Comanche Dawn

  • by Mike Blakely
  • Narrated by Jack Garrett
  • 23 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Comanche warrior Horseback is born on the same day that the first horse comes to his people. He matures into a powerful leader of uncommon wisdom and vision. Through the strong medicine granted to him by the spirits and the love of Teal, the most beautiful woman in his tribe, Horseback is destined to forge a new direction and lead the Comanches to rule the plains.

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What the Critics Say

"Not only a heartfelt expression of the author's love of horses, this fine novel also offers a detailed study of life among those Blakely considers to have been the greatest horsemen of all time....Although it is fiction, Comanche Dawn should be required reading for anyone wishing to know about life among the early Plains Indians." (Booklist)

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Comanche Dawn

Excellent book about our ancestors--the plain indians of north america.
A great history lesson.
The reader Jack Garrett was wonderful to listen too.
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- brooklyn

Too Much!

I chose this book because of it's overall rating and other reviews, hoping that it would be an in depth treatment of Comanche history and culture; especially, the establishment of their dominance in the southern plains. After all, the book lasts for over 23 hours! What I found was an overly romanticized fantasy of a mythic warrior's adventures, with only a modest nod to the history and culture of this very important tribe of Native Americans. As far as the book's description of Comanche culture, the author imposes his own over romanticized fantasy of how these people lived and what they thought. This is NOT a book that is equivalent to Joseph Marshall's excellent story about the Lakota, "Hundred in the Hand"; or Karl Schlesier's two excellent novels about the Cheyenne and Nez Perce ("Trail of the Red Butterfly" and "Aurora Crossing ..."). If you want to get a better understanding of Native American culture, buy those two authors. If you want to read about Comanche's beating their slave wives, or what wild horses think about as they are being captured and broken by cruel horsemen, this book is your ticket.

I have listened to the entire 20+ hours of this book, hoping that it would do for Comanche's what Marshall and Schlesier did for other tribes, but all I got were a few nuggets.
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- Lenny P

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-08-2006
  • Publisher: Recorded Books