Oakland, CA, USA
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  • The Painted Drum

  • By: Louise Erdrich
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 121

When Faye Travers is called upon to appraise the estate of a family in her small New Hampshire town, she isn't surprised to discover a forgotten cache of valuable Native American artifacts. However, she stops dead in her tracks when she finds in the collection a rare drum, ornamented with symbols she doesn't recognize and dressed in red tassels and a beaded belt and skirt, especially since, without touching the instrument, she hears it sound.

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  • By Kathy on 01-25-06

Worth sticking with

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-25-06

This book took me a while to enjoy. It starts slowly but gets very juicy in the second half. I found the Indian characters most compelling. The final scene between mother and daughter moved me to tears. I loved the author's use of language; her dialogues were especially memorable. I would recommend it.

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