American Serengeti

The Last Big Animals of the Great Plains
Narrated by: Michael Kramer
Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
Categories: History, Americas
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America's Great Plains once possessed one of the grandest wildlife spectacles of the world, equaled only by such places as the Serengeti, the Masai Mara, or the veld of South Africa. Pronghorn antelope, gray wolves, bison, coyotes, wild horses, and grizzly bears: less than 200 years ago these creatures existed in such abundance that John James Audubon was moved to write "it is impossible to describe or even conceive the vast multitudes of these animals". In a work that is at once a lyrical evocation of that lost splendor and a detailed natural history of these charismatic species of the historic Great Plains, veteran naturalist and outdoorsman Dan Flores draws a vivid portrait of each of these animals in their glory - and tells the harrowing story of what happened to them at the hands of market hunters and ranchers and, ultimately, a federal killing program in the 19th and 20th centuries.

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Very Informative.

this is a great book. filled with facts and entertaining stories. I would recommend it for anyone who enjoys history or animals

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A Journey Into the Past and a Hope for the Future

What made the experience of listening to American Serengeti the most enjoyable?

The thing that made this listening experience most enjoyable is the extensive research that was conducted. This information provides a picture into what ancient North America looked like, while also bringing you to the present. Most of all American Serengeti helps you to understand the diversity and beauty of the Great Plains.

What other book might you compare American Serengeti to and why?

Sapiens A Brief History of Humankind is the closest thing I can think of. I do plan on purchasing and listening to Coyote America by Dan Flores author soon.

What about Michael Kramer’s performance did you like?

A great job of keeping it interesting while not over embellishing any particular part of the book.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There seemed to be at least one moment of every chapter that "moved me." The book describes the history and decline of some of the most charismatic megafauna to walk the Great Plains. It doesnt matter if you are in the suburbs of Chicago or the Rocky Mountains of Colorado this book talks about how the Great Plains touched the lives of most Americans.

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I first heard about The American Serengeti through the Meateater podcast. In listening to the podcast it was easy to see that Mr. Flores is well versed and knows what he is talking about. Upon hearing that Mr. Flores had a book I soon purchased American Serengeti and was not disappointing. Mr. Flores goes on to express his opinion in an eloquent and passionate way that leaves the mind to wonder what could have been and what will be.

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  • 01-13-18

american serengeti

Very interesting book on the American great Plains. Has an intro and conclusion. The body is broken into segments of the various animals of the plains area. Great way to do this. There was a number of reviews about the narrator doing a poor job. I thought he did a fine job. Very well worth the time to listen to.

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Another great Flores read.

Great book and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys learning. Great narration as well.

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Excellent!

I wish the whole world would read this book. It’s almost more important than one can imagine. What we’ve lost should be shocking to all and a horrible vision of the future for other places as well. We can recapture some of what was lost but only if we all realize what a big deal these boring empty places were, and could be again. Well done. Never boring.

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Should have been read by the author

I struggled to finish. The content is awesome, but the narrator just killed it for me. I learned of this book from a podcast and it would have been 5/5 if Dan Flores had actually read it.

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Narrator Took His Sleeping Pills Before the Recording

I really want to rate this higher, because Dan Flores has compiled some incredible information in this book. But the narrator sounds like he learned to pronounce English without any understanding of the meaning of words or intonation. He’s essentially just speaking words into a mic the same way you might speak to a robot where voice inflection is irrelevant. If you’re deeply enthralled by the subject, then the bad narration probably won’t bother you. But if you are a mere mortal like me, then brace yourself.

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Great book, boring narration.

This was a very informative book, the perfect companion to Coyote America. The choice of narrator was the dumbest choice possible. Dry, boring and if moved to higher playback speeds it is really hard to listen to. Far too monotone.

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A marvelous book!

I am a wildlife biologist in the American West where my family has lived for seven generations. I have followed Dan Flores for years and am a great admirer of his power over language, writing, and storytelling. However, for a long time I was reluctant to read "American Serengeti" because I was afraid it would be banal - the same exhaustive (but important) story of Euro-Americans exterminating North American megafauna during westward expansion that I am all too familiar with. I was wrong! This audiobook was actually sent to me by a friend who also uses Audible. It was a fantastic narrative that I found thrilling and very enlightening! I wish I would have read/listened to it sooner! I'm so glad I now have this amazing recording (performed magnificently by Michael Kramer) to relisten to over and over again! A great book!

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Informative but Long Winded at Times

I really enjoyed the information and history provided within. The book is very detailed but can get a little long winded or boring in sections. the narration is great.

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  • Wendy Burr
  • 05-14-20

Very interesting history of Plains wildlife

Well written well read and fascinating history of the big game of the Great Plains and the impact of humans.

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  • Eoin
  • 12-19-18

great read

I really enjoyed this book very interesting and educational.
narrator was a bit hard to listen to