Set in the Lake Superior region in the mid-1800s,
The Birchbark House is a vital novel providing fascinating details of a year in the life of young Omakayas, a girl of the Ojibwa.
With exquisite care, National Book Critics Circle Award winner Louise Erdrich has fashioned a story rich in the way of life and heritage of the Ojibwa people, a story that begs to be told out loud. As each season in a year of Omakayas' life is lovingly portrayed, the satisfying rhythm of her days is shattered when a stranger visits the lodge one night, bringing with him an invisible enemy that will change things forever.
"Littrell's soothing, finely tuned reading of
The Birchbark House evokes the atmosphere of this thoughtful, rich story about the daily activities of an Ojibwa girl." (
"Nicolle Littrell narrates with a gentle and quiet voice. Her presentation is light and immediate, giving the listener to bear witness to each event." ( AudioFile)
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Fantastic awesome gorgeous brilliant
I don't know what I like best - the tender and yet powerful way the author tells the story, or the sensitive and caring way it is read!
I could not stop listening - everything else in my life felt like disturbing and a nuysance. I finished the audibook in one vevening - okay, one complete night.
I will certainly listen to it at least once more, and I will certainly buy the sequels!
The story and its narration painted vivid pictures on my mind, I was really lost in it.
I am German, and I had no difficultier in understanding the English audio book.
Though the author uses the language virtuoso and I certainly don't know every English word, the reader tells it with such a clear and resonant voice in just the perfect speed, that the colorful and vibrant pictures are evolving nevertheless.
I don't know whether there is a German translation of this masterpiece - if there is, the translator must have had a very hard time to transfer the many-faceted mood of the best audio book I have ever listened to!