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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (378 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Scott Zesch Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455181698
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In 1870, ten-year-old Adolph Korn was kidnapped by Indians. He thrived in the Comanches’ rough, nomadic existence, quickly becoming one of the tribe’s fiercest warriors. Forcibly returned to his parents after three years, Korn never adjusted to life in white society. He spent his last years living in a cave, all but forgotten by his family.

Then Scott Zesch stumbled upon his great-great-great-uncle’s grave. Determined to understand how such a “good boy” could have become Indianized so completely, Zesch traveled across the West, digging through archives, speaking with Comanche elders, and tracking eight other child captives from the region with hauntingly similar experiences.

With a historian’s rigor and a novelist’s eye, Zesch paints a vivid portrait of life on the Texas frontier and offers one of the few nonfiction accounts of captivity.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Stunningly written…Golden-voiced Grover Gardner charges his rich baritone with the thrill of discovery.”

    AudioFile

  • “A carefully written, well-researched contribution to Western history—and to a promising new genre: the anthropology of the stolen.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  •  “A fascinating, meticulously documented chronicle of the often painful confrontations between whites and Indians during the final years of Indian Territory.”

    Booklist

  • “Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “Lovers of history will enjoy this slice of America intertwined with the author’s own family story.”

    Foreword

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 jen8998 | 2/6/2014

    " Very sad and tragic portrayal of early Texas history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 1/8/2014

    " This was a very interesting book. A bit grisly in places but good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicholas St laurent | 11/22/2013

    " Very well written, I flew through this book, it was interesting to visualize the last few white Indians as the 1900's came rushing in. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy Anderson | 11/17/2013

    " Fascinating book about children abducted by Indians in 1860-1870 in Texas "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 11/15/2013

    " Captivating! A great historical read. I at times couldn't put it down. There were slow parts but all in all a very surprising view of cowboys and Indians. A way clearer view of the hysteria Indians caused among the settlers. Also great Texas history. Good read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mom | 10/12/2013

    " Thouroughly enjoyed reading this book about children captured by Indians in the 1860/70's in Texas. The author was motivated to research and write this book upon discovering one of his relatives had been an Indian captive. Good insights into the Indian lifestyle at a time when it was being changed forever, and the difficulties these captives faced upon return to their families and "civilization". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 10/4/2013

    " Interesting subject-- I didn't know anything about this slice of history. I found it a little difficult to follow at times... the way he organized his material seemed a little disjointed. I think he reached some of his conclusions and generalizations without enough evidence. Still, it is an engaging read, and made me want to read more about this part of history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie Brandano Cusick | 9/15/2013

    " Reading it made me feel like little kid wanting to be captured by the Comanches. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Albehm | 8/12/2013

    " This book starts with the capture of children and takes you through their whole life. What is very interesting is when the white-Indians go back to their homes and try to fit in with white society. This was the best book that I've read on this subject. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martha | 7/9/2013

    " Very hard to get started. Felt more like a history book, with all it's dates and places. That was just background for the gripping true stories of actual whhite children that were captured by Indians. There are a number of pictures of the captives, in the center of the book. VERY interesting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 6/4/2013

    " I couldnt wait to turn the pages to find out what happened to these poor children. Its amazing to know that this stuff really did take place. History is wonderful to unearth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim A | 6/4/2013

    " okay but seemed to drag on and on "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caren | 11/20/2012

    " Fascinating account of the white children who were kidnapped by Native Indians in the late 1800s "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marilyn Litt | 10/26/2012

    " Fascinating to find out the Indian captives had it better than German kids on the frontier. They did not want to be rescued! Also strange to read they were kidnapped not far from where I live . . . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 4/18/2011

    " I have read 2 books on Indian captivity. This is an interesting read and I would recommend to anyone that has a interest in the subject or a interest in American history or American Indians. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 10/2/2010

    " Fascinating account of the children captured by the Indians. Primarily because they liked it so much, reluctant to return home. Good follow-on to Sam gwynne's book about the Comanches. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elbert | 8/12/2009

    " Vivid descriptions of life as an Indian captive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat Gibson | 7/23/2009

    " Historically accurate and well researched. I enjoyed this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harla | 6/14/2006

    " I love learning things and this book gave me an insight into a period of American History and Native American culture that I had never really read about before. At least not the non-fiction version. Very interesting read. I picked it up randomly from my mom's book shelf. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 2/7/2005

    " I thought this was a very well done book by Zesch. It really brought home what these poor children had to go through and then never really adapting to their real world when they got back. I found it to be very informative and I really felt for these people. "

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About the Author

Scott Zesch grew up on a ranch in Mason, Texas. He is a freelance writer who divides him time between New York City and Art, Texas.

About the Narrator

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned more than thirty Earphones Awards.