Give Your Heart to the Hawks

A Tribute to the Mountain Man
Narrated by: Henry Strozier
Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
Categories: History, Americas
4.4 out of 5 stars (77 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Acclaimed author Win Blevins’ Stone Song won the Spur Award and the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award.

In Give Your Heart to the Hawks, Blevins offers a tribute to the “first Westerners” who explored the Great American West. Stories include those of John Colter, who escaped captivity by the Blackfeet Indians, and Hugh Glass, who was mauled by a grizzly bear and crawled 300 miles for help.

©1973 Win Blevins (P)2012 Recorded Books

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Vividly immersive and a great escape.

This isn't a "straight up," history of the mountain men; it's as much beholden to romanticizing their place in history as it is in actually recounting it. However, it does give you a great appreciation for the harshness of the wilderness they set out to conquer, the mettle they had to muster in order to live in such conditions, and their sporadic but incredibly interesting relations with native populations. Occasionally, firsthand accounts are used to give the listener a good sense of how these men viewed themselves and their business. Throughout, Blevins makes a point of using mountain man colloquialisms to further set a tone of authenticity for the work. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for an enjoyable and immersive experience with the mountain men.

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Very good audiobook!

Both the story and narration are fantastic! very informative and entertaining. i would love to listen to another book by Win Blevins.

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A disorganized classic!

There is a tremendous amount of historical information here, and the book really gives you a feel for what life was like in the Mountain Man days. The narrator - Henry Strozier - does an OUTSTANDING job and really brings the book to life. My only quibble is that the book at times is disjointed and skips around as far as personalities and timelines making it difficult to follow from a chronological basis, but that is a minor issue. This is a great book!

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Writing as an Art Form

I am struck by the beauty of Blevin’s writing. His use of metaphors, in particular, is genius, and entirely necessary to make this book meet the gold standard. He is precise, poignant and fascinating. The narrator could NOT be better. This is the second time I’ve listened to this book because of the writing and narrator. I picked it up again after about a year. It had me lost in the canyons, river beds, deserts and mountains of The West. I was chased by Indians, attacked by grizzlies and was a party to countless adventures. Maybe I need a life, but for me, this is Audible at its best. I must say that “Son of the Morning Star” also competed at this level in the audio realm. If you like The West, both these books and their narrators are all you’ll need for starters.

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Story of the Mountain man

this was a very good book and kept my interest through all the various stories. If you find the history of the early west enjoyable, read this book.

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Excellent.

What a great set of tales. Part of me yearns to live even half of the life as those in the mountains and Indian country...and part of me is glad I'll never have to. I thoroughly recommend it.