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Publisher's Summary

One Native Life is a look back down the road Richard Wagamese has traveled - from childhood abuse to adult alcoholism - in reclaiming his identity. It's about what he has learned as a human being, a man, and an Ojibway in his 52 years on Earth.

Whether he's writing about playing baseball, running away with the circus, making bannock, or attending a sacred bundle ceremony, these are stories told in a healing spirit. Through them, Wagamese reveals to listeners how to appreciate life for the journey it is.

©2009 Richard Wagamese (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Don’t Normally do this

I don’t usually write reviews, there are plenty of critics who write them. Or, people with writing skills who far surpass mine. This book was absolutely beautiful, even in the sad parts. I will be purchasing paperback copies for the family members I like, as birthday presents.

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Excelent story!

Really like it. Muy buena historia, recomendado. Narrator's voice complemented the story. Will look for more books from the author.

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Fantastic First Nations Memoir

Like his One Story, One Song book, this is a collection of the author's anecdotes and observations which span the course of his life. One Native Life was written three years after One Story, One Song so I listened to them backwards. Richard Wagamese was a first nations author from Ontario. Sadly, he died in 2017 at the young age of 61.

The sixty-four chapters are divided in to four groups by subject matter: Ahki (Earth), Ishskwaday (Fire), Nibi (Water), and Ishpiming (Universe). There is a minute long introduction to each group explaining the significance of each title and chapters are all pretty short. I listened on Audible and most of them were about three to five minutes long.

Richard is a great storyteller. There is some overlap with One Story, One Song but not much. One Story, One Song covered more of his later years while One Native Life covered more of his youth and young adult life. Much of this was terribly depressing as life threw a lot of bad stuff at him during his difficult childhood. In this memoir some highlights for me were his meeting with Muhammad Ali, his appreciation of John Lennon, and his private off-the-record one-on-one conversation with Johnny Cash while working in the press which was as great as you would think it would be. He talks more baseball (yay) and nature. His return to the remote forested camp area where he spent his early years wrapped this collection up and was the highlight of the book I thought.

The Audible narration was again by the actor Christian Baskous. His very distinct voice and measured manner of speaking fit the tone of most of the stories really well.

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Inspiring

This performance was excellent.
I love the way the author explains his journey to find himself, good and awful, by going into little, important details about experiences. Throughout this book, he isn't just explaining his rich history and culture as a Native American, but as a human and how we all are connected, no matter what race. It's truly beautiful.

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I loved this

I LOVED this. Wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. Could have listened to this if it was 2x as long. Absolutely loved it.

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A Peek Into A Piece of History

A well told story left to us by Mr. Wagamese and Narrated very well

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Read this by the lake

I wish I'd read the hard copy of this book while sitting under a tree or next to a lake (or both).

This connection of personal essays by Richard Wagamese explores his growth and healing from a childhood of abuse, isolation, loss, and alienation from and journey back to his native culture. It's peaceful but not easy reading, and it really should be read outside!

The reader is this audiobook is just okay. He reads well but his inflections were a little jarring, as in he didn't always read with the same fluency I would have heard in my head.

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An excellent work

Very much worth one’s time. I thought the narrator was excellent. Wonderful vignettes that illuminate the author’s life but are universal in such a way that you can incorporate his wisdom into your own life.

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Excellent

Great life description. alot one can relate to i.e. PTSD. Not boring and an easy read.

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I loved listening to this book

Richard Wagamese shares his heart, his soul, and the rich culture and native wisdom of his people. If only we could all return to the depths of our roots as he has done.

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  • 08-06-21

The narrator ruined it

Narrator has no sense of rythm or feeling.

Really poorly read.

I want a refund because this is not worth the money