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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,656 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Louise Erdrich Narrator: Anna Fields Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2004 ISBN:
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In the world of interconnected novels by Louise Erdrich, Four Souls is most closely linked to Tracks. All these works continue and elaborate on the intricate story of life on a reservation peopled by saints and false saints, heroes and sinners, clever fools and tenacious women. Louise Erdrich reminds us of the deep spirituality and the ordinary humanity of this world, and these works are as beautiful and lyrical as anything she has written.

Tracks
Set in North Dakota, Tracks is a tale of passion and deep unrest. Over the course of 10 crucial years, as tribal land and trust between people erode ceaselessly, men and women are pushed to the brink of their endurance, yet their pride and humor prohibit surrender. The listener will experience shock and pleasure in encountering characters that are compelling and rich in their vigor, clarity, and indomitable vitality.

Four Souls
A strange and compelling woman decides to leave home, and the story begins. Fleur Pillager takes her mother's name, Four Souls, for strength and walks from her Ojibwe reservation to the cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. She is seeking restitution from and revenge on the lumber baron who has stripped her reservation. But revenge is never simple, and she quickly finds her intentions complicated by her own dangerous compassion for the man who wronged her.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marsha | 2/19/2014

    " Sometimes I love Erdrich--Master Butcher Singing Club and The Last Report of Miracles ranking not far behind were great books, but sometimes she tells a simple story. It is enjoyable often informative of another culture and or time and a good read, but not a great book. Four Souls and its follow up, The Painted Drum, are good stories, but not great books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen | 2/19/2014

    " My second favorite among Erdrich's books. Fleur Pillager, terrifying and wonderful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcie | 2/6/2014

    " About Chippewa Indian culture. A woman wants revenge for her stolen trees. And a "chief" commentary who does foolish things but his wife loves him anyway. Not my favorite book but interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan Holt | 2/5/2014

    " Another masterful work by Louise Erdrich, focusing on the enigmatic Fleur Pillager and her trickster stepfather, Nanapush. The characters are richly drawn and three dimensional. Funniest chapter--"Red Jacket Beans." The novel also includes a moving baptism/ritual cleansing scene. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edie | 1/7/2014

    " Beautifully written- I love Louise Erdrich's books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 rachel | 1/7/2014

    " this was very beautifully written, as was everything I have read by Erdrich. part of the novel was a short story published in the New Yorker, and perhaps because I first read it in the magazine, I thought it seemed disjointed. A complete story stuck inside another without integration. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janine | 11/19/2013

    " The first pages of this are a revelation of how the society looks through the eyes of a native person. It's a heartbreaking vision, and colors the entire novel. Nanapush is rich and wise comic relief. I love this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia | 11/14/2013

    " Story of Fleur Pillager and her families "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 10/18/2013

    " I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Louise Erdrich's writing is pure poetry. Fleur is such a fascinating character, and her story is told from other people's perspectives. I wish we could get to know Fleur through her own eyes, but that just helps enforce the enigma that is Fleur. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 9/10/2013

    " One of my favorites. It wouldn't typically be seen as a trickster story, but that's how I read it. The characters play the trickster games to fool and get fooled in turn. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lief | 9/6/2013

    " An intriguing book that depicts the plight of the Native Americans as they were forced onto reservations. A captivating story of vengeance and search for identity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marvin | 8/7/2013

    " Another in the series of novels Erdrich has focused on the people of the Ojibwe reservation, told, as always, from serveral perspectives, with wit & sensitivity to tradition & suffering. And, as always, there a passages of great beauty & insight, as in the book's very last paragraph "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Sheedy | 2/11/2013

    " Such an elegant piece of writing is this book. I wanted to read and re-read the opening chapter infinitely. Erdrich is so strong when she writes about being Indian, despite the rough lives she illustrates. There is magic in her words! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stefanie | 10/8/2012

    " I hesitate to give this only 3 stars, but there was just something annoying about it that kept me from giving it 4. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 9/17/2012

    " Got interesting near the end, but I'm just not a great Louise Erdrich fan, I guess. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharon Howe | 9/10/2012

    " It's an okay story, well enough written. Some points to pause and consider. I loved The Beet Queen by Erdrich. This one just isn't gripping. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 4/23/2012

    " Another odd but entertaining book. Erdrich ties Last Report on the Miracles...and Four Souls but I couldn't quite decide if the characters are actually related or if she used the same names in two different stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 lyndsey | 4/1/2012

    " ooo. i love her so much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen Lehmer | 3/4/2012

    " A little difficult to read until one becomes familiar with the rhythm of the writing. A very good study of a culture through the narrators voice. Interesting characters in unique situations "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mew | 12/26/2011

    " surprised me...enjoyed it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 7/5/2011

    " A story of revenge and love. I read this book again after several years and found myself relating much more to Nanapush and Margaret than before. Perhaps I see myself more as both a smart woman and a fool as I get older. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 4/27/2011

    " I would actually give 3 stars for the story line, but her writing style is often beautiful. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kae | 4/14/2011

    " Fleur Pillager wants revenge on the white man who stole her land. Ends up having his kid. Many Points of view changes, and a first person who can't be identified.
    Torture! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 4/12/2011

    " A beautiful story of loss and redemption told through many voices. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 1/14/2011

    " Got interesting near the end, but I'm just not a great Louise Erdrich fan, I guess. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauretta | 1/6/2011

    " Finished this book with tears streaming . . . Louise Erdrich is one of the greatest living American writers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcie | 12/12/2010

    " About Chippewa Indian culture. A woman wants revenge for her stolen trees. And a "chief" commentary who does foolish things but his wife loves him anyway. Not my favorite book but interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alberta | 11/15/2010

    " Four Souls was first, then Tracks. I was engaged with the first book but sort of lost interest during the second, although it was the backstory to the first book, it didn't really matter. I wonder why they put these two books together like this? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 11/13/2010

    " I listened to this one and may have missed part of it, but I enjoyed the storytelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 11/3/2010

    " This book has wonderful character development and very vivid descriptions. Some parts of it are quite funny. I thoroughly enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 10/24/2010

    " A story of revenge and love. I read this book again after several years and found myself relating much more to Nanapush and Margaret than before. Perhaps I see myself more as both a smart woman and a fool as I get older.


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lief | 9/10/2010

    " An intriguing book that depicts the plight of the Native Americans as they were forced onto reservations. A captivating story of vengeance and search for identity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shaylah | 8/14/2010

    " One of my favorite authors... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stefanie | 7/30/2010

    " I hesitate to give this only 3 stars, but there was just something annoying about it that kept me from giving it 4. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 7/13/2010

    " A story with twists and turns that gives it a jolting ride but one so interesting, I enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen | 6/12/2010

    " My second favorite among Erdrich's books. Fleur Pillager, terrifying and wonderful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 6/10/2010

    " Another masterful work by Louise Erdrich, focusing on the enigmatic Fleur Pillager and her trickster stepfather, Nanapush. The characters are richly drawn and three dimensional. Funniest chapter--"Red Jacket Beans." The novel also includes a moving baptism/ritual cleansing scene. "

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About the Author

Louise Erdrich is the author of fifteen novels as well as volumes of poetry, children’s books, short stories, and a memoir of early motherhood. Making the New York Times bestsellers list were her novels The Round House, LaRose, and The Beet Queen, and The Round House won the National Book Award for Fiction. The Plague of Doves won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and her debut novel, Love Medicine, was the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. She has received the Library of Congress Prize in American Fiction, the prestigious PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.

About the Narrator

Kate Fleming (a.k.a. Anna Fields) (1965–2006), winner of more than a dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award in 2004, was one of the most respected narrators in the industry. Trained at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, she was also a director, producer, and technician at her own studio, Cedar House Audio.