The Sentence

Written by:
Louise Erdrich
Narrated by:
Louise Erdrich

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
November 2021
11 hours 49 minutes
In this stunning and timely novel, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award–winning author Louise Erdrich creates a wickedly funny ghost story, a tale of passion, of a complex marriage, and of a woman's relentless errors.

Louise Erdrich's latest novel, The Sentence, asks what we owe to the living, the dead, to the reader and to the book. A small independent bookstore in Minneapolis is haunted from November 2019 to November 2020 by the store's most annoying customer. Flora dies on All Souls' Day, but she simply won't leave the store. Tookie, who has landed a job selling books after years of incarceration that she survived by reading ''with murderous attention,'' must solve the mystery of this haunting while at the same time trying to understand all that occurs in Minneapolis during a year of grief, astonishment, isolation, and furious reckoning.

The Sentence begins on All Souls' Day 2019 and ends on All Souls' Day 2020. Its mystery and proliferating ghost stories during this one year propel a narrative as rich, emotional, and profound as anything Louise Erdrich has written. 

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.
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I could not listen to her reading. I’ve never finished the book ;(

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Riah H.

This book is wonderful. She writes beautifully and narrates the story perfectly.

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Christina P.

Beautiful story, characters and narration. It was a pleasure to listen to this book.

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Pam W.

I HATE giving up on a book, but I couldn't finish this one as much as I tried (5.5 hrs in!) A different narrator MIGHT have made a difference, but not sure about that. The book just didn't seem to have a purpose and I couldn't tell where it was going. Too many good books waiting for me!

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Mary T.

Captures a chaotic America during the pandemic, One abiding theme is injustice & discrimination against blacks & especially Native Americans. Erdrich is a great & literary writer who has the ability to inject humor into a story with several serious themes. Another theme which permeates the novel is that of Books & the power of them. Tookie, the narrator, works in a book store & mentions many suggestions of great books to read - so listen with a pencil to jot the titles down!

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Jennifer C.

I could only listen to this book because the author read the book with intention. Tookie is one of the greatest modern day heroine’s ever written. The story is secondary to getting to know this complicated funny bibliophile. The backdrop of current news like Covid BLM and the native struggle prove that Louis Erdrich is a masterful storyteller and relevant voice. She must have written this book so quickly that I truly believe she is the best contemporary writer for these times

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Jane C.

This insightful author has created a masterpiece. Readers are in for a great!

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Elizabeth H.

Beautifully written and narrated!

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