- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 9 hours and 4 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Ashberry Lane Publishing
- Audible.com Release Date: November 4, 2014
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00P89TIY2
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The Journey of Eleven Moons Audiobook – Unabridged
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In Bonnie Leon’s latest release,Journey of Eleven Moons, Anna and her little sister, Iya, are natives of a small coastal village on the shore of a remote Aleutian Island. To survive, they depend on what the land and sea provide. Death is as much a part of life as birth, survival and celebration. Summer is a time for hunting and gathering; for catching fish to dry and spearing walrus for oil, meat and hides. In winter they put to use the blubber and oil to cook what they can and dry the rest. Huddled around a warm fire, the elders tell well known stories to the youngsters, and the history of their people survives for another generation.
When an earthquake tumbles children to the sand and dismantles huts like a dog shaking off a bath, Anna and Iya help restore the village then climb to the hills beyond the cliff to pick berries. High above the cliffs, they are spared the deadly Tsunami that literally sucks away the only life they know.
The village is gone. So are the people. Anna and Iya’s family, as well as the man that Anna has promised to marry, have been dragged out to sea. The baby in her belly reminds Anna that she is alone with two others who must depend on her to survive. Then the girls meet Eric; a Civil War Veteran; a lone adventurer, on a quest to uncover the mystery of an inhospitable land.
In Journey of Eleven Moons, Bonnie paints a picture of Alaska as it was in 1868. We are privileged to see it from both the native and explorer’s point of view. Born on the mainland, Alaskan blood runs through Bonnie’s veins and she has relatives who still love the land enough to live there. Thus, her picture rings true. Even though the story takes place in the mid 1800’s she knows her characters well, and introduces them to the reader as if they are truly a part of her own heritage.
I highly recommend Journey of Eleven Moons to anyone who likes Historical, romantic adventure.
Note: If you are thinking, “I’ve read it before.” Think again. The first version was indeed written twenty years ago. Now a more seasoned writer, Bonnie has added a depth to her story that allows the reader to fall in love with the characters – with the exception of the ones you just have to hate – and keeps the plot spinning all the way through. Once you've lived the Journey, you will want to explore the other two books in the series.
Erik is a Civil War veteran whose belief in the goodness of God won’t allow him to leave the two girls alone in the wilderness. However, Anna distrusts him, as she does all white men, and only the need to protect her sister persuades her to travel with Erik as he searches for a Native village that will accept the girls.
Bonnie Leon has used all of her masterful descriptive skills to craft this novel of a life-changing journey. The reader will feel cold, hunger, and fear as the three make their way south from the Aleutians. The journey is more than geographic as Anna, Iya, and Eric attempt to trust and accept each other’s ways.
The Journey of Eleven Moons is a captivating journey indeed. I loved this story!