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4.00046241247192 out of 54.00046241247192 out of 54.00046241247192 out of 54.00046241247192 out of 54.00046241247192 out of 5 4.00 (7,569 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: S. C. Gwynne Narrator: David Drummond Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2010 ISBN: 9781400186556
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Few people realize that the Comanche Indians were the greatest warring tribe in American history. Their forty-year battle with settlers held up the development of the new nation. Empire of the Summer Moon tells of the rise and fall of this fierce, powerful, and proud tribe and begins in 1836 with the kidnapping of a lovely nine-year-old girl with cornflower blue eyes named Cynthia Ann Parker. She grew to love her captors and eventually became famous as the “White Squaw.” She married a powerful Comanche chief, and their son, Quanah, became a warrior who was never defeated and whose bravery and military brilliance in the Texas panhandle made him a legend as one of the greatest of the Plains Indian chiefs.

In this vivid piece of writing, S. C. Gwynne describes in sometimes brutal detail the savagery of both whites and Comanches and, despite the distance of time, demonstrates how truly shocking these events were, juxtaposed against the haunting story of an unforgettable figure of a woman caught between two worlds.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 6/16/2017

    " Great Book. As a Texas native I really enjoyed learning the history of the Comanche Nation and where many decisive actions took place. What an amazing time in our history. "

  • 0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 Herbert | 5/19/2017

    " A very interesting and enoyable history of America's westward expansion and the lives of indians. An eye opener. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim | 5/23/2016

    " A clear eyed view of the history of, and around the Comanche nation, in the 1830's to 70's. By necessity, the story draws in threads of the impact on the southern plains of the Spanish introduction of the horse to the area and what is known about the early history of the Comanches and their rise to dominance on the southern plains via both evidence and stories and is a deeply researched and complete piece of work all wrapped around stories of the settlers, the Rangers, the soldiers and the Comanches of that era. We have been binge listening to it as it has filled in this gaping hole in our knowledge of American history. Wonderful book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherida | 2/14/2014

    " I loved reading this. Quanah Parker is fascinating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josephine | 2/13/2014

    " This book was wonderfully researched history of the mounted Native American Indian warrior. It explained why the Spanish who ruled Mexico could never conquer them. It explored the Comanche lifestyle and how it lent itself to becoming such a fearsome part of the United State's and especially Texas' history. It took me a while to get through the first few pages, but once I did, I was so hooked I couldn't put it down. This book adds perspective to the history of the western expansion of the United States. It paints an honest picture of both the settlers and the Native American Indians without idolizing or slandering either. A must read for anyone interested in world history and politics. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heidijojag | 1/30/2014

    " A well done book but too much detailed history to keep my interest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Logan Lee | 1/25/2014

    " "Empire" provided the best Texas History education I ever received in school. Amazing book! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lou | 1/6/2014

    " I wanted to follow up Philbrick's "Last Stand" with another book about the 1800s and the conquering of the West at the expense of the Native Americans so I picked up "Empire..." having read some interesting reviews. Mistake. Just because you repeat something does not mean that it makes for interesting reading. After reading several times repeatedly, " Mounting infantry onto horses to fight the best horseman in the world was a mistake", I had enough. I get it already. The Comanches were great horseman and vicious fighters. We do not have to hear several hundred examples of how they scalped pregnant women to make a point. And what was that point afterall? The southwest circa 1840-1890 was cruel? Harsh? Got it. I just didn't care for the characters, the storyline which jumped all over the place, the land. Blah. The author just dumps fact after fact about Indian/ white man cruelty, border wars etc. A much read some about the innate nature of man and how it displays itself during this period is Cormac McCarthy's "Blood Meridian". I just couldn't give Gwynne any more of my time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 1/5/2014

    " Good read about the last Native American resistance to Western expansion. Focused on the Comanches and the settlement of west Texas and the rather brutal form of warfare practiced there (on both sides). The last leader was a half white Comanche whose mother had been taken captive and then chose to 'go native.' Good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rick | 12/27/2013

    " Good, bad or indifferent, I am a Texan and this unflinching book about this part of Texas (for the most part) history held my interest from the first word through the last. I was riveted. Having been to and through most of the physical locations helped this book come alive for me. One of the better books I have read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 12/21/2013

    " This book is really well written and rids me of any romantic notions I might have had about the American West. Both the cowboys and the indians sucked. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stuart | 12/19/2013

    " Interesting history, though it wanders a bit. The depictions of the Comanches is quite condemning - our image of "the noble Indian" is turned on its head. The lesson to take away is that people usually judge others by how we ourselves would behave, without taking culture into context. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 10/19/2013

    " Great book! Enjoyed learning some aspects of Quanah that I didn't know previously. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue Hastings | 7/29/2013

    " Excellent read. Evocative style creates sympathy for both the Native People and the Newcomers. I learned a lot that I didn't know. He organized his material--and there's so much of it!--with amazing facility. What a great historical writer! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rock | 6/7/2013

    " Raw and rugged, this is the story of the native people of the high plains on a collision course with the westward-bound Europeans. Unflinching history of this time and place in US history. I found it a fascinating read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nadeen | 5/27/2013

    " Amazing read, very interesting and enlightening. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marshall | 5/18/2013

    " This book is non-fiction and was interesting from the front to the end. Quanah Parker, half breed and son of Cynthia Ann Parker, stolen by Indians, was raised by Indians and bore an Indian Chief. Very graphic, live you in a different understanding of how the west was won. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wallace | 12/20/2012

    " Truly one of the best books I’ve read is some time. A “no holes bared” look at the decimation of so many lives in the expansion of the United States west ward and the collision of cultures that resulted in the wars of the “High Planes” to the “Southwest Territories“. And the story of the men that not only defined the times but, redefined themselves. Excellently written and informative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mat Hames | 11/13/2012

    " Pretty enthralling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb David | 1/16/2012

    " Very interesting read but would have liked more information on Quanah's life "

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

    " Incredibly fascinating story; the book itself is a little heavy on the details of battles, lighter than I had hoped on the story of Quanah himself. Changed my perspective of American history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen M | 8/14/2011

    " I wish I'd known more about Quanah Parker and the Comanches when I was growing up in Oklahoma. Gwynne's well-told tale compresses two hundred years of conquest and characters into a fast read that left me wanting more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ron | 7/16/2011

    " Interesting history of Comanches and their leader Quanah Parker. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 SL | 7/12/2011

    " Yes, the Comanches were badasses, but they don't deserve or need all this "empire" hyperbole Gwynne foists on them. Still a fascinating read tho. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 7/10/2011

    " To quote one of my friends who suggested this book. When you read this book it is like listening to your favorite professor giving a lecture. Everything is well documented. Highly educational!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 5/4/2011

    " Really informative and interesting but was too detailed and dense for me... didn't finish. The story of the Comanches and the impact of horses on their culture is fascinating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peg | 5/4/2011

    " A very interesting look at the fate of the Comanche Indians. Not a pretty picture either from the Indian or the white perspective. But the content was very non-partial; an honest look at that time in history. Pretty graphic so not for the faint of heart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joel | 5/3/2011

    " One of the best books I've read in a long time. History that reads like the most exciting thriller. Great insights into the expansion of the United States into the West and the crushing cultural conflict that decimated Native American tribes. Fascinating and brilliantly written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 5/2/2011

    " very difficult to read, jumped around too much, research good but was disappointed with the title it was miss leading. very little on Quanah "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jon | 4/22/2011

    " Excellent writing astute observations about the Commanches. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lee | 4/7/2011

    " Outstanding history of the Comanche tribe and the loss of all they had in the end. I had no idea they were so brutal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 4/7/2011

    " Fabulous historical update on the good, bad, and ugly in decisions and actions made by all sides. No fluff in this read, just the truth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 3/29/2011

    " Interesting historical read, not novel like. Author geeks out on Native American culture at times, but fascinating book and people "

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About the Author
S.C. Gwynne is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Rebel Yell and Empire of the Summer Moon, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He spent most of his career as a journalist, including stints with Time as bureau chief, national correspondent, and senior editor, and with Texas Monthly as executive editor. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife.
About the Narrator

David Drummond has made his living as an actor for over twenty-five years, appearing on stages large and small throughout the country and in Seattle, Washington, his hometown. He has narrated over thirty audiobooks, in genres ranging from current political commentary to historical nonfiction, fantasy, military, thrillers, and humor. He received an AudioFile Earphones Award for his first audiobook, Love ’Em or Lose ’Em: Getting Good People to Stay. When not narrating, he keeps busy writing plays and stories for children.