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Publisher's Summary

A riveting portrait of the Gold Rush, by the award-winning author of Down the Great Unknown and The Forger's Spell.

In the spring of 1848, rumors began to spread that gold had been discovered in a remote spot in the Sacramento Valley. A year later, newspaper headlines declared "Gold Fever!" as hundreds of thousands of men and women borrowed money, quit their jobs, and allowed themselves - for the first time ever - to imagine a future of ease and splendor. In The Rush, Edward Dolnick brilliantly recounts their treacherous westward journeys by wagon and on foot, and takes us to the frenzied gold fields and the rowdy cities that sprang from nothing to jam-packed chaos. With an enthralling cast of characters and scenes of unimaginable wealth and desperate ruin, The Rush is a fascinating - and rollicking - account of the greatest treasure hunt the world has ever seen.

©2014 Edward Dolnick (P)2014 Hachette Audio

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Loved it. Want to hear more of Clarks work.

Great story. Love the level of detail. Wove together many interesting perspectives. Narration was perfect for this book.

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Great!

Excellent research done by the author. Great narration. Very enjoying to listen to. couldn't stop listening

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  • thomas
  • charlotte, NC, United States
  • 03-17-15

Wow.

Would you listen to The Rush again? Why?

No but it has peaked my interest on other historical books covering the same era.

What other book might you compare The Rush to and why?

Astoria, another book in the Audible Library that describes the population of the American Northwest.

Which character – as performed by Bernard Setaro Clark – was your favorite?

Hard to say...he had an over the top narration style that I really enjoyed. He gave characters an inflection and style that made me laugh sometimes. I read books for entertainment and Bernard breathed life into characters that would be unbelievable expect for one thing. They all really existed.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"People Were Tougher Than You in the 1800's"

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone interested in American History.

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Excellent personalization of the gold rush

What made the experience of listening to The Rush the most enjoyable?

Story snd truly magnificent narrator. The Israel Lord character was downright humorous and entertaining unto himself.

What did you like best about this story?

The personalization of the story using the 5 main characters with lots of actual diary accounts.

Have you listened to any of Bernard Setaro Clark’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No. But although it would seem odd to choose a book by the narrator I just might try it this time. Hmmmm.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Let those who have water in their basement move HERE.

Any additional comments?

If you like history at all give this one a try. You will enjoy it.

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entertaining and informative<br />

The mixture of surviving diaries and letters combined with a thrilling and informative narrative , makes for an entertaining story.

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"The Rush" was certainly close to it!

While I don't remember being giddy in the reading of this book, I will admit that I found myself looking for additional chores to do... thus giving me more listening time!
Mr. Bernard Setaro Clark was easy to listen to and clear when changing characters.

Thank you Mr. Dolnick! I look forward to other writings from you!