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Publisher's Summary

Robert Morgan's Gap Creek was an Oprah's Book Club selection and a phenomenal New York Times best-seller. Here he turns his talent to chronicling the life of American frontier legend Daniel Boone.
©2007 Robert Morgan (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"[An] absorbing and stirring chronicle of the great frontiersman." ( Booklist, starred review)

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  • Phillip
  • GRANT, AL, United States
  • 03-11-10

A movie for your mind

Very well constructed, written and narrated, I had a hard time putting it down.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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I am ruined for modern life

Daniel Boone has been a personal hero of mine for a long time, but after this extensive biography, I feel that I have come to know the real Boone underneath the huge legend. I see so much of the little boy that I was in this account of Boone. Running out of the house with a pack filled with rope, a sandwich and a flashlight to follow the creek in my parent's backyard all day until dark. I have always loved the outdoors, and felt that there must certainly be something wonderful just a little deeper into the woods, or farther down the creek.I believe that many of us can connect with the yearning to live the adventures of Boone and to be as blessed as he was to come out safe in the end. Stripping away the legend, Mr. Morgan leaves the listener/reader with a simple, endearing and honest impression of Boone as he was. I appreciated that rather than explaining away or ignoring the flaws and shortcomings of Daniel Boone, the author recorded them, and put them into the context of a multifaceted person. One example was in regard to his familiarity with and seeming acceptance of slavery. He states that this goes to show that even good people, who know better, sometimes go along with what is familiar to them and accepted by society at large. He doesn't say that Boone was a saint, or a devil, but a man that tried to be a good person, and that sometimes he was a member of a society that had improvements to make.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Excellent

The best Boone biography I have read. Fresh and authentic.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Worth the Price

Would you listen to Boone again? Why?

Yes, because I am a history buff and this book was long and detailed.

What does James Jenner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Convenience. This book was long and I would not have spent the time to read it.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Carole T.
  • Shepherdstown, WV, United States
  • 06-17-12

More than a Coonskin Cap!

This biography is a revelation. Those of us who knew Boone mainly as a Disney-like character who wanted "elbow room" will learn a lot about Daniel Boone and his life and times. Faults are not ignored, and we see a man who both represented and outlived the earliest days of the American dream of exploration and adventure.

This is a long book and may contain more detail than many people want, but it is none the less a fascinating tale. Boone may have become an iconic character of the American expansion story, but he was also an interesting man of many dimensions. One comes away from this book with a more realistic view of early America, of the tall-tales about our heroes, and of this particular man. Does our modern PC view of the treatment of Indians, of greed and destruction of the environment diminish the heroes of old? Of course, but seeing men like Boone in a historical and more realistic light gives a needed perspective to our folktales.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Written like a Doctorial thesis.

Robert Morgan left no stone unturned examining Daniel Boone's life. I learned about his triumphs, hardships, integrity and his restlessness to find his place of solitude . I thought it was most interesting follow his travels. I had crossed his paths many times without realizing it. Now I attend to go back and see those places again to reflect on what it might have been like during his time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Excellent!

Love this book and the narrator does a fabulous job putting the listener at the scene! Love it!

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Hero Brought to Life

Going to keep this one for a long time. I have read other books on Boone, but this sorted through the old narratives and stated the facts. Which in this case were even more spectacular than the legend.

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  • ron
  • mars, Pa
  • 12-23-11

give it a shot

the book is very interesting to hear the truth about how Boone really was instead of the hero everyone talks of

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Much longer than it needed to be

Great voice talent. Very interesting life story but this book was disjointed and just went on forever.