A YELLOW RAFT IN BLUE WATER

Michael Dorris, Author , read by Barbara Rosenblat. Audio Bookshelf $84.95 (0p) ISBN 978-1-883332-96-9

Veteran narrator Rosenblat displays remarkable vocal versatility in narrating Dorris's cross-generational story of three Native American women in Montana who must come to grips with the past. Divided into three first-person narratives, the book follows teenage Rayona; her mother, Christine; and her grandmother, who's referred to as Aunt Ida. Rosenblat gives each a distinct voice, perfectly capturing the youthful yet determined attitude of Rayona and the wizened, sardonic tone of her mother. The syncopated, husky voice she adopts for Aunt Ida, who is said to have a pronounced accent, isn't spot-on, but it isn't distracting either. Ida's story is the shortest of the three, and Rayona's is the longest and most immediate, as the other two are actually monologues that supplement and expand on the events of the first part of the book. Rosenblat ably gives voice to the secondary characters, switching easily from a chummy, awkward priest to the bullying young Foxy Cree, but it is her excellent portrayal of dopey, sweet Sky and world-wise Evelyn, a couple who take in Rayona when she runs away, that serves as an index to the overall quality of this laudable production. Based on the Warner hardcover. (Jan.)

Reviewed on: 11/03/2003
Release date: 01/01/2003
Genre: Audio
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-1-55994-159-4
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Prebound-Sewn - 384 pages - 978-0-8124-6811-3
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Hardcover - 343 pages - 978-0-8050-0045-0
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