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Empire of the Summer Moon Audiobook

Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History

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Publisher's Summary

Empire of the Summer Moon spans two astonishing stories. The first traces the rise and fall of the Comanches, the most powerful Indian tribe in American history. The second entails one of the most remarkable narratives ever to come out of the Old West: the epic saga of the pioneer woman Cynthia Ann Parker and her mixed-blood son, Quanah, who became the last and greatest chief of the Comanches.

Although listeners may be more familiar with the names Apache and Sioux, it was in fact the legendary fighting ability of the Comanches that determined just how and when the American West opened up. They were so masterful at war and so skillful with their arrows and lances that they stopped the northern drive of colonial Spain from Mexico and halted the French expansion westward from Louisiana. White settlers arriving in Texas from the Eastern United States were surprised to find the frontier being rolled backward by Comanches incensed by the invasion of their tribal lands. So effective were the Comanches that they forced the creation of the Texas Rangers and account for the advent of the new weapon specifically designed to fight them: the six-gun.

The war with the Comanches lasted four decades, in effect holding up the development of the new American nation. Gwynne's exhilarating account delivers a sweeping narrative that encompasses Spanish colonialism, the Civil War, the destruction of the buffalo herds, and the arrival of the railroads - a historical feast for anyone interested in how the United States came into being.

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©2016 Simon & Schuster (P)2016 S. C. Gwynne

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    Rick Murrieta, CA, United States 10-07-16
    Rick Murrieta, CA, United States 10-07-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Historically Significant"

    I've read a few books that focus on the Native American culture and the impact on the American West. I particularly enjoyed "The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend" written by Bob Drury, and Tom Clavin, and also Nathanial Philbrick's "The Last Stand", and "The Mayflower", each providing a glimpse into what Native Americans were up against, and the finality of their existence. This book provides an insight into the lives of one of if not the most feared tribes ever to grace the North American continent: The Comanches.

    Plain and simply put, the Comanche nation was nasty! This is a band of natives that stopped at nothing when it came to war, whether they fought, captured, tortured, raped, scalped, or simply killed their opposition, they held nothing back. And they conducted these atrocities with fervor and zest which is far more extreme than any of their native cousins might have done. And the author doesn't hold back. Each detail is spelled out regardless of the victim, regardless of the situation, and without concern for a reader's queazy stomach. The nasty details are all provided as the historical significance of this great tribe unfolds.

    The book feels a bit long in places though may be a result of the author's effort to include every generational anecdote from the early 1700's until their ultimate demise in the late 1870's. Little appears to be left out so the chapters are filled, and thus long(er) in spots. But the tiresome length is helped along with an easy to listen to narration which is evenly pitched, with perfect inflection and annunciation. David Drummond does an excellent job!

    If you're looking for a book on Texas, and Oklahoma Native American history, this is the one for you. No details are left outs and you'll find each chapter full of historical significance you'd be hard-pressed to find anywhere else.

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    Forrest Munden 07-10-17 Member Since 2013
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    "I learned a lot"

    I could not imagine living during such a volatile time. I'm going to have to visit some of these places

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    wms2003 06-30-17
    wms2003 06-30-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great story in need of better narration"

    Such a fascinating dive into a distinct part of history. The only critique is it seems the narrator was emotionally disengaged from the book's content, which left more to be desired from such a powerful story.

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    "Impressive"

    Without a doubt the most well presented, non-objective book I've ever read on Native Americans. Wonderful. The only negative comment would be the narrator's mispronunciation of certain words; Llano, plait, Tucumcari, etc. It's not that hard to take a few minutes to research the local pronunciation of names or words with today's technology. Read (or listen to) this book.

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    Elizabeth Ledbetter 06-27-17
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    "History come alive."

    Story so recent and yet so foreign to modern times. The evolution and disappearance of the dynamic force of Comanche peoples on the mid-American plains. Plus if you are a native born Texan, this history happened in your country and involved your family--much to ponder in the end.

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    Rex 06-22-17
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Empire of the Summer Moon to be better than the print version?

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    What did you like best about this story?

    Fairly easy to follow. Lots of information, but not sterile, lots of action and life.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


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    C. Joe White 06-17-17
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    "Excellent read."

    Story of one of the Native American tribes that I have always been curious about. Really good read.

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    "very informative and engaging."

    This has been on my too read or listen too lost for sometime. I'm glad I finally did. it was incredibly good. great narrator as well. definitely worth a second listen.

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    DM 06-05-17
    DM 06-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "True American story"
    If you could sum up Empire of the Summer Moon in three words, what would they be?

    True American story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a history lesson that reads (listens) like a novel. Do your self a favor get this one and set down for a story of the American west like it really happened.


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    Eleanor823 evanston, IL 05-17-17
    Eleanor823 evanston, IL 05-17-17 Member Since 2015

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    "An engaging story of the past and modern times meeting"

    I enjoyed this book very much. A good insight into the history of a group of people mistreated lied to and dragged into modern day

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