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Crow Killer

The Saga of Liver-Eating Johnson (Midland Book)
Narrated by: Don Coltrane
Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (333 ratings)
Regular price: $19.95
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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

Critic Reviews

“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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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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Good story, slow narrator.

Truly enjoyed the tale of the Liver-eater. But the narrator was a bit slow (ended up listening to the whole thing at x1.50 speed).

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a great read

dont listen to the other reviewers who complained about the accents of the narrator being laid on thick, or about the pace of reading being slow, or that the characters were illiterate. this is a great read and of great historical relevance. I think the narrator did great with the accents and country people speak slow even today so pay those tenderfoot reviewers no mind.

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A good history lesson.

What made the experience of listening to Crow Killer the most enjoyable?

Nice to find out the true story.

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

I don't know.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Don Coltrane?

Sure

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

You got me.

Any additional comments?

Get rid of these stupid questions.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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A fantastic book and a more detailed journey into a beloved historical figure

I fell in love with this story because of the movie, but was thrilled to find out about the book. The book delivers in every possible way I hoped it would. The narration was over all done really well, but could have been a bit more serious in moments that seemed as if they were meant to be more sullen. Highly recommended still.

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awesome story!!

I loved this book!! a very interesting story about Johnson! the author did a great job! the narrator is kinda boring but the story is so good it doesn't matter.

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Horrible

Fake dialogue, horrible performance, do not waste your money or credits. I find it hard to believe anyone would listen to this and give it more than one star.

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Narrator was a bit too slow. I listened at 1.25x speed which made it better but the sentences don’t always flow together that way. I would recommend reading the actual book, not necessarily listening to the audiobook.

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Not sure this is entirely good history,

But worthwhile for both the gritty, real-life men lit portrayed and (no doubt owing to a 1956 publication date) the equally gritty language lending - if not believability - at least credibility. Clearly unburdened by Political Correctness, the authors don’t shy from mountain man dialogue today likely to end up on the editorial floor - thereby depriving us of better history and deeper appreciation. But the folksy accent of the reader and the imitative speech was almost painful. Worth getting, but only on sale...and don’t use a credit.

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The Movie had nothing on this

I'm a huge fan of Robert Redford's Jeremiah Johnson, but I have to admit that it's a distant second to this book. Understandably, you can't cram everything into a movie that you find in the book, but having an accurate account of the life of the legendary mountain man portrayed by the narrator is extremely satisfying to one who is hungry to learn as much as he can about Johnson. It was also interesting to see that DelQue was much of the book's support. There was much more to comment on, but I also want to give a huge note of gratitude to the narrator's performance...superb to say the least!.