©2007 Robert Morgan; (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC
"[An] absorbing and stirring chronicle of the great frontiersman." (Booklist, starred review)
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.
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.
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.
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
I own auto restoration business, do custom painting. and Im an Audible-aholic. Im getting rite educated two.
the book is very interesting to hear the truth about how Boone really was instead of the hero everyone talks of
liked learning the real story. \but had to listen for hours before it got to somewhere interesting,
i have not
if you have alot of driving to do
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