The true story (on which the film Jeremiah Johnson was partially based) of John Johnson, who in 1847 found his wife and her unborn child had been killed by Crow braves. Out of this tragedy came one of the most gripping feuds - one man against a whole tribe - in American history.
©1958, 1969 Indiana University Press (P)2014 Redwood Audiobooks
“It's a robust story, almost incredible...This is the stuff of folklore at its authentic best.” (The New York Times Book Review)
"Warrants a place on any shelf of Western Americana.” (San Francisco Chronicle)
Top 20 percentile.
Hoping to read others that may help me to answer this question. My fascination with frontiersman and mountain men began with Allan Eckert's "The Frontiersman".
The protagonist of course... I was curious since a boy about the true life character that "Jerimiah Johnson" was based on... I liked the "Bearclaw" character as well...
Nothing extreme, but it kept me listening intently.
I liked the care in which the narrator took in developing and performing the most likely accents and dialect of the period.
The explanation of why Johnson is one of our great American mythic heroes and the comparison of Johnson to other mythic heroes
The tale of the biscuits for Blackfeet!
Coltrane did a fair job in differentiating.
No, no extreme reactions to this book
I've read this book several times over the years (6 or 7).
This tale is the basis for the movie "Jeremiah Johnson" and the novel "Mountain Man" by Vardis Fisher. But the REAL Johnson makes both Jeremiah and the Fisher mountain pale in comparison. There's nothing like the real tale. Johnson should be more familiar to us than Bridger or Buffalo Bill Cody. His story is a rich tale of the West and should be treasured.
Am VERY thankful for the telling of this tale on Audio Book so I can listen to it while driving. Yet, Coltrane is a very static reader with predictable tone and cadence. So, his voice was folksy, yet was flat.
Most of all, the two two chuckle heads reading the book have hick accents that are hard to get by, as well as the fact that they are apparently illiterate.
His accent and slow plodding pace make the book tedious. When the second narrator joins it for character voices, he really lays it on thick. I'm not sure why a mountain man who was a recent immigrant has a Tennessee accent.
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