The use of Lakota words that I would struggle with and familiarity with concepts made this feel natural and right, bringing me into the narrative more and allowing me to see behind the character's eyes.
The author provides a disclaimer that Crazy Horse is part of a hero story, but also a part of history. He treats the topic very well, giving all points of view and elevates the character by distilling the real man out of the legend and history books. I would highly recommend this to any fan of historical book.
Audible obsessed lifelong learner.
Digs beneath the image of Crazy Horse the great leader to the everyday life of the man. Crazy Horse struggles to do what is right for his people and save their way of life.
We have all heard the name Crazy Horse, after reading this I feel he is a true National Treasure. The history of the man and the Lakota people is just amazing. I'm glad my relatives weren't in America at that time. The soldiers were just despicable, as I am sure any war can bring out the worst in people. The research done was well done and interweaving it with things like the railroad coming in gave me more of a historical grounding of a time period. The Indian beliefs were so beautiful. It has prompted me to search for books about Indian wisdom's. The reader was excellent. I believe I could read it again
I loved the way it took you on a such a powerful journey with the Lakota that at times you felt you were almost there experiencing it with them
I liked the genuine insight the story gives you - told by a Lakota without the gloss and hype that Americans usually put on it. It tells the TRUTH about what happened to the Lakota and it's an ugly truth. Modern day Americans should be ashamed of this Chapter in their history.
I liked the way he presented it in such a down to earth way - and the way he tells their side of what happened
At one point yes there were tears in my eyes when Joseph tells of Crazy Horse performing the Sundance Festival (I think it was called) - circling the Encampment before riding off to Battle.
I now see the Indiginous Indians and the Lakota in a whole new light - and my heart goes out to these proud noble people who in the end could do nothing but submit to the inevitability of white man domination and the resulting stifling way of life on a reservation.
Well Told History
The single most compelling aspect of the narrative was the narration by Mr. Marshall ... you could sense the honor, the frustration and near the end the exhaustion of both knowing and telling the "war story" of Crazy Horse.
It was not a scene but the series of "reflections" by Mr. Marshall that made this book more "readable" and very much more personal.
A subtitle would diminish this book.
Mr. Marshal at the beginning, in the introduction speaks to the heresy of writing down his families history because they were indigineous. He actually appears to apologize. This was not necessary in my opinion ... for as the the words were translated back to their "natural form" ... the listener ... and soon to be a rememberer is transported back to the fire origin of these war stories. I encourage you to come ... sit around the fire and listen.
I finished it: Can't say that about every book. I love how it is packed with poetic passages, episodic narratives, anecdotes, allegories, how-tos of daily games and cultural practices, and a mixture of color, earth, spirit, and time lapse portrayals.
The imagery of the Thunders dream and the other visions as well as the descriptive nature of rides, battles, and journeys within the great journey.
The author's own reading I found to be, surprisingly, a bit dry and missing that "still waters run deep" aspect of Crazy Horse aka Light Hair's personality. Marshall sounds more like drying marsh waters got sticky. It's hard to get screwed over without sounding bitter, and in my humble opinion this aspect of the reading is Marshall's primary flaw but for an otherwise exquisite writing. The other gripe is that his rhetoric might have been more effective if he even once elaborated on whether any of the assimilating Natives or expansionist, homesteading whites had any deeper motivations besides bare survival or gold. A shallow analysis makes his persona come off nearly as simplistic as he claims the other sides were.
Specifically the tell-all act of how Crazy Horse would give extra horses to the old and widowed. I mean how many horses can one man ride anyway. Still, he was a giver.
I do find it hard to believe that all whites were completely colonizing, imperialistic gold-mongers, and I don't think Marshall believes that, either; still, I wonder what I would have been like back then, possibly looking for a new life with my family, falling for the promises of Manifest Destiny, walking right into what I'd been told and sucking up too much of the dominant ideology without discretion. It's fair of me to bring up this criticism since, to date, I have purchased 32 paperbacks of this book and given them to people. Marshall's writing just works for me, and I have a very hard time paying attention to most things.
"When I finish a good book, I feel like I've lost a friend." -- My Mom
The combination of story and narration make this more an experience than just listening to a good book. It is so good to learn about Native American culture from a Native American. Mr. Marshall presents the life and times of Crazy Horse in factual detail - the good, bad and ugly. History is what it is. We can only learn from it and this book gives us a wonderful opportunity to do just that.
I was happy to hear from a native Lakota voice the story of Crazy Horse. However, the narrative was fairly flat and rolled along like a historical outline padded with scenery. I am grateful to have been exposed to the perspective and information but found the storytelling and narration somewhat flat.
This book was able to make me see a look into the past at the hardships and love of the mother earth... such passion, such drive.... no matter what Crazy horse will like on...
Although a Brit I was captivated listening to this well reseached and narrated piece of native american history - it provides a unique insight into recent american history but from the native american stance. The demise of the Sioux nation is sad tale of ethnic cleansing 19th C. style - and this account of that blot on US history is well told. You are left with the view that if the land/gold grab in the Black Hills had been managed more sensivitely by the government of the time everyone involved would have been a winner - but history is not about sensible actions taken by governments and/orleaders (Iraqi/Iran comes to mind!). The tale also provides a unique insight into the previously untold history of the events of the time and the culture of the Sioux - I can highly recommend this book to anyone interested in american history & native american culture.