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Ranch Life and the Hunting Trail

By: Theodore Roosevelt
Narrated by: Christopher Romance
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Theodore Roosevelt Jr., (1858-1919), 26th president of the United States, from 1901 to 1909, was also a conservationist, naturalist, and writer. From 1884 to 1886, he established his ranch in Dakota Territory, which involved much hardship and toil. Ranch Life and the Hunting Trail - published in 1888 - is the account of his labors and adventures as a cowboy, hunter, herder, and even a stint as a deputy sheriff. The narrative comes alive with engaging descriptions of the inhabitants of the Badlands: the buffalo hunters, Indians, cowboys, and mountain men, as well as the changing environment as the area became more populated in that period.

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  • Categories: History

Featured Article: 60+ Theodore Roosevelt Quotes for Your Inner Outdoorsman and Active Citizen


Before taking office as the 26th President of the United States of America, Theodore Roosevelt had already made a name for himself as a historian and an adventurer. He became an archetype of the ultra-masculine frontiersman, while still maintaining his image as an intellectual and a scholar. It is perhaps this particular mélange that made him appeal to the American people who would elect him. Learn more about the man with our collection of quotes.

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Roosevelt’s story is interesting and ties closely to familiar history. The narrator pronounced quite a few words incorrectly. Examples:

butte is frequently pronounced “but”
Helena is pronounced “hull-n-a”
Coeur D’Alene should be pronounced kore-duh-LANE

These errors were annoying.

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Read this one for yourself.

I probably would have liked this one better if anyone else has narrated it. The reading halted and jerky. Pronunciation changed as the narrator tried different things, while pronouncing words he was obviously not comfortable with. Sometimes common words like, "dragged or wagon" were pronounced so awkwardly that I had to take a mental pause to figure out what was actually being said. Normal hunting, riding, and wilderness words were often mispronounced.
I hate to be so negative, but the narration ruined the material.

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It was cool yo hear a former President talk about the wilderness and western life but it was also a bit drawn out like I’d expect from a book written about a cowboy 100 years ago

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I was really looking forward to this one after listening to “The River of Doubt” but this narrator is awful. Way too fast, no emotion, monotonous, terrible. I turned it off after 5 minutes. Don’t waste a credit on this. I guess I will have to read it myself.

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Voice actor was not very good

If the narrator was going to read a book by an American icon, you would think his preparation would include learning the proper pronunciation of common American words and he should try to lose his Canadian accent just a little, he is acting as a President of the US.

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The narrator's pronunciation was horrible. Good story, but a painful listen, maybe with another narrator it would be better.

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Very poor production. Mispronounced words, unnecessary pauses, poor sound quality. Hard to go wrong with T. Rosevelt but this does.

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Narrator mispronounced the names of many locations. An example would be consistently vocalizing the s at the end of Arkansas.