Returning to Earth : True North

  • by Jim Harrison
  • Narrated by Traci Svendsgaard, Tom Weiner, Ray Porter, Paul Michael Garcia
  • Series: True North
  • 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this sequel to Harrison's True North, Donald Burkett, a middle-aged Chippewa-Finnish man, is dying of Lou Gehrig's disease. While his wife, Cynthia, transcribes, Donald begins dictating his family history for the benefit of their children - stories that he has never before shared. As old crimes, dreams, wounds, and sacred moments are revived for the members of Donald's family, each is affected in different and profound ways. Each will describe in his or her own voice the inner journey catalyzed by Donald's death and legacy. This is a deeply moving book about origins and endings, about honoring life, honoring the dead, and finding redemption in unlikely places.


What the Critics Say

"Harrison's characters speak with a gripping frankness and intimacy about their own shortcomings and delve into their grief with keen sympathy." (Publishers Weekly)
"Harrison sounds the themes he has been working out over the course of his long and prolific career, including the healing power of nature and the deep connection between the sensual and the spiritual....Harrison displays a seemingly effortless ability to present abstract issues in earthy, muscular prose." (Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

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Powerful Genuine Realistic

Jim Harrison's novels are great American stories filled with richly drawn characters. His writing is deeply literate and honest. He writes about fundamental truths. "Returning to Earth" is a beautiful story set at the end of one man's life. It focus's with Harrison's usual poetic brilliance on how he and his extended family choose to deal with that ending. It has profound life lessons for all. Highly recommended.
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- Brian Michael Fielding

Not meant for audio.

The main character's reader is not cast well, and the voice is too professional-voice-over-ish to work. It's way too radio announcer-ish for me to believe he was an Indian. Additionally, the unexpected interjection of the wife's comments in a female voice are odd. I'll try this in paperback, but didn't love it in audio.
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- G. Jones

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-15-2007
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.