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Dream Wheels

Written by: Richard Wagamese
Narrated by: Tom Stechshulte
Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
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Rodeo cowboy Joe Willie Wolfchild, riding an explosive bull called See Four and moments away from becoming World Champion, suffers a devastating accident. His parents and grandparents use all their native wisdom to ease him out of his subsequent bitter depression, but without success. Meanwhile, in a distant city, a troubled young kid named Aiden plans a holdup that goes wrong and lands himself in jail. When he emerges, a sympathetic police officer arranges a job at a ranch, where his mother Claire will accompany him in an attempt to restore their relationship. It is the Wolfchild ranch.

Supported by the ferocious strength and native spirituality of the Wolfchild women, Joe Willie and Aiden fight through painful transformations, and their physical and mental rehabilitations are mirrored in the age-worn chrome of an ancient pickup truck they restore together. As the two men first clash and then come together in a friendship that helps each overcome the challenge of reentering a world that's forever changed, Claire's eyes are opened to a life she has never hoped for and opens her heart to a love she still can't convince herself she deserves.

Written with lyric intensity and a great respect for native teachings, Dream Wheels announces the presence of a major new literary talent, sure to take his rightful place alongside writers like Cormac McCarthy and Jim Harrison as a gifted chronicler of the modern West.

©2006 Richard Wagamese (P)2016 Recorded Books

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Dream Wheels

A great story of transformation filled with rich descriptive language, an exploration of human suffering and healing based on a foundation of tradition and deep spiritual conviction. Beautifully narrated giving vivid characters in believable roles a clear voice. A wonderful ride.

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Good storytelling, not my favorite Wagamese book

Chose this book after reading Wagamese's Indian Horse this winter. I love the simple story telling in both books, but the characters in this story are more one-dimensional and the plot more predictable. Still enjoyed listening, but not as thrilling a read. The narrator reads the women's voices in a high, overexagerated tone, which kinda bothered me at first but I got used to it in order to finish the story.

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  • Grace Anne
  • 2017-09-13

so pleased

i learned about Richard Wagamese after his recent death and was eager to read one of his books and was thrilled when I found 2 of his titles here.... it did not dissapoint . It was satisfying to hear it told in the oral tradition...the narrator did an excellent job capturing the nuances of the characters. I am looking forward to the second title.