The Captured

  • by Scott Zesch
  • Narrated by Grover Gardner
  • 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

On New Year's Day in 1870, 10-year-old Adolph Korn was kidnapped by an Apache raiding party. Traded to Comanches, he thrived in the 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. That is, until 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 in The Captured and offers one of the few nonfiction accounts of captivity.


What the Critics Say

"A fascinating, meticulously documented chronicle of the often-painful confrontations between whites and Indians during the final years of Indian Territory." (Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

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My FAVORITE audiobook!

I believe this book should be nominated for a Pulitzer and a Nobel - and I am certain this will become a blockbuster movie!

Hey, read my other 100-plus reviews at amazon.

For me, Bill Anderson, to be uttering such rave exclamations about a historical account, this must be a treasure! It is. Mr. Scott Zesch has provided a book that really gets into the souls of the abducted children and their captors. He somehow does so with balance and sensitivity and refrains from cliches.

I listened to the audio version twice (back-to-back), on my iPOD while driving between job sites in Egypt. The first hearing was problematic due to traffic conditions here.

Hey, dodging microbuses and women drivers here is a bit similar to evading arrows and bullets in the old west! Anyhow, I wanted to listen again so I could commit to my soul my new realization of something I think so many researchers have failed to grasp.

Stockholm Syndrome is perhaps only part of the issue. Just as stem cells seem to adopt the particulars of their surroundings, and just as many wild critters can be raised by other species (and occasionally will suffer a confusion as to their own species), so, too, do human beings adopt those existences (sorry for a bad choice of words here) and become as their custodians, captors, siblings or peers. I realize this seems a bit, "duh, no kidding" but the import goes beyond the obvious. Further, it would seem, that any particular species is apt to more fundamentally accept, or accomodate, that which is least hampered or complicated by rules or regulations. In other words, transitioning toward simplicity is more pleasant than is adjusting to more and more complex organizations or societies.

Such lessonS may be good advice when establishing any system or organization. Too much regulation or too complex the controlling body makes routine operation will lead to chaos and failure. Read rest of review at amazon to understand, BUT BUY THIS BOOK!

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- Travis C "Travis"

Kidnapped - 10 Year Old Adolpy Korn

The Captured is billed as the story of the kidnapping of 10 year old Adolph Korn by Plains Indians. That is not totally accurate, but the book is no less exciting, interesting, informative, and captivating (pardon the pun). What Scott Zesch actually does is tell what is known about the kidnapping while fleshing out the era with information about other such kidnappings. Zesch is particularly helpful when he relates how captive children were integrated into indian culture, how they were returned to their families if they were, and how they adapted to their white lives after captivity (if they did at all).

This book is well written, very informative and expertly read by Grover Gardner. This is a great listen.
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- Roy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-06-2005
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.