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Canoeing with the Cree: A 2,250-mile voyage from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay | [Eric Sevareid]

Canoeing with the Cree: A 2,250-mile voyage from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay

In 1930, two novice paddlers - Eric Sevareid and Walter C. Port - launched a secondhand 18-foot canvas canoe from the Minnesota River at Fort Snelling for an ambitious summer-long journey from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay. Without benefit of radio, motor or good maps, the teenagers made their way over 2,250 miles of rivers, lakes, and difficult portages.
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Publisher's Summary

In 1930, two novice paddlers - Eric Sevareid and Walter C. Port - launched a secondhand 18-foot canvas canoe from the Minnesota River at Fort Snelling for an ambitious summer-long journey from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay. Without benefit of radio, motor, or good maps, the teenagers made their way over 2,250 miles of rivers, lakes, and difficult portages.

Nearly four months later, after shooting hundreds of sets of rapids and surviving exceedingly bad advice, the ragged, hungry adventurers arrived in York Factory on Hudson Bay - with winter freeze-up on their heels.

©1968 Eric Sevareid; (P)2009 Holton House Audio

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"An amazing journey iof bold youth, the work blends memoir, documentary and adventure. Farrell makes us feel the author's nostalgia as he looks back at his youth with a glimmer in his eye and wonder that he made it through alive." (AudioFile)

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    Angela Centerville, OH, United States 12-31-09
    Angela Centerville, OH, United States 12-31-09
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    "Seems like an abridged version"

    I really enjoy this type of true life adventure story. It's amazing that these two people accomplished this journey - even more amazing is that they were so young and their equipment was not modern and high-tech.

    There are a couple of warnings: the story was written decades ago and some of writing is of the "golly gee" type style of the 50's. Also, there are some terms that are offensive today, i.e., "savages," "half-breeds," etc.

    However, the story and the journey is amazing. I would love to read someone else's take of their journey. It's like Ernest Shackleton writing of his own Endurance story. He probably wasn't dramatic, over-impressed with himself and emotional. Neither were these two characters so that the book tended to be a little dry at times, just mentioning the animals and people that they met. I wish that there was more detail of their personal hardships and emotions.

    Eric Severeid barely touched on the hardships of the journey. For example, they had to walk 5 miles carrying their equipment and sank into the mud every 2-3 steps but only two sentences were devoted to the difficulty. Mr. Severeid did write that it was a walk he would never forget.

    All in all, while their journey and exploits are very impressive, they did not do their story justice. Was listening to the book worthwhile? Yes, but it just seemed to skim the surface of a very exciting adventure. Also, not being able to follow their story with maps is a disadvantage. Maybe the hardcopy of the book has maps.

    The narrator is average. A more youthful sounding narrator would have improved the story. However, I am always happy when narrators don't have lisps or over dramatic voices and Mr. Farrell did not.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela M. Southern California 10-01-14
    Pamela M. Southern California 10-01-14 Member Since 2012

    A book can get you out of your house, your town, even out of the country. I'm an avid reader believing reviews help find the good ones.

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    "Not Impressed!"

    This is an adventure story of two teenage boys in 1930. The story was quite blah with little details. The reader read it like he was reading the newspaper "sunny in the west with winds in the east". I found him very monitoned. I was wanting to know more about the wilderness they were in and more about the people they met along the way. For me it was boring. If your looking for a great adventure story go for "A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson, terrific book!

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    Charles Salley, SC, United States 07-12-13
    Charles Salley, SC, United States 07-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "5 STARS all the way!!!"
    If you could sum up Canoeing with the Cree in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, captivating and spell binding.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Canoeing with the Cree?

    Too many to ention.


    What does John Farrell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great narrator. Great delivery along with sound effects. This narrator is great!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?


    Tale of true grit, adventure and survival.


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    Rob 03-01-13
    Rob 03-01-13
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    "Great old true story"

    I didn't know what to expect when I found this one, but it turned out to be a fantastic story, well written, trailblazing story by a couple of teenages, one of who was Eric Sevareid. An astonishing story.

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    John Harleysville, PA, United States 08-22-11
    John Harleysville, PA, United States 08-22-11 Member Since 2003
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    "Excellent True Story"

    I really enjoyed this audiobook. Highly recommended for people that enjoy outdoor or adventure stories or US history around 1930s.

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