A friend recommended this book and I tried to read it but didn't get engaged, for some reason. Then I got it here on Audible, and immediately got sucked in and could hardly get anything else done until I had listened to it all. The reader is just absolutely amazing and brings life to the character that I didn't feel from the written version. She does all the voices of the various characters so well you forget it's only one person reading it to you. Yes, it's a story that is sometimes violent, but that is part of how life was in those days.
Another reviewer also pointed out that there were problems with the recording. I was too involved with the book to stop and report this, but will now. Audible, you need to go find those problems and fix them. I think there were two sections that garbled and while I probably didn't miss a lot, it was disturbing that it happened.
What more could I add that has not already been said before......A fascinating story . If you like to hear first hand what it was like living it that time then you will love this book. I didn’t want to put it down.
Really well done. I loved this story. It was a little slow at times, but it draws you in and makes you want more. This is one of those books you're sad to hear end.
Top ten! Great plot. Makes you wonder if this could have really been proposed.
By far the main character.
The vivid story is much more alive through the voice.
I could hardly wait to walk the dog each morning so I could continue on my journey west with the women. This book is one of my all time favorites.
Submitted by John's wife
There is no way to say how bad this book is - just awful! No history and completely anachronistic characters. I was tricked by the good reviews - one has to cross reference the good reviewers to see what other books those people liked. The narration is really bad too - hyper dramatic. Yuck.
Kathleen in FL
I was never absolutely sure if this was totally fictional or had a historical basis. Even hearing the epilogue made me wonder if some of the story might have been true. I was caught up in the novel.
The narrator was excellent.
I would recommend this book.
I have given up on an audiobook only two or three times out of hundreds downloaded. This was one. This book is so full of sterotype and cliche that it made me gag.
is a writer's golden rule Jim Fergus did not learn. His premise is interesting. The language and tone of the "letters" are authentic. However, a long list of stock characters (the big ugly cheerful immigrant woman, the Irish rouges, the queenly black former slave woman) destroys the novel's masquerade as a true account. It is tedious and predictable, and when Mr. Fergus slides into soft pornography, he abandons his pretense completely.
So many books, so little time. NO time for this one.
I have an undergraduate degree in philosophy and a Master's Degree in Professional Writing from Maharishi University of Management, am author of THE RELUCTANT VEGETARIAN COOKBOOK, and am an avid reader/listener.
This book is haunting, literally. The memories of it lingers with me like people I've lived with and loved, and for whom I mourn in the same sense I mourned President Kennedy and Martin Luther King Junior. I believe May Dodd's cosmic purpose was to communicate to us truth of life with the Native Americans, and for a past now destroyed. It is a record, a memorial unlike anything I've ever read (listened to). I can't begin to explain all the reasons for loving this book, but I certainly loved the quality of the writing, the authenticity of the writing, and the depth of each character. Certainly they are the most fascinating characters you'll meet anywhere. At first I thought they were so unique that this must be a work of fiction, but then I realized that the very nature of the circumstances would have called forth such fascinating eccentrics. By the end of the book, I felt like I had experienced every emotion in the world, with love being one of the most predominate.
In the book CAPTURED, there is a collection of stories about children who were abducted by Native Americans and it was fascinating to read about how many of them, recaputured by the Whites, did not want to stay but to be returned to their Native American families. But it wasn't clear WHY they preferred Native Americans. I think this book explains it.
During my childhood, "Indians" were characterized as all bad, i.e., "The only good Indian is a dead Indian." Other books or movies such as DANCES WITH WOLVES, the Native Americans are romanticized as all good. But in this book, the stark, frank realism explains both sides with writing that made me thrill with appreciation, and to feel like I too was one of those women living their hard but satisfying life, and it explained to me why, given a choice, one would choose to remain with them. If this is an authentic journal as claimed, it iis certainly a national treasure. I long to see it made into a movie.
Good God! This term seems to be common among the author's writing (and among the other characters so it must have been a term of the day). But that one term might serve as a measure for Hick's ability to understand the events in the journal. At one point I recall thinking that she must have some depth of character of her own in order to read with the full range of emotions called forth by this story--everything from love to horror.
May Dodd was obviously intelligent, well educated, and highly articulate, as well as being admirably strong in character. She would be fascinating in any society.