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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2002 Larry McMurtry (P)2002 Simon & Schuster

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Dumb and dumber

Probably not a good title for a review but that is what I thought of this book when I first started listening to it. I got into it a bit then and started looking forward to listening, and I wanted to see what happened to these outrageous people. This book is set in about 1868 as far as I can tell and the people are Cherokee and white, but all hill people. It is mostly about Ned's war with the white law but there are many asides and talk of how family life was back then. McMurtry is a talented author and if you liked Lonesome Dove or any of his other books you will probably like this one. I was sorry to see it end and will listen to it again when enough time has passed.

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GREAT STORY based on real people.

I read this book about fifteen years ago and loved it. The narrator did a fine job. The only improvement the narration needed was a Native American dialect.

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Great story--really needs to be a movie!

An incredible historical account of how the Cherokee Nation was put upon by the "White Court" system. Ned Christie was assumed guilty by rumor, Pres. U.S. Grant's improper handling of a volatile situation, Arkansas judges mishandling and trigger-happy Marshall's deputies.

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Proctor

My great grandma was a Proctor feom the area. Zeke was a distant uncle. I absolutely adored this.

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Wonderful tale!

An epic tale delivered most expressively by the narrator. So enjoyable, I didn't want it to end!

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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

yes but

What did you like best about this story?

it was centered in Okla and i am not for sure it handled the history

Have you listened to any of Barrett Whitener’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no

Could you see Zeke And Ned being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

yoe