The book is well written, researched, and presented. It captures the imagination providing a documented view of a tremendous accomplishment in our nations history. I've read the book and enjoyed it more than the audio version perhaps because of the narration.
This is is the tale of the man responsible for the most ambitious excursion in the young history of our nation, Meriwether Lewis.
It's a thrilling tale of the man's life and adventures followed by the sad misadventures of political career, onset of his depression, and his disastrous end.
Listen to it and learn about one of the most important figures as an example of the American character.
This ought to be required reading, or listening, for every young mind in America.
The story is classic Americana and thoroughly engaging.
Surprised at certain aspects and great for the historical contexts.
No. Emphatic, absolute no. He sound like a computer. Devoid of any human emotion and only took away from story while not adding anything to it.
I had no idea how Lewis' life ended. Very sad.
This narrator should never be paid. Almost ruined the book for me. If it wasn't for work I never would have listened to it all the way through.
Fascinating story on so many levels. I initially thought I might drop it, the beginning was a bit monotonous. But once the journey began, I was hooked. I liked how it gives you a glimpse into the complex nature of native america before too much european influence, i.e that young men out on hunting parties, acting like young men (stealing gear, challenging Lewis) could impact the american's view of all of native america - some tribes poor and non-confrontational, others, aggressive, and how british and french trading tilted the balance of power for native americans. It's also an amazing tale of men who were really ignorant of the geography, climate, natives, and medical conditions/treatments, managed to blunder through all this and succeed by sheer will and determination.
Runner, Commuter, Dietitian with a passion for U.S. History.
Until recently, a long ago but decidedly substandard curriculum I'd had to study American history, with its deadly dull textbooks, relegated Lewis and Clark to little more than historical cardboard cut-outs. Stephen Ambrose brought the great explorers and their journey to life. Ambrose emphasizes the complete loyalty between the captains - Lewis refused to consider his fellow explorer anything else but a captain, despite a lowered army rank and official snub of Clark - and how they motivated, inspired and controlled the Corps of Discovery through thousands of miles of wilderness. With few exceptions, Lewis and Clark knew when to push forward, and when to turn back. They knew when to discipline and when to allow the men "a dram." The contributions of Sacajawea, and the Mandan and Nez Perce Indians were far braver and more critical to expedition’s success than the history books describe. Best of all is how Ambrose's vivid description of events, large and small, that make the listener feel as if they are watching the party from the other side of the riverbank. Grizzly bears die hard hours after multiple gunshots; Lewis shoots Class 5 rapids on the Columbia river in a dugout canoe; the medicines and careful treatments dispensed by the leaders, who had no physician along; and the agonizingly slow and laborious process of pulling three fully loaded boats upstream the shallow Missouri River. At the end of the story, you wonder, along with Ambrose, what Lewis was looking Westward for in those last moments of despair along the Natchez Trace. Capably narrated by Barrett Whitener, this ranks as one of the best audiobooks I have listened to from among dozens. I also recommend the National Geographic Documentary on Lewis and Clark, as well as Bernard DeVoto's "The Journals of Lewis and Clark" for the reader who wants to further immerse themself in one of the greatest explorations of American history.
This was an average audiobook.
I'm a history buff so the story was of great interest to me. However, the average person might find it a bit off the beaten track. Ambrose does a nice job of making the story interesting by dramatizing interactions among the men.