the story provided an excellent depiction of early settler life. The dual views of frontiersmen and Indian was really engaging and rewarding. especially knowing that much of the story was pulled from actual documentation of settler life.
Historical description really made you feel you were right there.
Just spot on!
The section of where the officer was burned at the stake was one of the most horrific descriptions I have ever read!
From start to finish this book held my interest.
Actually bought this book seeking some insight on Tecumseh the great Indian chief. I was pleasantly surprised to find a book I almost couldn't put down - a great story of the American Midwest before the Civil War in the era of the "frontiersmen". Vivid descriptions of parts of the Midwest before it was settled, parts of which you can find on a map today from the author's description. So well written I felt I was there looking at it. Many adventures and action, and all true stories, of what it was like to be mostly (or all) alone in the wilderness. Similar to what you might expect reading about Daniel Boone (he's in here too) and other similar characters. I am a fan of Ambrose, and bought his Lewis and Clark book, and this book outshines it greatly in it's wonderful descriptions and stories of adventure - it is what I hoped to find in "Lewis and Clark". You will not regret this book!
"Just trying to get by being quite and shy in a world full of pushing and shove." Former forest ranger, non-profit CEO, newspaper editor.
Yes I think this is better than the print version as the reader does not have to struggle with the unique native american names which can really slow a person down
Simon Kenton just for the pure fact that he was a man among men who was larger than life but lived up to that
It is a long listen but really does move along well.
the history is so accurate and the story lines just keeps your attention
What I liked was the actual history is so accurate it keeps your interest
The story lines
No other than reading about my ancistors and the fact what my research of family history was correct
For anyone who enjoys the story of the American people and the westward expansion, this book is a must. I warmed to Kevin Foley's narration, a little unsure at the beginning if I was going to enjoy how he told the story. However, he is a perfect fit to what is a uniquely American story. Although it is history, it reads like a novel. Eckert not only brings the characters alive, he creates drama in the telling of this remarkable history. Whenever I was away from it, I couldn't wait to get back into the rich narrative and fascinating detail of this book.
The Frontiersman follows the life of Simon Kenton from coming of age as a restless do-nothing to trapper and Indian fighter in the mid-18th to early 19th century. Ohio and Kentucky were the wilderness, the frontier where land claims could be had simply by marking trees with an ax. As Kenton found out, with the arrival of civilization establishing title was a more complex procedure. The Indians were not willing partners in the settling of the land by colonists and immigrants. Tecumseh is the adversarial opposite of Kenton; he attempts to knit together an Indian confederation to take on the white man, to turn back the tide of immigrants. There are a great many historical characters including Daniel Boone who make appearances. Eckert uses his imagination depicting what happened on a micro-historical level and undoubtedly takes literary license frequently. It is a good device to keep the larger tale of history compelling. Both the Indian and pioneers commit heinous acts; justice is served at gunpoint more often than not. There are many insights and anecdotes to a story with a well-known outcome that keep it interesting.
The detail provided was/is great. I enjoyed the intricacies of the story, down to the melas and copnversations. This well researched story and delivery was very good....
The main character Simon Kenton added continuity to the story and numerous characters.
I am not sure...
The story was very good and kept my interest all the way through. I particylarly enjoy historical fiction and non-fiction.
His expressive and well articulated reading certainly adds to the drama and engagement with the book.
The many, many episodes and events ...that reveal "truth is stranger than fiction'!