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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

Critic Reviews

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

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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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enjoyed it.

Thought provoking, showing how one can fall into self reliance when bitterness is allowed to take root in one's heart and mind. One little step away from God can lead to many. Yet, one prayer of repentance can bring us back to relationship with God.
The narration was excellent and easy to listen to.

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wonderfully done

So hard to stop listening to this story!
The book pulls you in so you feel you are part of the story.

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Historical story of a family migrating to US 1880s

If you could sum up An Untamed Land in three words, what would they be?

This is a good historical story of good people making it in a new land. I am enjoying the series and really like the characters. New ones are added as the series continues.

What about Callie Beaulieu’s performance did you like?

Narrator is great! Easy to listen to.

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Wonderful.

Would you listen to An Untamed Land again? Why?

I have already listened to all of the Red River Series three times. I really enjoy the story and the details in the books about the life in the Dakota territory in the late 1800s. There are a few inconsistencies between some of the books in the series which does not detract from the story. Callie Beaulieu is the very, very best narrator. She does a remarkable job.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ingabord Bjorkland is the main character and most of the book is written from her perspective. This is a remarkable character!

Which character – as performed by Callie Beaulieu – was your favorite?

Same a above.

If you could take any character from An Untamed Land out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Ingabord. <br/>

Any additional comments?

Loved it.

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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
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  • 04-28-17

Boring

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

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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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Awesome

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

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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.