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.
This is unquestionably one of the most important and interesting stories of early America and Stephen Ambrose has done an outstanding job of telling it. I have always been fascinated by this adventure, but I couldn't quit listening. In today's world it's very difficult to imagine this trip and the shear magnitude of what could have gone wrong. You will NOT regret purchasing it!
I thought this was a very well done and thorough examination of the Lewis and Clark expedition with a bit of background in their lives before and after the journey. the narration was a bit dry at times, but overall the story painted a vivid picture and filled me with a great sense of awe at the courage of these men. it explores things in their life that was unknown to me and also examined the tragic end to Lewis' life. I thought it was very well done and stuck to the most commonly accepted histories of these men.
Very detailed and maybe a bit too long, but a must read for any American history enthusiast! Overall, a very good read.
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.