Through Black Spruce : Bird Family Chronicles

  • by Joseph Boyden
  • Narrated by James Jenner
  • Series: Bird Family Chronicles
  • 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Joseph Boyden's first novel, Three Day Road, was a Today Show Book Club selection. Through Black Spruce is the exceptional follow-up to his acclaimed debut. Cree bush pilot Will Bird lies comatose in a hospital, while his wayward niece Annie arrives to sit in silent vigil by his side. Slowly their stories reveal two people previously separated by great distances, beaten and broken, and searching for some sense of where they belong in the world.


What the Critics Say

"[A]n intelligent, multilayered accomplishment, and well worth reading." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

A pleasure to listen to

The author acknowledges native life, and its shortcomings, but it doesn't own his characters, or the book.
Very realistic wilderness scenarios, not tidy, nor idyllic.
Exceptionally well read, wonderful parallels between predators in the many worlds inhabited by the characters.
Would love to listen to Boyden's first book " Three Day Road"
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- Ruth

A writer to watch

This is a really fine book. Having read Boyden's previous book, Three Day Road, I wondered how the narrator would handle the "Cree English' dialogue that makes Boyden's writing so authentic. He got it right, in my opinion.
Both of his books have changed, forever, my understanding of the impact of European settlement on First Nation's people, without feeling that I was being preached to. Joseph Boyden is one talented writer.
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- Timothy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-05-2009
  • Publisher: Recorded Books