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Che Denine

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  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Dee Brown
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (468)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (338)

    Dee Brown's eloquent, meticulously documented account of the systematic destruction of the American Indian during the second half of the 19th century uses council records, autobiographies, and firsthand descriptions. Brown allows great chiefs and warriors of the Dakota, Ute, Sioux, Cheyenne, and other tribes to tell us in their own words of the battles, massacres, and broken treaties that finally left them demoralized and defeated.

    Reginald says: "A wrenching introduction to this history."
    "Great factual account, albeit a bit repetitive"
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    Where does Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Top 10%


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee?

    Black Kettle's forthright position, and his subsequent betrayal.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is a fine work. Although it feels like repetition in the accounts of the U.S. Army massacres, I suppose there is no other way to drive the point home in a brutally frank manner - the repetition in the book exists because the repetition in history exists - the

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Philbrick
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (768)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (205)

    From the perilous ocean crossing to the shared bounty of the first Thanksgiving, the Pilgrim settlement of New England has become enshrined as our most sacred national myth. Yet, as best-selling author Nathaniel Philbrick reveals in his spellbinding new book, the true story of the Pilgrims is much more than the well-known tale of piety and sacrifice; it is a 55-year epic that is at once tragic, heroic, exhilarating, and profound.

    John M says: "Fascinating book about a little-understood time"
    "Great account"
    Overall

    I'm no history expert, so I can't opine on historical clarity, accuracy, etc, but I found the book to be excellent - unlike other reviewers, I enjoyed the "hopping" to and fro among decades - it was necessary to make the point that the author was working on. Fascinating material - brings a to home the harsh reality of the second generation's cold treatment of the natives that were so accommodating to their fathers and mothers - seems like history repeats itself, in this respect, even now in America.
    Also, I don't agree with other reviewers about the narrator - I really enjoyed his skill in narration - no offense to Mr. Philbrick, but his voice sounds a bit old and weathered - perfect for the context of the material. I'm looking forward to hear more of his narrations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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