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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,048 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Louise Erdrich Narrator: Louise Erdrich Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2005 ISBN:
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What happens when a trained killer discovers, in the aftermath of war, that his true vocation is love? Having survived the killing fields of World War I, Fidelis Waldvogel returns home to his quiet German village and marries the pregnant widow of his best friend, killed in action.

With a suitcase full of sausages and a master butcher's precious set of knives, Fidelis sets out for America, getting as far as Argus, North Dakota, where he settles, building a business and a home for his family, which now includes Eva and four sons, and a singing club consisting of the best voices in town.

What happens when the Old World meets the New, in the person of Delphine Watzka, becomes one of the great adventures of Fidelis's life. Delphine meets Eva and is enchanted. She meets Fidelis, and the ground trembles. These momentous encounters will determine the course of Delphine's life, and the trajectory of this brilliant new novel in which Louise Erdrich creates a world filled with memorable characters who grapple with the worst and best of human nature.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruthie | 1/30/2014

    " my favorite of this author, and she is a fav of mine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grace | 1/16/2014

    " Louise Erdrich has written an historical, beautifull and often sad story that takes place from WWI to WWII. Her characters are strong and believable. I loved that the story had a few twists and turns, but especially that suprise ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marsha | 1/11/2014

    " I find Erdrich variable. There are those books that seem to have been just one more knocked off much like one I've previously read and then there are the greats. This book is my favorite Erdrich and one of my very books period. The writing is joy in itself, the characters fully formed -their lives entwined, the times they depict fully illuminatedand the story fascinating. This is one of those books that one does not want to end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori Tennenhouse | 1/9/2014

    " One of my favorite books of all time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherry (sethurner) | 1/9/2014

    " Louise Erdrich is an acquired taste, with her oddball characters, and stranger than usual plots, but i enjoyed this story of Fidelis, who comes home to the Great Plains to marry his dead friend's fiancee. The story is filled with love and death, as many of the best stories are, and the twists and turns of this story kept me turning the pages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 1/1/2014

    " Explores different territory from Erdrich's other books but with the same realistic and unique characters that characterize her other works. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 11/30/2013

    " Erdich turns her splendid writing talents towards her German heritage in crafting this tale. Family, loss, generational issues, the impact of war, and the difficulties of an immigrant all are themes throughout the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorene | 11/29/2013

    " Very interesting. Good read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 11/24/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. This is the first Louise Eldrich book that I've read, and I will certainly check out some her other books. The era of WWI and WWII is always fascinating to me. I thought this was a seamlessly written book and really highlighted the intricacies of families, tragedies, and the emotional costs of war. I also enjoyed that the writing wasn't overdone or too heavy handed. I'd recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bobbie | 11/20/2013

    " This is an emotionally complex novel. The characters are unique and multifaceted, the story a perfect weaving of plots. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Slade | 10/31/2013

    " Not my favorite Erdrich book but still good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emmi | 9/30/2013

    " Another great novel from Louise Erdrich. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelli | 9/18/2013

    " Amazing! So many layers, so many perspectives, so many feelings, twists and turns . . . and the ending! Oh, the ending! READ THIS BOOK!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cara | 7/3/2013

    " This book was good. Not what I'd call a page-turner, but definitely good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary Pat | 7/2/2013

    " This book, loosely patterned after Erdrich's grandfather and therefore her German heritage is somewhat of a departure from her Native American stories. The writing was excellent but I prefer her earlier works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 5/28/2013

    " A powerful story of people, their times and the worlds they inhabit. I read this avidly, because Delphine's experiencees were so odd and compelling. Erdrich never really gives us clear, so Iended up jumping to conclusions before they were stated -a bit differant for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mgraham5898 | 5/15/2013

    " Artfully written, as all Louise Erdrich books are with interesting characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany Balk | 3/15/2013

    " not something i would think would be a good story, but it was "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 1/16/2013

    " The vivid imagery in this story shows that Louise Erdrich is a master of language and an amazing story teller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie Botcher | 11/3/2012

    " A great story by a great author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Olduvai | 8/20/2012

    " Absolutely adored this book - it had been sitting on my shelf for several years. Why did it take me so long? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/20/2012

    " This was slow to get into, but once I made it through the first quarter I enjoyed it (although it was still a little slow). Then the ending made me gasp out loud. Overall, a different and enjoyable story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 2/17/2012

    " This one goes on my favorite shelf. Beautifully written. It's a long time since I've enjoyed a read this much - probably since The Book Thief. I'll be checking out her other work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cambria Lovelady | 1/26/2012

    " Kinda pales in comparison to Love Medicine (they all do), but still very readable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonnie G | 8/21/2011

    " I will be going to this play at the Guthrie so I am rereading the book. Love it again! I cannot say enough about her prose and her ability to create fascinating characters. Not so in love with the play, but I am going to see it for a second time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julian | 7/30/2011

    " Poignant, sad, redemptive...all in all, beautifully written and compelling. Sad that I missed the production of this at the Guthrie a few years ago. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meaghan | 6/9/2011

    " A truly f-ed up book... very cool. It's enthralling and odd and very enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 5/30/2011

    " Reading for the second time (for my book club) and enjoying it as much as the first time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jminniswebb | 5/21/2011

    " Post WWI story ending post-WWII about German immigrants to the mid-west. Love, tragedy and hardship of life for hardworking families. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandi | 4/25/2011

    " The uniqueness of characters kept me reading, but it wouldn't be a book I'd recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sinnfam | 4/23/2011

    " Interesting look at the journey of an immigrant and life in the west - so many characters and yet, no opportunity to really connect with one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margret | 4/20/2011

    " Loved the characters, loved the telling of the tale, all around good read. "

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

    " I really enjoy this author's work...and as she grew up in Little Falls, Minnesota and knows a lot about the Native American experience in that area, I feel even more connected to her work...she is becoming recognized for her work as well these past few years. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 4/8/2011

    " The author weaves an intricate tale,but I got bogged down in the details. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ML | 4/1/2011

    " Erdrich always has a story I find interesting. Despite my belief that she took the story away from her main character and followed some predictable plot developments, I found it a good tale. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynna | 3/19/2011

    " Read this and went to the Guthrie's production with my good book club friends! Great story, well crafted. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 3/12/2011

    " First thing I've ever read by Erdrich and what a great one to start with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeannette | 3/9/2011

    " Really liked this "American immigrant" story...wonderful, probable and seemingly improbable, characters fill the pages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cody | 3/8/2011

    " I would love to have seen Marsha Norman's stage adaptation of this book.

    Great storytelling! "

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About the Author

Louise Erdrich is the author of over a dozen novels as well as volumes of poetry, short stories, children’s books, and a memoir of early motherhood. Her novel Love Medicine won the National Book Critics Circle Award, The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse was a finalist for the National Book Award, and The Plague of Doves won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Louise lives in Minnesota and is the owner of Birchbark Books, an independent bookstore.