The Adventures of the Mountain Men

True Tales of Hunting, Trapping, Fighting, and Survival
Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
Categories: History, Americas
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Experience the true “great outdoors” through the stories of the men who lived it.

The “mountain men” were the hunters and trappers who fiercely strode the Rocky Mountains in the early to mid-1800s. They braved the elements in search of the skins of beavers and other wild animals, to sell or barter for goods. The lifestyle of the mountain men could be harsh, existing as they did among animals, and spending most of their days and nights living and camping out in the great unexplored wilds of the Rockies. Life outdoors presented many threats, not least among them Native Americans, who were hostile to the mountain men encroaching on the area for their own purposes. For a certain kind of pioneer, this risk and more were outweighed by the benefits of living free, without the restrictions and boundaries of “civilized” settlements.

In The Adventures of the Mountain Men, editor Stephen Brennan has compiled many of the best stories about the mountain men - the most daring exploits, the death-defying chances taken to hunt big game, the clashes with the arrows of Native Americans, and also the moments when the men were struck by the incomparable beauty of the unsullied, majestic Rocky Mountains.

©2013 Stephen Brennan (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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Good for boys

I purchased this for one of my "would rather do physical labor than read" boys. I put it on an iPod for him and he listened to it while working, and driving. He actually listened to the whole thing, and said it was good. He liked the shorter story aspect of it rather than a long form novel.

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entertaining

but dry. honestly had to struggle to finish it. seems to be the diaries of well known historical figures read in a less than exciting manner

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Just kill me

Expected: an interesting and entertaining book about mountain men. Got: an exhausting account of the fur trade business in nauseating detail.

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Reads like some of my high school history books.

Would you try another book from Stephen Brennan and/or Kevin Stillwell?

I found the book slow and a bit tedious to listen to...I was disappointed. It did not meet my expectations.

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Stories about great Mountain Men with the wrong voice and language. Louis L Amour would have said it better.

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Informative but rambling somewhat.

It gets a bit monotonous though towards the end it picks up slightly. The end about Jim Bridger was quite good.

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Pretty good entertainment here!

I don't have too much to say about this book other than it delivered what I expected. A nice, casual, easy to listen to audio book that was quite entertaining and inspired feeling of adventure.

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There is no story plot here

What disappointed you about The Adventures of the Mountain Men?

no plot, no story, you are fed dates at such a rapid rate you barely could keep up with the history or the people

Has The Adventures of the Mountain Men turned you off from other books in this genre?

yes

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kevin Stillwell?

it was the book, it was misleading

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if Lewis and Clark have the exact same journal entry for that day, we shouldn't have to listen to it twice. It would cut about an hour of the book out if you just said its the same entry.

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Reads like an old high school text book

it was like listening to a bunch of wikipedia pages on history read to you. All just very factual and lame. IMO

I kept jumping to other chapters before I feel asleep to se if it ever got better and it never did.

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awesome history

I liked the history . it was thorough
I read it to get more information about Jim Bridger but learned a lot more.

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  • Jenna in Spain
  • 07-08-13

A MUST FOR ALL ADVENTURE LOVERS!!

What a fantastic storyline. I love these sort of stories. True adventure that gives the listener a real idea of what the trappers faced. Indians are the least of their problems but probably the most murderous.

I would rate this as a 'must' for anyone wanting to get involved in the lives of men who took risks for profit.

Up there with How the West was Won!!

Brian

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