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Publisher's Summary

Shaman is the prize-winning second volume of Noah Gordon's celebrated Cole trilogy. It is as great a listening experience as The Physician. A New York Times Notable Book.

Dr. Robert Judson Cole travels from his ravaged Scotland homeland, through the operating rooms of Boston, to the cabins of frontier Illinois. In the wilderness he befriends the starving remnants of the Sauk tribe, who have fled their reservation. In the process, he absorbs their culture and learns native remedies that enrich the classical medical education he received at Edinburgh University. He marries a remarkable settler woman he had saved from illness. The details of how their deaf son manages to become a physician also, despite his handicap, and the story of how the Cole family is sucked into the bloody vortex of the Civil War and survives, makes an exceptional listening experience.

©1992 Lise Gordon, Michael Seay Gordon and The Jamie Gordon Trust (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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  • Allan H. Langille
  • 29-09-2018

Enjoyed THE PHYSICIAN but loved THE SHAMON!!!

The SHAMON is more multi faceted than The PHYSICIAN whose primary focus was the acquisition of medical knowledge. Excellent narration!

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  • Grant F Reid
  • 29-08-2019

Entertaining story but off-putting mispronunciations throughout!

The narrator did a very good job with the multiple accents required in this story - but so many simple, everyday words were mis-pronounced (‘hearth’ pronounced as ‘earth’ with an ‘h’, ‘arias’ with the stress on the middle syllable, etc.) that it was distracting. Good storyline though and the book was well-paced.

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  • Pamella DeFrancis
  • 08-06-2019

serious historic fiction

For those who love to read, this second of a trilogy is a must. Using the US Plains development as a backdrop, generational stories of life come alive in Shaman. The narration is perfect for the tone of the book. Some may find the detail ponderous. I felt it lent to the timing of events as life was before electricity and cars ( let alone paved roads.) A very worthwhile read: The third part is already in my library.

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  • Michael
  • 05-01-2018

Interesting at times

This is a historical novel about a physician in the 1800’s. Some interesting and well done parts but the plot meanders and occasionally loses its way. Nice description of Medicine and living conditions of the times. A bit of a stretch that the doc should be involved in both the Underground Railroad and Gettysburg.

The narrator is very good but as in The Physician he mispronounces both medical and Hebrew terms at times.

Overall fairly good but not as good as The Physician, the first book in the series. I won’t be going on to the third book.

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  • Kate#5
  • 31-07-2021

Land that I know

My grandparents were pioneers in Illinois, my parents were born in Minnesota, I was born in Wisconsin, and I now live in Iowa. With a heritage like that how could I not be fascinated and smiling when this delightful narrator put living people populating so many name places, and experiencing so much of the history I have loved and studied for more than 50 years! A delightful book and a worthy sequel to The Physician. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Jackie Goodman
  • 12-02-2021

Narration unacceptable

I usually enjoy British narrators but Mr Owen’s style of narration - pausing every 3-4 words - sometimes in untimely places, as if reading lines on paper rather than phrases - made it nearly intolerable and extremely frustrating.

The book was great - another good read from Noah Gordon

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  • Georgia McNabb
  • 10-05-2019

Very Good Story

I feel this was a very good story very worth the time to listen to. I Really enjoyed that the author incorporated History with the story, so I did not just enjoy the story but learn real background history. I wholly recommend this.

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  • Emily Page
  • 03-02-2019

Loved it all.

I like historical fiction redolent with description of scenery... weather.. cooking.. all the manners of the time. And a plot w depth... complexity.. characters who both surprise and inspire me


It's hard to find authors & works that satisfy.
In this case.. I leave the world of this novel reluctantly... but deeply. satisfied on all levels.

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  • Cherry
  • 10-09-2018

Great series

I love historical books...you get a story and a history lesson.. A great trilogy...looking forward to the dthird book !

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  • DMW
  • 30-01-2018

Fair is fair, right?

Would you try another book from Noah Gordon and/or Ben Owen?

I like Noah Gordon's work. Ben Owen did a credible job overall but I won't be eager to listen to more of his work.

What didn’t you like about Ben Owen’s performance?

Owen is a Brit? Maybe an Aussie? Nothing wrong with that, but he needed to work on his pronunciation of American place names and some American vernacular. As a Midwesterner who grew up near the places Gordon used in this book I cringed every time I heard the names come out of Owen's mouth.
I suppose that's only fair, since Americans have a habit of mispronouncing a lot of non-American words, names, place names, etc.

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Entertaining series, would have been cheaper to buy the Kindle edition and read it than it was to spend a credit on the audiobook.

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  • Eoin Magrath
  • 26-04-2018

Loved it.

From start to finish a brilliant historical story. But it, you won't regret it, guaranteed.

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