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Publisher's Summary

Her name is synonymous with the West. Her celebrity has spread to the East Coast and California, traveling down the newly laid railroads and along the telegraph wire.  

But breathless tales of Calamity Jane bear little resemblance to the truth. As she senses death coming closer, the legendary hellcat longs to set the record straight - to reveal her life story at last, unclouded by legend, every sin and failing laid bare. Only then can she hope to rest in peace.  

In a Deadwood saloon, she finds a writer willing to hear her out and recount the truth to a public hungry for more tales of Calamity Jane....

So begins Libbie Hawker’s expansive biographical novel, an intimate portrait of one of the best-known yet least-understood women of the American frontier. The international best-selling author of The Ragged Edge of Night takes the listener on a heart-rending journey through a landscape lost to time, as seen through the eyes of one outcast woman. Calamity is a haunting meditation on hardship, unrequited love, and the stark, affecting beauty of the American West.

©2019 Libbie Hawker (P)2019 Running Rabbit Press LLC

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Once in awhile you find a 5 star!

I love audio books, I very seldom write a review, maybe three times since 2013, and over 300 audio books from audible.I hesitate to be that person (like in Hollywood) who tells you how to think, how to feel and what you should do, or you are a bad person. Because you can play dress up and act like an imaginary person doesn't qualify you to make me feel bad if i don't agree with you. I'm saying if you don't like the book we could still be friends and respect each other. With that being said. My first concern was the length, 21 hours on Calamity Jane, I had my doubts,I also was not familiar with the author or narrator. I bought the book. Every so often you find a book that to you, the author, story, and narrator just mesh. For me this book combines all these things and made for a very pleasurable experience. So, if you buy the book and don't like it, you're not a good person. JUST KIDDING:)

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amazing narrator!

Ugh, this is such a good book. I cried and cried. Jackie Zebrowski kills it; I hope she narrates more!

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Hands down the best book

There is know way this book could of been better. Libbie Hawker know draw a picture with words. Jackie Zebrowski did a out standing job on the narrating of the story . I know this is one book I will listen to many more times.

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Great book with fantastic narration

Really engrossing book, I hadn't read any of her work before, but I love Libbie Hawker's style. But for me, the narration really took this to the next level. Really fantastic, I burned through this in a single weekend!

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Wonderfully narrated!

This is already a beautiful, vividly written novel but the narration brings it to a whole new level! It’s hard to believe this is an indie published and produced book. Really well done. Very exciting and interesting listen!

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Beautifully told

The story of land, it’s people and change.
Calamity Jane is powerfully portrayed;survivor, skilled in many arts,flawed and beautiful.
I laughed, cried was lost in the Old West. A great listen.

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15 words as required without becoming like the book was. I love historical books and learned about the period

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Loved it

I laughed, cried, enjoyed the descriptions of life and scenery. I didn’t want it to end, but of course it must. It was so enjoyable!!! Narrator was awesome. Author incredible!

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A True Performance

A heartfelt and dynamic performance by narrator Jackie Zebrowski truly brings this thrilling tale to life and sets a new standard for audio entertainment and edutainment.

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I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook - the performance by Jackie Zabrowski was outstanding and Libby Hawker manages descriptive details and feelings to bring you right into each vignette. I love the way the author deals with transition between life and death, interlacing with loss of the Wild West to paved and populated civilization, and the feelings of loss and reluctant but necessary acceptance interweaved between the two…it’s one of those listens that leave you bittersweet because the enjoyment is ending. Well done!

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Jackie steals the show!

I have been a fan of the Calamity legacy since i watched Doris Day play her in the movie. This book was the real story.... no holding back. Jackie's narration made me feel like I was listening to Calamity herself! Loved every second! Only criticism is that the chapters were very long so I always had to switch off before the end-- which left me hanging to get back in the car to finish it off!!