I was transported to the Rez, to the inner circle of the four teenage boys. I could smell the grass and feel the rain and taste the Rez steak sandwiches. This book surprised me time and again. It is basically a serious story, but just when you think it's bleak, Joe and his friends, speaking colloquially, make you laugh with their expressions, their sense of wonder at the world of drinking, sex, religion, etc.
Joe. This kid is great. He is a well-rounded character--is intelligent, ok looking, somewhat athletic, loyal to his friends and his parents.
All of them. Gary Farmer was my personal Indian guide into this world. His cadence was weird, just weird enough to sound somewhat foreign, but not "Me no speakum English" kind of nonsense.
When the neighbor woman came to visit Joe's mother. I was so hoping that she would regain her strength.
The scene of the priest chasing Cappy was hilarious.
I did not expect to enjoy this book but chose it because it had recently been mentioned. I am glad I did.
I'm a professional dog trainer who loves to read. I have degrees in English and Adult Ed. I love well written books that take me away.
Ms Erdrich's prose takes you in to her world so intimately that you feel like you're actually sitting on the sidelines watching as the story unfolds. I loved every moment of being in that world. The life of a teenaged boy on an Indian reservation so unfamiliar - and yet the inevitable unfolding of the human drama so familiar, gives the story a resonance that lasts long after the last word. I also loved (as always) her mastery of the writing craft - there's not one extraneous or redundant word. A story I'll definitely read/listen to again.
Learning so much about the reservation culture.
The way several stories were woven together.
The narrator was meant to sound like an indian and he did but his voice got a little boring and it would have been nice if a female actor could be used to speak the women's parts.
I have almost finished listening to "The Roundhouse" by Louise Erdrick" It is about a Lakota reservation lawyer and his family who experience a violent crime and struggle to deal with it professionally, personally and within the context of First Nations community life and US legal history regarding treaty rights. The audio version is read by by a First Nations actor, Gary Farmer, and is told through the eyes of the 13 year old son. This book is so good I would rate it as high as "The Help" or "The Book of Negros" as far as excellent literature. It is a riveting story, with absolutely hilarious Native humour, loveable, heroic, pitiful and sad characters and the infuriating and debilitating injustice of living as outcasts in your own country and as prisoners in your own land. This is a must read people. Get the book.
Consistent story, peaks & dips as appropriate & unexpected subtopic. Kept my interest. Couldn't wait to get back to the gym so I could listen to more.
I can't believe an actor could deliver such a bad reading. Previous readers' reviews gave ample warning but I thought it couldn't be that bad. IT IS THAT BAD! Pass this one or read the hard copy.
Choppy, hard to understand, and a total lack of rhythm. His performance really hurt the overall story.
Interesting, clever plot with a window into injustice inflicted upon a modern Native American community.
I respect and admire Erdrich's award-winning novel. But the narration was the worst I have ever experienced in at least eight years of listening to audiobooks. The point of view of a young man was spoken by someone who sounded like a 50-year-old with the reading abilities of a fifth grader. I am aware that the narrator is Native American, but that political correctness does not justify a listening experience that was not just painful, but destroyed the drama and the emotion that I'm sure the book delivers.
After all the great reviews I guess I expected more. Much more. Story to me was just ok. Narration was WOEFUL!!!!!
No. Wouldn't want someone to waste their doe.
Oh come on. Did you listen to the same performance I did? That was bad.
Seriously, I want my money back. I found the narration just impossible to listen to. Definitely try a sample before you purchase this.