Couldn't stop listening to this book, even though it broke my heart the whole time. What a sad, sad war in a place far away. I found the narrator distractingly monotone, it was like listening to a less engaging Siri reading me a book. If she hadn't done accents I would have insisted that she was generated. The story was so well written that I finished the book in spite of it.
I just love Erdrich's books, but the narrator rendered this unlistenable. And I know we're supposed to be getting the effect of a Native American reading the story, but that's not the end result. Words are forgotten and then reintroduced, punctuation is anybody's guess. I have gotten her stuff recorded before and enjoyed it, but this narrator gives every impression of not reading onto the next page quickly enough, or something like that. On every page. I'll have to get a hard copy of the book and read it on a plane or something. I can't get through this version.
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