• The Wolf at Twilight

  • An Indian Elder's Journey Through a Land of Ghosts and Shadows
  • By: Kent Nerburn
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (137 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A note is left on a car windshield, an old dog dies, and Kent Nerburn finds himself back on the Lakota reservation where he traveled more than a decade before with a tribal elder named Dan. The touching, funny, and haunting journey that ensues goes deep into reservation boarding-school mysteries, the dark confines of sweat lodges, and isolated Native homesteads far back in the Dakota hills in search of ghosts that have haunted Dan since childhood.

In this fictionalized account of actual events, Nerburn brings the land of the northern High Plains alive and reveals the Native American way of teaching and learning with a depth that few outsiders have ever captured.

©2009 Kent Nerburn (P)2020 Tantor
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Excellent follow-up, not as good narration.

This narrator wasn't near as good as the one who read "Neither Wolf nor Dog." The main character of Dan sometimes comes out sounding like a miscast Peter Lori.

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Eye opening

Kent Nerburn is becoming one of my favorite authors. I have been systematically going through his work and I have not been disappointed yet. I have learned a lot from reading his books. If you are interested in the history of Native Americans , their wisdom, and the trials they have had to endure in this country, then you should give them a look. You might learn something that you weren't taught in school.

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A fantastic story told by an amazing artist

Loved it- very moving, and Peter's voice acting really brings it alive. Great story, great narrator.

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Great listen!

Absolutely LOVE Kent Nerburn 's books!!! Packed full of Native American wisdom that translates well into the white man 's world.

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heartbreaking. emotional. insightful.

I loved it. the native American philosophy presented in this book is so poignant and so far removed from what the common white man American believes to be right. if only we could adopt Dan's belief system and carry it forward to our heirs, what a remarkable different and indescribably better world we would have.
thank you

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Love this Author

I truly loved this book. The only thing I disliked about it but really didn’t mind was the man who spoke for the old man Dan. I truly enjoyed listing to the old man speak from neither wolf nor dog. This book had so many teachings and history that we should all know about. This book touched my heart and truly made me think about all the native people who’ve been mistreated, hurt, lied to, tricked, taken and forced to forget who they truly are and came from, even forgotten. If you are up for some history and great and sad stories read this book.

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Grateful for Eld Dan, not at all for Peter Berkrot

I was eager to listen to this title after Neither Wolf Nor Dog. I wanted to hear everything I possibly could from Elder Dan. Schlogging through Peter Berkrot's performance was like sandpaper to the soul. I REALLY wish Tim Connor could have narrated this one too!

Mr. Berkrot, I'm going to guess that you have ZERO experience with the speech patterns and cultural norms of Lakota (or really any other Native American peoples.) All of the Lakota are performed as though they are Shakesperean actors. The pronounciation is totally off, the pacing and respect for silence is entriely missing, and his constantly presentation of Native American anger is clearly steeped in oblvious Euro-centric assumptions. It was just entirely WRONG, cloying and grating. The only reason I kept listening was to hear more from Elder Dan and to find out how his journey unfolded.

My jury is still out on whether Kent Nerburn really did manage to stay that oblivious to his own biases, ("I ---> LET<--- them..." ???) and learned so very little about his overwhelming privilege assumptions in the span of time in between books, or if he was demonstrating how the pink among us can be. I am grateful for the work and for all he did to bring the story to us.

Whose choice was it to use a voice actor so completely out of touch with the work he was supposed to be performing? That was an incredibly unfortunate choice. It does a painful disservice to Elder Dan, to my Lakota cousins, to Native American peoples, and to Kent Nerburn's book.

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Coulda Woulda Shoulda

This book is a classic example of what happens when something doesn't live up to its full potential. The writing itself was uneven. Sometimes I found the story fascinating, other times I had to hit the fast forward button to get through the nonsense. The narrator sounded like he was gargling pebbles, and tried far too hard to be sincere the entire time. I understand what the author was trying to convey, the cruelty and horrors the native American people suffered, but the book became increasingly preachy as it went on.

My biggest problem was with the stupidity of the narrator. Time after time Dan told him to shut up and he kept rambling. Far too often people don't understand the power of silence.

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Aging, reconciliation, reckoning

A must-read after Neither Wolf nor Dog, but sad, too. Writing and performance both excellent.

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Repair and sacred healing

This book is a most touching attempt of bridging the chasm between Indian and White Man, offering a glimpse into the Native wisdom of life so we may get a tiny inclin of what we all have lost. May the Wisdom live on and help repair the hurt, injustice and damage done. Yvonne Munshi January 2022

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  • Antony Redhawk
  • 05-12-20

Great Book

what a great book it has you listen right until the end you have no wolf nor dog then you will like this characters.