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Midnight Son
Midnight Son | James Jr Dommek, Issac Kestenbaum, Josephine Holtzman
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James Dommek, Jr., an Alaska Native writer and musician, sheds new light on a real-life mystery that pits Native American folklore against the US justice system. In the vast Alaskan Arctic, legend has it there once lived a mythic tribe—Iñukuns—that only existed in rumors and whispers. This changed forever when an actor-turned-fugitive, Teddy Kyle Smith, had an encounter that brought Iñukuns from myth to reality. Smith was an aspiring actor with a promising career until it all came quickly crashing down with a gunshot, a manhunt, bloodshed, and other frightful events.
The story of Smith’s tragic downfall has long haunted James Dommek, Jr., the great-grandson of the last of the Iñupiaq story-tellers. Midnight Son is his journey in discovering who Teddy Kyle Smith was, what he did, and what he really saw. Along the way, listeners will experience the soul of the real Alaska as narrator Dommek, Jr. brings this multilayered and sprawling tale to life.
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Hestapleton
Midnight Son | James Jr Dommek, Issac Kestenbaum, Josephine Holtzman
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SUCH an interesting book. Dommek explores the life of Teddy Smith, accused of attempted murder, who claims to have seen Native spirits (I can‘t spell the actual name). It‘s a great account of Native Alaskan life and culture, racism, and of course, the beauty and brutality of the land. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #impulseread #wintergames
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starlight97
Midnight Son | James Jr Dommek, Issac Kestenbaum, Josephine Holtzman
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This was an eerie story set in the vast Alaskan wilderness. Did the famous Alaskan native actor Teddy Kyle Smith really encounter the Iñukuns, a mysterious tribe of little people, or did he just make it all up as an excuse for the horrible things he did? James Dommek Jr. retraces Smith's steps to find out. It's a really engaging story with archive audio recordings.

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BestDogDad
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Midnight Son refers to Teddy Kyle Smith, a native Inupiaq Alaskan who realized his dream of becoming a Hollywood actor only to snap mentally after returning home. The narration by James Dommek, Jr. was excellent - course and unfiltered. He knows the land and the nature of the Inupiaqs and you feel like you are tagging along on his quest to find out what went on. He lost me a bit at the end but otherwise the story was riveting.

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CoffeeK8
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A fascinating look at the culture of the native Alaskans viewer through mythology and a the trial of a native celebrity turned dangerous fugitive. The end feels a little rushed, but still worth a listen.

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ElizaMarie
Midnight Son | James Jr Dommek, Issac Kestenbaum, Josephine Holtzman
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“ This is our drummer James Dommek Jr. we just call him Junior. Jr is Iñupiaq and was born and raised in Kotzebue.” #BookishBingo

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ElizaMarie
Midnight Son | James Jr Dommek, Issac Kestenbaum, Josephine Holtzman
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So I was able to listen to this during the day today at work. I really enjoyed it. I liked how it was produced with the interviews and the court proceedings, it made the story come alive. I truly enjoyed it!