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American Buffalo Audiobook

American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon

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Publisher's Summary

In 2005, Steven Rinella won a lottery to hunt for a wild buffalo, or American bison, in the Alaskan wilderness. One of only four hunters that year who succeeded in killing a buffalo, he carried the carcass down a snow-covered mountainside and floated it four miles down a white-water canyon while being trailed by grizzly bears and suffering from hypothermia. Through this experience, Rinella found himself contemplating his own place among the 14,000 years' worth of buffalo hunters in North America and the place of the buffalo in the American consciousness.

American Buffalo is a narrative tale of that hunt. But beyond that, it is the story of the many ways in which the buffalo has shaped our national identity. Rinella takes us across the continent in search of the buffalo's past, present, and future: to the Bering Strait Land Bridge; to buffalo jumps, where Native Americans ran buffalo over cliffs by the hundreds; even to the Bronx Zoo, where legend has it a depressed buffalo served as the model for the American nickel.

Rinella's erudition and exuberance, combined with his gift for storytelling, make him the perfect guide for a book that combines outdoor adventure with history, science, and the natural world. And yet it also tells us as much about ourselves as Americans as it does about the creature who perhaps best of all embodies the American ethos.

©2008 Steven Rinella; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    jason 10-07-15
    jason 10-07-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Intriguing, fun, full of information."

    I loved this book, near the end it had me on the edge of my seat. I'm bummed it's over.

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    D. hanson 07-30-09
    D. hanson 07-30-09 Listener Since 2009
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    "Driving West"

    If you love to travel the western and mountain states,and you love your history , this book is a must listen.

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    Amazon Customer 06-25-17
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    "Good book. Rinella is a great conservationist"

    a great American read for a great American animal. well done Steve. I love you

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    Cody Cyphers 06-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Awesome book but"

    Awesome read, love Steven's stories and the way he writes a story, like your sitting next to him at the camp fire. Only thing wrong was it was a different person reading so it takes away a little of the charm of the story without Steven reading it aloud but still one of the most enjoyable reads and now listens I've heard.

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    Jesse Neet Portland OR 06-09-17
    Jesse Neet Portland OR 06-09-17 Member Since 2015

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    "Well Told Story of an American Icon"

    Tells the buffaloes history, importance, meaning and power it's had on human life in North America.

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    Scottboze 05-31-17
    Scottboze 05-31-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Rinella should narrate his own work"

    The story was pretty good, but I wish I would have just bought the actual book. Lawlor may do a better job on some other narrations, but for this book, he just didn't work. I've seen all of the MeatEater episodes and frequently listen to Rinella's podcast, and part of what makes them so captivating is his unique dialect and cadence of speech. The overall experience of this audio book would have been a solid four or even five stars if Steven Rinella would have just taken the time to narrate it himself. (Same goes for the MeatEater book).

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    Jeff 05-24-17
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    "Great book ..."

    This was a great book... However Steve Rinella not reading it was a little disappointing...he has a way with words and his voice and speech pattern could have made this performance amazing... no offence to Patrick lawlor

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    Kevin B sdfs 05-22-17
    Kevin B sdfs 05-22-17

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    "Great book. Truly inside Rinellas inner monolog"

    Was a great road trip listening to this both ways. you get to hear Rinellas research and authentic inner monologue. I definitely would have paid extra if it was read by Steve himself

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    Chad 05-19-17
    Chad 05-19-17 Member Since 2015
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    "History in story form all about the buffalo"

    great listen. can get slow at times but overall an enjoyable book. a lot of history in the book.

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    Joshua 05-12-17
    Joshua 05-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Good book"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Steven rinella is an inspiring person. I wish he was the one reading the book though.

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