Narrative of My Captivity Among the Sioux Indians

Read by TriciaG

(4 stars; 178 reviews)

"Narrative of my captivity among the Sioux Indians: with a brief account of General Sully's Indian expedition in 1864, bearing upon events occurring in my captivity"

"I was a member of a small company of emigrants, who were attacked by an overwhelming force of hostile Sioux, which resulted in the death of a large proportion of the party, in my own capture, and a horrible captivity of five months' duration. Of my thrilling adventures and experience during this season of terror and privation, I propose to give a plain, unvarnished narrative, hoping the reader will be more interested in facts concerning the habits, manners, and customs of the Indians, and their treatment of prisoners, than in theoretical speculations and fine-wrought sentences." (Summary from Introduction) (6 hr 37 min)


00 - Dedication & Introductory 2:55 Read by TriciaG
01 - Early History; Canada to Kansas; Death of My Father; My Marriage; 'Ho, For… 11:50 Read by TriciaG
02 - The Attack and the Capture 13:39 Read by TriciaG
03 - My Husband's Escape; Burial of the Dead; Arrival of the Survivors at Deer … 12:55 Read by TriciaG
04 - Beginning of My Captivity 11:22 Read by TriciaG
05 - Plan for Little Mary's Escape; Tortures of Uncertainty; Unsuccessful Attem… 4:38 Read by TriciaG
06 - Continuation of our March into the Wilderness; Suffering from Thirst and W… 19:29 Read by TriciaG
07 - Powder River; Another Attempt to Escape; Detection and Despair; A Quarrel;… 14:51 Read by TriciaG
08 - The Storm; Arrival at the Indian Village; The Old Chief's Wife; Some Kindn… 29:59 Read by TriciaG
09 - Preparations for Battle; An Indian Village on the Move; Scalp Dance; A Hor… 20:32 Read by TriciaG
10 - Mourning for the Slain; Threatened with Death at the Fiery Stake; Saved by… 8:38 Read by TriciaG
11 - Meet Another White Female Captive; Sad Story of Mary Boyeau; A Child Roast… 11:19 Read by TriciaG
12 - First Intimation of My Little Mary's Fate; Despair and Delirium; A Shower … 11:50 Read by TriciaG
13 - Arrival of 'Porcupine'; A Letter from Captain Marshall; Hopes of Rescue; T… 9:43 Read by TriciaG
14 - Lost in the Indian Village; Black Bear's White Wife; A Small Tea Party; Th… 15:52 Read by TriciaG
15 - Preparing the Chi-Cha-Cha, or Killikinnick; Attack on Captain Fisk's Emigr… 10:26 Read by TriciaG
16 - Scenes on Cannon Ball Prairie; Reflections 7:30 Read by TriciaG
17 - A Prairie on Fire; Scenes of Terror 6:27 Read by TriciaG
18 - Last Days with the Ogalalla Sioux; Massacre of a Party Returning from Idah… 15:43 Read by TriciaG
19 - Indian Customs 24:08 Read by TriciaG
20 - An Indian Tradition; Arrival at the Blackfeet Village; An Offer to Purchas… 10:35 Read by TriciaG
21 - Appearance of Jumping Bear; I Prevail on Him to Carry a Letter to the Fort… 18:11 Read by TriciaG
22 - Retrospection; A Border Trading Post; Garrison Hospitality; A Visit from t… 8:25 Read by TriciaG
23 - Sad Fate of Little Mary 6:24 Read by TriciaG
24 - What Occurred at Fort Laramie After My Capture; Efforts to Rescue; Lieuten… 6:34 Read by TriciaG
25 - Supper in Honor of Our Reunion; Departure from Fort Sully; Incidents by th… 14:42 Read by TriciaG
26 - Elizabeth Blackwell; Mormon Home; A Brutal Father; The Mother and Daughter… 17:06 Read by TriciaG
27 - Move to Wyoming; False Friends; The Manuscript of My Narrative Taken by An… 7:01 Read by TriciaG
28 - General Sully's Expedition 19:06 Read by TriciaG
29 - Poem to Mrs. Fannie Kelly; Certificate of Indian Chiefs; Certified Copies … 25:32 Read by TriciaG


LOVE IT and want more captive stories.

(5 stars)

Absolutely fascinating! Two cultures on two different paths. Nice to see another side of the story. Fanny had been to hell and back, what a wonderfully strong cool headed woman! Wonder Woman the FANNY KELLY clan. This was my first audio book and the lady who read this (you have a kind voice than you) may not have been a native English speaker and English may be her second language, therefore CUT HER SOME SLACK. The best is it's free!

Narrative of My Captivity Among the Sioux Indians

(4 stars)

It's a captivating story . "No pun intended". The narrative is not long or drawn out but, gets right to the point of her experiences, emotions and decisions during such a tumultuous time.

(4 stars)

I was interested to hear of Fanny Kelly's experiences but I did not enjoy the narrator, who's cadence was irritating. Increasing the playback speed helped overcome her emphasis on the last word of every sentence.

Wiscinsin res

(2 stars)

By far the worst narrator of a book I have ever listen to. I have listened to hundreds of narrated books. TriciaG and her reading style is as if she is a newscaster with no understanding of how to articulate reading a book. The subject matter was extremely interesting however, the narrators obscene delivery made the book intolerable. What a shame. I understand that TriciaG may be a great volunteer, however, great volunteer should be judged by the success of one's efforts not the enthusiasm of one's efforts.

Fantastic book, odd reading

(3 stars)

This is a fascinating narrative, gripping and well written. Amazing book and thank you to the reader for bringing it to us. I do have to comment on the readers odd stilted style though, the strange inflection and flat emotionless narration made this a struggle to get in to initially, however I would urge listeners to persevere because the story is well worth it!

I enjoyed listening to this book.

(4.5 stars)

Quite frankly I at first, I thought that I would not like the voice of the reader. But after a few minutes I found that the readers voice was soothing. I hope to listen to more books that TricaG reads in the future.

An abysmal narration

(0.5 stars)

This LibriVox volunteer's reading is grossly inappropriate for the subject matter of Mrs. Kelly's book and I am so thoroughly disgusted I've begun the arduous process of volunteer reading the book myself.

Great true story of captivity and human nature.

(4 stars)

This is an outstanding piece of literature. The book will take you deep inside the life of Ms Kelly as she struggles with captivity, loss and the return to her people. The reader did an ok job but don’t think she’s a native speaker and as a result some of it suffers. The material carries it though and if you can tolerate the reading it’s worth it for sure.