• I Heard the Owl Call My Name

  • By: Margaret Craven
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (242 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The touching story of a young, mortally ill priest who spends his last days working among the Kwakiutl Indians of British Columbia.

©1973 Margaret Craven (P)1987 Recorded Books, LLC

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Uncanny insight...

Diane Goodall
I love this story.
It has given me a desire to treat others with a grace and respect beyond my previous understanding. What the characters said was very engaging. The author also made me aware of the importance of what the individuals refrained from saying or doing.
I thank the author for her inspired ability to teach while rendering an entertaining and beautifully written book. You will be better for having read it.

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Fantastic listening experience

It was great to see that a recommendation to Audible resulted in this story's addition to the Audible collection. This is a beautiful book which is, on the one hand, a meditation on faith and the clash of cultures, and on the other, a suspenseful and a painful testament to history whereby a First Nations people tries to hold on to the old ways in the face of the inevitable advancement of modern life and culture.

I remember while driving home from a family vacation hanging on to every word as the story reached its conclusion. My hope being that we wouldn't reach our destination before the story ended. I highly recommend this book with its terrific narration. It draws you into the world and characters with compassion and simplicity.

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This should be a classic!

What made the experience of listening to I Heard the Owl Call My Name the most enjoyable?

This is one of my favorite books. It should be a classic.
This book takes the reader to a time and place that
Few of us have seen or imagined.

What did you like best about this story?

This story gives a picture of a culture that is far
Different from ours. It seems that time itself
Slows and we get a glimpse of a different value
System, traditions, and way of life.

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

I have not listened to his performance before this.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did listen to it all in one sitting!

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended. It may be useful in
A school curriculum.

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One of best books ... I re-read it every year

One of the best books I have ever read (& I read 70 or so every year) ... I re-read it every year in order to get re-grounded in life ... to learn enough about life to be ready to die.

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Beautiful

I grew up in the 60's and 70's along the Canadian border, and at the time there was a sort of deep appreciation of folk music and rural ethics. It is hard to articulate the subtleties of that era, but this book captures it beautifully. There is something so subtle and SO moving about this book. The narrator's performance is magical. I cried listening to this book.

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I know why I remembered this story .

I was reminded of this story from a song on the oldies station. I read the book it seems a lifetime ago and thought of the movie from the book. The book and I were parted (loaned out and lost), and I decided to get the audio version (I will get the book also). The story is kind and gentle, and beautifully written. It will now join those books which I revisit often for they never grow old or stale.

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Well

I bought this book because of the other reviews, saying it was beautiful. And the prose is beautiful. But even though it tries to write respectfully about native people the whole premise of the book, and the descriptions, are racist and soaked in white savior complex.
Especially the descriptions of residential schools as a place of learning, and something that the native peoples desired is jarring to read.

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Very slow, but beautiful imagery

I struggled to finish this story. However, the author does an amazing job at painting a vivid picture in the mind of the reader.

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Absolutely beautiful.

I rarely re-read a book, but I will certainly be listening to this one again.

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I Heard the Owl Call My Name

Such a beautiful, moving story about a young vicar assigned to a remote Indigenous village in Canada. His calm, unassuming manner & his willingness to help anyone @ anytime gradually endeared him to these people as they realized he accepted them & their customs as they were w/o judgement.