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
"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)
I kept going back online to make sure this story was indeed fiction, and I'm still not convinced it isn't based on a true story. Maybe it was! It was a fascinating look back into the 19th century in the U.S. when we white people thought we were gods and controlled everything and everybody. Talk about Manifest Destiny! Take women who were insane, poor, radical, or somehow didn't fit the 'mold' and send them to live with the Cheyenne nation as wives and to 'teach' the natives how to assimilate into the white world! What a concept! As the book proceeds, we see who taught who what, and what surprises are in store for both the 'wives' and their warrior husbands. It is a fascinating look into the Native American culture and the very sad end to their way of life. I couldn't stop listening. An excellent listen I would recommend to anyone who likes a good story, who is interested in Native American culture, and loves stories of the American West.
The main character, May Dodd, has to be a favorite. Ever hopeful of a better life, willing to move on from heartbreak, betrayal, and men who have failed her, she decides to give Little Wolf the benefit of the doubt. She is a winner in the end.
In most audio books, I don't like the dialects the different characters might use. In this book, I loved that part. I always knew what character was speaking, whether it was narration, or a particular character.
Yet Another Story of How the Native Americans were Screwed by the White Man
Even though this is fictional, you feel like you are reading true memoirs. I found it very interesting and believable.
The character development.
I listened to it an hour and a half each day when I went for my walk, I was always anxious to go for my walk!
Although I have never read the book Dances with Wolves, I have seen the movie and would venture to guess that if I had to compare it to something it would be this. In the way that May Dodd went to live and grow to love the Cheyenne, so did Lt. Dunbar. It was as if this story was in reverse order: female lives with Cheyenne instead of male lives with Sioux. The honesty and portrayl of Indians in both are also similar in the fact that they show the good and the bad; not just the romantic portrayl of the Native American culture. They both also deal with the heartbreak and questioning of how the "white man" dealt with the "savages" and, as with the Native Americans, show the good and the bad.
Although Ms. Hicks "regular" speaking voice as May Dodd is very smooth and easy to listen to, I also enjoyed all of the different accents; my favorites were the Irish sisters and the Sweedish lady. Those accents, coupled with the descriptions of course, helped my mind's eye capture what the ladies looked and acted like in the book.
This is a nice, easy book to listen to; it actually ended before I wanted it to. If you are looking for something historical with exact dates and real events, this may not be the book for you, however, if you enjoy a good story that can take you back in time and give you a sneak peak of what it may have been like if this had indeed been a true story, then I think you will like this book.
FANTASTIC, Engaging, Unforgetable!!!
Her voice was so real and easy to listen to.
I just loved this book!!! I still think about it, re-visit it in my mind all the time. Wonder what I would have done.
i was drawn in by the masterful deception that this might be a true story ... could it be? well??? it was funny, sad, adventerous the story was intreguing had me glued to my head phones every minute it was hard not to fall in to believing it happened loved it
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
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