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.
I purchased this hoping for more of the mystery element. However, it is much more of a coming of age story. Very similar to To Kill A Mockingbird but more crude.
There is one scene where the 13 year old protagonist enjoys a strip tease given by his aunt (by marriage) along with his grandfather. This scene could've been left out or I could've done without the details of the boy's arousal.
Narration was painfully slow, and at times the emotions were portrayed inaccurately by the narrator. The story itself was good, with classic novel elements like narrative tension and sub plot vs. over plot development done to an above-average level. Overall though, the characters largely lack depth and interest, especially in relation to the colorful and carefully-crafted plot.
I have long read, & now listened, to Louise Erdrich's stories. Her characters are vastly human, wise, often broken & vulnerable to the circumstance of their life situations. But always, always, they are imperfectly real & kind.
I will not talk about plot or why this story is unique to the experience of a coming of age boy seeking manhood haphazardly among chaos if his once safe family.
But it is.
And the circumstance of his becoming...
Knowing? A knower?
And the narration is beautifully & thoughtfully accomplished.
A sublime experience highly recommended.
I enjoyed this book tremendously! It's an interesting story about a boy growing up on an Indian reservation in North Dakota and how he handles difficult family issues. The book is well written and the reader does a good job as well.