The reader is perfect, just what the story needs, the voice of a native American. This book has all of Erdrich's best qualities: story, passion, mystery, humor, caritas. I will read it again & again.
I had to listen a second time to realize that the reader's acting difficulties (putting emphasis on the wrong word in a sentence, for example) would jar me out of comfortably inhabiting the author's world. I especially liked some of the metaphors, ie., the black stone enslaving women; and the various characterizations of both men & women, their roles in this many-layered imagined world. Abbiati has set us up for sequels that I would eagerly anticipate if another reader were to be used. How about Roy Dotrice, who narrates some of George R R Martin's books?
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