The Round House

Louise Erdrich, Author, Gary Farmer, Performed by
Louise Erdrich, read by Gary Farmer. Harper Audio, unabridged, 10 CDs, 12.5 hrs., $24.99 ISBN 978-0-06-227385-7
Reviewed on: 03/25/2013
Release date: 01/01/2013
Hardcover - 336 pages - 978-0-06-206524-7
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Ebook - 368 pages - 978-0-06-206526-1
Hardcover - 338 pages - 978-1-4721-0816-6
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When Geraldine Coutts, a Native American woman living on a North Dakota reservation, is assaulted and raped, she retreats into solitude. Her husband, Antone, a tribal judge, tries in vain to find the culprit while her 13-year-old son Joe begins his own investigation. Actor Gary Farmer turns in a workmanlike performance of Erdrich’s literary mystery. He reads in crisp, clear tones—though occasionally he enunciates so carefully the narration sounds stilted and slows the pace of the story. Farmer struggles to lend unique voices to the book’s characters—and this is particularly unfortunate given the rich, varied cast. Farmer provides the bulk of the characters with vocal pacing and verbal idiosyncrasies that don’t differ from his narration. And this makes it extremely difficult for listeners to keep track of who is talking to whom and under what circumstances. A Harper hardcover. (Jan.)