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Mother Earth, Father Sky

Ivory Carver Trilogy, Book 1
Narrated by: Holly Fielding
Series: Ivory Carver, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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In a time before history, in a harsh and beautiful land near the top of the world, womanhood comes cruelly and suddenly to beautiful, young Chagak. Surviving the brutal massacre of her tribe, she sets out across the icy waters off Ameria's northwest coast on an astonishing odyssey that will reveal to Chagak powerful secrets of the earth and sky...and the mysteries of love and loss.

©1990 Sue Harrison (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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  • Caz
  • 15-05-2019

Massively overlooked gem of a series - Enthralling

I'm a huge fan of "Clan of the Cave Bear" and the associated books in that ancient series, and this story of Chagak and the ancient Aleutian existence she experienced is most excellently portrayed in these books. I have no idea how historically accurate the stories are, but that does not mean that this story, told across all three books, is any less enthralling. I loved them all on first listen and recently revisited the entire series to love it again. I found that this time, even though I knew what was coming, I was willing the characters to change their actions and desperately wanted to warn them of danger and follies that the irony of the story will bring on each character. Other reviews have been scathing of the narrator, but I had no issue with her voice - in fact I enjoyed the tone and narration, although I can see that it could be annoying as the pronunciations sometimes were unusual. I would like to listen to the "Storyteller Trilogy" by the same author, but cannot engage with its narrator and wish Holly Fielding had been selected for that series as well. I thoroughly recommend this trilogy and would say that it's one of those that stay with you, so that you miss the characters when it's over.

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  • Pianomom
  • 13-05-2014

Aleutian reader, liked the story

Would you listen to Mother Earth, Father Sky again? Why?

I will not listen to this book again, however I might purchase the books and recommend them to friends. (Note: Mother Earth Father Sky is book 1 of a trilogy, and my review covers my experience with book 1- but you are not finished with this story until you read all three!)

What did you like best about this story?

I live in the Aleutian Islands. I can look out my window at the harsh beauty and imagine the characters' lives and spirits here so easily.

What three words best describe Holly Fielding’s performance?

Monotone, pinched, gulping

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Harsh world for a woman! I feel really fortunate. The book kept my interest and I enjoyed it. Since it is set in the Aleutians, I would have enjoyed more detailed descriptions of the setting. I have the luxury of looking out and seeing the very islands and seas she writes about, and throughout the "listening" used my eyes to add to the imagery of the plot, where I would have enjoyed reading the author's unique perspective on this place.

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In the busy season, rarely do I make time to sit and read, and audio books are a fantastic way to enjoy literature while pressing forward with tasks. This book is very interesting in that the story line is set in the Aleutian Islands, where I live. However, the recording is distracting- the editors left in the sounds of vehicles and talking people passing the recording studio, (at first I looked around to see if a loud truck or neighbors were passing my house) The narrator's gulping swallows were not edited out, her mispronunciation of "Aleutian" also distracting. Note- I have great respect for anyone who reads this many pages- it's harder than it sounds! The sound engineers could have done a better job helping bring out the best in the narrator. That said--- did I turn the recording off? I'm not to book 3 yet, but I will be downloading it, and it will probably keep me listening until the end!

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  • Tanya
  • 02-03-2016

Amazing book, tragic narrator

I read this book more than 20 years ago in hardback, and read it several times after. It has always been one of my old favorites. There was so much room to make this amazing book even better with even a moderately good narrator. Sadly thats not the case. I just can't say how awful the narration was. Ok so I can, It was tragic. This was a flat, monotone reading with many unsightly stumbles. Instead of performance with feeling and emotion, it's just a girl reading a book aloud with very poor breath control (gasping breath after every 5 freaking words) and a sticky sounding dry mouth. I think I wanna scream and cry at the unfairness of ruining one of the best books ever.

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  • LithiumStars
  • 31-07-2019

Narrator is Flat, but Story Shines

I read this book as a teenager and loved it, so I thought I would give it a listen. The narrator really reads the story flat, very monotone. You can hear her swallow and smack all through the story, which is very distracting. I would honestly have to say she finds her flow at the very end of the book where she has to do several voices. The main character has such a sad story, but don't let this stop you from reading it. If anything read the Kindle version.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-01-2018

Terrible narration!!

The most annoying narrator I have heard. The story was ok but the narrator ruined it. I am one that hates mouth noises like lip smacking etc. She talks like she has a dry mouth and a nasally voice. I tried enduring it but it drove me bonkers. There is no description as far as the time frame this occurred. No definition to any of the objects like dwellings, clothing and the ikyaks or whatever she was calling the paddle boats (guessing kyaks). I was annoyed and had to research myself to try and form a picture of what the author was talking about. Lacks description. Pair that with the awful narration and I ended it at chapter 40.

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  • finally have time
  • 05-02-2017

stopped after book 1

I enjoyed the story, but not enough to want to read the next book. The narrator was adequate.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-08-2019

Captivating

This author writes so beautifully, and researched this so well. I've read it multiple times, but listening was so much better.

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  • Pandora
  • 12-12-2016

A Moving Tale of Survival

My first exposure to this book came as a supermarket impulse buy by my mother, a pulpy paperbacks she then dropped in the suds while reading in the bath. I picked up the replacement copy when I was a young girl, never anticipating how it would shape me as a woman and a human. Survival alone in such a harsh time and place as ice age Alaska makes for a gripping read on its own, but Mother Earth Father Sky also offers a moving story of cruelty and tenderness. Hearing about the foods, clothing, tools, beloved possessions, and language of this people was fascinating. Empathizing with the hardships of womanhood, emotionally deepening. I for one loved the narration, and where others found it monotone, I perfectly suited a simple and ancient story. This intimate and detailed immersion into a world and culture so far removed and so rarely explored is a treat for those who, like myself, feel a calling to know the human experiences of others.

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  • denise schiller
  • 07-11-2016

favorite story of all time

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this. read it many times. listening was fantastic. get it.

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  • escoocoo
  • 19-08-2016

BREATHTAKING

Brutal and sad, flawless and beautifully written. The soothing, well timed voice of the narrator was a perfect choice for the story. Really got swept up into the lives of the characters in a time long ago and far away. And yet somewhat familiar too. Will Plan on listening to the rest of this series.

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  • Heather
  • 30-03-2016

Loved

The narrator said Cache wrong but other than that, it was good. I had a hard time listening to her but hour used to it after a while. I love the book, I've read it countless times.

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  • Treehugger
  • 17-08-2020

Amazing story spoilt by flat indifferent narration

I absolutely adore this hauntingly beautiful tale of a young 7th century Aleut woman and her life of hardship and love, which I have read several times in book form. I was hoping to have my enjoyment further deepened by hearing it read aloud. Unfortunately the narrator Holly Fielding's flat, virtually emotionless monotone voice was a great disappointment. (Even when the author gives explicit directions suitable for a narrator to follow, such as "his voice filled with pride as if his son had taken his first seal" Holly's voice is empty and completely indifferent to the character's emotion.) Almost an insult to this wonderful story, as if she's thoroughly bored by the book. Did Sue Harrison not want to do justice to her books??? The bare minimum for a narrator is surely to be able to read expressively?! Apparently the bar is set pretty low. Another minor issue is Holly's incorrect pronunciation of the Aleut words. The correct pronunciation is clearly set out in the paperback version, which the narrator has obviously not read. Her pronunciation is also not consistent. Sometimes she says "Amigie", other times "Amgig" for Amgigh's name. Kayugh is sometimes "Kuyuh" other times "Kaiyoo". Just read the bloody glossary, woman! I often buy a new book based on the quality of the narrator alone. But Holly Fielding is one to avoid in the future....what a shame.