• The Captivity of the Oatman Girls

  • The History of the Young Sisters Who Were Abducted by Native Americans in the 1850s
  • By: Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: Scott Clem
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Categories: History, Military
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

On the North American continent, Native American tribes carried out abductions against the new European settlers from the time they first set foot on eastern shores. Some of the women taken in the colonial to early American period went on to become respected figures in their new environments, while others lived out their lives as slaves. Various tribes perceived the historical value of women's social personalities through different prisms, and even those groups living in the same region often exhibited dissimilar behavior toward them. For some of the more aggressive tribal societies, to commit atrocities against women and their children engaged the same mindset as that adopted for male-to-male warfare. What European sensibilities failed to grasp, despite the home continent's own lurid history, was that the numerous indigenous cultures of North America were already in the habit of perpetrating such abductions against each other and had for thousands of years.

©2017 Charles River Editors (P)2017 Charles River Editors

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Worst narrator ever, couldn’t listen more than 10 minutes

I was so excited to listen to this book, sounded like a fascinating story/ when the narratoe’s viice came in, I was jolted. I absolutely cannot believe this nan was “hired” to read this book. His diction is not clear, his speed is random, and his voice is like nails on a chalkboard, to me. His inflection and way of telling the story is horrible. Awful. It should be re-recorded, stat.

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Terrible narration

I couldn’t get past the first chapter. The narrator sounds like he’s gasping for air. Almost robotic at times. Too bad. I was really looking forward to listening is this

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Meh

Not really a inside story of the time spent in captivity- more like a newspaper article giving the known facts of the event. The narrator is both grating and monotone in an inappropriately upbeat way. It’s off-putting to here him read about a massacre with a lilting tone. I basically forced myself to finish it. Good thing it is short.

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Brief and to the point.

There seems to have been no real input into her own story by Olive Oatman. It is unclear if this is because her input was not salacious enough for her white peers or they could not accept her preference for her Native American family.

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Only just the beginning of the story

It left me wanting more, I wanted to hear more about her life in captivate. The story mentioned other books that are no longer in print.