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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)

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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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    Alicia Severson North Dakota 07-16-16
    Alicia Severson 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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    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!


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    Kelly Springsteen Sheridan, MI United States 04-12-16
    Kelly Springsteen 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.

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    Beth Schafer Pennsylvania, USA 04-03-16
    Beth Schafer Pennsylvania, USA 04-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Love"

    I love this series and was excited to be able to listen to this book and to do things around the house at the same time!!

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    Dixie McKannay 02-11-16
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    "A very engaging historical fiction"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, a very well written story of the families who endured the early hardships of coming to America.


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

    Repaying the fruit vendor-so true of an independent woman's honor.


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

    Callie does an excellent job of reading-I think Thorick.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Of course, the blizzard & the influenza-you knew it had to come.


    Any additional comments?

    The follow through of Inga's anger and determination gives the story reality. I enjoy how Ms.Snelling handles her people's intimate moments; and the inclusion of their faith.

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    Peggy 12-27-15
    Peggy 12-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    Excellent story. Kept my attention and I was eager to get back to each time,

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    Pony Girl Pearl Portland, OR USA 11-24-15
    Pony Girl Pearl Portland, OR USA 11-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Painfully Slow"

    It was a struggle for me to get through this story. I almost returned it but made it through to the end. I would usually go through an audiobook like this within a couple days, 3 or 4 at the most. This one took weeks for me to get through. The whole thing including the characters just seemed very wishy-washy, droll and unexciting. There was not one character that I could fall in love with, or hate, or empathize with. The story was dismal and I probably won't buy from this author again. I will wait for a new Lynn Austin or Karen Kingsbury.

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