This fascinating debut by Karen Lord - a retelling of a Senegalese folktale - earned starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist and won the Frank Collymore Award. When Paama finally leaves her gluttonous husband, she attracts the attention of the undying spirit Patience, who gives her Chance’s Chaos Stick as a gift. But Chance insists that only he should wield the stick’s powers.
©2010 Karen Lord (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC
“This is one of those literary works of which it can be said that not a word should be changed.” (Booklist)
I'm a voracious audiobibliophile, mainly interested in speculative fiction, with the occasional mimetic fiction or non-fiction title sneaking in.
Published by Small Beer Press in July 2010 and on several year???s best fantasy lists, Karen Lord???s Redemption in Indigo finally arrived at Audible on June 15, courtesy of a Recorded Books production, narrated by Robin Miles. Miles has 56 Audible titles to her credit, but this was my first, though her 2010 narration of Ekaterina Sedia???s The House of Discarded Dreams is waiting for me on my wish list for one of these days. Redemption in Indigo is a short listen at a shade under six and a half hours, and it???s well worth discovering. The overall arc of the story comes under the frame of a storyteller relating the events, complete with asides (such as ???we???ll learn more about this later???) and informalities (such as ???let us skip forward through time a bit so as to miss the boring parts???) and footnotes and digressions. The story comes across in a playful, light way, the way of an elder telling a favorite story around a village campfire. This is a wonderful change of pace not just from the battlefields and seriousness of much of the rest of fantasy these days, but also in its leisurely pace, delighting on simple surroundings imbued with the mythological references which have been passed down through the generations. As a work of oral storytelling goes, this one???s a keeper, and I???m glad I was able to enjoy it in this format.
This story was a little out of the genre of books I listen to, so that may be why I had a hard time finishing. The story seemed somewhat interesting (at parts) but it did not captivate me nor did I feel invested in the characters to care about what happened to them. Everybody talks about what an extraordinary person Paama is, but I couldn't tell from the book what she did to deserve this other than cook well. The qualities the sisters gave seemed unfounded.
In fact, I was a bit confused with who was who for a good portion of the book. It seems like the djombi had like 3 names a piece. There were some great lessons in the book but I also didn't get clarity on a few of them.
I'm sure this is a great book for some, hence the many 5 star reviews, but I'm clearly not the author's target audience.
The narrator did a great job though. I did enjoy listening to her varied voices and accents. I could feel her smiling through almost the entire book.
A fascinating folk tale retold even better. Interesting magical tidbits and strange people add to the fascinating story of Paama. This is different from anything else I have read before. Enjoyable and occasionally puzzling.
I listened to this book on audible. The narrator was excellent.
This was an interesting story with constant surprise. Set in Africa, it shows that redemption comes in many forms
This was very different from my usual reads.
This is my favorite audiobook of the 10 books I've listened to so far.
Paama was my favorite character because of her compasion, her dedication to doing what's right, and her sense of humor.
This is the first time I've heard Ms. Mile's narration, but I bought a second book she narrated based on that fact alone.
I would add a subtitle "A Senegal Folktale".
It took about a chapter for my Midwestern ears to pick up on the Carribean accent, but once I did I thouroughly enjoyed the narration.
A magical pairing of reader and author, as both are natural storytellers. This fable has everything I love about folklore and the wonder of a modern voice who grew up believing in djambies and a secret world playing behind the scenes and under the skin.
What a chance to feel like a child again. Redemption in Indigo is written with the art of telling stories at its heart. I was carried away, first by the characters, then by the story, then by the reader. Robin Miles did a wonderful job of transporting the listener to a time and place in her read. The multilayer of storytelling has to be skillfully handled to warrant a listener to feel like they've just taken a journey and this book was a joyful accomplishment.
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