stellar. Other than the narrator himself, I liked his portrayal of the women. He achieves the subtle character changes without any distraction.
"Roundhouse Attack" maybe, but it is not better.
Louise Erdrich has created a book for young adults in this novel. I teach 9th grade English, and will be adding this title to my suggested reading list. Its themes are relevant to all young people in many way. These themes include parental issues, peer issues, and dealing with strong feelings of loyalty, passion, sexuality, and violence, to name a few. I thoroughly enjoyed the first person narrative aspect as well as the glimpse into native american experience and culture, which is the the trademark of this author.
....so I can complete my consumption of this story, which is pretty good about a third of the way in.
It has my interest, but I have real real trouble with the narrator. It's not just his cadence, which some others have mentioned and is a *little* distracting, but his very strange choices of when to inject feeling and emphasis, which I ultimately found *too* distracting to continue listening.
Sorry, not a chance.
This could have been a great audiobook with a different narrator. I set a ton of bookmarks, all of which were to share with my husband the best of the slurs, awkward intonations, and odd mid-sentence pauses. I did like when he read for mooshim - but that's it.
I would advise: listen to a sample first - if you can take Mr. Farmer, then you will probably enjoy this book.
The detail of the lives, surroundings and situations really put you into the story. This is something I believe Louise E. does best.
I have read nearly all of her books and could feel the connection between characters and her other books.
The one where oops! was sleeping in the room with his grandfather and heard him tell the stories of the past in his sleep.
A wonderful story and characters and the reader was great to listen to.
Louise Erdrich's ability to tell a captivating story made this a book I couldn't stop listening to once again. Her characters have depth and color that make them memorable. Her storyline is not predictable. She hooks you and holds you throughout.
The characters were marvelous. Warm, intriguing, and surprising.
At the school where I used to work, we often had Native American storytellers. Gary Farmer performed the story with similar cadence and tonal quality of those storytellers so it added to the believability of the story for me.
Joe - a young boy being thrust into an adult world earlier than expected but with his own integrity and love of family.
The ending was a surprise and left me wanting more.
Lyrical, beautiful, complicated
This story offers a life-like portrait of difficulties led by Native Americans.
This narrator was the low point of this audio book for me. The narrator was hard to understand and the sound quality was bad. For an award winning book of this quality, I am very disappointed by the narration.
I enjoyed Joe and his Aunt Sonya. They were both interesting and complex characters.
Do not use this narrator again. Seriously. Have YOU listened to this entire book?
I LOVE anything audio - books, podcasts, lectures. I listen mostly when moving -driving, dog walking, or before bed to clear the mind.
More adult perspective about life on a reservation. I didn't learn much about Native American culture. What I did learn I found very interesting.
The story revolves around the detailed inner life (and some outer) of a teenage boy. It just didn't hold my interest for an entire book. Positives: some interesting insights into Native American life. But it was limited. There were a lot of telling of Native American spiritual/traditional stories- again in limited amounts interesting but they didn't capture my interest enough for the amount that was there. Positive: some really great writing. I really felt the boys' experiences, their sweat, their hunger, the woods, etc. Nice to read but lost its power as I got bored with the underlying story.
The reader, Gary Farmer, is very distracting. For the first 15 minutes I think he was on Valium or nervous or something that made his rhythms rather bizarre. I really think there was some slurred speech in the beginning. But, all of a sudden, the voice changed. There was some enthusiasm and the story came alive. The story is tragic and powerful and raw and Louise Erdrich does not make it easy on you. She is nothing less than amazing. But I honestly think that it ought to be re-recorded to be experienced without the distraction of this reading.
Erdrich is one of my very favorite authors, so I looked forward to listening to The Round House. The narration was extremely odd and halting, almost as if the narrator had just recently learned to read. The wrong words in a sentence were emphasized, the pace was inconsistent, and it was very distracting. I strongly recommend The Round House, but even more strongly recommend that you buy the actual book and read it, not listen to it.
Yes. The story is really enthralling, and so much more than you think it will be at first. At first, it seems like it will be just about a boy and his family disintegrating after a trauma, maybe a bit of a mystery, with a bit of "exotic" culture since it's set on a rez. The first maybe third of the book does these things, and does them very well, but then the novel weaves in several rich side stories and introduces new moral quandaries, and makes the narrative more complex and rich.
"To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee, "Stand by Me" by Stephen King, and "The House on Mango Street" by Sandra Cisneros. It has Lee's lawyer's child grappling with injustice, King's the coming-of-age boyhood friends (with appropriate contemporary pop culture references that those of us who grew up in the late 80's will appreciate, but it's not too heavy-handed), and Cineros' vignettes that bring a community alive.
It seems like some listeners loved Gary Farmer's narration, and others not so much. I am on the not so much side. I appreciate the use of a Native narrator to tell a Native story, and some of the rhythms of his voice are characteristic of North Dakota Natives - which I really enjoyed and I thought it brought a lot to the story. I thought he did a really nice job with the men in the story (Mooshem, Bazil), and with the boys to a lesser extent. On the other hand, I really didn't like his treatment of Sonja's monologue after Mooshem's birthday, or Linda Wishkob, in general. Since these two characters were part of the power of the story, it really detracted for me.