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Three Day Road Audiobook

Three Day Road

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Publisher's Summary

Author Joseph Boyden makes his literary debut with this profound and moving Today’s Book Club pick that contemplates the lasting traumas of war.

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.

©2005 Joseph Boyden (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Not for the squeamish reader, this is a powerful novel that takes a new angle on a popular subject, 'the war to end all wars'." (Amazon.com review)

“Friendship is riven with resentment and war is stripped of glory in this remarkable, wrenching novel, the work of a gifted storyteller.” (Publishers Weekly)

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    Charlie Lethbridge, AB, Canada 12-20-11
    Charlie Lethbridge, AB, Canada 12-20-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Not Bad"

    The author writes well and the story is interesting. Boyden takes us on a vivid journey into the lives of three Cree Canadians as they collide with the first world war. He writes very well and overall I found the story intriguing, yet at times disturbing.

    The author and narrator apparently took painstaking efforts to learn how to properly pronounce the Cree words in the story. They did not however bother to learn how Canadians pronounce the word 'lieutenant' - which is rather jarring every time it comes up.

    There is a fair amount of drug use (morphine) in the story and it is described in detail. At times I wanted to tell the author, "Okay I get it, he's addicted to morphine, let's move on."

    I was a little disappointed with the ending.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin New Albany, OH, United States 08-19-10
    Kevin New Albany, OH, United States 08-19-10
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    "What a book"

    Gripping tale of war and friendship. Excellent construction, very well narrated. I really recommend this book, loved it. It will bring you to tears.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Muhammed 09-16-16
    Muhammed 09-16-16
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    "Two narrators with contrasting performance"

    I enjoyed Niska's parts. Xavier's voice turned annoying with time. I wish the entire book had been done with one actor only. I did not enjoy Xavier's narration and accent sounded poor. Overly dramatic narration that made it irritating to listen to certain parts. Considering Xavier does a lot of the narration in the story, I would not buy this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jim 10-28-16
    Jim 10-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Literary Genius"

    Great story, gripping and tender. Narration makes the story believeable and very entertaining. loved it

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    Michael M 11-13-15
    Michael M 11-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautifully Painful"

    This is my second Joseph Boyden story. the first was 'The Orenda'. Joseph has a powerful gift for drawing his audience deeply into the lives, feelings, triumphs and struggles of his characters. In each story I have been enthralled, educated, saddened and amazed. But above all I have been fully engaged in and thankful for such beautiful and powerful stories.

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    Taylor 09-04-15
    Taylor 09-04-15
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    "An epic Canadian war story."

    So incredible that they got help getting all the pronunciation correct with the native terms. it really got me into the story. the perspective from which it's told is also one of the most amazing aspects of this novel. thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone.

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    Sara Randall 02-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A true Canadian Writer to be proud of."

    The writing and reading make it one of those books you can't leave until it's done. Then the book hangover as you don't want to let go of these characters, these words, for awhile, as they stay close to you.

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    Colin 02-06-15
    Colin 02-06-15 Member Since 2010
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    "A fantastic read/listen!"

    A well told story, if a bit violent in parts. The friendship between two brothers of Indian descent amidst the turmoil of WWI

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    Deborah 07-16-13
    Deborah 07-16-13 Member Since 2016

    Love to listen on my way to work!

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    "Joseph Boyden, Please Write Some More"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend this book to all of my friends who like to read literary fiction. It has a good blend of storyline, character and history.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Loved both of the main characters and the shift between the perspectives.


    Have you listened to any of Ruth Ann Phimister’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not sure.


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

    There were many emotional (and funny) moments in this book. The first one that struck me was the aunt's trip to the train station to pick up the friend of her dead nephew when he returned from war. This is a story about healing and the power one person can have to keep another one going.


    Any additional comments?

    Everyone I know who has read this book has loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Megan Newport Beach, CA, United States 05-11-12
    Megan Newport Beach, CA, United States 05-11-12
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    "Distracting Sounds"
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    The book is great, and it's nice that the readers are able to pronounce the cree words properly, but it's really distracting to hear the readers swallowing and breathing throughout the entire story.

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