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A Life Wild and Perilous Audiobook

A Life Wild and Perilous: Mountain Men and the Paths to the Pacific

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Publisher's Summary

If you have ever wondered what is was like to be an explorer in the unspoiled American West of the early 1800s, then this is the audiobook for you. Not only a groundbreaking work of American history by critically acclaimed author Robert M. Utley, A Life Wild and Perilous is also a dramatic story of innovation and survival. Here is your chance to live in the very heart of the American wilderness with legendary trappers and mountain men like Jim Bridger, Kit Carson, Tom Fitzpatrick, and Jedediah Smith. You will also see how these men played a major role in pushing our national frontier from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean, and fulfilling our nation’s ideal of Manifest Destiny. Breathtaking in scope, yet filled with the seemingly small decisions that changed the course of a nation, A Life Wild and Perilous is a compelling and fascinating piece of Americana. Travelogue buffs and historians alike will delight in Richard M. Davidson’s inspired telling of how the West was really won.

©1997 Robert M. Utley (P)1998 Recorded Books, LLC

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    David Sidney, OH, United States 04-01-12
    David Sidney, OH, United States 04-01-12 Member Since 2015

    63 years old-retired-hate winters-like growing potatoes-ride a Harley-built a couple of electric bicycles-vietnam vet-like audible

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    "A lot of good history and quite a story too."

    This book fills in a lot of history that has been generally skipped over in favor of the Civil War and other high volume catagories. I listen to audible or read a book to learn. I did that and then some. Hard men, rough time, the building of a nation, the shrinking of nations, fortunes won, fortunes lost, the rise of the U.S. the decline of Mexico, the making of American heroes, the end of the Red man, its all in there. Very well read. Very well written. A bit sad in places. Non fiction tends to be that way sometimes.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Montaque 12-30-15
    Montaque 12-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    "wonderful"

    a well written book. it had enough detail to allow one to connect with the figures. yet enough brevity to avoid mind numbing facts.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gary SPANISH FORK, UT, United States 09-23-12
    Gary SPANISH FORK, UT, United States 09-23-12 Member Since 2009
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    If you could sum up A Life Wild and Perilous in three words, what would they be?

    Very Good Listen


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jedediah Smith. Grandfather of western trappers.


    Have you listened to any of Richard Davidson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I know many of the places that were in the story and this added to my interest.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    ron mars, Pa 07-18-16
    ron mars, Pa 07-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "best book about mountain men"
    If you could sum up A Life Wild and Perilous in three words, what would they be?

    holy shit


    What other book might you compare A Life Wild and Perilous to and why?

    give your heart to the hawks,,, same subject


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

    I can work while I listen


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

    its hard to believe this was not all that long ago


    Any additional comments?

    best book ever on this subject

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Schnitkey DEWEY, IL, US 06-25-16
    Gary Schnitkey DEWEY, IL, US 06-25-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent book (read with a map)"

    Very much enjoyed the stories. Having an understanding of the geography of the west is helpful in listening to the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MTB DC 06-09-16
    MTB DC 06-09-16

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    "Bit Dry but a Good Listen"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Develop the characters a bit more. Put more distance from the flat-factual-historical account and embrace more of the human drama behind these stories.


    Was A Life Wild and Perilous worth the listening time?

    Yes.


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    cassie 04-28-15
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    "Super boring"

    It is not engaging at all don't buy it. Just monotone fact after monotone fact over and over and over

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    Betty HG fan 02-01-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Sorry but disappointing as an audiobook"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Just not a good book to listen to without a reference map and time to process in detail what is being said. Reads more like a history and geography textbooks. Wonderfully researched but confusing and pretty boring to listen to.


    Would you recommend A Life Wild and Perilous to your friends? Why or why not?

    Only if they bought the actual book with the maps that are included. Would make a better college course on American Expansionism of the 19th century. A quality, researched book but it couldn't hold my concentration listening in my vehicle while driving to work and I love this subject matter.


    Have you listened to any of Richard Davidson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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    Could you see A Life Wild and Perilous being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes. It could be great. Maybe call it the Revenant, the series


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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