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Crow Killer: The Saga of Liver-Eating Johnson (Midland Book) | [Raymond W. Thorp, Robert Bunker]

Crow Killer: The Saga of Liver-Eating Johnson (Midland Book)

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

“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)

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    Kelsey Berry 07-23-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Great Book!!!"

    Very informative book, fascinating stories of a time gone bye. The accents that were complained about, I found endearing.

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    Abnhunter 06-18-15
    Abnhunter 06-18-15
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    "I enjoy finding stories lost..."
    Where does Crow Killer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 20 percentile.


    What other book might you compare Crow Killer to and why?

    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".


    Which character – as performed by Don Coltrane – was your favorite?

    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...


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Nothing extreme, but it kept me listening intently.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the care in which the narrator took in developing and performing the most likely accents and dialect of the period.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kayla 04-15-15
    Kayla 04-15-15
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    "difficult to get through"

    Couldn't stand the narration, made it near impossible to get through. This wasn't for me.

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    Jenifer Carroll 03-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent"

    I hated for it to end. We owe a great debt to this man & those that were similar to him.

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    Ryan B. 02-05-15
    Ryan B. 02-05-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Good read"

    Good read about real trappers in the west. A good profile story on Liver eating Johnson.
    Insightful.

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    L. Smith 09-11-14
    L. Smith 09-11-14
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    "Thankful for the Telling of This Tale"
    What did you love best about Crow Killer?

    The explanation of why Johnson is one of our great American mythic heroes and the comparison of Johnson to other mythic heroes


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Crow Killer?

    The tale of the biscuits for Blackfeet!


    Did Don Coltrane do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Coltrane did a fair job in differentiating.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, no extreme reactions to this book


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John W. Mucha Alexandria, LA United States 06-22-14
    John W. Mucha Alexandria, LA United States 06-22-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A Perfect Book For Those Who Enjoy Swamp People"
    What disappointed you about Crow Killer?

    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.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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