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Thomas

Vancouver, BC, Canada | Member Since 2005

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  • Through Black Spruce

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Joseph Boyden
    • Narrated By James Jenner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Joseph Boyden's first novel, Three Day Road, was a Today Show Book Club selection. Through Black Spruce is the exceptional follow-up to his acclaimed debut. Cree bush pilot Will Bird lies comatose in a hospital, while his wayward niece Annie arrives to sit in silent vigil by his side. Slowly their stories reveal two people previously separated by great distances, beaten and broken, and searching for some sense of where they belong in the world.

    Ruth says: "A pleasure to listen to"
    "Poor choice of Narrator for a good book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The people who were chosen to read this book were all wrong. They make this book boring.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The insight into the everyday life of First Nations people.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    A Cree or Ojibwa person would have been a much better choice. The narrator's that have been chosen drains the life from this story.


    Was Through Black Spruce worth the listening time?

    I could not get through the entire book. The narration was too sterile.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good book. Black Spruce depicts some aspects of the culture and themes that are important to Cree and Ojibwa today.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Three Day Road

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Joseph Boyden
    • Narrated By Ruth Ann Phimister
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (54)

    Cree Indians and best-friends Xavier and Elijah enlist in the Canadian Army in 1915, eager to become heroes. Seasoned hunters, the men become expert snipers, but their horrifying experiences serving in World War I will leave devastating impressions on each man’s life.

    Charlie says: "Not Bad"
    "Great cultural adventure!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Three Day Road again? Why?

    Three Day Road depicts many theme's and stories that are important to Ojibwa/Cree culture in a new innovative way.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Three Day Road?

    The theme of the Wendigo throughout the story.


    What three words best describe Ruth Ann Phimister’s performance?

    Poor pronunciation of Cree and Ojibwa (It made me laugh)


    Who was the most memorable character of Three Day Road and why?

    Niska is a character that is a healer and Elder that brings some glimmer of hope when things are darkest.


    Any additional comments?

    Not only does this story bring to light the residential school system and the racism native face everyday. It also is a story rich with culture and teachings. I would recommend anyone interested in the history and culture of the Cree/Ojibwa should read this book. It is also an amazing story on its own.

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