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)
A fascinating story well told, if you're one of those who can actually suspend disbelief. I always think I'm not, but I do get caught up in the tale.
The fact that the scenario is entirely implausible lurks behind every scene, but a memorable cast of characters does emerge. The heroine is good-hearted, iconoclastic, rebellious, loyal, strong and funny, and the "history" rings true.
The language waffles between attempting to sound authentically mid-19th century, as one would expect in a personal journal, and quite modern, as in "God, Martha, that would be very low on my list of priorities." Still, an entertaining and predictably tragic story.
I like this reader very much. Pleasant voice, good characterizations, and no creepy transgender voices when reading the male characters' lines.
If you're looking for an entertaining story, by all means, have a listen. But if you read to fight insomnia, this is not your choice. I couldn't sleep the rest of the night after I finished the story.
I did not realize that this was a work of fiction until after I completed listening, but regardless, this is an incredible story. The main character of May and her friends are all completely 3 dimensional. Loved the narration. This is a beautiful, well crafted work of historical fiction.
This book took me back to the late 1800's and how it was for the native americans in those days. This book treats them with the respect they deserve. I loved the voice of this book both the narrator and the story!
Excellent book. The reader does a terrific job at adding to the story through her expressions. This book is intriguing and funny and horrific all at the same time. Excellent!
Mom, married, website designer, portfolio manager in self-imposed exile (yeah Greg Smith!!), former California native, Episcopalian.
I would have given this book 5 stars but there are some problem with the recording. The story and the narrator are very good. Audible needs to audit the recording and fix the garbles, missing spots, etc.
I have recently started a long commute and decided to start listening to audio books to help with long drives. My friend had recommended this book, as she had just finished reading it. She had told me it was a non-fiction account of a white woman who was sold to Indians. OK, so that description is more than a little off! Still I enjoyed the entirely fictional account of a group of white women (and one black) and their touching and often heartbreaking venture into the Cheyenne Indian culture as part of the Indian Bride program.
The voice actor that voiced the book was amazing - giving each character a distinct sound. She truly brought life to the words and made the book an enjoyable listen. I couldn't wait to turn it on.
I hesitate to give it 5 stars, just because it is often violent and has a less than upbeat ending, but I did love it!
I loved this book. It sucks you in from the very beginning. If you enjoy historical fiction, then don't miss reading this book. It's a good one!
I loved every minute of this book. It seemed so real. When I first started listening a realized it would be a reading of a journal, I was mad at myself for not being more careful in selecting it. I've read other "journal" books in the past and didn't enjoy the presentation. This one is different. The story just flows along keeping you entertained every minute. The ending was well done and gave "closure" to the story.
While I think the premise of the story was good, it was obvious to me that in parts it was a man's fantasy imagining a woman's fantasy which I found a little insulting.
This book is an okay listen. The main character annoyed me with her superior attitude. She was always the best, the prettiest, the wittiest, the toughest....the best at everything. You also wonder which parts of this story are "historic" and which ones are "fiction." I think that what they say about an Indian leader going to Washington to offer this deal is true, but some were even questioning if that part even happened. It is interesting to listen to and if one narrator read this which I think she did, then she did a great job with voices/accents. You want to keep reading to see what happens to these women once they marry the Indian tribe members. It is a good book. Nothing to write home about. Not super eloquent,but entertaining.
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