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Editorial Reviews

Editors Select, January 2015 - Like any good book lover, I like to read or listen to a book before I see the film. So when I heard The Revenant was headed to the big screen in 2015 in a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy I knew it had to be my pick for January. Written by Michael Punke (now a Deputy, USTR to the World Trade Organization in Geneva), the book is based on the incredible true story of fur trapper Hugh Glass who was mauled by a bear on an expedition, then robbed and abandoned by the two men who promised to stay by his side. Glass survives the gruesome attack and vows revenge on the men who left him for dead. Westerns are not usually my cup of tea, but I was absolutely hooked by this gritty, suspenseful tale of survival. I can't wait for the film! —Sam, Audible Editor

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A thrilling tale of betrayal and revenge set against the nineteenth-century American frontier, the astonishing story of real-life trapper and frontiersman Hugh Glass.

The year is 1823, and the trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company live a brutal frontier life. Hugh Glass is among the company's finest men, an experienced frontiersman and an expert tracker. But when a scouting mission puts him face-to-face with a grizzly bear, he is viciously mauled and not expected to survive. Two company men are dispatched to stay behind and tend to Glass before he dies. When the men abandon him instead, Glass is driven to survive by one desire: revenge. With shocking grit and determination, Glass sets out, crawling at first, across hundreds of miles of uncharted American frontier. Based on a true story, The Revenant is a remarkable tale of obsession, the human will stretched to its limits, and the lengths that one man will go to for retribution.

©2002 Michael Punke (P)2014 Macmillan Audio

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solid entertainment

I don't know why a previous reviewer was bashing the narrator..i thought he did a fine job. Based on that one review I hesitated to purchase this book. I'm glad I got past my initial misgivings. Give this book a listen. In my opinion this is a very solid 4/5 Star book.

37 of 42 people found this review helpful

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Powerful story of revenge and salvation

This novelization of the true tale of trapper Hugh Glass is a first rate yarn about a man left to die in the wilderness and his determination to survive. The writing is superb and the narration is excellent. Glass' story was the basis of "Man in the Wilderness" starring Richard Harris and will soon be a movie with Leonardo DiCaprio as the lead. Before you see either film listen to this book. You won't regret it.

28 of 35 people found this review helpful

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Great story of survival and revenge

Great book, even for a reader/listener usually drawn to stories set in the present-day or future. Reluctant to buy my first "western," I'm now very glad I gave it a chance. Here, the year is secondary and takes nothing away from the story about survival and revenge. I also enjoyed the narrator - which is critical. I often search for and choose books based, in part, on the narrator's identity. Thanks to both.

30 of 39 people found this review helpful

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DO YOU LIKE HISTORICAL FICTION. THIS IS GREAT

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There is so many reasons to love this book. It is fiction but based on fact, it was made into a best selling movie as is that good. <br/><br/>The premise is that of the fur traders in the wild west & the author does an incredible job, the writing is superb. The author also writes historical books so his in-depth knowledge shines through as he transports you back to the days of trapping in the west.<br/><br/>The story is based on a real character, Mr Hugh Glass. Whom after savagely being attacked by a bear was abandoned & robbed by those who were suppose to take care of him. After many trials in the wilderness he tracks down those who deserted him with the aim of exacting his revenge. Every step he takes, you take, as the descriptive writing & detail to facts is astonishing. This is then increased by the wonderful narration.<br/><br/>For those that are bored with fictional books with tough cops & other stereotypical characters this makes a truly refreshing change. Highly recommended.

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Good story, exceptional narration

Maybe not as good as the movie, but still a good book. The narrator was excellent at distinguishing and producing the collection of harsh grizzly voices.

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better than the movie

better than the movie sorry Leo . really takes you back in time now is

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  • Kay
  • Leicester, NC, United States
  • 09-24-16

My first time for Author and Narrator

I listen while I'm driving and recently have leaned toward fiction, to offset school and work. This was an amazing story (truth is stranger than fiction!!) well written and well read. hHighly recommended!

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Don't watch movie before listening

I saw the movie first and was a little underwhelmed by the book. Although, the book alone is good, I wish I would've waited.

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  • Gage
  • SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States
  • 02-01-15

Wow. What a Ride

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This story is interesting in and of itself. I mean a bear attacking a man in the wilderness who's buddies leave him for dead, but he's not. Interesting plot. I learned some history of the fur traders which I had known little about. Since the story is based on fact, it made reading more enjoyable. Really shows how hard life was for these men of the American West. <br/>I thought the narrator was good.

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Surprisingly addictive.

I had no idea if I'd enjoy this but I saw it was being made into a film by a director I liked so I wanted to "read" it.

I became totally addicted. I love the story and the rich history around it all. The narrator was awesome and it helped the story so much especially the accents he does.

Really sad it's over. What do I do now??

22 of 30 people found this review helpful