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The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse Audiobook

The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse

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Publisher's Summary

For more than a half century, Father Damien Modeste has served his beloved people, the Ojibwe, on the remote reservation of Little No Horse. Now, nearing the end of his life, Father Damien dreads the discovery of his physical identity, for he is a woman who has lived as a man. To complicate his fears, his quiet life changes when a troubled colleague comes to the reservation to investigate the life of the perplexing, difficult, possibly false saint Sister Leopolda.

Father Damien alone knows the strange truth of Sister Leopolda's piety and is faced with the most difficult decision of his life: Should he reveal all he knows and risk everything? Or should he manufacture a protective history though he believes Leopolda's wonder-working is motivated by evil?

©2001 Louise Erdrich; (P)2001 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Erdrich's prose is beautiful and the tale fascinating and enjoyable." (AudioFile)
"Erdrich renders her North Dakota world of the Ojibwe with a lyrical and richly metaphorical prose style....Fields has a pleasing voice, a fine feel for the material and the characters and a knack for low-key dramatization." (Publishers Weekly)
"This is Erdrich writing at the peak of her powers, embracing both the earthy sensuality and abiding spirituality of her characters and energizing the whole with a raucous humor that is at once self-deprecating and life-enhancing." (Booklist)

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  • Carol T. Carr
    Lake Monticello, VA
    07/07/05
    Overall
    "Remarkable and Challenging"

    This is a remarkable book that provides new challenges with every twist of the story. What would motivate a person to make the decisions that Agnes/Modeste makes? Where does the "real" story end and fantasy begin? This book has the fantastical feeling of "Life in the Time of Cholera" and yet it is very solidly rooted in the realities of Native American life on a reservation. Who are all the people and how are they all related? It is a challenge in some ways to listen rather than read this book because there are so many rich characters. Once again, I would recommend that Audible provide a written list of characters for those who purchase this audiobook.

    All of these challenges add up to a compelling read, a bit discouraging at times because it is not always clear where the story is going with all its diversions, but ultimately the story and all the characters are solidly wrapped up tight. I highly recommend it for the fine writing and incredible characters the author has created; it is one of the most inventive and least predictable books I have read in a long time.

    I also have very high praise for the narrator. Having listened to other books she has read, I doubt very much that Anna Fields is an Ojibwe Indian, but she portrays one without a flaw. As well as dozens of other characters with authenticity and clarity. I felt like applauding when she ended.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Malcolm
    Carmel, IN, USA
    03/02/05
    Overall
    "This is Pulitzer material, folks"

    Erdrich is one of the most captivating novelists writing today and this may be her finest work. Love, faith, passion, what it means to be human outside of gender identities and cultural barriers - she weaves these themes through an engaging dramatic storyline that will leave you thinking about it long after the story is over. Get this book.

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Pelham, NH, USA
    25/11/06
    Overall
    "Awesome"

    Here is are several tales, wound together by the characters themselves. The book is almost an epic but more intimate. It is a rare thing to find a book with such broad scope and emotional precision.

    I can't say enough good things. Get this book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Jetman
    Eagan, MN USA
    06/11/05
    Overall
    "The Last Report"

    A great story. The narrator did a good job, and the characters came to life. Another hit for Ms Erdrich

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lenore
    Carmel, CA, USA
    06/07/05
    Overall
    "Maybe you have to be Catholic!"

    It's a pretty good read. Great Indian perspective and a fun example of Catholicism at it's best! Take the time to read this. I think you'll enjoy it.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Karen
    Philadelphia, PA, United States
    18/02/15
    Overall
    Performance
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    "gorgeous"

    a stunning and intriguing story. magnificently performed. it has been a long time since I read Erdrich and I expect I'll be visiting other works of hers! beautiful storytelling

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • D. Donohue
    New York, NY USA
    13/02/14
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    Performance
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    "Possibly the best ever!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse the most enjoyable?

    What I love: history, stories well told and an epic sweep plus humor!


    What other book might you compare The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse to and why?

    The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie because the kind of "over the top" epic funny dark detailed storytelling is the only thing I can compare it to. It is what I seek!


    Which character – as performed by Anna Fields – was your favorite?

    OH, I love them all, even the detestable ones. She is truly a remarkable voice.


    If you could take any character from The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The narrator, naturally. Amazing unreliable lovable narrator!


    Any additional comments?

    I had only read Erdrich's short stories in the New Yorker, but this book is mind-blowingly gorgeous. I miss it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stu Farnham
    Walla Walla, WA
    08/10/12
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    "Magical"
    What made the experience of listening to The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse the most enjoyable?

    THis novel reminded me strongly of "100 Years of Solitude" while still standing on its own. The narrative is layered, and takes place at the intersection of genders, cultures, and religions. Deeply spiritual and yet agnostic. A beautiful book, beautifully read.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Vmcg
    Long Beach, CA, US
    13/09/07
    Overall
    "I loved it"

    For anyone who enjoys reading a well written book by an author who knows how to turn a phrase to capture a scene, this book is for you. I laughed and cried but I was NEVER bored. This is not a quick read or light hearted fare, but it is certainly satisfying for those who tire of Oprah style books

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Vernon
    New Orleans, LA United States
    25/02/07
    Overall
    "High Hopes But..."

    I had such high expectations of this book. Unfortunately, I was disappointed.

    First, Erdrich is an excellent writer. Among the best I've read. I absolutely loved some of the passages in her book. The scenes she writes about are beautiful and as cliche as it may sound, her writing is poetic. The problem I had with this book is that there were too many times where the scenes jumped back and forth in time. I can understand doing a few "flashback" scenes, but before even getting through one-fourth of the book, I got tired of trying to keep up with when things were happening. I didn't like the book as much for this reason.

    Second, a better narrator could have been chosen. I understand the narrator has read many books for audio recordings and that she has won awards for her reading, but in this instance, I found her performance boring. Listening to this audiobook was a good way to put myself to sleep.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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