Monday, September 13, 2010

Review: Black Hills by Dan Simmons (audiobook)

Paha Sapa, a young Sioux warrior, first encounters General George Armstrong Custer as Custer lies dying on the battlefield at Little Bighorn. He believes--as do the holy men of his tribe--that the legendary general's ghost entered him at that moment and will remain with him until Sapa convinces him to leave.

In BLACK HILLS, Dan Simmons weaves the stories of Paha Sapa and Custer together seamlessly, depicting a violent and tumultuous time in the history of Native Americans and the United States Army. Haunted by the voice of the general his people called "Long Hair," Paha Sapa lives a long life, driven by a dramatic vision he experiences in the Black Hills that are his tribe's homeland. As an explosives worker on the massive Mount Rushmore project, he may finally be rid of his ghosts--on the very day FDR comes to South Dakota to dedicate the Jefferson face.

Received from the publisher for review.

This gets one star. It was just too boring for words. I could barely keep my eyes open while listening to it. The almost twenty one hours was entirely too long for sanity. I barely made it past the first chapter. The readers were just nit interesting in the least. It was almost as if they were whispering. I found it creepy and weird, and frankly annoying. There is a slight chance that this might be better in book form, but I wouldn't hold out high hopes.

☆☆ = Didn't Like It


Stephanie said...

I admire how you say you didn't like the book, but didn't say that it was a bad one. I don't believe there is such thing as a "bad" book...everyone has different tastes. Thanks for the review, Beth :)


Ryan G said...

I just finished The Terror and I'm still not sure what I think of it. I have Black Hills on my shelf but think I need a brake from Dan Simmons for a bit.

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