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Three Day Road | [Joseph Boyden]

Three Day Road

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.
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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 Member Since 2009
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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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    Deborah Georgetown, ON, Canada 07-16-13
    Deborah Georgetown, ON, Canada 07-16-13 Member Since 2008

    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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    Faye Cobourg, ON, Canada 12-16-12
    Faye Cobourg, ON, Canada 12-16-12 Member Since 2010

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Excellent!!!`"

    Very well-written & well-read book about Canadian History. An unknown part of the war is revealed. Definitely recommended!!!

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    Megan Newport Beach, CA, United States 05-11-12
    Megan Newport Beach, CA, United States 05-11-12 Member Since 2011
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Seattle, WA USA 04-25-12
    Amazon Customer Seattle, WA USA 04-25-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Amazing story. I couldn't stop listening"

    I cannot imagine not listening to this story. The reader was incredible. I truly felt like I was listening him to tell his story. He sounded like he was a Cree Indian which greatly enhanced the listening experience. The author did a wonderful job of telling a difficult story. I will remember this story for a long time.

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    Thomas Vancouver, BC, Canada 03-16-12
    Thomas Vancouver, BC, Canada 03-16-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Great cultural adventure!"
    Would you listen to Three Day Road again? Why?

    Three Day Road depicts many theme's and stories that are important to Ojibwa/Cree culture in a new innovative way.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Three Day Road?

    The theme of the Wendigo throughout the story.


    What three words best describe Ruth Ann Phimister’s performance?

    Poor pronunciation of Cree and Ojibwa (It made me laugh)


    Who was the most memorable character of Three Day Road and why?

    Niska is a character that is a healer and Elder that brings some glimmer of hope when things are darkest.


    Any additional comments?

    Not only does this story bring to light the residential school system and the racism native face everyday. It also is a story rich with culture and teachings. I would recommend anyone interested in the history and culture of the Cree/Ojibwa should read this book. It is also an amazing story on its own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lynda Keewatin, Ontario, Canada 01-30-11
    Lynda Keewatin, Ontario, Canada 01-30-11
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    "Wow - Great Listen, Powerful Story"

    You must read this book before you read Through Black Spruce. The story is incredible and you will not be disappointed. I loved that there was a male and female reader. Thoroughly enjoyed this book from beginning to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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