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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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  • 03-29-16

amazing adventure and mountain man tales!

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

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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

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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.

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Racist Mary Sue character with illogical plot.

So many n-words in this book. it's practically every other sentence in places. I don't offend easily but even I had to stop and say "c'mon, really?" I've read plenty of old time stuff, I have a minor in English Literature, but this book really pushed it to an extreme.

I'm not even going to go into the illogical plot turns, idiotic main character who falls backasswards through the book, and is wholly unlikable. His one remarkable trait? He get angry and acts in the spur of the moment, which causes almost all of his problems. By the end of the book, hes still just a petulant child throwing a tantrum.

Don't waste your time.

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Great saga very well performed

I loved this story. great characters, great settings, compelling story, and very well performed. Looking forward to the next Guthrie book.

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Confusing

Would you try another book from A. B. Guthrie and/or Kevin Foley?

Foley did a great job with the different voices but the story was not put together well.

What was most disappointing about A. B. Guthrie’s story?

The story would jump forward in time and new characters would be present without any introduction. There was also a lot of slang and foreign language that was hard to follow.

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Great Read! Great story

What did you love best about The Big Sky?

This book captures the language and day-to-day details of the "Mountain Men" who explored and trapped animal pelts in the unsettled and wild Western United States. It is a salty read and not politically correct in its use of some bits of our language, but taken in the context of the times, it is uniquely accurate. It also provides some context for words that are no longer considered acceptable in use today, but are a reflection of the times and were not always as offensive as they are now. At the same time it chronicles the savageness of life on you own with only what you can carry on your back for survival. That alone makes it a worthwhile read. The story is also very compelling. When does one long for the solace of the great outdoors, and when does one crave civilization?

Who was your favorite character and why?

Hard to pick. All good.

What about Kevin Foley’s performance did you like?

Authentic voices and language delivered for all characters. Makes you think there are several different people narrating.

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Great book! Great listen! Narrator keeps you interested in the story with different voices.
Book made me feel like the main character at times.

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,it was a great story

it was great story to hear the reader was excellent I will listen to it again for sure

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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.