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  • A Life Wild and Perilous

  • Mountain Men and the Paths to the Pacific
  • By: Robert M. Utley
  • Narrated by: Richard Davidson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 199
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    4 out of 5 stars 177
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    4 out of 5 stars 180

If you have ever wondered what is was like to be an explorer in the unspoiled American West of the early 1800s, then this is the audiobook for you. Not only a groundbreaking work of American history by critically acclaimed author Robert M. Utley, A Life Wild and Perilous is also a dramatic story of innovation and survival. Here is your chance to live in the very heart of the American wilderness with legendary trappers and mountain men like Jim Bridger, Kit Carson, Tom Fitzpatrick, and Jedediah Smith.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book (read with a map)

  • By Gary Schnitkey on 06-25-16

incredible

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Reviewed: 02-01-19

every book in the world seems boring compared to this. and it's all true. long live the honor of the mountain men.

  • Crow Killer

  • The Saga of Liver-Eating Johnson (Midland Book)
  • By: Raymond W. Thorp, Robert Bunker
  • Narrated by: Don Coltrane
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 333
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    4 out of 5 stars 307
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The true story (on which the film Jeremiah Johnson was partially based) of John Johnson, who in 1847 found his wife and her unborn child had been killed by Crow braves. Out of this tragedy came one of the most gripping feuds - one man against a whole tribe - in American history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book!!!

  • By Kelsey Berry on 07-23-15

you need this book!

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Reviewed: 10-12-18

if you want real nonfiction informative mountain man lore, this is a book worth listening to.

  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

  • By: Jules Verne
  • Narrated by: Peter Husmann
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,520
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,409
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    4 out of 5 stars 1,416

A mysterious sea monster, theorized by some to be a giant narwhal, is sighted by ships of several nations; an ocean liner is also damaged by the creature. The United States government finally assembles an expedition to track down and destroy the menace. Professor Pierre Aronnax, a noted French marine biologist and narrator of the story, master harpoonist Ned Land, and Aronnax's faithful assistant Conseil join the expedition.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A difficult story plagued by a terrible reader

  • By Brandon on 07-11-15

don't miss this book

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Reviewed: 06-18-18

one of my favorite books by an incredibly intelligent author, translates beautifully into English from French

  • Reilly's Luck

  • By: Louis L'Amour
  • Narrated by: Beau Bridges
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 566
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 495
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    5 out of 5 stars 492

Val Darrant was just four years old the snowy night his mother abandoned him. But instead of meeting a lonely death, he met Will Reilly - a gentleman, a gambler, and a worldly, self-taught scholar. For 10 years they each were all the family the other had, traveling from dusty American boomtowns to the glittering cities of Belle Époque Europe - until the day Reilly’s luck ran out in a roar of gunfire. But it wasn’t a gambling brawl or a pack of thieves that sealed Will’s fate. It was a far more complex story that Val would soon uncover.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great Read By Louis L'Amour

  • By Lady M on 11-18-12

Beau Bridges is great

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Reviewed: 03-29-18

great narrator, great story. one of my favorite books, and definitely one of the best audio books

  • In Search of the Old Ones

  • Exploring the Anasazi World of the Southwest
  • By: David Roberts
  • Narrated by: Kaipo Schwab
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
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    4 out of 5 stars 18

David Roberts describes the culture of the Anasazi - the name means "enemy ancestors" in Navajo - who once inhabited the Colorado Plateau and whose modern descendants are the Hopi Indians of Arizona. Archaeologists, Roberts writes, have been puzzling over the Anasazi for more than a century, trying to determine the environmental and cultural stresses that caused their society to collapse 700 years ago. He guides us through controversies in the historical record, among them the haunting question of whether the Anasazi committed acts of cannibalism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • By Antonio on 03-11-18

good story if you don't want to learn about Indian

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Reviewed: 03-09-18

learned far more about the author and his predecessors than the Anasazi. interesting book but the title was deceiving

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Streets of Laredo

  • By: Larry McMurtry
  • Narrated by: Daniel Von Bargen
  • Length: 21 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,242
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,068
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,072

The final book of Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove tetralogy is an exhilarating tale of legend and heroism. Captain Woodrow Call, August McCrae's old partner, is now a bounty hunter hired to track down a brutal young Mexican bandit. Riding with Call are an Eastern city slicker, a witless deputy, and one of the last members of the Hat Creek outfit, Pea Eye Parker, now married to Lorena -- once Gus McCrae's sweetheart. This long chase leads them across the last wild streches of the West....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A guy responds

  • By Guns4all on 10-01-12

best story of all time

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Reviewed: 02-27-18

the ending of the greatest historical fiction series of all time. listen to the other 3 first

  • The Comanche Empire

  • By: Pekka Hamalainen
  • Narrated by: Carla Mercer-Meyer
  • Length: 19 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 95
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    4 out of 5 stars 92
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

In the 18th and early 19th centuries, a Native American empire rose to dominate the fiercely contested lands of the American Southwest, the southern Great Plains, and northern Mexico. This powerful empire, built by the Comanche Indians, eclipsed its various European rivals in military prowess, political prestige, economic power, commercial reach, and cultural influence. Yet, until now, the Comanche empire has gone unrecognized in American history. This compelling and original book uncovers the lost story of the Comanches.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A comprehensive evaluation

  • By A on 02-28-18

Why is this not taught in American schools

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Reviewed: 05-05-17

definitely not a white washed version of an Indian tale. eye popping contrast from the American telling of the exact same story. no lies to make it easier

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Empire of the Summer Moon

  • Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History
  • By: S. C. Gwynne
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,132
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,033
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,029

Empire of the Summer Moon spans two astonishing stories. The first traces the rise and fall of the Comanches, the most powerful Indian tribe in American history. The second entails one of the most remarkable narratives ever to come out of the Old West: the epic saga of the pioneer woman Cynthia Ann Parker and her mixed-blood son, Quanah, who became the last and greatest chief of the Comanches.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Historically Significant

  • By Rick on 10-07-16

don't pass this book by

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Reviewed: 04-28-17

the best non fiction book I've came across.I'm sickened that American schools don't teach about the natives. white wash it all

  • Comanche Moon

  • By: Larry McMurtry
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 23 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,700
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,316
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,317

We join Texas Rangers August McCrae and Woodrow F. Call as they are just beginning to deal with the perplexing tensions of adult life -- Gus, and his great love, Clara Forsythe, Call and Maggie Tilton, the young whore who loves him -- when they enlist with a Ranger troop in pursuit of Buffalo Hump, the great Comanche war chief; Kicking Wolf, the celebrated Comanche horse thief; and a deadly Mexican bandit king with a penchant for torture.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This version is abridged!

  • By Cabby on 08-28-13

great

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Reviewed: 02-17-17

one of the best westerns of all time. riveting from start to finish, well told story

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Man Called Noon

  • By: Louis L'Amour
  • Narrated by: Stephen Mendel
  • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
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    5 out of 5 stars 235
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 235

In one swift moment, a fall wiped away his memory. All he knew for certain was that someone wanted him dead - and that he had better learn why. But everywhere he turned there seemed to be more questions - or people too willing to hide the truth behind a smoke screen of lies. He had only the name he had been told was his own, his mysterious skill with a gun, and a link to a half million dollars’ worth of buried gold as evidence of his past life. Was the treasure his? Was he a thief? A killer? He didn’t have the answers, but he needed them soon. Because what he still didn’t know about himself, others did....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great Louis L'Amour Story

  • By Lady M on 07-04-13

intriguing

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Reviewed: 01-05-17

one of the best from L'amour. very unique approach, interesting and believable characters, and very well written