©2007 Robert Morgan; (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC
"[An] absorbing and stirring chronicle of the great frontiersman." (Booklist, starred review)
Yes, because I am a history buff and this book was long and detailed.
Convenience. This book was long and I would not have spent the time to read it.
Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!
This biography is a revelation. Those of us who knew Boone mainly as a Disney-like character who wanted "elbow room" will learn a lot about Daniel Boone and his life and times. Faults are not ignored, and we see a man who both represented and outlived the earliest days of the American dream of exploration and adventure.
This is a long book and may contain more detail than many people want, but it is none the less a fascinating tale. Boone may have become an iconic character of the American expansion story, but he was also an interesting man of many dimensions. One comes away from this book with a more realistic view of early America, of the tall-tales about our heroes, and of this particular man. Does our modern PC view of the treatment of Indians, of greed and destruction of the environment diminish the heroes of old? Of course, but seeing men like Boone in a historical and more realistic light gives a needed perspective to our folktales.
The book had some interesting historical information, but the writing was very dry, and the narrator was exceedingly boring. Besides drawing out words and putting way-too-long pauses between each sentence, his tone was generally like an old schoolmaster.
Not really - his writing style is too dry for my taste.
That book was definitely not inspiring in any way.
If you want a drug-free sleeping pill, this is for you.
This brought me to a better history of events regarding Boone and his play into history. This was a better understanding of what really happend instead of the stuff you saw on TV
Morgan includes the foundational details of Boone's life with a nice mix of how his experiences were interconnected with the greater events of the creation of the United States of America. What struck me about this documentary was information related to Boone's connection to powerful individuals on the east coast, frontier men, various Native American nations, the British, French and Spanish. In addition, the inner conflict Boone had throughout his life was a constant reminder that when we love something so much, it is that ultimate love that can destroy the very essence of its existence.
Daniel Boone has been a personal hero of mine for a long time, but after this extensive biography, I feel that I have come to know the real Boone underneath the huge legend. I see so much of the little boy that I was in this account of Boone. Running out of the house with a pack filled with rope, a sandwich and a flashlight to follow the creek in my parent's backyard all day until dark. I have always loved the outdoors, and felt that there must certainly be something wonderful just a little deeper into the woods, or farther down the creek.I believe that many of us can connect with the yearning to live the adventures of Boone and to be as blessed as he was to come out safe in the end. Stripping away the legend, Mr. Morgan leaves the listener/reader with a simple, endearing and honest impression of Boone as he was. I appreciated that rather than explaining away or ignoring the flaws and shortcomings of Daniel Boone, the author recorded them, and put them into the context of a multifaceted person. One example was in regard to his familiarity with and seeming acceptance of slavery. He states that this goes to show that even good people, who know better, sometimes go along with what is familiar to them and accepted by society at large. He doesn't say that Boone was a saint, or a devil, but a man that tried to be a good person, and that sometimes he was a member of a society that had improvements to make.
Ok, I grew up in a place called, Boones Creek Tennessee, This place is mentioned in the book along with the stories that go with the area. I use to go fishing in a rock quarry that was probably 500 yards from the famous “D. Boon Cilled a Bar on [this] tree in the year 1760” tree. I went to Boones Creek Middle School, whos mascot was the Bars, yes it was spelled that way. I graduated from Daniel Boone High School, in Tennessee in 1989. However, about 6 chapters in to this book I determined that I really did not give two cents about Daniel Boon anymore. I have not finished the book, I will at some point, I am picking it up for short times between other books, but it is very boring to me. How many times can you read about someone cutting down a tree and building a fort? How many times can you hear about a dude, getting robed by Indians, but they liked him so they let him go? A lot of the same things happened to him over and over and over again to the point that I just did not care anymore…
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