• Spirit Song

  • The Introduction of No-Eyes
  • By: Mary Summer Rain
  • Narrated by: Nancy Fish
  • Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
  • 3.4 out of 5 stars (53 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Purely by chance, renowned author Mary Summer Rain met No-Eyes, a blind Chippewa visionary who lives in a small, remote cabin in the Colorado mountains. Spirit Song the first volume in Summer Rain's No-Eyes tetralogy, introduces us to this remarkable, unforgettable woman. No-Eyes teaches her about many fascinating topics, including the history of the Chippewa people, the songs of the shaman, and the healing power of medicinal herbs. Set against a vivid, beautiful, natural backdrop, Spirit Song is both an informative guide to an intriguing culture, and a touching story of an unexpectedly rich teacher-student relationship. The No-Eyes tetralogy also includes Pheonix Rising, Dreamwalker, and Phantoms Afoot.
©1985, 1993 by Mary Summer Rain (P)1997 by Alternative Audio

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I love this book...but

I love this book, I have read it before, and wanted to get the audio version. I was appauled by the audio. Nancy Fish is a poor choice for a book based on native Americans. Her portrayal of No-Eyes sounded like an old New York Taxi driver, rather than an old medicine woman. It made this book VERY difficult to listen to.

I really wish this would be re-recorded with a more dynamic reader.

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narration kills

The book itself may be alright, but I have to admit that I can't get in to it based on the narration. It sounds like someone reading to a 2 year old. Very breathy, whiny and overdramatic. You just can't overlook it and get in to the book.

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a bit weak for such an interesting subject

Having read Tom Brown Jr.'s books on his relationship and learning from an Appache Elder, this book was a bit shallowly written. It discribes only what the Author saw and felt but not any concrete details that would help the reader as Tom Brown's books are more instructional and less superficial. The story is nice from an 'dreamy new age hazy" point of view but if you're looking for something to change your point of view it probably won't be found here. My big problem was the narration. It was overly dramatic and sounded to me like a middle age woman reading breathily trying to affect a 'baby doll' Marilyn Monroe voice at times (not given away in the sound sample where her voice was normal) and their were very odd emphasis which sounded countrary to the words being spoken. I found the listening difficult with her character voices sounding like people with speech problems not culture differences.
It's a good story for teenagers, but narration does not befit the words of the author and is quite distracting if you're in earnest, it would be more suited to a children's book.

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Loved the story but not the narration

Would you listen to Spirit Song again? Why?

Sorry to say I probably wont LISTEN to it again. I will however read it again and again.

How could the performance have been better?

The narration was very disappointing. The voice was like listening to Joan Rivers... I don't like Joan Rivers whiny voice either.

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

Yes, barring the narrator.

Any additional comments?

Mary Summer Rain is an amazing woman and writer. And I apologize to her for disliking her choice (?) of narrators. It could have been so much more enjoyable.

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good

Loved the material. But I was disappointed by the narration. Could have gotten someone who sounded less like Joan Rivers. It would have been more enjoyable.

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Horrible narration, average story

A friend recommended this book to me, and at the end I just sat here wondering why.

The poor narration was really difficult to get over and after listening for a time became like nails on a chalkboard to me. Her voice is whiny and sounds like she is complaining the entire time. Even my own children aren’t allowed to talk like that!

The story itself didn’t seem to have a point or a lesson. I was hoping for some sort of take away but the ending fell flat. Some interesting visuals but I couldn’t really get into it due to the narration anyway.

Bottom line - if you want to read this, get the book instead of the audible.

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I don’t like the way she made no eyes sound

She made “no eyes” sound terrible but the story is beautiful. I recommend this to anyone on their spiritual journey.

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  • 01-28-22

Brilliant

Loved re-visiting a book I had read as a 20 year old (22 years ago)
It's a brilliant book.
I Know the narration isn't everyone's cup of tea but personally I thought Nancy fish did an incredible job.
The characters sounded just like I had imagined them too.
Looking forward to following through with the rest of the books in the series