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The Antelope Wife

Narrated by: Louise Erdrich
Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
2.5 out of 5 stars (37 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The author of Love Medicine brings an unforgettable novel about the irrevocable patterns set in motion by certain fateful acts.

A soldier deserts the cavalry during a cruel raid on an Ojibwa village to chase a dog bearing on its back a baby on a cradle board strung with breathtaking blue beads. Generations later, a fast-talking trader kidnaps a silent and graceful woman from a powwow. In a haunting re-creation of a native tale, the woman is part antelope. Hunter and hunted change identities, and nothing is ever the same for those involved.

(P) and ©1998 HarperCollins Publishers Inc., All Rights Reserved, Harper Audio, A Division of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Critic Reviews

  • World Fantasy Award, 1999

"The Antelope Wife stands as one of [Louise Erdrich's] most powerful and fully imagined novels yet...the book marks a happy return to the elliptical, dreamlike storytelling of Ms. Erdrich's earliest novels." (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times)

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I could not get past the recording of this book.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The audio quality is not good. It sounds like the author read into a cassette player.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Frustration! I have enjoyed other works by this author and this recording was not good.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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sound is so awful, I could not listen

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I love Louise Erdrich's works, and was expecting a great experience, but the sound was so awful that I could not stand listening to more than 5 minutes of the novel.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Cherie
  • Athabasca, Alberta, Canada
  • 06-14-10

Antelope Wife

I started listening to The Antelope Wife and the audio quality is terrible. Whenever the narrator, Louise Erdrich, pronounces a word with an [s] in it, it is so whistlie it nearly gives me a headache. I thought I could improve the audio quality by choosing a better download audio quality but none is available. I think you should warn listeners that the audio is awful or you might consider trying to upgrade its quality. I think you should refund my money for this particular audiobook as I will not be able to listen to it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Kevin
  • Kilgore, TX, USA
  • 07-08-09

Didn't listen to it.

The audio was so bad I couldn't listen.

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Beautiful book, terrible sound quality

I love hearing Erdrich read her own tales and was so looking forward to hearing this one. I read the book years ago and thought it would be nice to revisit it in the authors own voice. Unfortunately, the sound quality is so poor I had trouble even understanding it in places. Still a beautiful and poetic story, but not up to Audible's usual standards.

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The sound quality is awful!!

I think I would really be enjoying the author reading her own work here, if it weren't for the terrible sound quality! It sounds like she's speaking from under a big pile of pillows...or maybe underwater. It's almost unlistenable--the worst sound I've ever heard on an audio book. What was the publisher thinking when they put out this embarrassment--or Audible, for that matter, when they decided to keep selling it, in spite of all the reviews saying that the sound is terrible?

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Horrible Sound

I tried to listen to this book but the sound is horrific! Did she call it in on a cellphone from Northern Minnesota?

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Bad audio

The audio is fuzzy and sounds low quality. It's hard to understand. I also wanted the unabridged version -