• Shaman

  • The Cole Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Noah Gordon
  • Narrated by: Ben Owen
  • Length: 22 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (233 ratings)
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By: Noah Gordon
Narrated by: Ben Owen
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Publisher's summary

Shaman is the prize-winning second volume of Noah Gordon's celebrated Cole trilogy. It is as great a listening experience as The Physician. A New York Times Notable Book.

Dr. Robert Judson Cole travels from his ravaged Scotland homeland, through the operating rooms of Boston, to the cabins of frontier Illinois. In the wilderness he befriends the starving remnants of the Sauk tribe, who have fled their reservation. In the process, he absorbs their culture and learns native remedies that enrich the classical medical education he received at Edinburgh University. He marries a remarkable settler woman he had saved from illness. The details of how their deaf son manages to become a physician also, despite his handicap, and the story of how the Cole family is sucked into the bloody vortex of the Civil War and survives, makes an exceptional listening experience.

©1992 Lise Gordon, Michael Seay Gordon and The Jamie Gordon Trust (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Enjoyed THE PHYSICIAN but loved THE SHAMON!!!

The SHAMON is more multi faceted than The PHYSICIAN whose primary focus was the acquisition of medical knowledge. Excellent narration!

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Entertaining story but off-putting mispronunciations throughout!

The narrator did a very good job with the multiple accents required in this story - but so many simple, everyday words were mis-pronounced (‘hearth’ pronounced as ‘earth’ with an ‘h’, ‘arias’ with the stress on the middle syllable, etc.) that it was distracting. Good storyline though and the book was well-paced.

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serious historic fiction

For those who love to read, this second of a trilogy is a must. Using the US Plains development as a backdrop, generational stories of life come alive in Shaman. The narration is perfect for the tone of the book. Some may find the detail ponderous. I felt it lent to the timing of events as life was before electricity and cars ( let alone paved roads.) A very worthwhile read: The third part is already in my library.

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Very Good Story

I feel this was a very good story very worth the time to listen to. I Really enjoyed that the author incorporated History with the story, so I did not just enjoy the story but learn real background history. I wholly recommend this.

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Fair is fair, right?

Would you try another book from Noah Gordon and/or Ben Owen?

I like Noah Gordon's work. Ben Owen did a credible job overall but I won't be eager to listen to more of his work.

What didn’t you like about Ben Owen’s performance?

Owen is a Brit? Maybe an Aussie? Nothing wrong with that, but he needed to work on his pronunciation of American place names and some American vernacular. As a Midwesterner who grew up near the places Gordon used in this book I cringed every time I heard the names come out of Owen's mouth.
I suppose that's only fair, since Americans have a habit of mispronouncing a lot of non-American words, names, place names, etc.

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Entertaining series, would have been cheaper to buy the Kindle edition and read it than it was to spend a credit on the audiobook.

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Interesting at times

This is a historical novel about a physician in the 1800’s. Some interesting and well done parts but the plot meanders and occasionally loses its way. Nice description of Medicine and living conditions of the times. A bit of a stretch that the doc should be involved in both the Underground Railroad and Gettysburg.

The narrator is very good but as in The Physician he mispronounces both medical and Hebrew terms at times.

Overall fairly good but not as good as The Physician, the first book in the series. I won’t be going on to the third book.

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Historical fiction with wonderful characters

I enjoyed everything about this book. I couldn’t put it down and may listen to it again. I loved the main characters and wished they were always in my life. The book includes interesting insights to the civil war.

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Almost as good as the first book

Careful attention to both medical and historical detail. But seems a bit obsessed with sex.

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Annoying accent

The story is very interesting, I have read The Physician before.
I couldn’t finish this one, I didn’t like the narration,

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Sequel to The Physician

Enjoyed this even more than First of series. Combined history of Physicians during civil war and struggles of the Indians.

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