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Little Big Man Audiobook

Little Big Man

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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award, Literary Fiction, 2016

The story of Jack Crabbe, raised by both a white man and a Cheyenne chief. As a Cheyenne, Jack ate dog, had four wives, and saw his people butchered by General Custer's soldiers. As a white man, he participated in the slaughter of the buffalo and tangled with Wyatt Earp.

©1964, 2014 Thomas Berger, Introduction by Larry McMurtry (P)2014 Recorded Books

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    Banjo0615 United Kingdom 17/01/2015
    Banjo0615 United Kingdom 17/01/2015 Member Since 2011
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    "Never gets old"

    I loved this tale first time I read it and enjoyed the performance. A great story read and performed well

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • John
    Skaneateles, NY, United States
    12/11/15
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    "Classic yet fairly realistic tale of the old west"

    This is the story of Jack Crabb who's Cheyenne name is Little Big Man. It is told as a flashback of Jack as an 111yo man. It is an enjoyable recounting of the plains region circa 1850-1876 culminating in the battle of the Little Big Horn and Custer's last stand. The first half of the book is outstanding mainly focusing on Jack's time as a boy living with the Cheyenne after being adopted by the tribe. The descriptions of native american customs and lifestyle is realistically portrayed and quite interesting. Much is said about how native american ways and philosophy differs from "the whites". I always find this interesting to read about. The second half of the book is good but less interesting, sometimes being a tad long winded. There is a lot about frontier life and the life in early plains cities like St. Louis and Kansas City.

    Narrator does an excellent job and gives the story an authentic feel.

    5 stars for the first half of the book but 3 stars for the second half.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Austin
    29/07/15
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    "Everyone should read this book."

    This book should be required reading. It's a great story taking place in an amazing time in American history amongst some important American figures. This book is a classic.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Earl
    17/02/15
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    "Western Perfection"

    Loved it! Having grown up in South Dakota, I welcome any fiction or non-fiction that covers the natives or non-natives interaction and lives. This in particular is one of my all time favorites!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • BannerQueen
    04/05/16
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    "The best told story"
    Any additional comments?

    If you like history of the American west, and a rip snortin yet profoundly beautifully told story by a narrator that will have you believing he is actually the character, then this is for you. It was my favorite audio book listen so far to date - and I have listened to countless books.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Dubi
    New York, NY
    21/05/15
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    "It's a Good Day to Listen"

    There is one quality in an audiobook that transcends all others, regardless of author, genre, subject, etc. That is when the voice in your ears surpasses any voice you could imagine in your head. Little Big Man is a tall tale almost entirely spun by former Old West frontiersman Jack Crabb as a 111-year-old man, so the narration is crucial, and Scott Sowers just totally, absolutely nails it, maintaining the idiosyncratic voice of his character for nearly 20 hours.

    Jack Crabb was there. Everywhere. Raised by the Cheyenne after his father's wagon train was overrun, reclaimed by a white family as a teen, and in subsequent years: shopkeeper, muleskinner, trader, buffalo hunter, card sharp, gunslinger, prospector, dandy, town drunk, teamster, and ultimately scout. He returns several times to the Cheyenne to resume his role as legendary warrior Little Big Man. Along the way, he runs into people he met before, like General Custer, Wild Bill Hickok, Wyatt Earp, Calamity Jane, Buffalo Bill Cody, et.al. In the end, he is the only white man to survive the battle of Little Bighorn.

    This is revisionist history. Published in 1964, Little Big Man was one of the first books about the West to take the point of view of the Indians, to show their lifestyle in a sympathetic light, explaining practices that would seem savage and primitive to white settlers. To the credit of Thomas Berger, he shows all viewpoints in all their complexity, but clearly emphasizes that one side, the native side, took the worst of it as the relentless tide of American expansionism overran their lands. He also takes some time to reexamine the image of women, blacks and homosexuals -- way ahead of his time on all fronts

    This is one my favorite books (first read in the early 80s) by one of my favorite authors (read every one of his books), and the 1970 film version with Dustin Hoffman as Jack Crabb is one of my favorite movies. I will argue witth anyone who says otherwise that all three -- book, movie, author -- are among underrated or unheralded classics that deserve more attention. So yeah, I'm biased. But the narrator could have soured it. Sowers enhances it so that I can now add one of my all-time favorite audiobooks to my list.

    A word of caution. Written in the early 60s, before the term political correctness entered our lexicon, the language can be challenging. No profanity and no slurs directed at blacks or homosexuals, but plenty of cringeworthy descriptions and namecalling of Native Americans, as would befit someone like Jack who grew up with that language. No one can walk away from this book believing that the name of Washington's NFL team is anything but the worst kind of racial slur (unless they change to their logo to a red potato).

    18 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • James
    06/04/16
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    "excellent book top notch"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book The narration was very very good and how can you not enjoy the story. I'm sure everyone has seen the movie but the book is always is better.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    Metropolis, Illinois, United States
    12/03/16
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    "fine &fanciful"

    Epic entertainment called an American masterpieces by Larry McMurtty. Good performance, well worth the time.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Organic Design
    PA
    07/04/15
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    "Still an amazing tale"

    I last read this tale 45 years ago. I found it once again irresistible. I plan to read it again 45 years from now!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    Hamburg, AR, United States
    07/07/15
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    "Loved it like I knew I would."

    This was a movie I wasn't allowed to watch when I was young. My parents were great. The book was just as great as I knew it would be.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Kwajmeck
    26/03/15
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    "Interesting Story, Looong Book"
    What did you love best about Little Big Man?

    I love the American history incorporated into this book. Great narration. But I can only listen to it every few days as it is so long and detailed.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Only one major character.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    He sounds like you think the character should sound.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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