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In the winter of 1873, a small band of prospectors lost their way in the frozen wilderness of the Colorado Rockies. Months later, when the snow finally melted, only one of them emerged. His name was Alfred G. Packer, though he would soon become infamous throughout the country under a different name: "the Man-Eater."

After the butchered remains of his five traveling companions were discovered in a secluded valley by the Gunnison River, Packer vanished for nine years, becoming the West's most wanted man. What followed was a saga of evasion and retribution as the trial of the century worked to extricate fact from myth and Polly Pry, a once-famed pioneering journalist, took on the cause of Packer. Man-Eater is the definitive story of a legendary crime - a gripping tale of unspeakable suffering, the desperate struggle for survival, and the fight to uncover the truth.

©2015 Harold Schechter (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • daniel
  • 01-05-17

Made me hungry. Just kidding.

A very good look at the rough and tough life of settlers of the west. I wouldnt have thought this book would have been like this. I thought this book was about a savage cannibal but it was just another case of doing what it took to stay alive. Not sure how I felt about the Man Eater as to his level of wrong doing. Really enjoyed it.

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  • Tessa Ingram
  • 12-08-16

It's All Right

Not fantastic, but seems to be very historically accurate and well researched. Unfortunately it seems like a lot of the book seems to be filler to flesh it out. However, I may not be giving a fair review since I was hoping for more grisly details and there just doesn't seem to be any in this case. This book has changed my opinion about Mr. Alfred Packer. I had thought he was exactly what the myths described instead of a human being. I applaud Mr. Schechter for his recounting of trial testimony and aftermath of his life and for shining new light on this case.

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  • Devina
  • 14-08-18

Fantastic!

First audiobook I've listened to in a long time. Very well done, the performance was absolutely amazing.

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  • Muggle Mom
  • 27-06-18

A wild west legend built on snow foundation...

Really interesting tidbit from the thousands of stories from the American wild west/expansion days. I think the author did a great job in researching the material concerning the life/imprisonment of Alfred Packer.

Using today's standard - I believe Mr. Packer was innocent of most of the crimes attributed to him and that he was truthful of the crimes he acknowledges. The evidence at the time (the 1800's) was like a 'snow foundation' which the passage of time has melted away and may have proven that Mr. Packer was unfairly judged by history.

Makes for great American lore all the same.
Recommend reading/listening - worth the investment.

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  • Mark Seals
  • 17-01-17

WELL-DONE !

I was wondering how the author would fill 52 chapters with Packer's tale, and expected to have to skim some parts for the meat of the story (I had a rare day off, and other books to digest). I was wrong. The book spans 30-odd years beyond the deed, and it is all interesting if not to everybody's taste. Recommended !
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Inspired by a previous review

Just finished the last two chapters, which are enormously entertaining. Perfectly hilarious CH.51. .damn keyboard, can't correct so adios

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  • nancyshrode
  • 03-04-18

Boring

So boring I could not get thru even half of the book. Interesting topic, tho.

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