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American Serengeti Audiobook

American Serengeti: The Last Big Animals of the Great Plains

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Publisher's Summary

America's Great Plains once possessed one of the grandest wildlife spectacles of the world, equaled only by such places as the Serengeti, the Masai Mara, or the veld of South Africa. Pronghorn antelope, gray wolves, bison, coyotes, wild horses, and grizzly bears: less than 200 years ago these creatures existed in such abundance that John James Audubon was moved to write "it is impossible to describe or even conceive the vast multitudes of these animals". In a work that is at once a lyrical evocation of that lost splendor and a detailed natural history of these charismatic species of the historic Great Plains, veteran naturalist and outdoorsman Dan Flores draws a vivid portrait of each of these animals in their glory - and tells the harrowing story of what happened to them at the hands of market hunters and ranchers and, ultimately, a federal killing program in the 19th and 20th centuries.

©2016 The University Press of Kansas (P)2017 Tantor

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    Byron Burrell 07-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A Journey Into the Past and a Hope for the Future"
    What made the experience of listening to American Serengeti the most enjoyable?

    The thing that made this listening experience most enjoyable is the extensive research that was conducted. This information provides a picture into what ancient North America looked like, while also bringing you to the present. Most of all American Serengeti helps you to understand the diversity and beauty of the Great Plains.


    What other book might you compare American Serengeti to and why?

    Sapiens A Brief History of Humankind is the closest thing I can think of. I do plan on purchasing and listening to Coyote America by Dan Flores author soon.


    What about Michael Kramer’s performance did you like?

    A great job of keeping it interesting while not over embellishing any particular part of the book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There seemed to be at least one moment of every chapter that "moved me." The book describes the history and decline of some of the most charismatic megafauna to walk the Great Plains. It doesnt matter if you are in the suburbs of Chicago or the Rocky Mountains of Colorado this book talks about how the Great Plains touched the lives of most Americans.


    Any additional comments?

    I first heard about The American Serengeti through the Meateater podcast. In listening to the podcast it was easy to see that Mr. Flores is well versed and knows what he is talking about. Upon hearing that Mr. Flores had a book I soon purchased American Serengeti and was not disappointing. Mr. Flores goes on to express his opinion in an eloquent and passionate way that leaves the mind to wonder what could have been and what will be.

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    Bownz 07-03-17
    Bownz 07-03-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Another great Flores read."

    Great book and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys learning. Great narration as well.

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    michael 05-27-17
    michael 05-27-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Very Informative."

    this is a great book. filled with facts and entertaining stories. I would recommend it for anyone who enjoys history or animals

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    Jason B. 09-10-17
    Jason B. 09-10-17
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    "Great book, boring narration."

    This was a very informative book, the perfect companion to Coyote America. The choice of narrator was the dumbest choice possible. Dry, boring and if moved to higher playback speeds it is really hard to listen to. Far too monotone.

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    JAY UTAH 08-21-17
    JAY UTAH 08-21-17 Member Since 2017

    When duty whisper low "Thou Must" The youth replies I CAN.

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    a little long on the narrative, but not short on the science and history. in all I enjoyed this book.

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    Kevin Armstrong Naples, New York USA 08-10-17
    Kevin Armstrong Naples, New York USA 08-10-17 Member Since 2015

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    "great history bisaed authority."

    the authors anti hunting sentiment and the contribution of 20thcentury American sportsmen is a disappointment. however the historical value is wonderful.

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    T. Hanson 07-31-17
    T. Hanson 07-31-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Dan Flores is the man"

    Hits right notes with being easy to listen too, sad for what is lost, optimistic for the future and endearing overall.

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    Bryan A. Baldwin Missoula, MT USA 06-26-17
    Bryan A. Baldwin Missoula, MT USA 06-26-17 Member Since 2017
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    "What a book"

    Dan Flores knocked it out of the park again. This booked is packed full of information, and I can assure you that you will feel smarter after reading it. The narration was great as always with Audible, and I would definitely recommend this to anyone. If you're into this style of reading, check out his other stuff, Flores does not disappoint.

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    Bill 07-25-17
    Bill 07-25-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Good content but a little political"

    I found the content and facts of this book to be very appealing. It's written about the part of the US where I live, but Dan bings in his politics too much. He approaches the subject scientifically at times and then smears his liberal agenda on it.

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