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.
Steven Rinella is a great author and this is a great book. It would have been better if read by the author himself. The narrator was very capable and read it well but he mispronounced some hunting terminology and that detracted a bit from the otherwise fine presentation.
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.
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.
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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