• The Master Butcher's Singing Club

  • By: Louise Erdrich
  • Narrated by: Louise Erdrich
  • Length: 16 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 01-07-05
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperAudio
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.1 (346 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

What happens when a trained killer discovers, in the aftermath of war, that his true vocation is love? Having survived the killing fields of World War I, Fidelis Waldvogel returns home to his quiet German village and marries the pregnant widow of his best friend, killed in action. With a suitcase full of sausages and a master butcher's precious set of knives, Fidelis sets out for America, getting as far as Argus, North Dakota, where he settles, building a business and a home for his family, which now includes Eva and four sons, and a singing club consisting of the best voices in town.
What happens when the Old World meets the New, in the person of Delphine Watzka, becomes one of the great adventures of Fidelis's life. Delphine meets Eva and is enchanted. She meets Fidelis, and the ground trembles. These momentous encounters will determine the course of Delphine's life, and the trajectory of this brilliant new novel in which Louise Erdrich creates a world filled with memorable characters who grapple with the worst and best of human nature.
©2004 Louise Erdrich (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"An enrapturing plunge into the depths of the human heart." (Washington Post Book World)
"Bordering on magical realism, this marvelous yarn introduces a world of rich, expansive imagery and an abundance of memorably compelling characters." (Publishers Weekly
"Erdrich narrates with expressive intimacy, bringing authenticity to the exceptional people who populate Argus, North Dakota.... A master storyteller, Erdrich creates charismatic characters, and her reading makes each distinctly memorable." (AudioFile
"Powerful, richly detailed....It's clear that Erdrich, one of our finest writers, is working at the very peak of her considerable powers." (Booklist
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5 out of 5 stars
By Larry on 01-09-05


Louise Erdrich is a crafter of wonderful stories of the northern prairie. Her often quirky characters meander through sometimes bizarre plotscapes following trails of finely created prose toward a rich reading experience. The Master Butcher's Singing Club is, in my view, her finest book. It is doubly fortunate that Audible is offering the book unabridged AND that it is read by the author herself, in her very fine voice. The combination of drama and poetry, comedy and pathos, is just right, and I am pleased to have access to this novel, at last, through my Audible.com account.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ann on 03-08-05

Good Read (Listen)

At first a bit slow, but not dead, the narrator pulls you into the life and mind of the main character, Fidelis Voltsvogel. As you continue to listen, you begin to piece together the lives, thoughts and deeds of all of the characters. Each is described in great detail throughout the chapters with realistic flaws and captivating personalities.
This is a long one and enjoyable through every minute.

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4 out of 5 stars
By B. And R. Skibo-Birney on 03-06-15

Stunning story with some recording glitches

An off-reservation story which weaves together, in class Erdrich fashion, the family ties across Argus to pre and post-war Germany. It's a pleasure to hear Erdrich voice her own creations but there are a few chapters where the recording is muffled. A minor issue for what was overall a beautiful, lyric story with sharp points of tragedy, soft edges of beauty and love, and always the glowing and harsh landscape of the Midwest.

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