I almost passed on this book because of the 30-hr length, but SO glad I got it. I was hooked right away and it's a fast paced story. It does get extremely gory in parts. The research, detail and history in this book is incredible! Narrator is amazing.
The narration was strong overall, although the male narrator trying to speak in a female voice was laughable. But overall well done.
Eckert is an excellent writer who knows how to bring characters to life. While factually inaccurate in some areas, it's still a great read that gives a strong introduction to the western US following the Revolution.
Other folks have raved about this book based on it's historical accuracy; but this assumption is highly debatable. For instance, one of the main characters of the story, the Shawnee chief known as Blue Jacket is depicted as a Caucasian born Shawneephile named Marmaduke Van Swearingen who voluntarily joined the tribe as a young adult. As it turns out, the author evidently adopted this from a series of fictional books published in the 60s. However, according to the experts, Blue Jacket was already a Shawnee chief at the time of the young Marmaduke's abduction, not voluntary joining with the tribe. This seems to be born out by DNA testing to settle the issue once and for all.
That said, it's not a bad book, and seems to be fairly accurate on the bigger events, though some of the dialogue is embarrassingly bad, especially in what's supposed to pass for romantic scenes. The narrator is passable, though he loses points for mispronunciations and his feminine voices are just.....let's just say they'd be funny if they weren't so shame inducing. Why do some of these guys insist on faking a falsetto when they sound so ridiculous doing it???
Is it worth the credit? Yeah, but don't expect a 4.5 star performance. It ain't all that.
Extraordinary! A tremendously well written biography of the life of Simon Kenton. Must must must read!!!
Was initially interesting, but about half way through managed to lose my interest. Kept trying to return to it, but couldn't
Didn't get there