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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,698 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Hay Narrator: Paul Hecht Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2017 ISBN: 9781436185578
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It’s 1975 when beautiful Dido Paris arrives at the radio station in Yellowknife, a frontier town in the Canadian north. She disarms hard-bitten broadcaster Harry Boyd and electrifies the station, setting into motion rivalries both professional and sexual.

As the drama at the station unfolds, a proposed gas pipeline threatens to rip open the land and inspires many people to find their voices for the first time.This is the moment before television conquers the north’s attention, when the fate of the Arctic hangs in the balance.

After the snow melts, members of the radio station take a long canoe trip into the Barrens, a mysterious landscape of lingering ice and infinite light that exposes them to all the dangers of the ever-changing air.

Spare, witty, and dynamically charged, this compelling tale embodies the power of a place and of the human voice to generate love and haunt the memory.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen Marcolongo | 2/8/2014

    " Excellent character development. I wish I could say the same for the plot. "

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

    " This book is about characters and sence of place. It takes you to the north and pulls you in about half way through the story. A decent read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Larry | 1/25/2014

    " You have to be Canadian to enjoy this book - a look at the lives of a half-dozen people working at a radio station, presumably CBC, in Yellowknife in the early 70s. While the characters are mildly interesting, the most intriguing aspect of the story is The North itself - geography, climate and culture. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betty Saskiw | 1/24/2014

    " Great book about people who work in the radio industry in NWT. Easy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 1/24/2014

    " Great read. Could not put I down. Definitely a Giller prize winner "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 1/19/2014

    " Really loved this book. The talk radio environment in the north was full of wonderful characters. The canoe trip in the 2nd half of the book makes me long a wilderness trip yet fear stepping into a canoe again! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emilie | 1/19/2014

    " Beautifully, lyrically written. Takes you places you're not sure you are going at the beginning, middle and end, until you get there. Very drawn in by the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joel | 1/3/2014

    " One of the more satisfying reads of the summer, Hay's novel takes place in Yellowknife, involving the crew of a local radio station. She delightfully depicts our romantic fascination with voices on air, out of sight. Her characters are flawed but sympathetic, an enjoyable, sad read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bjoan gibson | 12/22/2013

    " This was a very interesting book not a lot going on but kept you reading even to the very end "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tracey | 12/13/2013

    " This book got good toward the end but it had too many layers for my mind to think about. It would be great for an English Class Book Study. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 12/9/2013

    " I loved the account of their canoe trip near Yellowknife. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ken Sparling | 12/6/2013

    " I didn't quite finish this. My mom gave it to me, so I felt like I should give it a try. It was actually surprisingly good, some very cool stuff happening, interesting style. But in the end, I got caught up in the plot and didn't like being dragged along that way, so I stopped. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn Jennex | 11/20/2013

    " I loved this book. I want to move to this place. Such well developed characters. Rich imagery. And more of the North! Very, very true to what it is like in the Canadian North. This book was made all the better because it was given to me by a dear, dear friend who knows me VERY well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 11/10/2013

    " I enjoyed the story and loved the writing except for the foreshadowing. Ugh I almost stopped reading it....but the story drew me back. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Holly Strong | 9/27/2013

    " Gave up after picking it up and putting it down dozens of times. Officially the first book I haven't finished. Disliked it immensely! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 9/7/2013

    " A nice read but not nearly as "exquisite" (at least for me) as the back of the book promised. I did not find the characters terribly "beguiling", nor did I feel like there was any great reveal at the end. I did, however, love her descriptions of the Canadian north. Those WERE compelling. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisanne Oliver | 3/27/2013

    " I enjoyed this book more as I got further into the story. It took me a long time from start to finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maratha | 7/2/2012

    " This is a book that taught me new things about a place I've never been. The characters were interesting but the last chapter it seemed like the author just wanted to finish!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meaghan Rondeau | 5/6/2012

    " Great piece of Canadiana! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula L'hirondelle | 1/14/2012

    " This Giller Prize winner is fairly light read. I'd recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 9/17/2011

    " I liked the descriptiveness of this book. It was a slow read, with not a lot of character development, but the descriptions of the scenery made up for this. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jody | 7/19/2011

    " I just could not get into this book for some reason. I'm not sure why...I heard it was good. I didn't finish it after several tries. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lori | 5/9/2011

    " Had a hard time keeping all that characters straight and found it very boring and flat. Got about 1/4 of the way through, but it just did not grab my interest and did not finish. I may try again another time, but for now, I was very disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 5/9/2011

    " I thought this book was beautifully written and very descriptive, but the story didn't move as quickly as I would have liked. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg | 4/13/2011

    " Cdn Author and winner 2007 Giller Award. Interesting characters and setting. Good but not remarkable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 4/11/2011

    " Wonderfully drawn characters kept me interested in this story of the far north. It was also interesting to hear about the inquiry, I was too young to understand this when it was actually happening.
    The audio recording I listened to was from CBC's Between the Covers and was very well read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jane | 3/15/2011

    " A little slow going so far. I couldn't finish it - somehow I couldn't identify with the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 3/14/2011

    " I liked this book.I learned more about the Yellowknife part of the North.
    Sort of had echos of the "Shipping News" for me.
    gifted book "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karen | 3/12/2011

    " I was less then impressed with this Giller winner and when put to my book club they thought the same. It seemed to lack the ability to grip you into the story line until near the end - by then it was to late. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jayne | 2/25/2011

    " A fun read full of human foibles, great scenes and scenery, twists and turns and a stunning canoe trip into the past. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie | 2/24/2011

    " I loved this book, it was a great read, and felt like a warm hug on a cold day. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 1/25/2011

    " This takes place at a small radio station in Canada. There is much interpersonal connections among the employees. Then some people leave, and the others take a trek into the wilderness. None of the things seemed connected to one another. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darryl | 1/24/2011

    " Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay *** Fiction: Various characters in small town in Yukon territories or Northwest Territories work for a local radio station; one of characters does late night show; several end up on a perilous journey. No particular plot; sparse writing style. 5/09 "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marlene | 1/20/2011

    " I finished the book but it was not a novel that I gobbled up or couldn't wait to get back to. A good Canadian bit on the North and Radio. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel | 1/19/2011

    " The first half I found to be very evocative...but the second half felt like wading through treacle. I wish I could have enjoyed it more... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 1/19/2011

    " A wonderful and beautifully written story. Descriptions of a part of Canada few of us will know personally and characters who become part of our life, however briefly. "

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About the Narrator

Paul Hecht’s long career in audiobooks spans dozens of titles and authors as varied as Ray Bradbury and Gore Vidal, Jack Finney and Thomas Mann. He has recorded such books as Bob Dole’s One Soldier’s Story and Alexander McCall Smith’s Portuguese Irregular Verbs and At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances. Hecht’s theater career in New York includes many Broadway and television credits. He has won nine AudioFile Earphones Awards for his audiobook narrations.