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The Fur Trade Gamble

North West Company on the Pacific Slope, 1800-1820
Narrated by: Bill Nevitt
Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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In an era of grand risk, fur moguls vied to command the northwest and China markets, gambling lives and capital on the price of beaver pelts, purchases of ships and trade goods, international commerce laws, and the effects of war.

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Very Interesting History

What made the experience of listening to The Fur Trade Gamble the most enjoyable?

So much of the history came from the traders logs as well as the documentation of the fur trader companies. It was amazing the companies stayed in business as little money was made.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fur Trade Gamble?

There was a census made of the number of people that lived in the fort I believe it was and there were X number of white men, X number of native and the women who of course belonged to the fort.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I wish the narrator had taken the time to learn to pronounce the names of the States, rivers, Indian tribes, etc of the Pacific North West before he read the book. I did not realize how much mispronouncing Oregon got on my nerves until this book.

Any additional comments?

Although the narrator was not ready to do this book the information is interesting. I love the history of my region and there were things I was not aware of. Although we all learned of Lewis and Clark and we knew fur trading was an important source of income, I did not realize just how many lives were lost in the process nor how much it factored into the settlement of the region. Even though I live in the town of Beaverton, I never think of the fur trade having been here.

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An expansive, detailed history of the US fur trade

For those interested in the history of the Northwest US, particularly the fur trade and those people involved, this book is an expansive, detailed, scholarly work full of information with interesting stories and characters. The narration is engaging and keeps the listener involved in the substantial text. This is a lot of information.

I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook. This is my honest and voluntary review.

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Deep and detailed history

The Fur Trade Gamble: North West Company on the Pacific Slope, 1800-1820..
History in great depth. This book is a superb addition to American/Canadian history, a serious work detailing the opening up of the northwest.
Good clear narration by Bill Nevitt makes this an easy book to listen too.
One suggestion to listeners have a map of the area handy, as sometimes it's difficult to picture different areas and rivers.
It made my listening easier.
I was given a free copy of this audio book at my own request, and voluntarily leave this review.

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A must for history buffs

This is a long, non-fiction work detailing the history of the fur trade and trade routes in northwestern US in the 18th & 19th century, and it contains a lot of recognizable names that you would never have guessed had a hand in this trade. It is densely detailed and shows the hardships, rivalries, landscape, encounters, companies, personalities, difficulties and stupidities well. I’m not sure, had I been reading the actual book (as opposed to the audiobook), if I would have stuck with it to the end but Bill Nevitt’s smooth, well-paced narration easily pulls you in and immerses you in a world of trappers, Native Americans, survival and the wild, unforgiving landscape of the fur trade. If you are a lover of American history, then this audiobook will be for you.

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The Fur Trade Gamble

Who would think that the fur trade in the 1800's could be so interestng?! I learned a lot.I recognized so many names that I would never guess had a hand in this trade.Bill Nevitt did a fine job narrating.
I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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Great detail about the great Northwest

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This review is for the audio copy of The Fur Trade Gamble, by Lloyd Keith, John C. Jackson and narrated by Bill Nevitt. This was a very informative book. It had a great amount of detail and overview. Those interested in the minute details of this subject will be very satisfied with it. It was a bit too informative for me but I did listen to the whole story. The narration of Bill Nevitt made it easy to listen to. While not my cup of tea it was full of interesting history that I would not have known or learned had I not listened to this book.

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  • Jan
  • MKE
  • 03-02-19

Bill Nevitt makes it so much better!

adventure, pacific-northwest, explorers, historical-setting, historical-places-events, historical-figures, historical-research, international-commerce

Although my usual turf and time involves the Northwest Territories of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the fur trade is a fascinating segment of history as is the Pacific Rim trade of the early nineteenth century. It is a very long and involved educational tool that I really wouldn't have been drawn to if it was only available in print, but it's in audio and narrated by Bill Nevitt so I had to have it! Some of the book could be boring lecture dull if not for the narrator's skills in maintaining the reader's interest. I don't mean to disparage the writing or material, but it is almost eleven hours!
I requested and received a free audio copy and plan to read it again later now that I know more than I did.

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Enjoyable read

My first read/listen from author Lloyd Keith was not my typical read. A non-fiction work detailing the history of the fur trade in the northwest US. Highly detailed & well-written, this book may not be for everyone but I found it enjoyable. Bill Nevitt’s narration made the 10-hour 56-minute book pass quickly. I was given an Audible copy of this book & am voluntarily reviewing it. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

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The Fur Trade Gamble

This is a book about the fur trade and how it began in the Pacific Northwest, it holds a very detailed account of this and is interesting when you think of how it was back then with no amenities and how cold and wet the winters were, not to mention the disease. This was a interesting book and with narrator Bill Nevitt lending his voice to the audio production it was awesome as I could just lose myself in the world of trappers and Native Americans and be there with them traveling the waterways, I love how audios suck you in like that. I can't wait to find more by this narrator.

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Interesting

This is the first book I’ve read/listened to by these authors and I would listen to another. There was a lot a interesting information and their research effort showed.

This is the second book I’ve listened to by this narrator ( Bill Nevitt ) and I would listen to another. He read this content very well. A pleasant listen.

There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence or swearing.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review.
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  • Demetra Toula Iliopoulos
  • 04-11-19

Gamble on this real story

I remember this historical events in high school. This is about the 18th and 19th fur trade that shaped not only the US but North America as a whole . It’s a story that will open your eyes how the settlers made a living in the US . The events really happened .

Bill Nevitt narrating this story was great . Bill makes you understand the story

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  • Norma Miles
  • 03-01-19

The Keystone Cops conquest of the Columbia.

This densely detailed book charts the attempts to open up the trading routes in the Pacific North West in the late 18th and early 19th Centuries. Battling through thousands of miles of harsh weather and scenery, facing uncertainties and enduring biting insects, untrustworthy opponents and native Indians upon whom they often had to rely for help without the advantage of a shared language or knowledge of terrain, the attempt to establish a profitable business based on fur sales was ultimately doomed to fail. But the stories of the men involved, the clandestine acts, illicit deals, lives lost, personality clashes, misunderstandings and just plain failure to understand their market, make for a wonderful peek into a world which really was wild.
This is not an easy read. Covering a huge area of place and time as well as personalities, it requires concentration to follow all of the subject matter. Narrator Bill Nevitt's clearly enunciated reading, performed with steady pace, makes this as easy as it can be. A book to marvel at - individuals driven and daring, and stupidity and rivalry also.

An enormous amount of research has gone into compiling this book. The Fur Trade Gamble is not a book for everyone, but if reconstructed historic records of place, time and men's achievement, even in the face of failure, are of interest then this book comes highly recommended.