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  • Four Souls & Tracks

  • Two Novels
  • By: Louise Erdrich
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Summary

In the world of interconnected novels by Louise Erdrich, Four Souls is most closely linked to Tracks. All these works continue and elaborate on the intricate story of life on a reservation peopled by saints and false saints, heroes and sinners, clever fools and tenacious women. Louise Erdrich reminds us of the deep spirituality and the ordinary humanity of this world, and these works are as beautiful and lyrical as anything she has written.  

Tracks
Set in North Dakota, Tracks is a tale of passion and deep unrest. Over the course of 10 crucial years, as tribal land and trust between people erode ceaselessly, men and women are pushed to the brink of their endurance, yet their pride and humor prohibit surrender. The listener will experience shock and pleasure in encountering characters that are compelling and rich in their vigor, clarity, and indomitable vitality.

Four Souls
A strange and compelling woman decides to leave home, and the story begins. Fleur Pillager takes her mother's name, Four Souls, for strength and walks from her Ojibwe reservation to the cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. She is seeking restitution from and revenge on the lumber baron who has stripped her reservation. But revenge is never simple, and she quickly finds her intentions complicated by her own dangerous compassion for the man who wronged her.

©1988, 2004 Louise Erdrich (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

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Great narration. I loved the way the stories unfolded from each characters perspective, it drew me in

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Just beautiful

There’s something so human in the way Erdrich writes. Sad and comical but also just so honest. Second time ‘reading’ tracks. One of my all time favourite books.

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  • Judith Seaboyer
  • 27-01-05

Tracks and Four Souls

I cannot recommend these two linked short novels strongly enough. They have the power of lyric poetry, but there's also a strong narrative thread. They deal with broad issues of family and extended family, race, love, fear, revenge, and more specific issues of native land and its usurpation. The politics of gender, race, ecology are dealt with in ways that manage to be comic as well as tragic, and are never ever simplistic. Similarly, the conclusions are poignant and life-affirming. I am (forgive the pun) tracking down the rest of the novels. How come I had read so little of Erdrich's work in the past?

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  • Catriona
  • 19-01-06

Please more audio by Erdrich

Erdrich wrote TRACKS in 1988 and FOUR SOULS in 2004--nearly two decades separate the writing of these two books, yet, listening to them both, all of that seems purely imaginary in the "real" time of the two novels. Erdrich's writing is finely honed: her characters Fleur and Nanapush will stick with you. Anna Fields does a magnificent job with the narration!

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  • Jeannette
  • 10-03-16

Strange but vivid

As with her other books, this is a story of fine details and character studies. I didn't find it gripping, but it was kind of soothing and interesting, with memorable imagery.

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  • andreawahlstrom
  • 25-07-14

Read in the order published!

Would you listen to Four Souls & Tracks again? Why?

I listened to Tracks after reading Love Medicine for a class. Due to the surprises Erdrich lips in, I recommend reading the books in the order they were written, not in chronological order. The detail she puts into her characters and stories is amazing!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love Fleur. She's mysterious, strong, independent, and mischievous.

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  • heather edberg
  • 26-10-21

Tracks ch.7

fyi - Tracks begins with chapter 7. This may be helpful for those specifically wishing to hear/read Tracks as it is currently not sold independently on Audible.

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  • Frances
  • 02-12-20

When does four souls end and tracks start?

I just wanted to read tracks, but I can’t seem to find where it starts :/

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  • Kaylee
  • 02-07-21

Where does tracks start???

I only wanted to read Tracks but it doesn’t tell you where it starts. Frustrating.

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  • Linda G. wilson
  • 12-03-18

Magnificent! One of the great novels !

Magnificent one of the great American novels
I read this many years ago and wanted to hear it read out loud

Lovely language describing the ugliest truths and sorrows of this land !

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  • Jennifer Ng
  • 08-10-14

Enthralling

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes.

What did you like best about this story?

The story was captivating and the language pulled you in even further until you are caught up in this strange tale of an unusual woman.

Have you listened to any of Anna Fields’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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Who was the most memorable character of Four Souls & Tracks and why?

All of them really, although the main character, Fleur, has a certain captivating quality that has also enthralled the narrators as well.

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  • Jwiljr34
  • 01-02-22

Better than television

It was so well read I could see my own movie production in my head.