Shaun Taylor-Corbett's narration breathes life into this Navajo fantasy. Summer with grandmother and Uncle Jet on the Navajo reservation lacks many creature comforts for Nathan. To fill his time, he wanders into the nearby desert, where he finds a sickly water monster and then goes on a quest to obtain a cure for the Holy Being and, perhaps, his Uncle Jet. Taylor-Corbett dives into this audiobook with aplomb. Each chapter opens with the chapter number spoken in Navajo and English; pronunciation of Navajo words and phrases in the story is authentic. Skillful character voicings make each easily identified. Excellent use of pacing and tension adds drama, particularly when Nathan faces "the five obstacles." Notes from the author and editor are included. An amazing experience of Navajo culture and life. S.D.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2022, Portland, Maine [Published: FEBRUARY 2022]
Trade Ed. Harper Audio 2021
DD ISBN 9780063087583 $26.99
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