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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
    jason 10-07-15 Member Since 2015
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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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    JB 09-22-16
    JB 09-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Steven Rinella May Just Be My New Favorite Writer"

    I just purchased this audio book yesterday and have already completed it. I already had a sense of respect for Steven Rinella through watching his tv shows and listening to his podcast. This man is a fantastic story teller. What strikes me the most though, is a sense that he is just a regular guy. A guy that would be just as happy to tell you his stories along with a cold beer and warm fire. I think that's what draws me to him the most, he's totally relatable. So yourself a favor and buy this book. I promise, you won't regret it.

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    Me 08-14-16
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    "Fascinating - The American Buffalo could stand beside the Bald Eagle as co-symbols of Americana."

    Rinella uses the language of a regular down home hunter but with the knowledge and respect of a Harvard grad. And Lawlor puts a voice to the words that fits like a glove.
    Excellent all the way around.

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    Spencer J. Boise, Idaho 07-22-16
    Spencer J. Boise, Idaho 07-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Wow!"

    Hands down one of the best, if not THE best book I've listened to on Audible! Great storytelling mixed with in depth information makes this book a must read for hunters and non hunters alike. Steven Rinella should be regarded as one of the masterful outdoors storytellers of our generation!

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    Richard W. Ball 06-28-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great job Steve!"

    I really enjoyed this book, and have enjoyed Mr. Rinellas other books and hunting show. I didn't fully appreciate that ones hobby, or life long pursuit, could be put into words that could inspire others. This book was an excellent hunting narrative wrapped in the rich history of the buffalo.

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    stephen 04-18-16
    stephen 04-18-16 Member Since 2014
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    "#POWERFULRINELLA"

    Great book- 4th time listening gets better every time. Had to listen again after listening to the MEATEATER Podcast.

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    richard t. matthews 03-28-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Awesome listen!!"

    A must read/listen for anyone who loves the outdoors, hunter or not.👍👍 the side journeys into history were fascinating

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    Liquid 02-22-16
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    "An exciting read, with lots of educational bits"
    Where does American Buffalo rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Great writing. I love Rinella's way of describing situations.


    What does Patrick G. Lawlor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Really wished Steve narrated the book, but Patrick was the next best things. Loved his accents for the different characters lol


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    DR C S Black 02-18-16 Member Since 2014
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    "fantastic story."

    fantastic story one of my favorite books to date...the story pulls you in while you learn about the American Buffalo...i didn't want it to end

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