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American Buffalo Audiobook

American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon

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Publisher's Summary

In 2005, Steven Rinella won a lottery to hunt for a wild buffalo, or American bison, in the Alaskan wilderness. One of only four hunters that year who succeeded in killing a buffalo, he carried the carcass down a snow-covered mountainside and floated it four miles down a white-water canyon while being trailed by grizzly bears and suffering from hypothermia. Through this experience, Rinella found himself contemplating his own place among the 14,000 years' worth of buffalo hunters in North America and the place of the buffalo in the American consciousness.

American Buffalo is a narrative tale of that hunt. But beyond that, it is the story of the many ways in which the buffalo has shaped our national identity. Rinella takes us across the continent in search of the buffalo's past, present, and future: to the Bering Strait Land Bridge; to buffalo jumps, where Native Americans ran buffalo over cliffs by the hundreds; even to the Bronx Zoo, where legend has it a depressed buffalo served as the model for the American nickel.

Rinella's erudition and exuberance, combined with his gift for storytelling, make him the perfect guide for a book that combines outdoor adventure with history, science, and the natural world. And yet it also tells us as much about ourselves as Americans as it does about the creature who perhaps best of all embodies the American ethos.

©2008 Steven Rinella; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    jason 10-07-15
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    "Intriguing, fun, full of information."

    I loved this book, near the end it had me on the edge of my seat. I'm bummed it's over.

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    D. hanson 07-30-09
    D. hanson 07-30-09 Listener Since 2009
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    "Driving West"

    If you love to travel the western and mountain states,and you love your history , this book is a must listen.

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    Andrew 02-18-17
    Andrew 02-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Good book"

    The performance is always going to be off when you know how the author talks and communicates. With Steve, he has a very unique way of communicating that is undeniably him, no narrator is going to achieve this.
    About the book, it's a great historical book where Steven blends a personal story with the background historic significance of what is happening. Loved it.

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    Amazon Customer 02-17-17
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    "Loved it!"

    Great Book!. Learned so much history and felt like I was there with the writer!

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    M. Krencicki 02-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Dynamic book."

    Great approach to such a varied story. Great historical perspective mixed with personal experience. would love if Steve could have narrated

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    B Monger 02-02-17
    B Monger 02-02-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book about Buffalo"

    This book gives such great details about his hunt, along with many interesting facts and stories about the animal's history. Worth every penny and highly recommended.

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    Torrance 01-03-17
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    "narrator meh"

    good book bad narrator. narrator should look up pronunciations of names and words before recording

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    Shannon McCoy Santa Barbara, CA United States 12-19-16
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    "A treatise on the real American West"

    This book is not only a tale an epic hunt, but the story of a curious mind caught between our modern way of life and our history told in the context of a magnificent beast. You will learn much you don't know but in a way reminiscent of a tale told around a campfire.

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    Judy B Healy 12-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fabulous"

    Steve is a great writer and even better story teller. The way he weaves hunting ethic in with interesting factoids from history and personal account from his life is wonderful. I enjoyed his book very much.

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    Ryan 11-30-16
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    "great read a adventure full of facts"

    if Fred bear and peter Hathway capstick had a baby he would write this book

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