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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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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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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 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.

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Awesome story

Great story to listen to especially if you enjoyed the movie Jerimiah Johnson. I know these are tall tales but must of been an incredible time to live.

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great book better than movie

so many more stories than the movie and a great description of liver eating Johnson

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It’s just ok

This book flames out about half way through. Also, trigger warning: some pretty politically incorrect dialogue, albeit historically expectable.

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Adventures in the Wild Wild Wilderness

If you are one of those types that gets offended by non-politically correct anything..do your blood pressure a small favor and skip this..for all others that want to experience tall tales of a folk-hero without the Hollywood cancel culture, you’ll enjoy this greatly. This book was originally published in the 1950s. So, set yer traps pilgrim and then set yerself down by the fahr for tales of the Wild West, courtesy of the Liver-Eater.

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Great Story

The story was engaging throughout and the author truly paints the picture. It’s not the best narrator I’ve heard on audible, but as I got used to his stop and start rhythm I didn’t find it to be a problem. The narrator brings to life the characters in the book with a unique accent for each character. I really appreciated that and found I liked it, even though his speech pattern is choppy. The book is way better than the movie as they always say.

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Outstanding story telling

Very matter of fact.

good sequencing, chronological, vivid accounts with enough fictional(?) detail to make it come alive.

REALLY amazing stories about the Liver-Eater.

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Jaw Dropping

I had read the story of liver eating Johnson already and enjoyed hearing it read to me. Don Coltrane does the accents of the characters very well. If you saw the movie Jeremiah Johnson you have only experienced a milquetoast version of the amazing and shocking story of a man whose adventures make the antics of the wild westerners who came long after this mountain man pale by comparison.
A truly astonishing experience never to be forgotten and not for the politically correct woke weaklings of today.