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One Thousand White Women Audiobook
One Thousand White Women
Written by: 
Jim Fergus, J. Will Dodd (introduction)
Narrated by: 
Laura Hicks, Erik Steele
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One Thousand White Women Audiobook

One Thousand White Women

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Publisher's Summary

One Thousand White Women is the story of May Dodd and a colorful assembly of pioneer women who, under the auspices of the U.S. government, travel to the Western prairies in 1875 to intermarry among the Cheyenne Indians.

The covert and controversial "Brides for Indians" program, launched by the administration of Ulysses S. Grant, is intended to help assimilate the Indians into the white man's world.

Toward that end, May and her friends embark upon the adventure of their lifetimes.

Author Jim Fergus has so vividly depicted the American West that it is as if these diaries are a capsule in time.

©1998 Jim Fergus; (P)2006 BBC Audiobooks America

What the Critics Say

"Fergus lets his imagination go wild and creates a journal of one of his ancestors who became one of those brides in 1875. Laura Hicks renders this imaginative work splendidly. She is vivacious and expressive as May Dodd." (Audiofile)

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    Denise Mansfield 04-02-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Historical Fiction. Fascinating."
    If you could sum up One Thousand White Women in three words, what would they be?

    Historical. Fascinating. Captivating.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    May Dodd.


    What about Laura Hicks and Erik Steele ’s performance did you like?

    Both made the story come alive.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The train ride to the west.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary N. Bucklew Delaware Seashore 03-05-13
    Mary N. Bucklew Delaware Seashore 03-05-13

    Writer, retired now 11 years and living at the beach, writing, golfing, enjoying my "second act."

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    "Pretty good tale of Wild West and Hearty Women"

    After a few chapters, or, once the characters all get together and embark on their journey, this reads more like history than fiction. Never heard of this author before, but he tells a spell binding (fictionalized) account of white women who in 1875 volunteer to travel into the wild west to intermarry with native Americans/Indians, at the direction of Pres Ulysses S. Grant. Had me in tears at the end, such is the author's power to draw me in.

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    Rtunga San Antonio, TX, United States 02-22-13
    Rtunga San Antonio, TX, United States 02-22-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Amazing story of a white woman turned squaw"
    If you could sum up One Thousand White Women in three words, what would they be?

    Page-turner, humorous, sad


    What other book might you compare One Thousand White Women to and why?

    Totally opposite of what I expected after reading "Empire of the Summer Moon"


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the squaws made their own sauna lodge.


    If you could rename One Thousand White Women, what would you call it?

    A second chance for Mae Dodd


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    Jean 02-05-13
    Jean 02-05-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Really Interesting as well as Entertaining"
    Would you listen to One Thousand White Women again? Why?

    Yes. I really like the imagery and the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact that I could identify with a woman from so long ago.


    What does Laura Hicks and Erik Steele bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I tend to skip ahead when I am reading a book but the way it was read was very entertaining and kept me engaged.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel W. San Jose, Costa Rica 02-01-13
    Daniel W. San Jose, Costa Rica 02-01-13

    Living abroad in Costa Rica, am a frequent traveler with interests in humanities, adventure and technology

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    "Told from the point of view of a particpant"
    What did you love best about One Thousand White Women?

    Explained a great deal of the culture of the Cheyenne and 19th century America


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mary Dodd


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    April 01-06-13
    April 01-06-13

    Love W.E.B. Griffin! Love the Wicked series. Love historical "sagas" and descriptive word pictures that put me in the time and place. Love listening on my long commute every day. Audible has made commuting tolerable!

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    "Cliche' in a different wrapper."
    What disappointed you about One Thousand White Women?

    Ultimately the story only reinforced cliches and negatives. Author also resorted to an excess of descriptions of sexual violence that didn't really add to the story.


    Has One Thousand White Women turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Have you listened to any of Laura Hicks’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    N/a


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    It was disappointing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    CURTIS BROOKLYN, NY, United States 11-16-12
    CURTIS BROOKLYN, NY, United States 11-16-12
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    "Loved the book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    One of the first audible books I read, and I loved it. Very interesting story and the narrator was great. Couldn't wait to read daily.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sally Farrington High Sierras 10-02-12
    Sally Farrington High Sierras 10-02-12 Member Since 2014

    Long Tall Sally

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    "A wonderful journey"
    What made the experience of listening to One Thousand White Women the most enjoyable?

    Pure amazement! While I was a poor student in History classes, I have found that I actually love it. This book book has really opened my eyes to another side, not shared in school, of the plight of Native Americans in their precarious transformation from 'savage' to incarceration and the development of reservations.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of One Thousand White Women?

    Many moments of the awakening of the women to the basics of love and survival.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the scene where the American women came in contact, for the first time, with their future husbands and how their lives transformed from the idiosyncrasies of the 'great American life, to participating in a life where she must survive and participate in some very grass root traditional, basic skills in a 'savage' lifestyle.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listen as I travel. I found myself taking assignments way out of my territory so that I could listen for longer periods of time or sitting in my garage for extended periods of time after I had returned home just to 'finish a chapter'. Note: I rarely stopped listening when that chapter ended. I listen as I hike. My hiking increased from 10 miles per week to 25. I just hate for this book to end!


    Any additional comments?

    You won't be sorry that you read/listened to this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Roy Byron, MN, United States 09-17-12
    Roy Byron, MN, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Educational"
    What made the experience of listening to One Thousand White Women the most enjoyable?

    Educational and want to find how how the story ended.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Kept my interest regarding individual life


    Have you listened to any of Laura Hicks’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I have not


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 09-03-12
    Karen 09-03-12
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    "Interesting concept"

    I would have liked to hear from the Indians. The story teller reacted in an ordinary way. I wanted to know what the Indians were thinking to make such a proposal. The author introduced their idea but did not develop it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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