• My Sixty Years on the Plains

  • Trapping, Trading, and Indian Fighting
  • By: William Thomas Hamilton
  • Narrated by: A.T. Chandler
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (148 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In his concise, richly detailed memoir My Sixty Years on the Plains, fur-trapper W. T. Hamilton - also known as "Wildcat Bill"-gives the listener a first-hand account of life outdoors in the Old West. From trailblazing to trading with Indians, Hamilton relates how a mountain man relied on his wits and specialized knowledge in order to survive the inhospitable environments.

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  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History

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Pretty good

I enjoyed this, and enjoy about learning about this time in history. It's a good book, but it wasn't memorable enough to give it 5 stars. Still, good enough that I recommend it.

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Accurate history

I have read and listened to this multiple times and have handed out several hard copies. Chandler has an excellent voice for this type of read. I only gave 4 stars because some of the places mentioned were mispronounced. Not a big deal and would not have been noticed had I not been from the part of the country covered. Hamilton was very accurate in his depiction of the trappers life in that era. He had both friends and enemies among the Indians. He doesn’t mention in this book that he was married but it was covered in the footnotes of the book, Old Bill Williams. (Also a good read if you’re interested in western history from that time)

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If you like details and a good story....

....then this probably isn't the book for you. In all fairness, I should have caught that when I saw that 60 years in the wilderness was dictated in 4+ hours. This was more or less a brief summary. I found it hard to get into and enjoy.

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Beautiful historical story

This book would make a great movie
I loved this mans story and discription of our beautiful country

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As entertaining as any fiction I've read

This book was surprisingly good. This particular group of trappers were like a cross between Spartans, Navy seals, and old school survivalists. They had balls of steel and continuously faced 4 or 5 to 1 odds against extremely hostile indians, who would slowly torture you if they caught you alive....

The trappers inflicted death on their enemies, almost always in defense, and unapologetically destroyed hostiles with extreme prejudice and colossal almost unbelievable levels of courage. It's Shocking how ridiculous our revisionist history has become as it frames indians as nothing but peace loving passivists, and white men as the evil agressors. Here was a first hand count of what really happened back on the western frontier, nothing like the liberal history professors are teaching in colleges these days.

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Incredibly Racist, but interesting

Must have been ghost written by some hack. All the cliches about dirty, dishonest, savage Indians. Still, aspects are interesting. Recommend a read, but take with a good punch of salt.

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Excellent

Well narrated, The story of a brilliant individual that lived a long and adventure some life.

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Great story!

I will definitely listen to this book again. It's so amazing what people lived through back then.

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OK!

The story line was OK but i did not enjoy the reader. Had a hard time staying tuned in to it!