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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:
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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.”


Listener Opinions

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

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

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