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The Grass Dancer

Narrated by: Susan Power
Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
4 out of 5 stars (47 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Back in the 1860s, Ghost Horse, a handsome young sacred clown, loved and lost to death the beautiful warrior woman Red Dress. As their spirits seek desperately to be reunited, they influence the sometimes violent fate of those who have followed them.

Now in the 1980s, Red Dress's teenage descendant Charlene Thunder has fallen hopelessly in love with Harley Wind Soldier, the dashing traditional dancer of Ghost Horse's lineage.

When Harley's soul mate is killed in an accident, Charlene guiltily suspects her own grandmother, a notorious witch, of making it happen - just as she may well have caused the death of Harley's father and brother, which even today obsesses him.

The Grass Dancer is a debut novel for Susan Power, an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.

©1997 Susan Power (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"A consummate storyteller whose graceful prose is plangent with lyrical metaphor and sensuous detail, she deftly uses suspense, humor, irony and the gradual revelation of dramatic disclosures to compose a tapestry of human life. Seduced by her humane vision and its convincing depiction, one absorbs the traditions and lore of the Sioux community with a sense of wonder reflecting that with which the characters view the natural world. This is a book that begs to be read at one sitting, and then again. A chapter appeared in The Best American Short Stories 1993." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Great Story. Horrid Narration.

I read a hard copy of "The Grass Dancer" years ago, and looked forward to reuniting with a great story in audio. Unfortunately, I don't think I'm going to make it all the way through the audio edition. The narration is too fast, and monotonous. It ruins a fabulous story. I wish Ms. Power had hired a pro.

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Narration sounds computer generated

This seems like a poor computer generated reading and is difficult to listen to. The computer is not picking up proper punctuation amd is confusing words. This forces the reader rely on the context of the sentence to figure out what word the author is really using. I suggest you buy this book in hard copy.

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Love this book

Read this book numerous times and listened to it even more. Absolutely love these stories.

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all time favorite

i have read this book many times. listening to it was even better. happy to know the author narrated!

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  • 10-09-18

Great book. Horrible audible.

I love this book. It’s one of my favorites. I keep it in my library and gift it to family and friends. The audible, however , is absolutely horrible. We barely finished the first chapter. It sounds like a robotic voice. I was under the impression that Susan Powers read it, but I don’t see how. Narrator does not sound human. I wish there were more options for narration. But I could only find the one female robotic voice. It was a waste of money. I do love the book so much that I would purchase it again if they hired a great narrator. A human male? It’s actually a 5 star story, but I could only give it 1 because we could only stand listening to the first chapter of the story.