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Few Americans have been more successful than Davy Crockett at creating their own mythology though much of this book’s interest is found in the tension between the hyperbole of the author and the manufactured accounts produced by Disney and others. Reader Jonathan Reese handles this tension skillfully. He uses dialect when variant spellings indicate but otherwise has less of a mountain accent. His resonant voice and steady pace make the hunting tales, which comprise much of the book, almost interesting and the humor, both intentional and unintentional, amusing.

Publisher's Summary

Even as a child, Davy Crockett "always delighted to be in the very thickest of danger." Better known to us as "King of the Wild Frontier," Davy Crockett was not only a frontiersman but also a politician who became a celebrity and a folk hero during his lifetime. Here, in his own inimitable style, he describes his earliest days in Tennessee, his two marriages, his career as an Indian fighter, his bear hunts, and his electioneering. His reputation as a "b'ar" hunter sent him to Congress with an eye on the White House; but at the Alamo, he would cap off a legend that still holds Americans in its spell.
©1923 Public Domain (P)2008 Tantor

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Fantastic Autobiography -- well narrated

This reminded me of the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. . but much more interesting because it is all true!

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Poorly performed, but a good story.

The reader uses the same simple inflection structure for almost every sentence. He becomes very tiresome to listen to. Otherwise, the story itself reveals a lot about Crockett's personality and ambitions.

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