Originally published more than 50 years ago, The Big Sky is the first of A. B. Guthrie's epic adventure novels of America's vast frontier. The Big Sky introduces Boone Caudill, Jim Deakins, and Dick Summers, three of the most memorable characters in western American literature. Traveling the Missouri River from St. Louis to the Rockies, these frontiersmen live as trappers, traders, guides, and explorers. The story centers on Caudill, a young Kentuckian driven by a raging hunger for life and a longing for the blue sky and brown earth of big, wild places. Caught up in the freedom and savagery of the wilderness, Caudill becomes an untamed mountain man whom only the beautiful daughter of a Blackfoot chief dares to love. With The Big Sky, Guthrie gives us an unforgettable portrait of a spacious land and a unique way of life.
©1974 Alfred Bertram Guthrie, Jr. (P)2013 Dreamscape Media, LLC
Honest story telling. I didn't expect to the book to be so true to life. None of the characters are sugar coated.
I could picture the countryside through with the way the story flowed.
His story telling was matter of fact and matched the theme of the book.
The story moved along well but I didn't find any of the characters particularly engaging- there just wasn't enough development to get there. Overall I thought this was pretty over-rated.
Probably not, doesn't come close to Lonesome Dove as far as westerns go.
Narrator did a pretty good job, nothing special though.
This book has been a favorite since I was a teenage and I was delighted to find it on Audible. The reader is able to do varied voices for the principal characters. Excellent.
This is a good classic listen/read. Lots of good descriptions of the way westward and life during the early to mid-1800's. The characters were well developed and came to grow on me. Overall, I enjoyed the story but the ending was just that - an ending as if the author just stopped writing.
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