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The Fallen Man

Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee, Book 12
Narrated by: Christian Baskous
Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (244 ratings)

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Hundreds of thousands of devotees will cheer the return of Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee in Tony Hillerman's most intricate and atmospheric novel yet. The Navajo policemen, whose exploits are now published in sixteen languages, are brought together by the death of a man on Ship Rock, almost 1700 feet above the desert floor.

The fallen man had sprawled on the ledge under the peak of Ship Rock mountain for eleven years - visited only by the ravens who had picked his bones bareand scattered his rock-climbing gear.

Through the memory of those who had known him, emerges an understanding of the fallen man, who had been given everything and found it was not enough.

The Fallen Man is replete with Hillerman trademarks - ingeniously intricate plotting, splendid evocations of the Southwest's harsh beauty, insights into a venerable culture, and subtly poignant characterizations.

Tony Hillerman's many bestselling novels include Finding Moon, Sacred Clowns,and Coyote Waits. He lives with his wife, Marie, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Gil Silverbird is an American Navajo Indian who sings in several languagesand performs extensively in the theatre and on television. He can also be heardon Tony Hillerman's The Ghostway and Sacred Clowns.

©1996 Tony Hillerman (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers

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  • WILLIAM
  • CANTERBURY, NH, United States
  • 02-23-15

Great Hillerman Rises Above Pitiful Narration.

I love Tony Hillerman books and it is great to finally get some unabridged versions on Audible. We should have all of them here of course but that is off the point. Thus I was eagerly anticipating my acquaintance with a beloved old friends Jim and Joe when a started this volume. Sadly I was immediately put off by the voice, accents (or attempts thereof) and generally delivery of the narrator. He is totally wrong for this series. His effort at a Navaho or even Native American accent comes off as bad attempt at West Texas country. And that is being quite generous. I have listened to all of the abridged Hillerman CDs and never have I heard anything this bad. If fact, those narrators generally did a fine job with the main characters. I hate to make this about the narration but the bottom line is that the book is good enough to survive even narration this bad and still be enjoyable. After the first hour, I simply became numb to the pitiful efforts to reproduce a Native American speech pattern and concentrated on the words alone. Boy do I hope the other unabridged Hillerman books here have a different narrator.

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  • 06-20-13

Too bad about the reader

What made the experience of listening to The Fallen Man the most enjoyable?

The story.

What other book might you compare The Fallen Man to and why?

Any others in the series.

What didn’t you like about Christian Baskous’s performance?

You couldn't tell one character from another, all the voices were the same, everyone spoke at the same plodding pace. The characters never came alive and I struggled to follow the story because of that.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No

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Very good story, so-so reader

What did you love best about The Fallen Man?

This one is a bit of a back story for several of the other Jim Chee/Joe Leaphorn stories, with the usual mix of intriguing characters and more twists and turns than a 4-Corners road. The contrast between Janet, the "urban Indian" and Jim Chee's passion for his local land, people, and culture was especially well told.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fallen Man?

The very last arrest in the story was my favorite moment.

What aspect of Christian Baskous’s performance would you have changed?

Mr. Baskous has strong abilities as a reader, but his accents constantly slipped, and never sounded Native American except for very brief moments here and there. His ability create identifiable genders has a ways to go as well. I think he would do well in other literature, with less need for a distinctly different accent. Before he records any more of these, it might be worthwhile for him to listen to the old CD versions done by George Guidall - really well done for both genders and the overall accent needs.

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

Jim Chee's growing realization that Janet intended to remake him was especially well written and paced well.

Any additional comments?

Every time I read a Jim Chee/Joe Leaphorn book I feel as if I am having a very attractive lesson in cultural behaviours and history. These are terrific books.

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Missing George Guidall

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Tony Hillerman's stories are classic in their introductions to Navajo culture, but I greatly prefer the original narrator, George Guidell, as the "real" voices of Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee.

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Great book. Mediocre performance

I Did not like the sing-song and monotone way the narrator read the story.

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No more reviews from me

I prefer George Guidall's version of Tony Hillerman's books.
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narration so bad it took away from the characters

and took away from the story..which is not one of Hillerman's best Navajo country stories.

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Another great one from Hillerman.

Great book. It takes a little time to catch the flow of these Leaphorn and Chee novels, but they never disappoint. This one, in particular twists it's ending so well that all you can do is smile at the art of it.

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Could be better. ...

The author (Tony Hillerman) read numerous of his books on cassette, imparting the pronunciation of the Navajo words and phrases correctly. So far, the current naration has fallen short. It would be far better to use these readings vis a vie someone who appears to be unfamiliar with the cultures involved. I don't intend to take away from the talents of the current readers, but rather to state a preference (bias) for the author.

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Great mystery.

If you could sum up The Fallen Man in three words, what would they be?

Great story.

What other book might you compare The Fallen Man to and why?

Other Tony Hillerman stories on the reservation.

Which character – as performed by Christian Baskous – was your favorite?

I like Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn equally well.