We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
The Frontiersmen Audiobook

The Frontiersmen: A Narrative

Regular Price:$45.49
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

The frontiersmen were a remarkable breed of men. They were often rough and illiterate, sometimes brutal and vicious, often seeking an escape in the wilderness of mid-America from crimes committed back east. In the beautiful but deadly country that would one day come to be known as West Virginia, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, more often than not they left their bones to bleach beside forest paths or on the banks of the Ohio River, victims of Indians who claimed the vast virgin territory and strove to turn back the growing tide of whites.

These frontiersmen are the subjects of Allan W. Eckert's dramatic history. Against the background of such names as George Rogers Clark, Daniel Boone, Arthur St. Clair, Anthony Wayne, Simon Girty, and William Henry Harrison, Eckert has re-created the life of one of America's most outstanding heroes, Simon Kenton. Kenton's role in opening the Northwest Territory to settlement more than rivaled that of his friend Daniel Boone. By his 18th birthday, Kenton had already won frontier renown as woodsman, fighter, and scout. His incredible physical strength and endurance, his great dignity and innate kindness made him the ideal prototype of the frontier hero.

Yet there is another story to The Frontiersmen. It is equally the story of one of history's greatest leaders, whose misfortune was to be born to a doomed cause and a dying race. Tecumseh, the brilliant Shawnee chief, welded together by the sheer force of his intellect and charisma an incredible Indian confederacy that came desperately close to breaking the thrust of the white man's westward expansion. Like Kenton, Tecumseh was the paragon of his people's virtues, and the story of his life, in Eckert's hands, reveals most profoundly the grandeur and the tragedy of the American Indian.

©2001 Jesse Stuart Foundation (P)2011 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Historian-novelist Eckert has fashioned an epic narrative history of the struggle for dominance of the Ohio River Valley that makes compelling reading." (Publishers Weekly)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.5 (676 )
5 star
 (446)
4 star
 (146)
3 star
 (56)
2 star
 (16)
1 star
 (12)
Overall
4.5 (586 )
5 star
 (418)
4 star
 (96)
3 star
 (47)
2 star
 (12)
1 star
 (13)
Story
4.5 (588 )
5 star
 (379)
4 star
 (139)
3 star
 (53)
2 star
 (9)
1 star
 (8)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Eric 09-30-16
    Eric 09-30-16 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    24
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wow. What an excellent story."

    This was a great account of history. Meant more to me because a good deal of it happened near where I call home. Long, but very intriguing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    bishopnl 09-15-16
    bishopnl 09-15-16 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent"

    The narration was strong overall, although the male narrator trying to speak in a female voice was laughable. But overall well done.

    Eckert is an excellent writer who knows how to bring characters to life. While factually inaccurate in some areas, it's still a great read that gives a strong introduction to the western US following the Revolution.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Slip 08-21-16
    Slip 08-21-16 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    20
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "great book"

    especially if you are from the Midwest, only wish they had more books by Allen Eckert

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    bhamdave 08-11-16
    bhamdave 08-11-16 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    23
    13
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Real history? Doubtful at best"

    Other folks have raved about this book based on it's historical accuracy; but this assumption is highly debatable. For instance, one of the main characters of the story, the Shawnee chief known as Blue Jacket is depicted as a Caucasian born Shawneephile named Marmaduke Van Swearingen who voluntarily joined the tribe as a young adult. As it turns out, the author evidently adopted this from a series of fictional books published in the 60s. However, according to the experts, Blue Jacket was already a Shawnee chief at the time of the young Marmaduke's abduction, not voluntary joining with the tribe. This seems to be born out by DNA testing to settle the issue once and for all.
    That said, it's not a bad book, and seems to be fairly accurate on the bigger events, though some of the dialogue is embarrassingly bad, especially in what's supposed to pass for romantic scenes. The narrator is passable, though he loses points for mispronunciations and his feminine voices are just.....let's just say they'd be funny if they weren't so shame inducing. Why do some of these guys insist on faking a falsetto when they sound so ridiculous doing it???
    Is it worth the credit? Yeah, but don't expect a 4.5 star performance. It ain't all that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Aaron Arrowood Indiana, USA 07-12-16
    Aaron Arrowood Indiana, USA 07-12-16 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    18
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    112
    15
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A must read for anyone passionate about American history!!!"

    Extraordinary! A tremendously well written biography of the life of Simon Kenton. Must must must read!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    AwesomeAndIKnowIt:) 07-12-16 Member Since 2011
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    28
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "fascinating"

    narration could have been better but as it was a fact based novel I thought it transcending glimpse to our past as far as racism and government.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Cetera 06-24-16
    Cetera 06-24-16

    Cetera

    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    12
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Somewhat boring"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Was initially interesting, but about half way through managed to lose my interest. Kept trying to return to it, but couldn't


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Didn't get there


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    LibertyLion PA, United States 06-07-16
    LibertyLion PA, United States 06-07-16 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Book of adventure, leadership and lessons"

    Truly an astonishing story of brave men and women in early American history. Leadership lessons from men big and small. Wonderful way to connect to ones past where honor, above all else, reigned supreme.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Matthew 06-07-16
    Matthew 06-07-16 Member Since 2013
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    11
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Best Story Ever Told!"

    This is the greatest American classic. A must read for every young man living in the Midwest, but they won't teach this in school it's both brutal and true. I appreciate it more the older I become realizing this story is modern history not ancient history. Knowing the creek or river you're passing over on your way to work, just yesterday had hundreds of Indians floating down it in canoes on the path to war.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer Muscle Shoals, AL 05-28-16
    Amazon Customer Muscle Shoals, AL 05-28-16 Listener Since 2009
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Story of Our Country"

    Even handed treatment off both the frontiersmen and the Indians. Very enjoyable and informative book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.