His stories of Vietnam--particularly the story of the missing engine.
The narrator did a good job. However, I would have appreciated Si reading the whole book--not just the opening and closing chapters.
Egan's story of the 1910 Big Burn is an outstanding tale of a pivot in American History--the industrialization of American resources in the Gilded Age.
Teddy Roosevelt and Gifford Pinchot were radical (Progressives) in their ideals and wanted a "reserve" and preservation of the West as well as the East (if it could be spared).
The Burn occurred when few took the fledgling Forrest Service (USFS) seriously, nor really wanted it, because it stood in the way of progress.
Egan gives a full account of the idealism and politics previous to the fire, and a full account of the fire--its mechanics, the heroes, the tragedies, and its hidden backstories.
Although he lingers with the injustice and lack of credit the US Government gave to Pulaski and others, at the end of the book, Egan does provide a balanced view between what the USFS became, and the role of wildfire as it is today ("fire is neither good nor bad, it just is").
Robertson Dean provides a worthy listen in his narrative, and he is worth listening to on any audio book!
No. The narrator definitely speaks with emotion / passion, however he is intense ALL the time. Thus, his tone becomes a monotonous, intense, drone. Furthermore, it is very obvious he's reading the text. This is underscored by several mispronunciations that are common to the hunting world and / or wouldn't have been mispronounced in regular conversation. The effect was the narration was just too wearisome to listen.
David McCullough. This story needs an easy going voice of an old bird hunter who's sitting on a rocking chair in front of the Feed Store.
No, it's not set up like that. It's a series of stories, not one continuous story in itself. Also, it's too philosophical to create into a TV series / movie.
I listened to Afield before I've read it (I haven't read it yet). It sounds like a good story, thus, it may be better to read it than listen to this version.
The explanation of why Johnson is one of our great American mythic heroes and the comparison of Johnson to other mythic heroes
The tale of the biscuits for Blackfeet!
Coltrane did a fair job in differentiating.
No, no extreme reactions to this book
I've read this book several times over the years (6 or 7).
This tale is the basis for the movie "Jeremiah Johnson" and the novel "Mountain Man" by Vardis Fisher. But the REAL Johnson makes both Jeremiah and the Fisher mountain pale in comparison. There's nothing like the real tale. Johnson should be more familiar to us than Bridger or Buffalo Bill Cody. His story is a rich tale of the West and should be treasured.
Am VERY thankful for the telling of this tale on Audio Book so I can listen to it while driving. Yet, Coltrane is a very static reader with predictable tone and cadence. So, his voice was folksy, yet was flat.
Yes, it's just a great listen. Really appreciate Leopold's style and content.
Good voice, but I could tell he was reading. A good narrator should be effortless as if he's talking to you.
Loved the sawing of the oak and the last chapter is a tear jerker.
The depth of characters the narrator accomplished
Robin Hood--well acted and read.
David Thorn sings the songs in the book. Although not sure where they got the tunes from, he did very with that.
The Pyle story of Robin Hood drags in the middle--the adventure, rob, resolution stories get tiresome. However, the story picks up action toward the end and does end well. Thorn brought out the ending very nicely too.
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