Drawing on firsthand research and his culture's rich oral tradition (rarely shared outside the Native American community), Marshall reveals many aspects of Crazy Horse's life, including details of the powerful vision that convinced him of his duty to help preserve the Lakota homeland, a vision that changed the course of Crazy Horse's life and spurred him confidently into battle time and time again.
The Journey of Crazy Horse is the true story of how one man's fight for his people's survival roused his true genius as a strategist, commander, and trusted leader. And it is an unforgettable portrayal of a revered human being and a profound celebration of a culture, a community, and an enduring way of life.
©2004 Joseph M. Marshall III; (P)2004 HighBridge Company
"A vivid, haunting biography that acknowledges the author's boyhood hero worship but avoids hagiography....This book adds spirit and life to our understanding of this enigmatic and important man." (Publishers Weekly)
"Marshall does a good job of bringing Crazy Horse to life by examining all his milestones....A highly readable, as-accurate-as-the-record-allows study of the nineteenth-century's best-known Lakota chief." (Booklist)
This book will give you a perspective on Crazy Horse that you won't find anyplace else.It gives a true picture as to who Crazy Horse was and the things that compelled him to greatness. You don't get this side of the story in American history class. I found it to be very compelling and informative. I recommend this book to anybody who is interested in knowing the whole story of western history and how we got to where we are today.
I have only one thing to add to "ibakidd41's" review. Most authors don't have the voice nessecary to be good readers of audio books, however Mr. Marshall gives an excellent reading. I was compelled by his voice to feel and see what he had written. Don't miss this experience.
All I want to add to what the other reviewers had to say is that this is the best narration of any book I have listened to and I have listened to a great many. His voice and pacing fit perfectly for this book. It would not be nearly so interesting or compelling without him. Its a fascinating book but the narration raises it to another level and brings home as no regular narrator could the true meaning of his words
This is a great audio book. It challenged my ideas of leadership and history. There will never be another Crazy Horse, but we can all learn something from his story. I find the narration greatly enhanced the listening experience. I listened to the start of this on a 6 hour drive and when I reached my destination I sat in the parking lot for another hour because I just couldn't stop listening. I'll read (or hopefully) listen to anything else Mr. Marshall shares with us!
Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.
I read the reviews of a book to see if there is anything that I can add to what has already been written. Some liked the narration some did not. I loved it and cannot think of anyone who could have made the book more meaningful than the author himself. The voice and the book it narrates not only did not put me to sleep, they have not allowed me to sleep soundly for days.
This story is so apropos in light of recent world events. It gives an idea of how power corrupts those that lust after it and how people are capable of changing loyalties in the blink of an eye. The author did an excellent job of illustrating the idealism of Crazy Horse and his committment to what was best for "The People". Even though it was a committment he did not wish or strive for. I have read many books about Crazy Horse but this one went into detail that brought Crazy Horse to life. As others have said, I will listen to it more than once or twice.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I thought that it brought some balanced to the many other treatments of Crazy Horse. Marshall made real for me the lives, intrinsic humanity and basic good values of this nation of Mothers, Fathers, children, and extended families in a culture that for centuries was based on hunting, gathering and defending their homes for survival. Marshal dealt with elegance and sensitivity the incredibly difficult issues facing the Lakota during this period. The tragic nature of many of these issues was evidenced by the lack of effective solutions available to the Lakota nation, and the obviousness to the people at the time that their way of life was irreparably changing for the worse. I've read some reviews here reflecting the view that the author should not have read the book. I most strongly disagree with this view. In my view, no one could have conveyed the rich oral history, family and cultural values of the Lakota people, as well as the poignancy of their plight better than one borne into that culture and steeped from birth in its history and values. I particularly appreciated Marshall's view and focus on what it takes to be a truly great leader in any society. After the book I have a new appreciation of how Crazy Horse became the inspiring leader he was to the Lakota people, not by words and oration, but by example and leading! I strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in understanding this period of time in our history from the point of view of the Lakota.
I felt moved by this book. Don't know how much is historically correct and I don't think that it matters. I felt as if I was there. It is not a fun book. It is about a great man who in his time had the strength and purpose to continually fight against overwhelming odds. If I was Euro American I would have a sense of shame.
Reading is one tone but I thought effective. Some special effects of thunder were great.
A great book.
After reading the reviews for this book, written over the years, I realize I probably would have to qualify my interest in the history of Native Americans as passionate, but less than strictly historical (in the sense of documentation and facts only). I read quite a few books on Native American history and I've found as much *honesty* in what the summary here refers to as Marshall's "culture's rich oral tradition" as I have in most of the heavily documented pieces of American Native histories that I've read. No doubt, scholars on the subject may find inaccuracies in this kind of a book, but they can't deny the heart or spirit that is missing in bare bones facts (and here could be a whole discussion on *facts*). Marshall captures that spirit beautifully with a reverence and sincerity that has to be included with these people's history, and this man's heroism.
I read Crazy Horse: The Strange Man of the Oglalas (by Mari Sandoz) probably 20 yrs. ago and plan on reading it again for a more timely comparison, but The Journey of Crazy Horse: A Lakota History felt more connected to the Oglala Sioux man than primarily the warrior. It felt like a peaceful reflection of a man and a philosophy, and Marshall's narration definitely added to that feeling.
There were serious issues with the recording I downloaded (which was too bad because I really enjoyed this). Several passages were repeated towards the last third of the book, almost verbatim. The repetition was distracting and even worse, gave the flow a jerky, out of context feel. I listened again, and the same thing happened; one minute CH was turning over his weapons and horse, and the next he was pulling a knife on Little Big Man and riding off on that horse. I think my recording may have also been missing parts, as there was next to nothing on the Battle at Little BigHorn. Hopefully it was just my copy.
"The Journey of Crazy Horse"
Listening to Joseph Marshall telling this storey is like being round the camp fire while an elder recounts the history of his people. He is the perfect narrator for his excellent book, and has the ability to involve the listener in this tragic and moving storey. The listener not only learns more about these amazing people, but can feel part of it. This audio book is an experience, and I can recommend it.
"One of the greatest books I have heard"
Feels just like your there in a spirt sweat room hearing the stories from your native american grandfather. Amazing from start to finish...recommended fully
"Incredible story and narrator"
This audiobook blew me away. Would recommend to anyone. The author's narration is perfect - almost an extension of the old oral tradition. I can't imagine reading this as a text. This is profound, moving and troubling. As a UK reader/listener, the legend of Crazy Horse is perhaps not so familiar, but this deserves to make it so. I will try some of the authors other audiobooks too, on the strength of this.
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