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Publisher's Summary

In a time before history, in a harsh and beautiful land near the top of the world, womanhood comes cruelly and suddenly to beautiful, young Chagak. Surviving the brutal massacre of her tribe, she sets out across the icy waters off Ameria's northwest coast on an astonishing odyssey that will reveal to Chagak powerful secrets of the earth and sky...and the mysteries of love and loss.
©1990 Sue Harrison (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Pianomom on 05-13-14

Aleutian reader, liked the story

Would you listen to Mother Earth, Father Sky again? Why?

I will not listen to this book again, however I might purchase the books and recommend them to friends. (Note: Mother Earth Father Sky is book 1 of a trilogy, and my review covers my experience with book 1- but you are not finished with this story until you read all three!)

What did you like best about this story?

I live in the Aleutian Islands. I can look out my window at the harsh beauty and imagine the characters' lives and spirits here so easily.

What three words best describe Holly Fielding’s performance?

Monotone, pinched, gulping

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

Harsh world for a woman! I feel really fortunate. The book kept my interest and I enjoyed it. Since it is set in the Aleutians, I would have enjoyed more detailed descriptions of the setting. I have the luxury of looking out and seeing the very islands and seas she writes about, and throughout the "listening" used my eyes to add to the imagery of the plot, where I would have enjoyed reading the author's unique perspective on this place.

Any additional comments?

In the busy season, rarely do I make time to sit and read, and audio books are a fantastic way to enjoy literature while pressing forward with tasks. This book is very interesting in that the story line is set in the Aleutian Islands, where I live. However, the recording is distracting- the editors left in the sounds of vehicles and talking people passing the recording studio, (at first I looked around to see if a loud truck or neighbors were passing my house) The narrator's gulping swallows were not edited out, her mispronunciation of "Aleutian" also distracting. Note- I have great respect for anyone who reads this many pages- it's harder than it sounds! The sound engineers could have done a better job helping bring out the best in the narrator. That said--- did I turn the recording off? I'm not to book 3 yet, but I will be downloading it, and it will probably keep me listening until the end!

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7 of 8 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 01-07-18

Terrible narration!!

The most annoying narrator I have heard. The story was ok but the narrator ruined it. I am one that hates mouth noises like lip smacking etc. She talks like she has a dry mouth and a nasally voice. I tried enduring it but it drove me bonkers. There is no description as far as the time frame this occurred. No definition to any of the objects like dwellings, clothing and the ikyaks or whatever she was calling the paddle boats (guessing kyaks). I was annoyed and had to research myself to try and form a picture of what the author was talking about. Lacks description. Pair that with the awful narration and I ended it at chapter 40.

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