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An Untamed Land Audiobook

An Untamed Land: Red River of the North Series #1

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Publisher's Summary

After three long years of scrimping and saving to buy tickets for their passage to America, Roald and Ingeborg Bjorklund, along with their son, Thorliff, finally arrive at the docks of New York City. It was the promise of free land that fed their dream and lured them from their beloved home high above the fjords of Norway in 1880. As they join the throngs of countless immigrants passing through Castle Garden, the Bjorklunds soon discover that nothing is as they had envisioned it. Appalled by the horrid stories of fellow immigrants forced to live in squalid living conditions, they continue their long journey by train as far as Grand Forks. From there a covered wagon takes them into Dakota Territory, where they settle on the banks of the Red River. But there was no way for them to foresee the price they will have to pay to wrest a living from the indomitable land. The virgin prairie refuses to yield its treasure without a struggle. Will they be strong enough to overcome the hardships of that first winter?

©1996 Lauraine Snelling (P)2015 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Prairie stories usually abound in cliches, but Snelling avoids every one of them." (Booklist)

What Members Say

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    Kj & Crew 01-06-17
    Kj & Crew 01-06-17
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    "Awesome"

    Loved this first book by Lauraine Snelling. Callie Beaulieu was outstanding in her performance! Sarting book 2 immediately.

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    Nicole 12-27-16
    Nicole 12-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Boring"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who usually likes nonfiction.


    Has An Untamed Land turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It hasn't turned me off from the genre, it is just a really boring book.


    Have you listened to any of Callie Beaulieu’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from An Untamed Land?

    The book is filled with so much detail that it is tedious. It has a lot of great, vibrant imagery but it is filled with just regular detail filled days. Almost nothing ever happens and when something does, the action is short lived.


    Any additional comments?

    I had really high hopes for the book because there is great character development in the beginning but the characters remain very static throughout the rest of the book. There are also lots of parts where the reader thinks that there will be some kind of an action scene only to have everything be just fine. The book needs a defibrillator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    T. Miller 12-21-16
    T. Miller 12-21-16

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    "The story is good but..."

    Lauraine Snelling writes beautiful, captivating stories. However, this narrator left a lot to be desired. The main character's name is Ingeborg but the narrator couldn't decide how to pronounce it...should it be Ingeborg,
    Ingebord, or Ingebore? Good grief! And her droll monotone voice makes it impressive to tell which character is speaking.

    I love the storyline and will still listen to the others because I accidentally started in the middle of the 14 book series and want to know the whole story. If I didn't waste most of my time commuting, I would just read the books myself.

    If you are able to read the books instead of listening, I would definitely recommend that until you get far enough along in the series when Stina Nielsen takes over.



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    Nicole Zinn 12-12-16
    Nicole Zinn 12-12-16
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    "Another wonderful series by Lauraine Snelling"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would. I really like reading any of Lauraine Snelling's books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Ingeborg. I picture myself as her if I would be in her world.


    What does Callie Beaulieu bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The ability for me to be able to listen to the series in a timely matter while I'm driving and doing house work.


    Who was the most memorable character of An Untamed Land and why?

    I believe that would also be Ingeborg. Because she perseveres and pulls through in hard times.


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    NWT Lady 09-09-16
    NWT Lady 09-09-16
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    "Excellent series"
    What made the experience of listening to An Untamed Land the most enjoyable?

    I'm on book 4 of the Red River series and have enjoyed all of them, though the first one was somewhat sad. It amazes me that early settlers survived at all since homesteading was so difficult on the prairie back then. You come to care about the characters as you go through the books, and good things do happen so it is worth sticking with the series. Now I can't wait to see what will happen to the main characters from one book to the next.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Callie Beaulieu’s performances?

    I only listen to her because there seems no alternative narrator for this series, and I love the series so I put up with her poor narration.


    Any additional comments?

    Lauraine Snelling is an excellent writer, but I feel that Callie Beaulieu doesn't give the story justice. She doesn't do any voices for any characters - one sounding exactly like the the others, and most of the time she speaks with an insistent voice that doesn't reflect the emotion of the character. She neglects to pause in areas that definitely call for a pause, so sometimes I find myself rewinding to catch the gist, since she jumped from one topic/event to another with hardly a breath in-between. You get used to it after awhile, but I think a more talented narrator could have really brought these books to life, and made the listening experience so much more enjoyable.The fact that I've stuck with the series even though disliking the performance of the narrator speaks to the excellence on Lauraine Snelling's ability to spin a tale worth reading.

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    Amazon Customer 08-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Very good but sad"

    This is a very good religious bound book but I feel it was unnecessary to be as depressing as it was. A loving story of true dedication but the depression of the story was to strong and shouldn't have been lead in the manner it was. Times get hard but it becomes unrealistic when it's that bad! Not sure if I would read it again!

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    Joan 08-29-16
    Joan 08-29-16
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    "Finally, an excellent, thoughtful, well written story!"

    I borrowed the second in this series from my library. After reading it, I knew I had to own the entire series. I can't say enough about how well the author paints a picture of the back breaking and heart breaking experiences that the Norwegian pioneers experienced as they settled the Midwest, as well as the awesome triumphs and successes. Strongly recommend!

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    Horse Lover North Dakota 07-16-16
    Horse Lover North Dakota 07-16-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Loved it!"

    I am of Norwegian decent, living in the Red River Valley. I could get the full picture of what my ancestors went through to settle this area. The story was so awesome it gave me goosebumps!

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    Diana kadamus 07-08-16 Member Since 2013
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    "loved it!"
    What made the experience of listening to An Untamed Land the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed this story. I like historical fiction and this was well done. The characters came alive. I liked the wholesomeness and morality.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of An Untamed Land?

    The illness and devastation it brought. It was very sad. I wish it had been a little different, but strongly recommend the book.


    Which character – as performed by Callie Beaulieu – was your favorite?

    Ingabor


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes, if I only had time!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Sheridan, MI United States 04-12-16
    Kindle Customer Sheridan, MI United States 04-12-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Love and the struggle of starting a new life"

    Intriguing, God is always there weather
    we want Him or not. Life on the Prairie is hard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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