The drive of discovery and lust for adventure have long been hallmarks of the American ethos, and perhaps no one has embodied that as well as Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. With the oversight and great organization from respected editor and author Landon Jones, this recording presents some of the most memorable journal entries from two of America’s most famous explorers. And with veteran performers Tom Wopat and Peter Friendman giving life to Lewis and Clark’s words, this audiobook is guaranteed to evoke an America that few today have ever experienced.
Landon Jones has selected the most memorable journal entries left behind by Lewis and Clark, and edited them for all readers, those steeped in the lore of the expedition, as well as newcomers to the unforgettable journey.
©2000 Landon Y. Jones; © and (P)2003 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
"Juxtaposing entries by the precise and poetic Lewis with the earthy and enthusiastic Clark, Jones has provided a vivid panorama of an epic undertaking. An essentially digestible slice of history." (Booklist)
"In The Essential Lewis and Clark, Landon Jones presents the highlights of an American classic by letting Lewis and Clark tell their story in their own words." (Dayton R. Duncan, writer and producer of Ken Burns' PBS documentary, Lewis & Clark)
This is an excellent selection from the journals, and the readers are great. You get a strong distinction between the gruff, no-nonsense Clark and the sensitive Lewis, and occasionally a third narrator breaks in to provide background information. The extracts are well-chosen and lengthy, so it doesn't feel too choppy.
Still, I'm not sure that an audiobook is the best way to read Lewis and Clark. To enjoy the story fully I really wanted to follow their route on a map, but even the third narrator gives little information about exactly where they are at any time, so it's not possible to do that. There are times when you really want footnotes, too - L&C will describe strange animals, for instance, and you'll be trying to figure out what on earth they're talking about but can't.
This is as good an audiobook of L&C as you could wish for - but I still recommend reading them on paper in an edition with lots of helpful notes.
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