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
"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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Very informative book, fascinating stories of a time gone bye. The accents that were complained about, I found endearing.
"A good history lesson."
Nice to find out the true story.
I don't know.
You got me.
Get rid of these stupid questions.
"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.
"Great piece of American history"
Really love this book!!! Just to even imagine 5he way of life back then. Definitely hard people!
"good story, but a bit tall."
overall a good story but a bit reaching in detail a couple times.
There are more than a few tall tales within as well.
75' bull whip that retrieves knives and the welder catches them.....
"I enjoy finding stories lost..."
Top 20 percentile.
Hoping to read others that may help me to answer this question. My fascination with frontiersman and mountain men began with Allan Eckert's "The Frontiersman".
The protagonist of course... I was curious since a boy about the true life character that "Jerimiah Johnson" was based on... I liked the "Bearclaw" character as well...
Nothing extreme, but it kept me listening intently.
I liked the care in which the narrator took in developing and performing the most likely accents and dialect of the period.
"difficult to get through"
Couldn't stand the narration, made it near impossible to get through. This wasn't for me.
I hated for it to end. We owe a great debt to this man & those that were similar to him.
Good read about real trappers in the west. A good profile story on Liver eating Johnson.
"Thankful for the Telling of This Tale"
The explanation of why Johnson is one of our great American mythic heroes and the comparison of Johnson to other mythic heroes
The tale of the biscuits for Blackfeet!
Coltrane did a fair job in differentiating.
No, no extreme reactions to this book
I've read this book several times over the years (6 or 7).
This tale is the basis for the movie "Jeremiah Johnson" and the novel "Mountain Man" by Vardis Fisher. But the REAL Johnson makes both Jeremiah and the Fisher mountain pale in comparison. There's nothing like the real tale. Johnson should be more familiar to us than Bridger or Buffalo Bill Cody. His story is a rich tale of the West and should be treasured.
Am VERY thankful for the telling of this tale on Audio Book so I can listen to it while driving. Yet, Coltrane is a very static reader with predictable tone and cadence. So, his voice was folksy, yet was flat.
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