Raven Stole the Moon: A Novel Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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From Garth Stein, the New York Times best-selling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain, Audible presents Raven Stole the Moon—in audio for the first time, and beautifully narrated by Jennifer Van Dyck.
Jenna Rosen returns to the place in Alaska where her young son, Bobby, disappeared without a trace two years before. Jenna is determined to lay to rest the aching mystery of his death. But ancient legends may have had a hand in Bobby’s fate, forcing Jenna to sift through her own Native American ancestry to uncover the truth.
Wrangell, Alaska, offers Jenna little comfort beyond the constant and tender attention of Eddie, a local fisherman. When ancient legends begin to suggest a frightening new possibility about Bobby’s fate, Jenna digs deeper into the menacing forces at work in the wilderness. A Tlingit shaman named Dr. David Livingstone warns Jenna not to disturb the legendary kushtaka—soul stealing predators that stalk a netherworld between land and sea, the living and the dead. But Jenna is desperate for answers, and she appeals to both Livingstone and Eddie to help her sort fact from myth, and face the unthinkable possibilities head-on.
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|Listening Length||12 hours and 56 minutes|
|Narrator||Jennifer Van Dyck|
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|Audible.com Release Date||September 21, 2010|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #183,304 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#223 in Native American Literature (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,015 in Occult Horror Fiction
#1,833 in Psychological Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
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This novel is well written, with flawed characters throughout. The setting of Wrangell, Alaska is one with which I am familiar, having spent time there many years ago. It captures the wild and remote setting well.
The expert weaving of Tlingit legend, a broken protagonist and characters that won't soon leave the reader is, for me, the earmark of a well told story.
For me, this was one of those books that I simply could not put down. Though the subject matter disturbed me, I wanted to know what happens next. I needed to know. It's not often that I find a book like this.
This is a novel for the ages. Even though the story in told in before the big Y2K, it holds itself well again modern day conveniences of cell phones and immediate gratification. Like the proverbial onion. this is a story with untold layers.
Some might balk at the length of this book, 441 pages, I found myself wanting more. This is literary fiction at its best Not tied up in a neat little bow. This is like real life. It's messy and doesn't always lend itself to happy endings. There is an element of hope, though this reader wasn't sure which ending I wanted.
Garth Stein, if you are paying attention, Jenna deserves another book.
Because I very much like Stein’s other work, I was surprised to find his writing style frustrating here. He tended to describe action, then share a character’s feelings, and then use the feelings to explain the action. At least one of those three steps, and perhaps two, was usually unnecessary - he should let actions show us motives (and perhaps feelings). This was Stein’s first book after experience as a film-maker, so my only explanation is that the style was part of a bumpy transition across media. In any case, I found it distracting.
Maybe because I don't understand Tlingit culture, maybe because certain scenes went on and on, but this left an odd feeling after forcing myself to complete the story.
Doubt I'll re-read. Can't recommend.
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The book itself is good - very different to "The Art of Racing in the Rain" - but not as strong as that second novel. The writing is not as strong but the plot is absorbing enough to keep one reading avidly to the end.
Stein is a descendant of the Tlingit indians and he chooses to weave some of their spiritual beliefs into this suspenseful, spooky thriller. It works well for the bulk of the novel but, for me, having asked the reader to sign on to the reality of the "kachtuka" soul-stealer spirits, the novel's finale is then unrealistically "happy", a fact for which the minor twist at its very end is unable to recoup the novel's self-integrity.
Overall, however, this is an enjoyable, easy to read book that demonstrates that Stein has a keen story-telling skill.
If you enjoyed the author's style and ethos on "The Art of Racing in the Rain" then it may be worth your while to hunt out for a copy of this book.