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Erin

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  • The Round House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Louise Erdrich
    • Narrated By Gary Farmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1002)
    Performance
    (852)
    Story
    (851)

    One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and 13-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe's life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared.

    Melinda says: "Heavy in My Heart"
    "Read it instead"
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    Would you try another book from Louise Erdrich and/or Gary Farmer?

    I would read another book from Louise Erdich.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The young protagonist and his friends are painted in a realistic manner. The story also provides glimpse into life on an Indian reservation.


    What didn’t you like about Gary Farmer’s performance?

    I understand that Native American speech patterns are different and Gary Farmer's narration provides authenticity, but the pacing, weird pauses, and inflection slowed the story. It was like listening to a beginning reader who does not understand punctuation marks. When I stopped listening to read the book I could not get Gary's slow voice out of my head. Oy.


    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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