An Untamed Land : Red River of the North

  • by Lauraine Snelling
  • Narrated by Callie Beaulieu
  • Series: Red River of the North
  • 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

After three long years of scrimping and saving to buy tickets for their passage to America, Roald and Ingeborg Bjorklund, along with their son, Thorliff, finally arrive at the docks of New York City. It was the promise of free land that fed their dream and lured them from their beloved home high above the fjords of Norway in 1880. As they join the throngs of countless immigrants passing through Castle Garden, the Bjorklunds soon discover that nothing is as they had envisioned it. Appalled by the horrid stories of fellow immigrants forced to live in squalid living conditions, they continue their long journey by train as far as Grand Forks. From there a covered wagon takes them into Dakota Territory, where they settle on the banks of the Red River. But there was no way for them to foresee the price they will have to pay to wrest a living from the indomitable land. The virgin prairie refuses to yield its treasure without a struggle. Will they be strong enough to overcome the hardships of that first winter?


What the Critics Say

"Prairie stories usually abound in cliches, but Snelling avoids every one of them." (Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

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Living History!

I would recommend this book to readers and listeners who love historical fiction books.

The story immediately pulled me back to the 1800s as people arrived to America. How determined they were to leave their countries; how brave they were to come to a land not established.

The chores were continuous and then there would be fun times of neighbors visiting and when harvest time arrived, men helped come in to get the crops prepared to send elsewhere for sale.

This novel kept me glued to my iPhone to listen to it! Many sad deaths occurred at the last. Medicines weren't available back then in 1882-3 as we have them now. People often didn't live past the age of 50.

I will continue with this series! A great book, a Colorado Listener

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- Amazon Customer


No plot. More telling than showing. Little character development. Example: An entire paragraph describing someone kneeling bread.
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- Melissa

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-29-2015
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio