Loved the story...LOVE history.
The reader made this book a lot harder to get through than it should have been.
The book is a must-read for any American history buff, and Ambrose tells the story in an engaging and compelling manner.
The narrator's voice is easy enough on the ear, but a few mispronunciations of well-known historical words made me cringe a bit. He pronounces Thomas Jefferson's home as "mon-ti-SELL-o" rather than the well documented "mon-ti-CHELL-o" . The Native American tribe Arikara is mispronounced as "ARR-ee-KAR-uh" rather than the well-documented "a-RIK-car-rah", and the tribe "MAN-DAN" (with equal emphasis on each syllable) is mispronounced as "MAN-dun." Minor, yes, but for one with a strong history background, it was a bit grating. If you can get past that, the narration is fine.
The narration was easy to understand and follow, in an easy-to-listen-to voice. The book,itself, is full of detail and places you next to Lewis in his journey across the West. The reader sees the Indians and the burgeoning towns along the Mississippi as Lewis viewed them. I would recommend this audiobook to any fan of history, particularly those interested in exploration, Indian-American relations, American history, even military history.
Great listen. Nareator was excellent. Recommend for any history lover. I have listed to hundreds of books. This is my favorite history read
I absolutely flew through this book. It was enjoyable to listen to and I found myself taking significant hours out of my day to devote to it. Ambrose spends considerable time not just on the expedition but the course to the Corps of Discovery, outlining in detail the relationships, opportunities, and skills leading to Lewis' selection as well as the fallout and success/failures of the expedition's fruition.
At various times Ambrose gets carried away with loving tributes to Lewis and Clark's character qualities such as their leadership and manliness but is overall fair in describing them. I was entirely unaware of Lewis and Clark's reception on returning to the United States and was shocked at the end of Lewis' story.
As mentioned before, I flew through this book because of detailed and enthralling descriptions like those of Lewis' death, the expedition's encounters with Native Americans, or the general dealings with men, traders, chiefs, etc. Ambrose is a tactful writer and drew me into the story, which is impressive for a non-fiction title.
I would absolutely suggest this book for anyone even casually interested in the expedition. I had virtually no knowledge of the expedition's intentions before reading and feel I can reasonably recount the story well after I finished it.
A solid rendering of this wonderful adventure, heretofore more memorized fact than meaningful achievement, at least to me.The research seems excellent, the writing adequate, the detail compelling.