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The Frontiersmen Audiobook
The Frontiersmen
Written by: 
Allan W. Eckert
Narrated by: 
Kevin Foley
The Frontiersmen Audiobook

The Frontiersmen: A Narrative

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Publisher's Summary

The frontiersmen were a remarkable breed of men. They were often rough and illiterate, sometimes brutal and vicious, often seeking an escape in the wilderness of mid-America from crimes committed back east. In the beautiful but deadly country that would one day come to be known as West Virginia, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, more often than not they left their bones to bleach beside forest paths or on the banks of the Ohio River, victims of Indians who claimed the vast virgin territory and strove to turn back the growing tide of whites.

These frontiersmen are the subjects of Allan W. Eckert's dramatic history. Against the background of such names as George Rogers Clark, Daniel Boone, Arthur St. Clair, Anthony Wayne, Simon Girty, and William Henry Harrison, Eckert has re-created the life of one of America's most outstanding heroes, Simon Kenton. Kenton's role in opening the Northwest Territory to settlement more than rivaled that of his friend Daniel Boone. By his 18th birthday, Kenton had already won frontier renown as woodsman, fighter, and scout. His incredible physical strength and endurance, his great dignity and innate kindness made him the ideal prototype of the frontier hero.

Yet there is another story to The Frontiersmen. It is equally the story of one of history's greatest leaders, whose misfortune was to be born to a doomed cause and a dying race. Tecumseh, the brilliant Shawnee chief, welded together by the sheer force of his intellect and charisma an incredible Indian confederacy that came desperately close to breaking the thrust of the white man's westward expansion. Like Kenton, Tecumseh was the paragon of his people's virtues, and the story of his life, in Eckert's hands, reveals most profoundly the grandeur and the tragedy of the American Indian.

©2001 Jesse Stuart Foundation (P)2011 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Historian-novelist Eckert has fashioned an epic narrative history of the struggle for dominance of the Ohio River Valley that makes compelling reading." (Publishers Weekly)

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    mark NEWPORT, NC, United States 07-08-15
    mark NEWPORT, NC, United States 07-08-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved it"

    Kinda long but well written and a great story.
    It ended kind of abruptly, but did tie everything together and give closure.

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    carson 06-30-15
    carson 06-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    Long, yet not long enough when drawing to an end. An unknown legend waiting to be heard.

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    Lee 05-23-15
    Lee 05-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent Five stars would recommend this to an"

    This to anyone interested in the beginning of this country excellent story line and reading .

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    Bruce D. Williams Athens, OH United States 05-03-15
    Bruce D. Williams Athens, OH United States 05-03-15 Member Since 2001
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    "An enjoyable listen."

    Great for long car rides. Interesting insight into our ancestors. Sometimes not so pretty. Here are my remaining six words.

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    Timothy 03-31-15
    Timothy 03-31-15 Member Since 2015
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    "frontier history"

    I like the book, since it's history is in my home town. remarkable work by the author.

    The narrative was very pleasant.

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    Matthew 02-20-15
    Matthew 02-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great narrator. Fantastic recreation settler life!"

    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.

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    barry 01-31-15
    barry 01-31-15 Member Since 2015
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    "One of the best books I've read in a long time"

    Great book. Great story. Keep my attention the entire time. I couldn't set the book down. Can't stop telling my friends about it.

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    Amazon Customer Scot1T 08-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Someone needs to make a mini-series of this book!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Frontiersmen the most enjoyable?

    Historical description really made you feel you were right there.


    What about Kevin Foley’s performance did you like?

    Just spot on!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The section of where the officer was burned at the stake was one of the most horrific descriptions I have ever read!


    Any additional comments?

    From start to finish this book held my interest.

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    Allen Plainwell, MI, United States 02-10-14
    Allen Plainwell, MI, United States 02-10-14 Member Since 2015
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    "The beauty and excitement of unsettled America"

    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!

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    Yerby Ray Newton, NC, United States 10-07-13
    Yerby Ray Newton, NC, United States 10-07-13 Member Since 2016

    "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.

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    "Great story about a real man"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Frontiersmen to be better than the print version?

    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


    Which character – as performed by Kevin Foley – was your favorite?

    Simon Kenton just for the pure fact that he was a man among men who was larger than life but lived up to that


    Any additional comments?

    It is a long listen but really does move along well.

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