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Undaunted Courage Audiobook

Undaunted Courage

In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson selected his personal secretary, Captain Meriwether Lewis, to lead a voyage up the Missouri River, across the forbidding Rockies, and - by way of the Snake and the Columbia rivers - down to the Pacific Ocean. Lewis and his partner, Captain William Clark, endured incredible hardships and witnessed astounding sights. With great perseverance, they worked their way into an unexplored West. When they returned two years later, they had long since been given up for dead.
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In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson selected his personal secretary, Captain Meriwether Lewis, to lead a voyage up the Missouri River, across the forbidding Rockies, and - by way of the Snake and Columbia rivers - down to the Pacific Ocean. Lewis and his partner, Captain William Clark, endured incredible hardships and witnessed astounding sights. With great perseverance, they worked their way into an unexplored West. When they returned two years later, they had long since been given up for dead.

Undaunted Courage is supported by a variety of colorful characters: Jefferson and his vision of the West; Clark, the artist and mapmaker; and Lewis, the enigma, who led brilliantly but considered the mission a failure. After suffering several periods of depression - and despite his status as national hero - Lewis died mysteriously, apparently by his own hand.

©1996 Ambrose-Tubbs Inc. (P)1996 Books on Tape Inc., All Rights Reserved; AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon and Schuster Audio Division, Simon and Schuster Inc.

What the Critics Say

"... a swiftly moving, full-dress treatment of the expedition." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Ambrose's epic, a combination of rhapsody and reality, feels like a final glimpse at a pristine Eden before the crowd of trappers and settlers altered it forever." ( Booklist)

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    Michelle Teaneck, NJ, USA 02-13-07
    Michelle Teaneck, NJ, USA 02-13-07
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    "Very enlightening"

    I really enjoyed this audiobook. I knew virtually nothing about Lewis and Clark and this book was a wonderful taste of their journey. It included many passages from their jounals as well as a biography on their lives leading up to the amazing journey that would make them such important characters in our country's history. I only wish I had had a map or two in front of me while I listened. The end chapters leave you with a sense of sadness and melancholy for the fate of Lewis. Threre are certain moments when the descriptions seem to go on and on and I found my mind wandering a bit, but overall, I think it was an excellent book.

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    Chris 09-07-06
    Chris 09-07-06 Member Since 2014
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    "One of the best ever"

    I thought 20 hours might be a little long to listen to. It was excellent I loved every bit of it. I liked it so much I finished it in a week. You can smell taste and feel what these people went through. This was the best history type book I have listened to. This book will keep your attention and is easy to follow what is going on.

    What a great story!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susa Virginia Beach, VA, USA 08-31-03
    Susa Virginia Beach, VA, USA 08-31-03
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    "Undainted Courage"

    I found this book informative about Lewis' life, however I felt robbed by it's abrupt ending. It failed to follow their adventure until it's end, and cover the details of their return and national response. I wish it had cover the journey in it's entirety. Some parts were very detailed- the preparation for the journey and was somewhat slow- but I would read it again, for the majority good parts and details of time of Discovery and exploration of our great country.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    reggie p PA 07-28-03
    reggie p PA 07-28-03 Member Since 2006

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    "Fascinating"

    This was a fascinating adventure, well written and well told. I enjoyed every minute of it and am glad I opted for the unabridged edition. I still can't believe their accomplishments--they are truly a treasure.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Justin Watson 11-18-03 Listener Since 2003
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    "What an incredible journey!"

    Ambrose does a fascinating job of bringing the epic journey of Lewis and Clark to life. Long, but well worth it; a very small price to pay for such a comprehensive look into American history.

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    sucks like poo 11-17-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Awesome! But..."

    Awesome piece of work! But what in the world were they thinking hiring a robot as narrator?!?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shannon Newton, MA, United States 05-12-15
    Shannon Newton, MA, United States 05-12-15
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    "The trip would have been less painful"
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    If I would have walked from Pittsburgh to the Pacific coast it would have been less painful than listening to this book. It was like listening to Ben Stein read his grocery shopping list. This book came as a recommendation from a friend. I may never speak to that person again.

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    Brandy McDaniel 09-16-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book, but."
    Would you try another book from Stephen E. Ambrose and/or Barrett Whitener?

    From Stephen Ambrose? Yes. But I will avoid any books read by Whitener again.


    What didn’t you like about Barrett Whitener’s performance?

    Dry. Dead. Automated. He gave no life. It sounded exactly like a computer reading the book. His voice was flat, monotone, with incorrect emphasis on words. His timbre was horrible and ill suited to the subject matter. He made a wonderful story that has so much life, to be dry as dust and uninteresting. If I could ask for my money back, I would.


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    Piratecat Charlottesville, VA 12-07-13
    Piratecat Charlottesville, VA 12-07-13 Member Since 2013

    History, sci fi, fantasy, biography.

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    "Robotic"
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    I could not listen to this, the narrator sounded like a robot--it is like having Siri read a book to you. And, how can a book with Thomas Jefferson playing a key moment not know how to pronounce the name of his home?

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    MG Albuquerque, NM, United States 08-30-12
    MG Albuquerque, NM, United States 08-30-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Neil Armstrong versus Meriwether Lewis? and Clark?"

    I was listening to the last three hours of this book when the news of Neil Armstrong's death was in the news. I have yet to be able to compare the similarities and differences in their discoveries. The most courageous explorer? The most heroic? The best leader? Who will be remembered 200, 2000, 20,000 years from now? Undaunted Courage is a wonderful book. I enjoyed every minute. EVERY time I grab a bite to eat, I'm going to remember what the Corps of Discovery went through for every meal.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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