Bloody Falls of the Coppermine: Madness and Murder in the Arctic Barren Lands Audiobook, by McKay Jenkins Play Audiobook Sample

Bloody Falls of the Coppermine: Madness and Murder in the Arctic Barren Lands Audiobook

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Read By: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 6.17 hours at 1.5x Speed 4.63 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: December 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9798200861781

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Total Audiobook Chapters:

14

Longest Chapter Length:

72:12 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

14:21 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

39:15 minutes

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5

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In the winter of 1913, high in the Canadian Arctic, two Catholic priests set out on a dangerous mission to do what no white men had ever attempted: reach a group of utterly isolated Eskimos and convert them. Farther and farther north the priests trudged, through a frigid and bleak country known as the Barren Lands, until they reached the place where the Coppermine River dumps into the Arctic Ocean.

Their fate, and the fate of the people they hoped to teach about God, was about to take a tragic turn. Three days after reaching their destination, the two priests were murdered, their livers removed and eaten. Suddenly, after having survived some ten thousand years with virtually no contact with people outside their remote and forbidding land, the last hunter-gatherers in North America were about to feel the full force of Western justice.

As events unfolded, one of the Arctic’s most tragic stories became one of North America’s strangest and most memorable police investigations and trials. Given the extreme remoteness of the murder site, it took nearly two years for word of the crime to reach civilization. When it did, a remarkable Canadian Mountie named Denny LaNauze led a trio of constables from the Royal Northwest Mounted Police on a three-thousand-mile journey in search of the bodies and the murderers. Simply surviving so long in the Arctic would have given the team a place in history; when they returned to Edmonton with two Eskimos named Sinnisiak and Uluksuk, their work became the stuff of legend.

Newspapers trumpeted the arrival of the Eskimos, touting them as two relics of the Stone Age. During the astonishing trial that followed, the Eskimos were acquitted, despite the seating of an all-white jury. So outraged was the judge that he demanded both a retrial and a change of venue, with himself again presiding. The second time around, predictably, the Eskimos were convicted.

A near perfect parable of late colonialism, as well as a rich exploration of the differences between European Christianity and Eskimo mysticism, Jenkins’s Bloody Falls of the Coppermine possesses the intensity of true crime and the romance of wilderness adventure. Here is a clear-eyed look at what happens when two utterly alien cultures come into violent conflict.

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“An indispensable work of historical reportage brought to the present with haunting immediacy. Part Arctic noir, part ethnographic sleuthing, and entirely successful as powerful drama, this book will, I believe, be held by readers of novels and history alike in the highest regard. A poignant, disturbing, and daring accomplishment.”

— Howard Norman, author The Bird Artist 

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  • “A haunting and thoughtful account…A fascinating slice of forgotten history.”

    — USA Today
  • “This is a tale of misunderstanding and cross purposes, and Jenkins tells it well.”

    — Washington Post Book World
  • “A strong, grim, enthralling account of a violent tragedy in the Far North, thoroughly researched and very well written.”

    — Peter Matthiessen, National Book Award–winning author

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About McKay Jenkins

McKay Jenkins holds degrees from Amherst College, Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, and Princeton, where he received a PhD in English. He is the author of The Last Ridge, The White Death, and Bloody Falls of the Coppermine. He is a professor of English, journalism, and environmental humanities at the University of Delaware.

About Grover Gardner

Dion Graham is an award-winning narrator named a “Golden Voice” by AudioFile magazine. He has been a recipient of the prestigious Audie Award numerous times, as well as Earphones Awards, the Publishers Weekly Listen Up Awards, IBPA Ben Franklin Awards, and the ALA Odyssey Award. He was nominated in 2015 for a Voice Arts Award for Outstanding Narration. He is also a critically acclaimed actor who has performed on Broadway, off Broadway, internationally, in films, and in several hit television series. He is a graduate of Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, with an MFA degree in acting.