Listen free for 30 days

Neither Wolf nor Dog

On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder
Narrated by: Tim Connor
Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
5 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

£7.99/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime

Summary

The 1996 Minnesota Book Award winner - a Native American work.

The heart of the Native American experience: In this 1996 Minnesota Book Award winner, Kent Nerburn draws the listener deep into the world of an Indian elder known only as Dan. It’s a world of Indian towns, white roadside cafes, and abandoned roads that swirl with the memories of the Ghost Dance and Sitting Bull. Listeners meet vivid characters like Jumbo, a 400-pound mechanic, and Annie, an 80-year-old Lakota woman living in a log cabin. Threading through the audiobook is the story of two men struggling to find a common voice. 

Neither Wolf nor Dog takes listeners to the heart of the Native American experience. As the story unfolds, Dan speaks eloquently on the difference between land and property, the power of silence, and the selling of sacred ceremonies. This edition features a new introduction by the author, Kent Nerburn.

“This is a sobering, humbling, cleansing, loving book, one that every American should read.” (Yoga Journal)

If you enjoyed Empire of the Summer Moon, Heart Berries, or You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me, you’ll love owning and listening to Neither Wolf nor Dog by Kent Nerburn.

©1994 New World Library (P)2018 Novel Audio Inc.
What members say
Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    12
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    11
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    9
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • KK
  • 07-06-20

Both the book and the narrator are brilliant

The book was both moving and interesting.
It is a true story, taking the form of a real-life journey and joined, metaphorically, by the reader. The Indian Elder and the writer are exceptionally eloquent, and the other characters come to life well, too. The narrator is also outstanding, making the audiobook a good choice. In addition, it's easy to follow and always clear who is speaking yet without any feeling that the accents are put on.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Surprising

I had no idea what to expect but Neither Wolf Nor Dog delivered so much more. A good listen it is also thought provoking, challenging ways of thinking about and understanding history, values and “modern” life. A happy chance to have stumbled across it, I’m now contemplating listening to another of Kent Nerburn’s books on Dan

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Lynn
  • Lynn
  • 16-03-19

Powerful

This is a story that is rich with perspectives on so many topics of the past, present, and future; it should be including in reading lists for students and adults who have been either knowingly or unknowingly deprived of this knowledge and understanding. I wish politicians and policy-makers would be required to read it.
The Audible version added a layer of understanding that I would have missed by reading alone. Well-done. Recommended.

7 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-12-19

good read

this book was a good, real story. I can identity with all the content. I am full blooded Lakota. the information in the stories hits me at the heart. thank you

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Baumerx20
  • Baumerx20
  • 22-09-19

Spell checked stories as told by Dan

First I must comment on one of the only negative reviews. Someone who mentions "white shaming" or my ancestors didnt kill or fight. It's about the land. By living on this land you must recognize you share a responsibility with the very people who destroyed this culture.

The book is very well written, and the audio book performance is outstanding. This book is the spoken words of an elder indian, merely written, spell checked and cleaned up by the author. The content could be considered sacred, as we are receiving a gift of wisdom from a man who has seen the plight of his people, over several generations. While some of what he shares is heartbreaking, he gives stories normally reserved for his people so that they can be heard, and hopefully inspire change. He speaks his mind and offers his perspective on both the present and the past. It offers an insightful understanding of the differences between our cultures.

If you bought this book with the hope's of finding some mystical power or expectations of taking some anti dotel wisdom to apply to your life.. consider that people today wish to become like the first people, or indians for a reason.. listen for those reasons.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Jess Jones
  • Jess Jones
  • 04-01-19

I was left speechless....

I was expecting to be left with the looming feeling of frustration and shame with the history of our country as the book guides through its entirety. But instead my heart felt full, and understanding washed through me. What an amazing opportunity that the author can share his experience and the gift that he was givin by this elder. If you are interested in Indian history and identify as a Native American Ally it's is a no brainer must read.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-02-20

The Old Ways

Being a Native American myself, this book was a great representation of our elders' thoughts, mindset, insight and stories of the old ways. A good read! Makes me want to sit down and record my father's thoughts also, he's 80.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for brenna sundby
  • brenna sundby
  • 10-07-19

Road Trip

This was a perfect choice to listen to as we road tripped ourselves through North Dakota and South Dakota.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Reese
  • Reese
  • 07-05-20

True American History...

This is one of the Greatest Books ever written about the TRUE AMERICA and should be required reading in our schools.
It’s time America looks into the mirror and acknowledge who we truly were, are now and who we need to become going forward.
We owe much... to many... when will our eyes be opened...

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Todd Hill
  • Todd Hill
  • 25-03-20

Everyone could learn from this book

Kent Nerburn is becoming one of my favorite writers. I read The Girl Who Sang To Buffalo before this, not realizing that this book was the first in a series. I enjoyed it so much that I found Neither Wolf Nor Dog. I recommend this book to anyone period.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Tracy Lloyd, LMT
  • Tracy Lloyd, LMT
  • 09-03-20

Every American Should Read This Book

What a treasure of messages, lessons and honesty, as told to Kent Nerburn by his friend Dan, an elderly Lakota man with a lot to say. This is a beautifully intimate and brutally honest articulation of the feelings seldom verbalized outside the bounds of Indian company. It is thoughtful and timely, as well as timeless. More than a mere guilt trip on white people, it leaves space for hope and healing for all. And that, is what all people need. Thank you, Kent Nerburn.

This was also the best narration I've ever listened to. I'm amazed Tim Connor did all the voices, and had to keep looking at the credits to see who did the voice of old Dan. Wow.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Westforkcreek
  • Westforkcreek
  • 20-01-20

Amazing!

I hate what the philosophy of white supremacy did to Native Americans. This was a beautiful, insightful book. I intend to continue reading other books by Kent Nerburn. The narrator was perfect, as well.