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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,650 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joseph Boyden Narrator: James Jenner, Ali Ahn Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Joseph Boyden’s first novel, Three Day Road, was a Today Show Book Club selection. Through Black Spruce is the exceptional follow-up to his acclaimed debut. Cree bush pilot Will Bird lies comatose in a hospital, while his wayward niece Annie arrives to sit in silent vigil by his side. Slowly their stories reveal two people previously separated by great distances, beaten and broken, and searching for some sense of where they belong in the world. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I don’t usually blurb friends, but Joseph’s book is so great I have to break my rules. Buy this book; read this book. You will love it.” 

    Sherman Alexie, New York Times best selling author

  • “Joseph Boyden’s novel is, simply, beautiful: you will lose yourself in the richness of its prose and the ever-deepening puzzles it inveigles you into. Through Black Spruce is fluent, involving fiction, and as good an advertisement as any for unforgiving wilderness living.” 

    Times (London)

  • “Alternating between life at its most elemental and most decadent, Boyden’s tale skilfully reflects the Indians’ struggle to embrace modern society.

    Mail (London)

  • “It is a powerful novel of place and the ties that bind families…A fine achievement, Through Black Spruce is extraordinary.” 

    Irish Examiner

  • Selected for the April 2009 Indie Next List
  • Winner of the 2008 Scotiabank Giller Prize

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Shawn | 2/17/2014

    " A great book. Follows the voices of a First nations uncle who is in a coma and his niece. Mystery surrounds their stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Yak | 2/17/2014

    " A world I knew nothing about -- modern-day Cree Indians in northern Manitoba. The narrative switches between the POVs of a older man looking back on his life (culminating in the incident that landed him in a coma), and his niece, who is looking for her missing sister in Toronto and New York and enters the world of fashion modeling, but the two worlds eventually intersect. Terrific characters and depiction of their culture and lives (booze, snowmobiles, trapping game, etc.) way up north. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sheryl | 2/10/2014

    " This was a great story. The characters and the setting were so touchable. Northern Canada was described with such love and appreciation. The family and its troubles seemed so real but was presented to the reader in a way that didn't hide their flaws but let the reader work with them as they grew. I was so invested in this family and their home. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Laura | 1/28/2014

    " loved this book. great introduction to aboriginal canada. very absorbing. "

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