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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,000 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dan Simmons Narrator: Erik Davies, Michael McConnohie Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2010 ISBN: 9781600247873
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Paha Sapa, a young Sioux warrior, first encounters General George Armstrong Custer as Custer lies dying on the battlefield at Little Bighorn. He believes—as do the holy men of his tribe—that the legendary general’s ghost entered him at that moment and will remain with him until Sapa convinces him to leave.

In Black Hills, Dan Simmons weaves the stories of Paha Sapa and Custer together seamlessly, depicting a violent and tumultuous time in the history of Native Americans and the United States Army. Haunted by the voice of the general his people called “Long Hair,” Paha Sapa lives a long life, driven by a dramatic vision he experiences in the Black Hills that are his tribe’s homeland. As an explosives worker on the massive Mount Rushmore project, he may finally be rid of his ghosts—on the very day FDR comes to South Dakota to dedicate the Jefferson face.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Simmons keeps the tale buoyant with his evocative prose and storytelling muscle.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Simmons…displays the impressive breadth of his imagination in this historical novel with a supernatural slant…In his ability to create complex character and pair them with suspenseful situations, Simmons stands almost unmatched among his contemporaries.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “America is defined by its ghosts. The displacement and slaughter of the Native American population is a guilt that’s been justified, rationalized, lamented, and debated, until now the trick isn’t so much finding the right response as it is finding a response that hasn’t already been beaten into the ground. In his new book Black Hills, Dan Simmons does a solid job of facing this problem by trying to make the sins of the past as personal as possible…It’s strong writing and research from Simmons, in a narrative that spans one of the most important times in American history.”

    AV Club

  • “Erik Davies performs the story’s narrative passages and the voice of Paha Sapa, and Michael McConnohie takes on Custer’s words. Davies concentrates on the many Lakota words, reading them slowly and carefully to ensure perfection. He gives the same gravity to Paha Sapa’s English speech. McConnohie’s Custer barrels through the general’s lusty recollections at a more natural pace. Vivid descriptions of Black Hills events and the Chicago World’s Fair round out this piece of historical fiction.”

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 axe | 2/19/2014

    " A excellent read. Mayhap if I was more literate about US history, the book might have hit harder. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/30/2014

    " This is the most suprising and exceptional book I have read in a long, long time. Categorized as horror, this book could as easily have been placed in historical fiction or even science fiction. The book is about a young Lakota man posessed by the spirit of the infamous General Custer, this history of Mount Rushmore, the Black Hills and her native people, the shady truth about the sort of person Custer was, forgiveness and personal growth, and our treatment of our planet. I read this fantastically well-researched book and immediately re-read it, something I have never done before. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judi | 1/20/2014

    " I've read this one twice... and could read it a third time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jay | 12/29/2013

    " Interesting...a little wordy, but good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth Chase | 12/24/2013

    " This book def made me want to visit out West and gave me an appreciation for the Native American culture, but it was a hard book to get into but worth sticking with it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susie | 12/23/2013

    " It is taking me forever to finish this book. It just isn't keeping my attention. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sue | 11/27/2013

    " What a disappointment. Hard to believe this is by the same author who wrote Hyperion - a brilliant SF book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick | 11/10/2013

    " Simmons has reduced, effectively, from his recent 'war-and-peace' length works (Drood, The Terror). It's a beautiful novel, almost a great-american-novel contender, blends some classical themes and moves from dystopia to utopia-image with a compelling image of what could be for America. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 8/28/2013

    " Thanks for the recommendation, Phil. I was completely taken in by this story (most of it fact/true) and learned tons about important people, important times, and important places. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 leigh booth | 5/26/2013

    " very interesting start. about a young indian boy who counts coup with custer and custers spirit enters the young boy. switching back from 1876 and 1934 during the blasting of mount rushmore. did not finish this book it got so wordy i got bored with it???? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 4/28/2013

    " I liked it but not near as good as summer of night, a winter haunting, or the terror. But I do love Dan Simmons. Flashback was amazing. I recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 12/25/2012

    " Great perspective from a lakota indian during 1870-1930 , starting with the destruction of his tribe by Custer to the building of mt. rushmore. Alot of history was accurate. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg | 8/31/2012

    " OK - for some reason i had to force myself to get through the end of this one, but great read, chock full of TONS of Lakota lore & early American situations. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matt | 6/14/2012

    " Only two stars in relation to his other work. This may be the "worst" Simmons book I've ever read, entertaining enough, but his research is too obvious and ham-fisted in it's "fictional" recreation. Read Devil in the White City or Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee instead.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherra | 3/16/2012

    " Got lost a few times, but, figured it out. An informative piece of historical fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jami | 3/1/2012

    " I've decided books on tape serve a purpose they help me fall asleep and keep me company while I tool around on the computer. I liked this story, it was crazy without being too nuts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristine | 1/1/2012

    " Three stars because I know Dan Simmons can do better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 5/21/2011

    " I may have liked this even better as an audiobook than I would have as a normal book, given all the Lakota that's spoken throughout. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bobby | 5/12/2011

    " Great story telling. enjoy a story that does not stay chronological but sill works. Mr. Simmons goes from 1876 to 1936 and back again without losing a beat or confusing the reader as to where we are in the tale. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bartee | 5/10/2011

    " very depressing and long winded. Couldn't finish the last chapter.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debra | 2/19/2011

    " This is one of my favorite Dan Simmons book. Love getting some history with my fiction! Really enjoyed author's enlightening take on the Whites-versus-American-Indians. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Drew | 1/21/2011

    " This is the 5th Dan Simmons book I have read in 3 years and it solidified what I already knew which he has become my favorite author out there. No one writes historical fiction like this man. Check this book out or any of his books, especially Carrion Comfort. "

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