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Blood and Thunder Audiobook

Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West

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Publisher's Summary

In the fall of 1846, the venerable Navajo warrior Narbona, greatest of his people's chieftains, looked down upon the small town of Santa Fe, the stronghold of the Mexican settlers he had been fighting his whole long life. He had come to see if the rumors were true, if an army of blue-suited soldiers had swept in from the East and utterly defeated his ancestral enemies. As Narbona gazed down on the battlements and cannons of a mighty fort the invaders had built, he realized his foes had been vanquished. But what did the arrival of these "new men" portend for the Navajo?

Narbona could not have known that "The Army of the West", in the midst of the longest march in American military history, was merely the vanguard of an inexorable tide fueled by a self-righteous ideology now known as "Manifest Destiny". For 20 years the Navajo, elusive lords of a huge swath of mountainous desert and pasturelands, would ferociously resist the flood of soldiers and settlers who wished to change their ancient way of life - or destroy them.

©2006 Hampton Sides; (P)2006 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

"An excellent addition to collections on western history." (Booklist)
"[Sides] eloquently paints the landscape and history of the 19th-century Southwest." (Publishers Weekly)

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    george Rochester NY USA 02-05-16
    george Rochester NY USA 02-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Puts you right there as an observer"
    What made the experience of listening to Blood and Thunder the most enjoyable?

    The well crafted and well researched writing


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Blood and Thunder?

    To pick just one or two is like asking which is your favorite child .This book is amazing from start to finish


    Which character – as performed by Don Leslie – was your favorite?

    Kit Carson is a standout for sure


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

    What they didnt teach you about history


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this book , It is right up there with many other great views on early american history Honest brutal astonishing much like the great works of Allan W.Eckert .The book is fair to all History is now being written with a new prism a new perspective. As I am sure a cycle of revisionism occurs with some regularity. This book contains limited perspectives on what is or was pollitically correct and I am thankful for the great effort at objectivity. it is getting diffacult to find .Writers worry more about offending this constituency or that and letting that dictate a political statement .just offer the facts as the research provides and avoid the judgements by the standards some feel compelled to add .This auther has done a fine job of that the research and efforts to tell the story objectivly often in the participants is laudable. A great book filled with loads of important details carefully crafted.

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    Alison Sigmon 01-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Enchanting and sobering"
    Where does Blood and Thunder rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely top of my list.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Human, balanced, and fair.


    What about Don Leslie’s performance did you like?

    His voice fit the subject matter.


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

    Carson's accidental quest to settle the west.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it!

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    Ed 01-11-16
    Ed 01-11-16
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    "Epic, great listen while traveling through NM"
    Would you listen to Blood and Thunder again? Why?

    probably not - the first time was good enough


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kit Carson


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The Navajo return to the 4-corners area.


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    CMcK 12-12-15
    CMcK 12-12-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Gripping Western with the Ideal Narrator"

    A well-written and engrossing history of Kit Carson and the American West. Don Leslie's folksy but crisp and precise narration is the perfect companion.

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    Claycnst 09-05-15
    Claycnst 09-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "This is a history book"

    The book was just ok for me. It's a history book about the Navahos and Kit Carson. I'm a history buff, but this book could have cut in half. I didn't know it was a history book, and wouldn't have spent a credit if I had known.

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    kirk gittings ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO, US 03-10-15
    kirk gittings ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO, US 03-10-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Great read"

    A modern perspective on a pivotal time in the history of the SW. Very well done! Ok four more words.

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    Neuron Sweden 07-13-14
    Neuron Sweden 07-13-14 Member Since 2015

    Family father, neuroscientist, and non-fiction addict.

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    "Decent, but too long"

    This book describes what happened in western Mexico (later the United States) between approximately 1845 and 1865. The United States sought to expand their territory so that it would stretch from the Atlantic ocean to the Pacific ocean, but Mexico stood in the way. In the resulting conflict Kit Carson, the protagonist in this book, rose to prominence.

    The title and the setting made me think that this book would be full of exhilarating action. Sure enough there was some action but there was a lot of drawn out stories in between, some of which were superfluous. While Kit Carson is the protagonist the reader will also learn about Narbona, the famous leader of the Navajo, general Kearny who lead the american army against the mexicans, as well as a number of other surrounding characters. The fact that the book is temporally organized means that the books jumps around a lot between the different characters.

    Still despite the hap-hazard feel sometimes associated with this book, there are also some buried gold-grains. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the history of California. It is an astonishing fact that only a 150 years ago it was a sparsely inhabited and dangerous desert. I was also fascinated by the description of the Indians and how they thought and felt when they encountered the modern american military.

    For the reader that seeks an in depth description of the main characters in the Mexican war, including their pre war biographies, this book is a good option. For me, it was too long.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Kashiwa, Chiba, Japan 09-07-13
    Amazon Customer Kashiwa, Chiba, Japan 09-07-13 Member Since 2015

    Fear is the mind Killer, so Face Your Fear

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    "Wow! A great history listen"
    If you could sum up Blood and Thunder in three words, what would they be?

    THE KIT CARSON


    What other book might you compare Blood and Thunder to and why?

    I cannot think of one. I had no idea how influential Kit Carson was on American history


    What about Don Leslie’s performance did you like?

    The knowledge was great, but the story sometimes dry. Don really kept me entertained.


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

    I was stunned how little I knew about how the west was won.


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    Roy Beaumont, TX, United States 05-01-10
    Roy Beaumont, TX, United States 05-01-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Blood and Thunder"

    Hampton Side Does it Again Hampton Side has taken on the Western Expansion and the life of Kit Carson. In broad strokes and using wonderfully exciting prose, his Kit Carson and the virtual ruin of the Navajo nation come to life. The reading of James Naughton, the writing of Sides, and the story make this a worth while listen. Some will not agree with Side's point of view, but no one can complain that he hasn't done everyone a favor by bringing this bygone era to the modern reader's attention.

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    C Chestnuthill, MA, United States 11-11-09
    C Chestnuthill, MA, United States 11-11-09
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    "Good story--a bit long"

    The story and narration are good. I think that he did a good job of providing a balanced account. It was however, a bit long.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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