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Undaunted Courage Audiobook

Undaunted Courage

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Publisher's Summary

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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    T. Stinar Palo Cedro, CA 03-31-15
    T. Stinar Palo Cedro, CA 03-31-15 Listener Since 2006
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    "Fascinating story"

    Very detailed and maybe a bit too long, but a must read for any American history enthusiast! Overall, a very good read.

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    scott bourke 02-27-15 Member Since 2016
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    "A most incredible journey"

    A part of history that should not be missed. Always interesting to think what would've happened at things of gone differently..

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    rollin roberts BOGUE CHITTO, MS, US 02-11-15
    rollin roberts BOGUE CHITTO, MS, US 02-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A good book. Recommended."

    The book is well written, researched, and presented. It captures the imagination providing a documented view of a tremendous accomplishment in our nations history. I've read the book and enjoyed it more than the audio version perhaps because of the narration.

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    Grant 01-20-15
    Grant 01-20-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Stunning, Evocative, Saddening"

    This is is the tale of the man responsible for the most ambitious excursion in the young history of our nation, Meriwether Lewis.

    It's a thrilling tale of the man's life and adventures followed by the sad misadventures of political career, onset of his depression, and his disastrous end.

    Listen to it and learn about one of the most important figures as an example of the American character.

    This ought to be required reading, or listening, for every young mind in America.

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    esther suhr-stewart townsend, mt United States 01-13-15
    esther suhr-stewart townsend, mt United States 01-13-15 Member Since 2013
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    "good book"

    loved it. Full of history and accompanied woth great voice. Easy to listen to. liked.

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    Mike 01-04-15
    Mike 01-04-15
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    "good book"

    loved it ! It is a fine work and will done. I will recommend it to a friend.

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    Carroll Hilo, HI, United States 04-12-14
    Carroll Hilo, HI, United States 04-12-14
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    "A great history of this monumental exploration."

    Well researched & written, while the focus of the book is more on Lewis than Clark.

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    Ozzbat LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 03-07-14
    Ozzbat LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 03-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Story, HORRIBLE NARRATOR"
    What made the experience of listening to Undaunted Courage the most enjoyable?

    The story is classic Americana and thoroughly engaging.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Surprised at certain aspects and great for the historical contexts.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Barrett Whitener’s performances?

    No. Emphatic, absolute no. He sound like a computer. Devoid of any human emotion and only took away from story while not adding anything to it.


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

    I had no idea how Lewis' life ended. Very sad.


    Any additional comments?

    This narrator should never be paid. Almost ruined the book for me. If it wasn't for work I never would have listened to it all the way through.

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    Max 10-18-13
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    "Why don't they tell it like this in high school??"

    Fascinating story on so many levels. I initially thought I might drop it, the beginning was a bit monotonous. But once the journey began, I was hooked. I liked how it gives you a glimpse into the complex nature of native america before too much european influence, i.e that young men out on hunting parties, acting like young men (stealing gear, challenging Lewis) could impact the american's view of all of native america - some tribes poor and non-confrontational, others, aggressive, and how british and french trading tilted the balance of power for native americans. It's also an amazing tale of men who were really ignorant of the geography, climate, natives, and medical conditions/treatments, managed to blunder through all this and succeed by sheer will and determination.

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    L. Lyter Kempton, PA 09-08-13
    L. Lyter Kempton, PA 09-08-13 Member Since 2012

    Runner, Commuter, Dietitian with a passion for U.S. History.

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    "Lessons in Leadership"

    Until recently, a long ago but decidedly substandard curriculum I'd had to study American history, with its deadly dull textbooks, relegated Lewis and Clark to little more than historical cardboard cut-outs. Stephen Ambrose brought the great explorers and their journey to life. Ambrose emphasizes the complete loyalty between the captains - Lewis refused to consider his fellow explorer anything else but a captain, despite a lowered army rank and official snub of Clark - and how they motivated, inspired and controlled the Corps of Discovery through thousands of miles of wilderness. With few exceptions, Lewis and Clark knew when to push forward, and when to turn back. They knew when to discipline and when to allow the men "a dram." The contributions of Sacajawea, and the Mandan and Nez Perce Indians were far braver and more critical to expedition’s success than the history books describe. Best of all is how Ambrose's vivid description of events, large and small, that make the listener feel as if they are watching the party from the other side of the riverbank. Grizzly bears die hard hours after multiple gunshots; Lewis shoots Class 5 rapids on the Columbia river in a dugout canoe; the medicines and careful treatments dispensed by the leaders, who had no physician along; and the agonizingly slow and laborious process of pulling three fully loaded boats upstream the shallow Missouri River. At the end of the story, you wonder, along with Ambrose, what Lewis was looking Westward for in those last moments of despair along the Natchez Trace. Capably narrated by Barrett Whitener, this ranks as one of the best audiobooks I have listened to from among dozens. I also recommend the National Geographic Documentary on Lewis and Clark, as well as Bernard DeVoto's "The Journals of Lewis and Clark" for the reader who wants to further immerse themself in one of the greatest explorations of American history.

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