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An Untamed Land Audiobook

An Untamed Land: Red River of the North Series #1

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Publisher's Summary

After three long years of scrimping and saving to buy tickets for their passage to America, Roald and Ingeborg Bjorklund, along with their son, Thorliff, finally arrive at the docks of New York City. It was the promise of free land that fed their dream and lured them from their beloved home high above the fjords of Norway in 1880. As they join the throngs of countless immigrants passing through Castle Garden, the Bjorklunds soon discover that nothing is as they had envisioned it. Appalled by the horrid stories of fellow immigrants forced to live in squalid living conditions, they continue their long journey by train as far as Grand Forks. From there a covered wagon takes them into Dakota Territory, where they settle on the banks of the Red River. But there was no way for them to foresee the price they will have to pay to wrest a living from the indomitable land. The virgin prairie refuses to yield its treasure without a struggle. Will they be strong enough to overcome the hardships of that first winter?

©1996 Lauraine Snelling (P)2015 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Prairie stories usually abound in cliches, but Snelling avoids every one of them." (Booklist)

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    Amazon Customer 06-18-17
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    "Living History!"

    I would recommend this book to readers and listeners who love historical fiction books.

    The story immediately pulled me back to the 1800s as people arrived to America. How determined they were to leave their countries; how brave they were to come to a land not established.

    The chores were continuous and then there would be fun times of neighbors visiting and when harvest time arrived, men helped come in to get the crops prepared to send elsewhere for sale.

    This novel kept me glued to my iPhone to listen to it! Many sad deaths occurred at the last. Medicines weren't available back then in 1882-3 as we have them now. People often didn't live past the age of 50.

    I will continue with this series! A great book, a Colorado Listener

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    Melissa white lake, MI, United States 04-28-17
    Melissa white lake, MI, United States 04-28-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Boring"

    No plot. More telling than showing. Little character development. Example: An entire paragraph describing someone kneeling bread.

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    Snickidoodle Tennessee 04-27-17
    Snickidoodle Tennessee 04-27-17
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    "If you can get past the narration..."
    Would you listen to An Untamed Land again? Why?

    No. The narrator drove me crazy.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the details of the way life was for new settlers.


    How could the performance have been better?

    She could have pronounced the lead character's name correctly. Ingeborg. She actually had it right a few times at the beginning, then sometimes it was Ingebore, then Ingebord, which she settled on and finished out the book that way. I cringed a few hundred times, and then just tried to ignore it.


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

    When she emerged from the darkness of her grief and decided to live again.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was slow, but I still enjoyed it. It was filled with details about the sometimes mundane lives of those that settled this country. Life was hard back then, and I think it's good to remember the hard work and sacrifices our ancestors made to make this country what it is today.

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    Kj & Crew 01-06-17
    Kj & Crew 01-06-17
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    "Awesome"

    Loved this first book by Lauraine Snelling. Callie Beaulieu was outstanding in her performance! Sarting book 2 immediately.

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    Nicole 12-27-16
    Nicole 12-27-16
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    "Boring"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who usually likes nonfiction.


    Has An Untamed Land turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It hasn't turned me off from the genre, it is just a really boring book.


    Have you listened to any of Callie Beaulieu’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from An Untamed Land?

    The book is filled with so much detail that it is tedious. It has a lot of great, vibrant imagery but it is filled with just regular detail filled days. Almost nothing ever happens and when something does, the action is short lived.


    Any additional comments?

    I had really high hopes for the book because there is great character development in the beginning but the characters remain very static throughout the rest of the book. There are also lots of parts where the reader thinks that there will be some kind of an action scene only to have everything be just fine. The book needs a defibrillator.

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    T. Miller 12-21-16
    T. Miller 12-21-16

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    "The story is good but..."

    Lauraine Snelling writes beautiful, captivating stories. However, this narrator left a lot to be desired. The main character's name is Ingeborg but the narrator couldn't decide how to pronounce it...should it be Ingeborg,
    Ingebord, or Ingebore? Good grief! And her droll monotone voice makes it impressive to tell which character is speaking.

    I love the storyline and will still listen to the others because I accidentally started in the middle of the 14 book series and want to know the whole story. If I didn't waste most of my time commuting, I would just read the books myself.

    If you are able to read the books instead of listening, I would definitely recommend that until you get far enough along in the series when Stina Nielsen takes over.



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    Nicole Zinn 12-12-16
    Nicole Zinn 12-12-16
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    "Another wonderful series by Lauraine Snelling"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would. I really like reading any of Lauraine Snelling's books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Ingeborg. I picture myself as her if I would be in her world.


    What does Callie Beaulieu bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The ability for me to be able to listen to the series in a timely matter while I'm driving and doing house work.


    Who was the most memorable character of An Untamed Land and why?

    I believe that would also be Ingeborg. Because she perseveres and pulls through in hard times.


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    NWT Lady 09-09-16
    NWT Lady 09-09-16
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    "Excellent series"
    What made the experience of listening to An Untamed Land the most enjoyable?

    I'm on book 4 of the Red River series and have enjoyed all of them, though the first one was somewhat sad. It amazes me that early settlers survived at all since homesteading was so difficult on the prairie back then. You come to care about the characters as you go through the books, and good things do happen so it is worth sticking with the series. Now I can't wait to see what will happen to the main characters from one book to the next.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Callie Beaulieu’s performances?

    I only listen to her because there seems no alternative narrator for this series, and I love the series so I put up with her poor narration.


    Any additional comments?

    Lauraine Snelling is an excellent writer, but I feel that Callie Beaulieu doesn't give the story justice. She doesn't do any voices for any characters - one sounding exactly like the the others, and most of the time she speaks with an insistent voice that doesn't reflect the emotion of the character. She neglects to pause in areas that definitely call for a pause, so sometimes I find myself rewinding to catch the gist, since she jumped from one topic/event to another with hardly a breath in-between. You get used to it after awhile, but I think a more talented narrator could have really brought these books to life, and made the listening experience so much more enjoyable.The fact that I've stuck with the series even though disliking the performance of the narrator speaks to the excellence on Lauraine Snelling's ability to spin a tale worth reading.

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    Amazon Customer 08-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Very good but sad"

    This is a very good religious bound book but I feel it was unnecessary to be as depressing as it was. A loving story of true dedication but the depression of the story was to strong and shouldn't have been lead in the manner it was. Times get hard but it becomes unrealistic when it's that bad! Not sure if I would read it again!

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    Joan 08-29-16
    Joan 08-29-16
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    "Finally, an excellent, thoughtful, well written story!"

    I borrowed the second in this series from my library. After reading it, I knew I had to own the entire series. I can't say enough about how well the author paints a picture of the back breaking and heart breaking experiences that the Norwegian pioneers experienced as they settled the Midwest, as well as the awesome triumphs and successes. Strongly recommend!

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