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First time author, very interesting. The author is part Chippewa who grew up in Minnesota with her Cjhippewa roots in North Dakota where this story takes place. The author went to Dartmouth as part of the first time ever co-ed class there in the 1970's when the school was introducing Native American studies. She met and married a professor in that program. They had a family, moved away, she got her Masters at John Hopkins then the marriage fell apart. She moved home to Minnesota to be close to her family and write stories with Native American themes and backgrounds. I read in the reviews of this book that it's a coming of age story and it is that. But I suspect it's more than that. Many authors write from their personal experiences. I suspect at least some of this book is a confessional and a way to heal and move forward from her own past and something for her children to learn and grow from. I invite you to research the author's background and come up with your own conclusions. I invite you to google image the author and see for yourself if you don't see a sadness in her eyes. Whatever you conclude it's a very interesting story. Enjoy
I listened The Round House on the recommendation of Book Riot. I was pleased to see the Gary Farmer was the narrator. His performance was perfect for the first person character Joe. Highly recommended!
It's now been several months since I listened to The Round House with Gary Farmer as the narrator. The reading fit the book so well, that the two together - story and performance - make this something of importance.
The story has real characters caught in a terrible situation. Their reactions are perfectly real. The writing is insightful. The reading is wonderful. Having not grown up in the Northeast, it was a pleasure to have a slower story narration with the realistic intonation and accents of the characters. Since this book hinges on emotions, such a realistic reading was quite necessary and appreciated. I think there were a couple of mistakes, but nothing took away from the exploration of the character's thoughts, feelings and actions.
I don't think this book would have had the same impact on me if I had read it myself. That's saying something. With every other book through Audible, I have listened for convenience. That's what I expected for this book. However, that's not what I got. This is the only book after about a year on Audible (and purchased several beyond the ones that come with the subscription) with which the performance enhanced the story beyond expectation. I recommend listening to this version rather than purchasing the book and reading it yourself. If you want someone to read through a story quickly, almost like speed reading, then don't get this. If you want the true feel of the author's words, then purchase this and listen. You will not be disappointed.
I enjoyed this mystery. The story is deep, there are some great characters and twists I did not expect. I love Gary Farmer's narration--he's the reason I decided to buy the audio book. Other reviewers mention asides that threw them off, but I like them and feel they add to the richness of the material. Except for a couple of scenes where my attention faltered, I was riveted. The pace of the story--or at least the poem-like prose and rhythm--is very effective and lovely. It reminds me of other books or stories I've read, particularly by other Native writers. I recommend this audio book.
I'd recommend the novel, but not the audiobook.
Very interesting take on Native American culture intertwined with an intriguing mystery story.
The worst narration I've encountered on Audible. Virtually no differentiation between characters, frequent emphasis on the wrong words within sentences.
I can't wait to read another Louise Erdrich book. Right up there with Sherman Alexie, Thomas King, and Tony Hillerman.