I am an incredible dork when comes to history. Unfortunately, I was never a big fan of history class. The reason was this: I have always been of the mind that history is a story - of people and places and experiences - but the people who write history books are not storytellers. Allan W Eckert is a masterful storyteller. As it tells you in the beginning of the this audiobook, he spent most of a decade tracking down and sifting through historical records, and specifically people's diaries, to weave together the stories and people he brings once more to life in this remarkable book. And it's all real. The people, their names, their lives, their stories. All real. I kept having to remind myself of that as I was listening/reading this book. It is a novel. It reads like a novel. But everything in it is historical fact. It is a beautiful amalgamation of history and literature. If you love history, biographies, or historical fiction (my personal favorite) you will LOVE this book! It is a must read for you! Happy Listening -Whitney
Allan Eckert published The Frontiersmen over a decade ago. I have just returned to renew acquaintance with this work and have been rewarded by the effort. Eckert presents history as narrative and in this book he describes the lives, sacrifices, and problems faced by American frontiersmen – white and Indian alike. At the same time this book can be gut wrenching, eye opening, heart breaking, and entertaining. Sections dealing with the relationships between the Indians, settlers, and the US government are nuanced and particularly painful to read. If you will give over a little time and turn some pages, Eckert will make early American history – westward expansion, Daniel Boone, William Henry Harrison, the fight for Kentucky and the Ohio River Valley all come to life The reading of Kevin Foley is excellent.
This is history at its best! Except you don't realize that you're getting a history lesson while reading it. Learning about Daniel Boone, Blue Jacket, Techumpsa (Techumpsa) and a serious frontiersman - Simon Kenton.
You certainly didn't learn this in school and would have paid more attention and enjoyed the time better if it had been taught like this book!
If you didn't realize for example, that Daniel Boone's life was saved by a frontiersman named Simon Kenton and how Daniel Boone got into that situation (as well as numerous other things that happened similarly exciting) you'll love this book in your collection.
For my own part, I could not put it down...I wanted to listen to 'what would happen next' at every idle moment.
What more can be said?
Allan Eckert brings the 'New Frontier' into such a stark and vast understanding of what life was like back then, it is amazing. This is so much more than History, it is true Life. I have read all the books in this series and find them unequaled by any other Author. The amazing detail and research shows on every page. I can only hope that Audible will have more of his books on line soon for everyone to enjoy. I appreciate being able to revisit this book in it's Unabridged version and the Narrator does a fantastic job with all the Characters that you come across. His speech and pace, pronunciation of the Indian Dialect is spot on. Thanks so much for making this such an outstanding listen.
First book in a long time that I couldn't put down. I stayed up until 4:00am to finish it up. The reader is the best in the industry and the content is amazing in detail. If you like early American Frontiersman stories, you'll love this one.
I have read this book several times and listening I gained a greater understanding of the life and time of notable people late 1700s frontier. Allen Eckert books are awsome and provide a picture of frontier life in Kentucky,Ohio, and Indiana. Hope more come out in audio form.
A masterful woven story on what life was like in northern KY, WV and Ohio in the 1770-1810s. Very credible read. Well balanced and well researched. The Narration was superb. Kudos to the narrator. This book should be mandatory reading for all KY,WV and OH high schooler as to how their states were formed.
One of the best Audible books I've listened to.
I am so happy to see Allan Eckert's The Frontiersman on Audible.com. His work is excellent and I am looking forward to the rest of the Winning of America books to be available here. Thank you Audible!!
I thoroughly enjoyed this exceptionally well written book about early America. Very descriptive as to life in the era. I hope more of Mr. Eckert's historical books will soon be available from Audible.
I like any of his books, so factual and well written....Story flows well and tells history in a novel format that keeps you listening.