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American Buffalo Audiobook

American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon

Steven Rinella won a lottery to hunt for a wild buffalo 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. 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.
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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
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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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    Joseph Viz 02-08-16
    Joseph Viz 02-08-16 Member Since 2013
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    "uniquely American essay on Bison and hunting"

    having first heard Steve Rinella on podcasts I recognized his pattern of speaking and story telling in his writing: always telling a engaging tale, while at the same time playing with in the fair chase of ideas through science - Rinnella runs his questioning mind all over the terrain of what the Bison IS AND what it means to each of separately. An icon, a misunderstood animal, giver of life to the first peoples, the back of a Nickle, an mfer of a tough quarry and an enduring part of our landscape. you will enjoy the story and learn a new appreciation and perhaps respect by time this vivid hunting story winds down. highly recommended!

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    T. Hanson 02-02-16
    T. Hanson 02-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story, rich history"

    Thoroughly enjoyed. This book makes me yearn for a lost past and hopeful for a different future and the place Buffalo could play in it.

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    Alexis C. Martinez 02-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "not bad"

    Its interesting but i struggled to stay focused on the book at points. I had to rewind it a few times. When he got back to the hunt were the best parts. Most of the facts were interesting but there were parts i totally zoned out. After listening again I remembered why I would zone out. Reading facts gets boring.

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    Morgan 12-29-15
    Morgan 12-29-15
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    "I love this book"

    Fascinating stories. I wish Steve had more titles.

    His cooking books are fantastic as well.

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    J.D. 10-28-15
    J.D. 10-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A fascinating story"

    loved it determination against all odds while hunting Alaska and a great history of the American buffalo

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    Thomas 05-12-15
    Thomas 05-12-15
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    "Amazing book"

    This book was awesome, another great by Steven Rinella. Talks about his DIY hunt for an American bison and also the history of American bison in North America. I would recommend this book to any fellow Hunter or any American Buffalo lover.

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    David Redding Ontario 04-23-15
    David Redding Ontario 04-23-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Powerful"

    This is more then a story about a guy that gets to kill a buffalo, this is a story about America, about the first people, this is a story about mankind.

    Who would of thought I'd be interested in the history of the Buffalo, but Steve Rinella has a way of writing that sucks you in.

    I couldn't recommend this book enough.

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    Kayla 04-09-15
    Kayla 04-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Steven Rinella is awsome"

    Great history of buffalo and North America, Steven Rinella has a distinct voice about hunting and outdoors, I wish it was longer because I didn't want it too end.

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