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  • The Back of the Turtle

  • A Novel
  • Written by: Thomas King
  • Narrated by: Doug Philip
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

In The Back of the Turtle, Gabriel returns to Smoke River, the reserve where his mother grew up and to which she returned with Gabriel's sister. The reserve is deserted after an environmental disaster killed the population, including Gabriel's family, and the wildlife. Gabriel, a brilliant scientist working for Domidion, created GreenSweep, and indirectly led to the crisis. Now he has come to see the damage and to kill himself in the sea. But as he prepares to let the water take him, he sees a young girl in the waves. Plunging in, he saves her, and soon is saving others.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A timely, enjoyable read

  • By Jarrah on 2018-09-13

The Back of the Turtle

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-11-18

At first I was having difficulty hearing the narrator. His voice was low, flat, and would drift off. It seemed to improve with the chapters.
I was engrossed in the story and felt it ended too abruptly. I wanted to hear more ~ I wanted Lily and her Mother to be found alive. I wanted Mara’s Mom and Grandma to be found alive.
We need “The Back of the Turtle“
Part ll

  • They Called Me Number One

  • Secrets and Survival at an Indian Residential School
  • Written by: Bev Sellars
  • Narrated by: Bev Sellars
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

Like thousands of Aboriginal children in the United States, Canada, and elsewhere in the colonized world, Xatsu'll chief Bev Sellars spent part of her childhood as a student in a church-run residential school. These institutions endeavored to "civilize" Native children through Christian teachings; forced separation from family, language, and culture; and strict discipline. In this frank and poignant memoir of her years at St. Joseph's Mission, Sellars breaks her silence about the residential school's lasting effects on her and her family and eloquently articulates her own path to healing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Important Canadian History

  • By Joni on 2018-02-16

Story telling at its best ~

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-07-13

So much more than a story. Life, death, and everything else affecting the lives of people tortured. Clearly expressed from the viewpoint of a child, a youth, a young adult and a senior. Doubt and insecurity instilled on innocent people and the struggles to overcome and prosper despite this. Hell on Earth. Heartbreaking.

  • The Life We Bury

  • Written by: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent

  • By connie lynch on 2018-05-10

Spellbinding!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-05-16

Could not put this book down. I felt the hopelessness, anger and frustration of the main character, Joe.
Makes you think about what is true and what your mind thinks may be true!
Interesting depiction of personal character attributes ~ both good and evil and just plain flawed ~
Insightful view of alcoholic family life.
Insightful view of sibling responsibility and love.

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