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The Big Sky Audiobook

The Big Sky

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Publisher's Summary

Originally published more than 50 years ago, The Big Sky is the first of A. B. Guthrie's epic adventure novels of America's vast frontier. The Big Sky introduces Boone Caudill, Jim Deakins, and Dick Summers, three of the most memorable characters in western American literature. Traveling the Missouri River from St. Louis to the Rockies, these frontiersmen live as trappers, traders, guides, and explorers. The story centers on Caudill, a young Kentuckian driven by a raging hunger for life and a longing for the blue sky and brown earth of big, wild places. Caught up in the freedom and savagery of the wilderness, Caudill becomes an untamed mountain man whom only the beautiful daughter of a Blackfoot chief dares to love. With The Big Sky, Guthrie gives us an unforgettable portrait of a spacious land and a unique way of life.

©1974 Alfred Bertram Guthrie, Jr. (P)2013 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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    TJ 03-29-16
    TJ 03-29-16
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    "amazing adventure and mountain man tales!"

    the audio performance is excellent, and the story is magnificent. captures the spirit of mountain man adventures

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 06-30-17
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    "Inspirational and influential"

    I read this book twice when I was in high school and because of it I have seen alot of the places mentioned and lived the life of a trapper and lived off the land for months at a time. Then I bought a copy of it from ebay and now on audible. this performance has brought so many memories flooding back and left me with a nostalgia that overflows. Thank You.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Denney kittery, Maine 01-26-16
    Michael Denney kittery, Maine 01-26-16 Member Since 2017
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    "a story that pulls no punches"
    If you could sum up The Big Sky in three words, what would they be?

    Honest story telling. I didn't expect to the book to be so true to life. None of the characters are sugar coated.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I could picture the countryside through with the way the story flowed.


    What about Kevin Foley’s performance did you like?

    His story telling was matter of fact and matched the theme of the book.


    If you could take any character from The Big Sky out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Jim Deacons


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R. M. Deese 12-06-15
    R. M. Deese 12-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book"

    This in an awesome book with an excellent story and narrator. Would highly recommend this series

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bone 02-08-15
    Bone 02-08-15 Member Since 2017
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    "A simple story"

    A simple tale about how life was ANC should be. We should all take time, set a spell, wet our dry and palaver a bit

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    odin 08-17-17
    odin 08-17-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Narration Doesn't Save It"

    The story sort of meanders, although that makes sense to some degree because it is about the meandering life of a Mountainman. There were a few parts I found interesting but mostly, I was struck at the overly gratuitous use of the "N" word. It made the boring parts more or less appalling, detracted from the good parts, and was mostly wholly unnecessary. For example, there's a character who always refers to himself as "this N" -- just have the dude say "I" instead.

    Also, it was also a little disconcerting to be in everyone's head at different times and to differing extents so that you sometimes had a god-like view, and other times felt like you were in a first-person perspective. Some whiplash switching back and forth.

    Anyway, I won't listen to this author again. The narrator however, is absolutely excellent -- I'll definitely check to see if he reads something else I might find more enjoyable. The only thing that made this book tolerable in fact, was the skill of the narrator.

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    Josh Wyatt 05-29-17
    Josh Wyatt 05-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A great western with only a few minor hiccups."

    This was the first western I've ever read and it won't be my last. While the beginning of the story was a bit of a slog to get through, the rest brings a startling sense of realism to life that mountain men lived.
    While the story can be very depressing at times, there is also excitement and a feeling of hope that the narrator does an excellent job conveying.

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    rebecca Dallas, TX 02-27-16
    rebecca Dallas, TX 02-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "not for me"

    couldn't get into it. not interesting storyline (in my opinion). no other words to say.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    William duke 02-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Uninteresting"

    The first chapter you can get into it, then it's a slow go after that, made it to chapter 4 and was out.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin EARLVILLE, NY, United States 06-25-14
    Kevin EARLVILLE, NY, United States 06-25-14
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    "Not bad, not great"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The story moved along well but I didn't find any of the characters particularly engaging- there just wasn't enough development to get there. Overall I thought this was pretty over-rated.


    Would you recommend The Big Sky to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably not, doesn't come close to Lonesome Dove as far as westerns go.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narrator did a pretty good job, nothing special though.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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