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Zeke And Ned Audiobook

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 4.71 (676 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Larry McMurtry Narrator: Barrett Whitener Publisher: Simon & Schuster Format: Abridged Audiobook Audio Length: Release Date:
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In Zeke and Ned, Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana have created an American masterpiece: funny, exuberant, compelling, violent, and tragic.

Set in the Cherokee Nation not long after the Civil War, Zeke and Ned is the story of Ezekiel Proctor and Ned Christie, the last Cherokee warriors, living men whose story is not merely legend, but history -- their fates a consequence of the brutal policies which produced the Trail of Tears. As a child, Zeke Proctor walked the Trail of Tears from Georgia to the Indian Territory west of Arkansas, acquiring through that bitter struggle a fierce loyalty to the Cherokee way. Though a family man and a respected member of the Cherokee Senate, Zeke the man is an adventurous charmer, with a family roving eye.

Ned Christie is tall and charismatic, with waist-length hair and a high-cheekboned handsomeness, that appeals to women all over the Going Snake District. But Ned's heart is set on one woman: Jewel Sixkiller Proctor, Zeke's beautiful young daughter. And Ned's long and determined resistance to the relentless pressure of white law unwittingly makes him a hero to the Cherokee people.

Zeke and Ned is a powerful, affecting work dramatizing the long Cherokee struggle against white authority. It is, ultimately, a moving tale about love, honour, loyalty, heroism, and the human condition.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Marissa | 2/19/2014

    " I don't have a very good head for history and facts, but McMurtry and Ossana did not lose me. Characters were richly developed (too richly, at times - the plot was often paused to facilitate lengthy narratives of minor characters) and I found myself emotionally invested in their fates. Overall a bittersweet & satisfying read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Casey | 2/18/2014

    " Aside from Lonesome Dove, Zeke and Ned was the most amazing book I've read by Larry McMurtry. I both laughed out loud (and still do) and cried for the character's loss. The tragedy of the Cherokee nation is not fully understood by Americans today. Larry brings us an unforgettable group of characters to give us and up close look at this moment of American history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Lela | 1/25/2014

    " Written in the Cherokee Nation after the removal from Georgia, this book was sad, funny, thought provoking and tragic. It winds the lives of several families together with interactions with the hanging judge, Isaac Parker. It is about warrior Indians, drunk Indians, brutal white men, Indian women, White women, and how they interact in often tragic manners. Larry McMurtry always writes engaging novels and this one written with Diana Ossana is no different "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Mike | 1/24/2014

    " Zeke and Ned is an historical novel that takes place in the Indian territory just west of Arkansas now known as Oklahoma. These two men are known as the last great Cherokee warriors and the book is filled with violence and death--and love and happiness and family. It's hard to recommend a story like this, although Larry McMurtry is known as the best of tellers of western stories, but if you don't have a weakness at the recounting of bloody encounters, read it. Most of it takes place after the Civil War, long after the Trail of Tears brought the Cherokee from their home in Georgia to the empty Oklahoma plains. It is both sad and wonderful, as a good novel should be. Enjoy! "

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About the Author
Author Larry McMurtry

Larry McMurtry is an award-winning novelist, essayist, Oscar-winning screenwriter, and avid book collector. His novels include The Last Picture Show, Terms of Endearment, and Lonesome Dove, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Archer City, Texas.

About the Narrator

Barrett Whitener has been narrating audiobooks since 1992. His recordings have won several awards, including the prestigious Audie and seven Earphones Awards. AudioFile magazine has named him one of the Best Voices of the Century. He lives in Washington, DC.