A Horse Fiction Book for Adults
Racism can linger in the strangest of places. Sometimes, even within yourself.
For Clara Lacroix, the past was the place she chose to dwell. That's where her memories of Boone, and the life they shared, resided.
But for Joe Black Hawk, the past was a painful mix of a fading heritage he didn't want to lose, and a string of mistakes he'd just as soon forget.
Spanning thousands of acres across the Sandhills of Nebraska, Crossroads Ranch operates as a mustang training facility and equine-assisted psychotherapy practice.
Here, in the beautifully rugged grasslands over which the Lakota Sioux once roamed freely, the lives of fifth-generation rancher, Clara LaCroix, and fifth-generation reservation Indian, Joe Black Hawk, collide in a tragic event that fuels an eruption of racial bitterness.
As each struggle to cope with their own personal loss, both must learn to navigate the present with tolerance and, ultimately, forgiveness in order to reconcile with the past and one another.
As the first novel to portray the process and effects of equine-assisted psychotherapy, No Dogs or Indians is the story about the importance of history, the relevance of ancestry, and the critical balance between remembering the roots that set us apart while celebrating the humanity that binds us together.
©2016 Lisa Hare (P)2016 Lisa Hare
The characters in this book are dealing with a lot of different issues: dealing with grief, anger and hatred, racial stereotypes, using horses in therapy, the juvenile justice system, the plight of the wild mustangs, the treatment the Indian nations have received over the years, reservations, native religious beliefs, recovery from drug and alcohol abuse... What's interesting is the way the issues are interrelated. This could have been a really bleak story, but there are glimmers of hope. Change is possible, it just isn't necessarily easy.
The narrator did a wonderful job of differentiating the various characters. I was never confused about who was speaking.
No Dogs or Indians
: Lisa Hare
A book that peels back the layers of human emotions all the way, to show the listener how ugly attitudes can be even if you think you are a good person. Stereotyping another ethnic group because of actions of some is shown and how unfair it can be. When a person tries to break the cyclical effects of addiction and abuse is scoffed at, it is sad.
Wild Mustangs that are rounded up and taken to a preserve "for their own good," show the plight of certain ethnic groups.
The setting is beautifully portrayed. When the Badlands are described, I felt transported back home, having spent the first eleven years of my life just over the state line in Wyoming.
The narration was well done.The characters were well portrayed. I loved Portia's voice, she sounded just like I think her character would sound.
I highly recommend this audiobook!!!!!!
"I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator,in exchange for an unbiased review."
I did not read the print version. I only listened to the audio book.
I liked the fact that the author looked at the cold harsh fact of racism, sexism, and ageism. That Hare took the time to interview real life people and to review all of her facts before writing her novel. I personally found the factual details very interesting. They were in part why I found this novel to be so intriguing.
This is my first time listening to one of Tedesco's performances. She is a very talented artist. You could tell that she took her time to prepare and flesh out each character. She did a nice job with changing her vocal range for each character.
There are some extremely heart breaking moments in this book. If you are looking for something comical and fluffy to listen to this is not it. Although, this novel is heart warming, intense, vulnerable, and sad. When the mustangs are released, I began to cry at the fact that once again the main characters favorite horse has something tragic happen to it. Trying not to give too much away.
This novel was the perfect companion on a long road trip. It kept me awake wondering what would happen next. I highly recommend this novel if you are a fan of factual fiction, a lover of horses, and spiritual connections.
Interesting, entertaining and engaging. The story itself is well written, heartbreaking and thought-provoking. It's one of those stories that stays with you long after you've finished it.
This story will make you stop and think. As the story unfolds it shows some the many different layers of discrimination that persist in our world. How our background effects each of us and how we think about certain things and events even though we may not realize it. Judging another ethnic group by just an idea or a bad past experience and how that can color your whole way of thinking if you let it.
Great characters. Especially loved Joe's character.
Joe's comparison between the plight wild mustangs and life on the reservation was powerful.
This book should be on a required reading list for High Schools.
Janelle Tedesco did a really good job with the narration. Pleasant voice easy to listen to for long periods of time. Perfect narrator for this book. Good character voices. Clearly spoken. Smooth even pace in the narration. She brought the characters to life. Very enjoyable
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher
Gripping from the start.Excellent story of different people and perspectives but with faith and patients any thing can happen.I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily decided to review."
The narrator was masterful at soothing the listener into the details of the story. Keeping an even pace and having a rich and beautiful voice, the book was delivered expertly. The audio quality is clean and crisp as well.
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Enjoyment can come on many levels. Humor, entertainment, etc. "No Dogs or Indians" was thought provoking, sad, I came away with strong feelings for the animals and the people at the root of the story.
Clara and Joe, the main characters. The writing evokes the heritages of long time White and Native residents as they deal with life in Nebraska's ranching and plains areas. It's a gripping story! Well developed and Janelle Tedesco was an excellent choice as narrator.
The story of the love between Clara and the horse Big Ben.
The perseverance to give value to the wild mustangs, overcoming or confronting prejudice. It was sad, but very much worth reading, listening to.
This is a very well written and narrated work of what are some of the folks that aren't flashy or famous but what makes the country carry on. No hair implants, no breast enhancements.
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This is a story about the past as well as about the present. It makes us aware of the wrongs that have been done, as well as of the wrongs that are still being done, although you'd assume that people know better now.
Let's face it, we all have prejudices, but we can fight to overcome them and give everybody a fair chance. The lead character, Clara, has prejudices about the native Americans, based on experiences.
In my country, lots of people have prejudices based on nothing. Though the former is understandable, whereas the latter isn't, neither is right. Neither party would ever admit to being prejudiced, though, which makes it so impossibly difficult to change things.
In this book, the psychiatrist Portia tries to argue with Clara, but she doesn't exactly get anywhere.
However, as the story unfolds, Clara learns something about herself, her prejudices, Joe, mustangs, and the history of her country and its people.
The story is sad, yet somehow uplifting. It ends on a hopeful note.
Janelle Tedesco does a great job again. Her way of narrating the book is unobtrusive, you have all the different characters, but she doesn't overdo them. She somehow manages to make you forget that she's there at all, and you just get lost in the story.
I'd recommend this book to everyone, it's an eye-opener without moralizing.
I loved this book. The characters have great back-stories and I like how their lives converge in this emotion-filled tale. I would love to know what happens next in the lives of these characters. The reader is fantastic! Her ability to do different voices (both male and female) for each character brought the story to life. I literally wept for these characters as their journey unfolded. As an avid audiobook listener, I will definitely look for more books read by Janelle Tedesco.
Firstly I loved voice of the narrator. I have given up listening to voices that grate on me.
Her voice was perfect.
There were too many to mention.
I would have to say that I enjoyed the scenes that spoke of the beauty and space that the book was written in.
Everyone has a past and must learn to respect it without letting it devour you
I really enjoyed the subject matter and will recommend it to my friends. Need to also get the paper copy.
Pease continue with this narrator and don't switch.
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