Night of the Grizzlies

  • by Jack Olsen
  • Narrated by Kevin Pierce
  • 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Jack Olsen's true account, traces the causes of the tragic night in August 1967 when two separate and unrelated campers, a distance apart, were savagely mangled and killed by enraged bears.


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The night the bears lost their fear of humans

Jack Olsen, the legendary reporter, delivers a superbly crafted non-fiction account of a night of unprecedented violence, that is also a meditation on Man's humanity, and our relationship with the environment. The first part of the book is a comprehensive description of Glacier National Park, and the flora and fauna that inhabit it. This sets the tone of the book. One can hear the birdsong, the splash of rippling waters, feel the frigid cold of the altitude, smell the scents of pine and loam. And we're presented with descriptions of the difficult, short lives of the beasts that live there.

The second act focuses on people who live in the park; grandfathered in because their homesteads existed before the park became a national park, the hikers, fishermen and rangers that enjoy and protect it. Then a long section on the history of bears in North America, the Black Bear, the now extinct Golden Bear, and Ursus Horribilis, the Grizzly bear. (No mention of a polar bear--though). The second act rises in tension as rogue bears begin to behave very oddly. The fear mechanism that has prevented Grizzly bears from attacking humans for almost 60 years of Park history is beginning to fade, and the bears are becoming bolder, and more aggressive. And it's not just one. It's as though a bear group-think has occurred, and they've told each other they're mad as hell and they're not going to take it any more. The third act is a description of the atrocities that occurred that night, and the human reaction to it. It is by turns terrifying and deeply emotional.

Kevin Pierce narrates with just the right tone of authority and passion. Like his earlier books that I've heard: the Bundy Murders, and the Black Dahlia Avenger, Mr. Pierce has a special sensitivity for the plight of victims. He humanizes them and gives their stories dimension and impact. I found myself tearing up several times. The Night of the Grizzlies is a really great story, and an important story, told by two masterful storytellers.
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- Michael

What a story

I think most memorable moment was when two fellow hikers, a priest and a surgeon realize that Julie is too badly injured to survive. After being carried in from woods and placed on dining table in an improvised operating room it becomes obvious to doctor she has lost too much blood since the bear attack hours before. The priest understanding this nonverbal communication from the doctor changes messages in his soothing whispers to the barely conscious Julie. Subtly and seamlessly he no longer encourages her to hang on and endure, but to feel Gods love, leave this life feeling love, peace and comfort. He baptizes the dying young woman with water from a canteen.
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- Jeanne

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-10-2014
  • Publisher: Crime Rant Classics and Notorious USA