The Bear with Two Shadows

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2 out of 5 stars
By Aurrora Mom on 07-11-14

I feel like I should have enjoyed it but...

Any additional comments?

The narrator does a good job with different voices in this book, that being said this is a conglomeration of Native American folklore put into a story. I think if I was well versed in this lore I would have both been able to follow along better and also enjoyed myself more, overall I found myself dredding listening, I think more because of my lack of interest in the topic more than the actual story. I did not enjoy but I strongly feel that if this is a topic you are excited about that the book would be excellent

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5 out of 5 stars
By wordscrafter on 05-27-13

Incredible!

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

I would recommend this. The narrator is excellent, differentiating the characters with his voice. Myths and legends from different cultures are seamlessly interwoven to create a wonderful story. The main character is Hibbs. His grandmother is...more difficult to explain in a sentence or two, but she's like the life-force of the world. The secondary characters are memorable, likable - or despicable. The settings are stark, haunting, and beautiful. The writing conveys well to the spoken narration. One neat thing-I now know how to pronounce some of the names I used to stumble over :)If Tolkien came to America and wrote tales about our history, especially concerning Lakota legends, this might be a tale he would have written.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Hibbs. He doesn't have all the answers, but he learns. He is innocent-and not. He is kind and forgiving. I also like his grandmother. I'm not going to attempt to spell her name! She's fierce, but just. I like Hibbs' friends, too. The Firebird and the Flame. My other favorite characters are covered by the next question.

Which scene was your favorite?

I loved when the Spirit Warriors came onto the scene. Like the Roman soldiers, they had honor and passion and courage. I studied the histories of the Spirit Warriors, of the time when they were still flesh, for my class. I loved hearing them brought to life.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Several places made me chuckle. Hibbs and his friends have a healthy sense of humor.

Any additional comments?

This is my first experience with an Audible book and I have to say, it's a winner!

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5 out of 5 stars
By SofieRose on 06-14-13

Storytelling at it's Best

I initially read the e-book version of THE BEAR WITH TWO SHADOWS two years ago and loved the story. It is a marvelous fable saturated in mythology, Native legends, and lessons of good against evil and might vs. right. Even back then, I realized the tale of young-but-wise bear Hibbs and his friends would make an extraordinary audiobook, but it would require an exceptional voice talent to do it justice. Enter Jack de Golia and mission accomplished. He is masterful here.

Yes, THE BEAR WITH TWO SHADOWS is an enthralling yarn, brimming with marvelous characters ranging from lovable, to irascible, to downright scary, but there is so much more here! This audio version demands you listen. Certainly you could go about your daily chores and still be wonderfully entertained, but you'd miss much of the wisdom inherent in the story, so why would you? Carve out a few hours, relax, and reward yourself with this poignant, imaginative tale, beautifully told.

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