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Three Day Road

Written by: Joseph Boyden
Narrated by: Ruth Ann Phimister
Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (183 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Author Joseph Boyden makes his literary debut with this profound and moving Today’s Book Club pick that contemplates the lasting traumas of war.

Cree Indians and best-friends Xavier and Elijah enlist in the Canadian Army in 1915, eager to become heroes. Seasoned hunters, the men become expert snipers, but their horrifying experiences serving in World War I will leave devastating impressions on each man’s life.

©2005 Joseph Boyden (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC

What the critics say

"Not for the squeamish reader, this is a powerful novel that takes a new angle on a popular subject, 'the war to end all wars'." (Amazon.com review)
“Friendship is riven with resentment and war is stripped of glory in this remarkable, wrenching novel, the work of a gifted storyteller.” ( Publishers Weekly)

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A must read. Captivating from start to end.

This book is so well written and read aloud. It is a must for anyone who is interested in Canadian history and culture. I loved the characters and the plot development. I was hooked by the story after the first few minutes.

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Lovable characters endure WWI, with moments of joy

This is a beautiful story about a young man and his aunt preserving their way of life, becoming spiritual leaders and facing the hardships of their time. Xavier and his best friend Aliza join the Canadian Army in the Great War. As you'd expect, there are horrifying moments, but also moments of victory and joy. The characters are so likable, you'll be engaged the while book. And the narrators give a gold performance. Both the aunt and Xavier are narrated by talented people. Amazing job.

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Gets boring over time

Starts out strong, but towards the end it gets repetitive. Missing 3 chapters.

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Wow

I never read a whole novel in my life. But I couldn’t put this book down. I really hope to make a movie someday about this book.

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thoroughly enjoyable

I found this book thoroughly engaging and moving. A wonderful work of prose that I would recommend to all.

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Real & harrowing & hits like a hammer

This isn't some gun fanatic's / strategist's / historian's War story. No, Three Day views war as Catch 22 did WW2 -- except Three Day is no comedy. Part history, delving deeply into Indigenous culture, Three Day is epic and bittersweet. I hope to remember the time I spent with these fictional characters, representative of hundreds like them around Canada and North America. No spoilers.

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Excellent

enjoyed this book way more than I thought I would. kept me engaged the entire time. excellent story.

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Would make a good movie

I read this novel as part of my Native Studies English course. The book is well written and was a good novel to study; though I did find the switching of timelines and Narrators to be a bit confusing at points. I feel I may have enjoyed this book a bit better if it weren't in a regimented course setting as it caused breaks in the continuity of the reading. I feel like this book was written in a way that would transfer nicely into a movie as there are flashbacks and different storytellers. Overall though this book is not my style, I am happy I read it and would be interested to see it become a movie.

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average English class read

it was enjoyable but bland at some points and made it hard to follow when the narrator kept switching.

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I want more

I really struggled to get into the novel but when I heard the audio book it immediately had my attention. I was reading it for school and when it ended I screamed. always going to wish there was more to Niska and Xavier's story

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  • Michael M
  • 2015-11-13

Beautifully Painful

This is my second Joseph Boyden story. the first was 'The Orenda'. Joseph has a powerful gift for drawing his audience deeply into the lives, feelings, triumphs and struggles of his characters. In each story I have been enthralled, educated, saddened and amazed. But above all I have been fully engaged in and thankful for such beautiful and powerful stories.

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  • Kevin
  • 2010-08-19

What a book

Gripping tale of war and friendship. Excellent construction, very well narrated. I really recommend this book, loved it. It will bring you to tears.

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  • 2015-02-21

A true Canadian Writer to be proud of.

The writing and reading make it one of those books you can't leave until it's done. Then the book hangover as you don't want to let go of these characters, these words, for awhile, as they stay close to you.

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  • Lynda
  • 2011-01-30

Wow - Great Listen, Powerful Story

You must read this book before you read Through Black Spruce. The story is incredible and you will not be disappointed. I loved that there was a male and female reader. Thoroughly enjoyed this book from beginning to end.

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  • newmoon
  • 2017-01-01

What a great listen.

Heart rending but ultimately hopeful. The characters beautifully realized, setting vivid. Fantastic narration. I will listen again, but first I must rush on to Through Black Spruce.

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  • Deborah
  • 2013-07-16

Joseph Boyden, Please Write Some More

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I recommend this book to all of my friends who like to read literary fiction. It has a good blend of storyline, character and history.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Loved both of the main characters and the shift between the perspectives.

Have you listened to any of Ruth Ann Phimister’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not sure.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were many emotional (and funny) moments in this book. The first one that struck me was the aunt's trip to the train station to pick up the friend of her dead nephew when he returned from war. This is a story about healing and the power one person can have to keep another one going.

Any additional comments?

Everyone I know who has read this book has loved it!

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  • BearheartRaven
  • 2017-01-08

A bridge between worlds

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. The Anishinaabe perspective of WWI and the continuation of the world they came from to the world they experienced was a powerful lesson in how our culture and ancestry creates the world we live in.

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  • Katie Roe
  • 2012-04-25

Amazing story. I couldn't stop listening

I cannot imagine not listening to this story. The reader was incredible. I truly felt like I was listening him to tell his story. He sounded like he was a Cree Indian which greatly enhanced the listening experience. The author did a wonderful job of telling a difficult story. I will remember this story for a long time.

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  • Charlie
  • 2011-12-20

Not Bad

The author writes well and the story is interesting. Boyden takes us on a vivid journey into the lives of three Cree Canadians as they collide with the first world war. He writes very well and overall I found the story intriguing, yet at times disturbing.

The author and narrator apparently took painstaking efforts to learn how to properly pronounce the Cree words in the story. They did not however bother to learn how Canadians pronounce the word 'lieutenant' - which is rather jarring every time it comes up.

There is a fair amount of drug use (morphine) in the story and it is described in detail. At times I wanted to tell the author, "Okay I get it, he's addicted to morphine, let's move on."

I was a little disappointed with the ending.

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  • Autodidact
  • 2017-10-23

narrator! terrible. one note. unlistenable

did not finish. 3 hours in couldn't take it anymore. the story sounded great. what a carp reader. self important....

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