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Publisher's Summary

Originally published more than 50 years ago, The Big Sky is the first of A. B. Guthrie's epic adventure novels of America's vast frontier. The Big Sky introduces Boone Caudill, Jim Deakins, and Dick Summers, three of the most memorable characters in western American literature. Traveling the Missouri River from St. Louis to the Rockies, these frontiersmen live as trappers, traders, guides, and explorers. The story centers on Caudill, a young Kentuckian driven by a raging hunger for life and a longing for the blue sky and brown earth of big, wild places. Caught up in the freedom and savagery of the wilderness, Caudill becomes an untamed mountain man whom only the beautiful daughter of a Blackfoot chief dares to love. With The Big Sky, Guthrie gives us an unforgettable portrait of a spacious land and a unique way of life.

©1974 Alfred Bertram Guthrie, Jr. (P)2013 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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  • TJ
  • 03-29-16

amazing adventure and mountain man tales!

the audio performance is excellent, and the story is magnificent. captures the spirit of mountain man adventures

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a story that pulls no punches

If you could sum up The Big Sky in three words, what would they be?

Honest story telling. I didn't expect to the book to be so true to life. None of the characters are sugar coated.

What did you like best about this story?

I could picture the countryside through with the way the story flowed.

What about Kevin Foley’s performance did you like?

His story telling was matter of fact and matched the theme of the book.

If you could take any character from The Big Sky out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Jim Deacons

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  • Kelly
  • Colorado Springs
  • 07-06-18

the old West comes to life

I have not read much fiction set in the old American West. In fact I believe the only other book set in that place and time that I have read is McMurtry's Lonesome Dove. But as I plan to read Guthrie's Pulitzer winning book The Way West soon, I decided to read this one first. I am glad that I did. Although I loved McMurtry's book more I did enjoy this one as well. It felt very real to me. It transported me to the era and I believed everything I read. However, I didn't connect with Boone nearly as much as I did with the stars of McMurtry's show. I found Boone harder to reach and more difficult to love.

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Great Read! Great story

What did you love best about The Big Sky?

This book captures the language and day-to-day details of the "Mountain Men" who explored and trapped animal pelts in the unsettled and wild Western United States. It is a salty read and not politically correct in its use of some bits of our language, but taken in the context of the times, it is uniquely accurate. It also provides some context for words that are no longer considered acceptable in use today, but are a reflection of the times and were not always as offensive as they are now. At the same time it chronicles the savageness of life on you own with only what you can carry on your back for survival. That alone makes it a worthwhile read. The story is also very compelling. When does one long for the solace of the great outdoors, and when does one crave civilization?

Who was your favorite character and why?

Hard to pick. All good.

What about Kevin Foley’s performance did you like?

Authentic voices and language delivered for all characters. Makes you think there are several different people narrating.

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Inspirational and influential

I read this book twice when I was in high school and because of it I have seen alot of the places mentioned and lived the life of a trapper and lived off the land for months at a time. Then I bought a copy of it from ebay and now on audible. this performance has brought so many memories flooding back and left me with a nostalgia that overflows. Thank You.

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Big Country

Great book!

Full of adventurous stories
Takes me back to muleskinnin adventures with good friends

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To much bad language

A lot of using Gods name in vane turned this book into garbage. And I won’t purchase another written by ABGuthrie

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Good story, odd read

the narration is a distraction from the story which is actually pretty good. the way the actor reads though alternates between a commercial announcer and horrible actor complete with laughable accents.

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  • Rick
  • Urcuqui, Ecuador
  • 09-08-18

Shows its Age

The first of Guthrie’s six novels about the Oregon trail and mountain men was published in 1947. The writing is somewhat stilted and dated—not surprising, as it was written 70 years ago. The narration, too, seems a trifle didactic, although Foley does a diverse variety of voices distinctly.

The story is a good one but takes hours to develop, and for me it became tiresome.

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You’ll be going west yourself

This was an interesting time. The author did a great job describing how simple life once was. Recommendations go to those that want to be a lone wolf. It’s rough country out there.