I really enjoyed this audiobook. I knew virtually nothing about Lewis and Clark and this book was a wonderful taste of their journey. It included many passages from their jounals as well as a biography on their lives leading up to the amazing journey that would make them such important characters in our country's history. I only wish I had had a map or two in front of me while I listened. The end chapters leave you with a sense of sadness and melancholy for the fate of Lewis. Threre are certain moments when the descriptions seem to go on and on and I found my mind wandering a bit, but overall, I think it was an excellent book.
I thought 20 hours might be a little long to listen to. It was excellent I loved every bit of it. I liked it so much I finished it in a week. You can smell taste and feel what these people went through. This was the best history type book I have listened to. This book will keep your attention and is easy to follow what is going on.
What a great story!
I found this book informative about Lewis' life, however I felt robbed by it's abrupt ending. It failed to follow their adventure until it's end, and cover the details of their return and national response. I wish it had cover the journey in it's entirety. Some parts were very detailed- the preparation for the journey and was somewhat slow- but I would read it again, for the majority good parts and details of time of Discovery and exploration of our great country.
This was a fascinating adventure, well written and well told. I enjoyed every minute of it and am glad I opted for the unabridged edition. I still can't believe their accomplishments--they are truly a treasure.
Ambrose does a fascinating job of bringing the epic journey of Lewis and Clark to life. Long, but well worth it; a very small price to pay for such a comprehensive look into American history.
I was listening to the last three hours of this book when the news of Neil Armstrong's death was in the news. I have yet to be able to compare the similarities and differences in their discoveries. The most courageous explorer? The most heroic? The best leader? Who will be remembered 200, 2000, 20,000 years from now? Undaunted Courage is a wonderful book. I enjoyed every minute. EVERY time I grab a bite to eat, I'm going to remember what the Corps of Discovery went through for every meal.
I grew up in Idaho, very near the sites of some of the Expedition's travels. I learned about Sacajawea who, my teachers told us, was one of only two women in all the history of North American who was to be respected by Americans as a brave hero because she helped the explorers. I also learned that "Lewis-n-Clark" (one word) were great men who made it possible for me to live in an English-speaking Idaho rather than a French or Spanish-speaking land. And I learned that because of Lewis-n-Clark, we westerners can laugh condescendingly at fellow Americans from the East who call their little bumpy hills back there "mountains."
In subsequent years I learned from my historian-father about a few of the differences between the myriad Native Tribes scattered across the West, and how many, many of them should be remembered as heroes, for a variety of valid reasons, not all of which were helpful to early American squatters. He showed me the glorious Camas flower flowing over the high deserts near our home, and explained that if not for Sacajawea's introduction to the edible bulb, many in the Expedition may have starved.
My point here is that patient, truthful exploration of the realities of history is an evolving activity. I am so impressed with the rigor and insight that Steven Ambrose brings to this study. The impeccable validity of his research and documentation is stunning, and his summations and analyses of what might, in a lesser work, come across as merely tiresome details are presented in such a way that I never found my attention wandering or the focus of the narrative to wander.
I highly recommend this book to anyone remotely interested in the birth--and growing-up-years of our nation. To view itfro a across ridge as a long-ago story whos outcome we already know is far different from practically experiencing its adventures first hand, and Undaunted Courage allows us to do just that.
Max Fisher of Rushmore Academy
Rare is the book that could not use even a little abridging. This is just such a book. From start to finish, the narrative was relentlessly enthralling. How did I spend so many years believing this was a dry topic? Ambrose has succeeded where my history teachers failed.
Ambrose seems to be very concise, enjoyable, and educational. I learned about exactly as much as I wanted to, without the book ever dragging or feeling tedious. This book was a good survey of Lewis and Clarke's trip; not the only book out there or the most detailed, but written for everybody. If you find yourself wanting a bit more detail, try the 4 CD Biddle version of the diaries of Lewis and Clarke. I have been listening to those now and feel they are of some added benefit to flesh out the characters and providing some Native legends and myths.
I felt the narration was adequate. The actor did not distract me or take away from the book, though he also did not wow me or steal the show. Characters have a little individuality though he mostly reads things "straight" or flat or whatever word you prefer. I think that is as things should be. The author is very witty and provides his own tone and flavor. There is a little repetition near the end after the journey where Ambrose makes conclusions, but that is nitpicking. Great read.
This is an excellent account of a major part of the history of our country. Everyone should know about the effort, vision and wisdom it took to for us to gain the north west. The detail that Ambrose goes into is wonderful. We could be a different country today if Lewis and Clark had not taken on this expidition and Jefferson had not had the vision to empower them to do so.