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.
Especially written for the historical layperson. Ambrose includes enough detail and historical references to give you all the context and color you need without turning it into a stuffy textbook. Everyone should know the history of Lewis and Clark; they are the American equivalents of Columbus, Magellan, Cook, etc. Excellent audiobook!
history, science, et al.
Traces the biography of Meriwether Lewis, with emphasis on the Corps of Discovery expedition. Builds mostly from primary texts with many quotes, but gives due respect to previous scholars and their discoveries and theories. Occasionally slow, but overall entertaining and readable. Narrator is monotone but clear.
The author gives a nice portrayal of the Lewis and Clark expedition, and offers great commentary when appropriate.
I enjoyed the depiction of the expedition's time with the indians in the mountains.
Good performance. Very easy listening.
It is very disappointing that M. Lewis lived such a troubled life after the expedition.
their guts and determination to see it through to the end come what may !
when one of the grizzly bears were charging and they were trying to bring it down before it got to them !
he brings the story to life and makes you feel like you were part of the expedition !
i thought this was a great way to live through a fantastic story with out it being overly complicated
The content is very interesting and even surprising to hear, however the narrator sounds almost exactly like the text-to-speech function on my computer.