Son of the Morning Star

Narrated by: Adrian Cronauer
Length: 20 hrs and 26 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (161 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This national best-seller vividly reconstructs one of the most unbelievable and controversial battles in American military history—General Custer’s Last Stand in 1876. Why would a seasoned leader like Custer lead 200 U.S. Army soldiers into battle against 2,000 Native American warriors? The answer lies in this book, which captures in stunning detail the heroism, foolishness, and brutality that led to this legendary battle.

©1984 Evan S. Connell (P)1985 Recorded Books, LLC

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Excellent story

Son of the Morning Star is a great story about George Custer that is very well researched and detailed.

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easily the best boook on the topic

The best I've read probably over 20 Custer books This is the best Attention to historical detail, yet never dry You cannot go wrong with this!!

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the real Custer

this book contain the most historically accurate information that I have read on the battle of the Little Bighorn as well as the individual characters involved.

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Wonderful Narration and Prose

I loved this book. The narrator is marvellous, the writing is superb, and the story is compelling. The detail in this work about both Custer and the many people involved is rare, interesting and important. I learned a lot and highly recommend it.

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Interesting, but...

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It has lots of interesting factoids and gives a terrific sense of place and time and attitudes of the day, but it sure jumps around a lot.

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Well researched

The book does jump around a little. I thought the narrator was great occasionally inserted some humor but if your interested in the history of the west this book is a must read

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great book tons of information

this book is full of every tidbit of I formation surrounding Custer and his men, family, and acquaintances. if you value information and history it's a great read/listen.

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Very well written!

An incredible account of the Battle of Little Bighorn, and the cultures and histories of both Native & American peoples. a great account from key players such as Chief Sitting Bull,Chief Rain in The Face, Captain Benteen, Major Reno, Lt. Bradley, Elizabeth Custer, General Terry and the list goes on! The author uses very true facts on all subjects. This book should be read by all who want the truth about the Battle and people that were involved!

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Must have for any serious Custer listener

What made the experience of listening to Son of the Morning Star the most enjoyable?

Yes it does jump around a bit with the timeline, but the details and depth of the research is evident. After listening to 2 other popular Custer/Last Stand non fictions, I was surprised at how much they chose to leave out, it's not left out here

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Poetic prose

Beyond a typical or expected historical account, the writer Evan S. Connell writes with a clear passion for the subject and has a provocative style that gives life to a story from the 1800’s. I was skeptical if I would like the book and waited months before getting the audiobook. Now I would say that I liked it so much, I might read it again in the future. The flowing timeline could be challenging to those who prefer linear story-telling. However, it can be enjoyed if you treat it more like poetry than a rigid retelling of history.