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Crow Killer

The Saga of Liver-Eating Johnson (Midland Book)
Narrated by: Don Coltrane
Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
Categories: History, American
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Summary

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

Critic reviews

“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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  • Kelsey Berry
  • 23-07-15

Great Book!!!

Very informative book, fascinating stories of a time gone bye. The accents that were complained about, I found endearing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-03-17

Good story, slow narrator.

Truly enjoyed the tale of the Liver-eater. But the narrator was a bit slow (ended up listening to the whole thing at x1.50 speed).

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  • DancesWithLights
  • 16-11-16

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.

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  • Claycnst
  • 15-08-16

A good history lesson.

What made the experience of listening to Crow Killer the most enjoyable?

Nice to find out the true story.

What other book might you compare Crow Killer to and why?

I don't know.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Don Coltrane?

Sure

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

You got me.

Any additional comments?

Get rid of these stupid questions.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-05-19

great book better than movie <br />

so many more stories than the movie and a great description of liver eating Johnson

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  • Ernest NElson
  • 02-05-19

Besides The Bible my very favorite book

I have read this book now 4 times. And I'm likely to read it again. The story is told so well that you can picture it. If you have seen the movie Jeremiah Johnson this is not it. This is who he actually was.

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  • Tanya
  • 06-03-19

great history

loved the history. great description.
easy to follow. I recommend it for t hi use who like historic books

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  • jim
  • 22-02-19

great!!!

loved it. great American frontiersman. they need to remake the movie. the true story is much more interesting.

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  • Wade H.
  • 12-02-19

History?

To classify this book as "American History" is a stretch. This book is not a biography. It is folklore. It interesting, in that it paints a good picture of frontier and Native-American culture in the mid to late 1800's.

As a southerner, I have no issue with southern / country accents. What is annoying (and inaccurate) is that it is attributed to a New Jersey emigrant (Jeremiah Johnson).

I agree with another reviewer: might be worth buying on sale but not worth a credit.

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  • James
  • 02-02-19

A fantastic book and a more detailed journey into a beloved historical figure

I fell in love with this story because of the movie, but was thrilled to find out about the book. The book delivers in every possible way I hoped it would. The narration was over all done really well, but could have been a bit more serious in moments that seemed as if they were meant to be more sullen. Highly recommended still.