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Summary

It is 1893, and the first generation of immigrants who came to America for the promise of free land and a good life for their children have finally achieved their dreams. They labored hard on the land and now have a bountiful heritage to pass on to the next generation. However, many of the young people aren't interested in becoming farmers - they have aspirations of their own.  

Thorliff Bjorklund has been writing stories and plays since he was a young boy and longs to attend college to study journalism. But his father has other plans for him and refuses to agree.  

Thorliff is torn between love for his father and the pull of his dream. Must he choose between the two?

©2001 Lauraine Snelling (P)2020 Recorded Books, Inc.

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  • Alicia
  • 31-08-20

Narrator made it hard to pay attention

I love Lauraine Snelling’s books especially the books I affectionately call “Ingaborg’s”. I read this one in print and loved the story. But the narrator’s fake accent, inflection and speed of speaking made it very difficult to pay attention. Other books in Snelling’s series were easy and enjoyable. I just couldn’t make it through this one though.

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  • Carol Blackstone
  • 02-11-20

Narrator's attempts at accents are poor

I love all books from Lauraine Snelling that are part of the Red River of the North Series. This was no exception. However, the narrator's imitation of accents was very poor and even annoying. Once I got used to it, I tried to overlook that and enjoyed the story. I wish I could find these books narrated by Callie Beaulieu. She does a beautiful job in all the other books.

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  • CYD
  • 17-12-20

Yikes. That actor was a poor choice.

I love Lauraine Snelling, and so excited to finally have this book on audible. But that actor was pretty awful. His voices and accents were just ridiculous and made it very hard to pay attention.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-12-20

Narrator make this hard to listen to

I have listened to every Laurraine Snelling book and they are amazing. The narrations have been great but this guy killed me.

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  • Nikki D
  • 23-10-21

Worst Narration Ever

If you’ve ever heard someone doing a sarcastic impression of a generically Scandinavian accent, then you have an idea what this narrator was like. I’ve listened to all the other books in this series, and it’s THE only reason I sucked it up and slogged through this audiobook.

Seriously, this narrator should be voicing corporate training videos and nothing else. His attempts at southern accents were akin to a Jeff Foxworthy parody, and every one of his female voices made me want to rip out my own uterus. If someone owed this guy a favor, I’m sure there were other ways than completely ruining an otherwise excellent series.

I will be returning this book because of how terrible the narration was, and hope the producers will decide some day in the future to remake it. Until then, it’s the only one I’ll read in book form if I decide to work through the series again.

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  • WidowWoman
  • 31-08-21

Awful narrator

I have listed to the prequel and the red river series and have enjoyed them thoroughly. I was excited to see these additions so I could continue the story. I’ve only listened to about 10 minutes and I think I’m done. The narrator is terrible and his awful fake accent is so distracting. I’m not used to thinking of the characters with accents. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don’t use this narrator on future books. Ugh.

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  • Debra
  • 17-08-21

Not the Right Narrator for This Book!

I love all of the Red River of the North books and have listened to them over and over. Just recently realized I didn’t have the Back to Red River books. I was so excited to get these. But, the narrator for this first book made it very difficult to listen to the whole book. I made myself finish it, though I just cringed more times than I can remember. The story is amazing, as all of the Red River books are, but the narrator was terrible. I’m sure he may be good for many other books, but should not try these again. PLEASE!!! 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

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  • whippetlvr
  • 30-06-21

Narrator Butchered It, I hope they re-record

The Blessing, ND series is, hands down, my favorite book series. I've read and listened to it at least 8 times. I've been waiting and hoping that the three books in the Return to Red River series would be released on Audiobook so that the whole collection was available for listening. Thorliff and Elizabeth's love story is my favorite part! This audiobook was a major letdown. The narrator obviously did NO research before recording this book. He mispronounced all the names, especially Ingeborg's. He also mispronounced easy words, like Psalms. I could live with his "Norwegian" accent, but giving all the other characters southern accents is grating. At the very least, it was obvious the setting was North Dakota. His grasp of geography must be horrible if he thinks North Dakotans speak like that. Recorded Books should have caught this well before the release. There are 19 other books in this series they have recorded. How no one corrected this is mind boggling.
It totally ruined the joy of having this on audio book. I'm currently on chapter 10 and will probably not finish, as I'm constantly mentally correcting his mistakes. Hope this gets re-recorded with Stina Nielsen or Callie Beaulieu narrating. I don't recommend wasting your money downloading this. If you love these stories as I do, this version will disappoint.

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  • Kay Jay
  • 26-04-21

Great story, not so great narration

I was initially super excited to see this series (or at least book 1 & 2) available on audible. However, it's inly because I love this author and wanted to go through the complete story of this family, was I willing to suffer through this narrator. His regular speaking voice is ok, but his choice of voices for the various characters was nothing short of painful, especially for, women, children and individuals needing a southern accent. His multiple mispronounced words on top of the horrible voices, made for a very disappointing experience. Perhaps this marrator should stick to basic informative books and stay away from stories such as this. His attempt at narration nearly ruined the book for me.