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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (5,280 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joseph Boyden Narrator: Robert Ramirez, Ruth Ann Phimister Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9781449832179
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Author Joseph Boyden makes his literary debut with this profound and moving Today’s Book Club pick that contemplates the lasting traumas of war. Cree Indians and best friends Xavier and Elijah enlist in the Canadian Army in 1915, eager to become heroes. Seasoned hunters, the men become expert snipers, but their horrifying experiences serving in World War I will leave devastating impressions on each man’s life.

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  • “A beautifully written and haunting story of survival and innocence shattered, of friendship, death, redemption and love of the land.”

    Isabel Allende

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lana | 2/20/2014

    " I normally don't choose or enjoy books where war is a principal theme.This book is well written and layered with rich descriptions. I especially enjoyed the "auntie" character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mj Preston | 2/14/2014

    " Outstanding piece of historical fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noelle Mikkelsen | 2/4/2014

    " Love Boyden. What a unique voice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rick | 2/4/2014

    " A great book giving insights into WWI, Canadians and aboriginals and people in general. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Norma | 1/28/2014

    " The book outlines the efforts of a Native American grandmother to save her grandson from the addictions and post traumatic syndrome of the experience of WWI. Native healing and just plain TLC help the young man recover. It's an insight into the experiences of Canadian aboriginals who participated in the Canadian military. Their experience is different in some ways than that of those from the majority culture. Because they are not "white" their abilities and loyalty are questioned. Also, they have no experience/knowledge of the so-called modern methods of warfare that are so difficult for them to handle. It's well written by a part-Cree author who teaches English at the University of New Orleans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sienna | 1/27/2014

    " Elegiac,lovely, talented writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susie | 1/17/2014

    " A lot of members of my book club found the war part of this book very depressing and somewhat tedious but I was very involved by the descriptions of the landscape, the characters and the events. Another example of Joseph Boyden's easily readable writing style, again with characters that I really liked and cared about. He captures a culture (the northern Ontario Cree) that I have had very little exposure to and made me interested in their way of life. I loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marilee | 1/14/2014

    " One of the most amazing books I have ever read. So well crafted. A tragic story of two young aboriginal boys who sign up for service in World War I. Boyden portrays the horror of war and the wounds that never heal in such a compassionate and deeply passionate way.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vince McCollum | 1/14/2014

    " A really amazing book written about WWI, a time period I have not read much of. The imagery was amazing and the characters were painted very well. Definitely a must read for people interested in the time period and who want to know about the horrors of trench warfare. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Craig Brantley | 1/8/2014

    " Great WW1 story about native Canadians fighting the first modern war. Tragic yet inspirational. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maryruth Endicott | 12/31/2013

    " This is a wonderful novel. He does a wonderful job of dealing with the horrors of the first world war without being too graphic. Also, really liked how he portrayed the first nations people who fought in this war and the impact of Canadian policies on them and their communities. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Topher | 12/25/2013

    " What a disappointment. I gave up when I read this line of dialogue from the Cree sniper protagonist: "I can't worry, me, about what I can't control." I thought Boyden had a chance of finding his inner Cormac McCarthy, but his inner Oprah Winfrey carried the day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 H Wesselius | 12/23/2013

    " An excellent description of the dehumanizing effect of trench warfare. Thoroughly enjoyed except the native spirituality finish -- too mystical for my taste. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andra | 12/8/2013

    " Well written but I needed to take a break as the war parts were relentless-which I suppose was the intention. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyle | 9/28/2013

    " Worthwhile read, but those who are especially sensitive to the tendency to romanticize Native Americans should read it with caution. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 2/2/2013

    " This is one of my all time favorite books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 1/12/2013

    " Not one of my favorites, too depressing for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 11/18/2012

    " One of my favorite books of all time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Russell Collins | 8/27/2011

    " Set in Flanders in World War I, this books shows war is truly hell. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 7/18/2011

    " two cree teenage boys from james bay join WW1 just for a little adventure. explains horrors of war and the early twentieth century white canada world of bigotry without getting too morbid. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Morningstar | 5/19/2011

    " Read it for the second or third time this summer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 5/16/2011

    " Hypnotic, compelling story. Hard to say it was enjoyable because of the World War I carnage at the center of the tale, but highly readable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hml | 5/10/2011

    "
    Joseph Boyden's writing style is very appealing to me.

    I loved loved loved "Through Black Spruce" and was equally as enthralled with this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo | 4/30/2011

    " This is my favourite book ever, and it beats out some very stiff competion. I can't recommend it more highly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 4/17/2011

    " An excellent book. Maybe a little bleak at times, but written beautifully. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg | 4/13/2011

    " Wow, what an amazing novel. The characters are unbelievable and you can feel their misery as the fight the war to end all wars. Sad, disheartening, tragic and wonderful wrapped into one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Desiree | 4/8/2011

    " I loved this book even though at times I had to put it down and digest the contents. It was a stunning account of the trench warfare of the first World War, contributions by aborginal soldiers and the effects of warfare on the human soul. "

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About the Author
Author Joseph Boyden

Joseph Boyden grew up in Willowdale, Ontario. His first two novels, Three Day Road and Through Black Spruce won several awards, including the Roger’s Writers Trust Prize, the Canadian Authors Association Book of the Year, and the Libris Book of the Year. He teaches Canadian literature and creative writing at the University of New Orleans and splits his time between Louisiana and Canada.

About the Narrators

Robert Ramirez came to audiobook narration fresh from his MFA in classical theater. Initially answering a casting call for a narrator who spoke Spanish, Robert has used his Mexican-American background to imbue authentic flavor and dialogue in audio titles. His success with six young adult novels by Gary Soto has gotten our attention, including Taking Sides and Buried Onion. His powerful command of language and rich voice reflect his interest in dialects. In his recent performance of Beast by Donna Jo Napoli, a modern fable of “Beauty and the Beast” set in Persia, Robert jumped at the chance to add Farsi and Arabic to his repertoire. We hope to hear Robert in different audiobook venues in coming months.

Ruth Ann Phimister has appeared off Broadway and in numerous regional productions, including Life with Father with Robert Reed. She has also worked in television, film, and commercial voice-over.