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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,049 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Louise Erdrich Narrator: Anna Fields Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2005 ISBN:
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When Faye Travers is called upon to appraise the estate of a family in her small New Hampshire town, she isn't surprised to discover a forgotten cache of valuable Native American artifacts. However, she stops dead in her tracks when she finds in the collection a rare drum, ornamented with symbols she doesn't recognize and dressed in red tassels and a beaded belt and skirt, especially since, without touching the instrument, she hears it sound.

From Faye's discovery, we trace the drum's passage, from the reservation on the northern plains to New Hampshire and back. Through the voice of Bernard Shaawano, an Ojibwe, we hear how his grandfather fashioned the drum after years of mourning his young daughter's death, and how it changes the lives of those whose paths its crosses. And through Faye we hear of her anguished relationship with a local sculptor, who himself mourns the loss of a daughter, and of the life she has made alone with her mother, in the shadow of the death of Faye's sister.

Through these compelling voices, The Painted Drum explores the strange power that lost children exert on the memories of those they leave behind, and the intricate, transformative rhythms of human grief. One finds throughout the grace and wit, the captivating prose, and surprising beauty that characterize Louise Erdrich's finest work.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zhaawano | 2/19/2014

    " Haven't finished it yet but I (really) like it so far. Mrs. Erdrich has never let me down. So far so good! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judith | 2/15/2014

    " The Painted Drum by Louise Erdrich chronicles the multigenerational history of an extraordinary Ojibwe drum. With its discovery, recognition, and eventual return to its family home, linked stories are revealed about the people who have been tested, threatened and/or fulfilled in their experience with the drum. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mak | 2/15/2014

    " It was ok. But even though the plight of the Native Americans was heartbreaking, the book didn't let me feel it on a personal, human level. It kept me detached from the characters. Very much an observer. An outsider. Even purely human matters such as life and death, finding your place in the world, forgiveness, etc. were presented in such a way that, although you could understand them, and feel sad, the book made it all feel clinical and far away, so the reader could not really empathize. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vickie T | 2/2/2014

    " Well read. I thought it was much easier to read than some of her other books. Story of Fay, an appraiser of antiques, who encounters an Ojibway drum and how it moves her and what she learsn from it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine Hurst | 1/25/2014

    " I read this book for the first time about three years ago, and just reread it for one of my book clubs. I have to say that the first time I read it, I didn't like it very much, but I liked it better this time. The book has three distinct parts, and the first part starts with the narration of a New Hampshire antique dealer/estate sale manager who is 1/4 Native American and not a happy camper. Her self-centered whining is a bit tiring after a while, but when the book moves to North Dakota and Native American history in part 2 it is much more readable and interesting. So two stars for part one, and four stars for the rest of the book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenny | 1/25/2014

    " I like Louise Erdrich, though I find her style of writing (though poetic) distracts from the story sometimes. With The Painted Drum, I felt the story wasn't strong enough to support the weight of her prose. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin Waggoner | 1/23/2014

    " Powerful imagery, awesome plot, and not bad writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Britta | 1/17/2014

    " An odd but nice read taken from three different points of view that all revolve around the mysterious drum. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Suzie Curtis | 1/14/2014

    " Fortunately I did not read this but rather listened to it which is the only reason I made it to the end. I felt that there was too much detail and not enough story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaarina | 1/9/2014

    " A moving story about finding one's self and untangling one's past from the present. Well developed characters but slow at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April | 12/28/2013

    " I liked this one better than the previous Erdrich novel I've read. This one was woven together and really moving. I was actually a little teary at a couple points. She brings people to life really well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Justin | 12/24/2013

    " A lovely book, but I couldn't quite decide if it worked or not, and I had some issues with one of the key characters in the first section. A good read, but not Erdrich's peak. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brandy clark | 12/12/2013

    " liked the native american aspect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert Brown | 11/29/2013

    " You get to the end and all of a sudden the symbols make sense. Very well done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrienne | 10/25/2013

    " 4.5 stars. About mothers letting daughters down, and more. Love her writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 10/8/2013

    " This is an excellent book. Writing is exceptional, great storytelling and interesting characters. Highly recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 7/26/2013

    " Beautifully written yet tragic story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Logophile | 6/3/2013

    " A kind, compassionate look at the lives of disparate ordinary people and the ways they are connected. Many sad tales of human weakness interwoven into an ultimately redemptive story. The Ojibwe characters and stories were particularly interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michele Host | 5/18/2013

    " I didn't like this novel as much as others by Erdrich that I've read in the past . . . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela Craig | 2/21/2013

    " Read this for my bookclub. An enjoyable enough read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 12/25/2012

    " I really enjoyed this tale, especially the stuff surrounding the importance of the drum. It seemed to me that Erdrich was working through some pain of her own. Her stories always seem to be told through multiple characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristi | 9/16/2012

    " seemed to be too many stories happening in this one book, kept jumping to new story lines and the thread holding them all together was quite strained in my opinion. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cayla Green | 7/13/2012

    " Loved the beginning quarter of the book, beautiful language and imagery. Wish it kicked up the action. The other three quarters were a bit monotonous, therefore, I would not recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 4/15/2012

    " Some very interesting things about death and guilt, but what I really liked was the Indian beliefs about the drum and its power, et al. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Anderson | 3/27/2012

    " What a story! THe author combined the native American ways with current times. She was able to convey the story of the drum with past times. Again, I liked the way the author went from current time to the past. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth Sandretti | 10/10/2011

    " Just couldn't get going with this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aimee | 9/13/2011

    " The writing was beautiful, but that alone was not enough for me. I felt this book was more boring than beautiful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah | 6/8/2011

    " Louise Erdrich is a stunning author. This book had me captured from the first page- it is one that requires an attentive reader and deserves to have its time taken with. I kept a family tree as the story progressed in its intricate linking of events. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 5/18/2011

    " Beautiful, lyrical writing but I didn't enjoy any of the characters. After a while, felt like a slog. "

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

    " I enjoyed the indian lore. The story jumps around and is a little hard to follow. Talks about the ojibway indain tribe and I work with them on my mission. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katrina | 4/26/2011

    " One of my favorite books is Erdrich's The Master Butcher's Singing Club. Everything else I read by her doesn't even come close. I should have read the reviews first. 'Not her worst, not her best.' "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sidney | 4/11/2011

    " Subject matter was disturbing and so I had to quit reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 3/24/2011

    " Read this for my bookclub. An enjoyable enough read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deirdre | 2/24/2011

    " The narrative was choppy and I found the audio reader tiresome. This felt too ambitious but was saved by some excellent imagery earlier in the novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 2/11/2011

    " Parts were slow for me, but other parts were brilliant. Louise Erdrich always brings such wisdom to her stories, I am always in awe of her skill. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Summer | 2/8/2011

    " Loved this book. Love all her books, nearly. Her evocation of place is outstanding and her mastery of point of view is something to study. Gorgeous sentences and a compelling story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Suzie | 1/15/2011

    " Fortunately I did not read this but rather listened to it which is the only reason I made it to the end. I felt that there was too much detail and not enough story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah | 1/4/2011

    " Louise Erdrich is a stunning author. This book had me captured from the first page- it is one that requires an attentive reader and deserves to have its time taken with. I kept a family tree as the story progressed in its intricate linking of events. "

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