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Editorial Reviews

Editor Stephen Brennan's anthology explores the life of the iconoclastic frontiersmen from the golden age of fur trapping that followed the Louisiana Purchase to their reinvention as the guides, mapmakers, and hunters who made possible the western expansion of railways and U.S. military victories.

Kevin Stillwell varies his tone throughout to fit each of the many writers' perspectives, from W. F. Wagner's humorous overview of the mountaineer character in "The Trappers" to Francis Parkman's awe of their chosen lifestyle in "A Mountain Hunt". Brennan has chosen works which alternately cast the pioneering American mountain men as heroes and fools.

Publisher's Summary

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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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

Any additional comments?

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.<br/><br/>

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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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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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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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  • Tyler
  • Red Deer, AB, Canada
  • 07-02-15

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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an ok account of some famous trappers

This book was ok. The narrator was a little to monotone for me. Some interesting stories!

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Good book but..

This was a good book but not quite what I was hoping for and looking for. To learn historical accounts of those who lived in the West back then, it is a great book.

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as always i enjoyed reading about the early history of the United States and this book met all my expectations.

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History Book read. to you

History Book read you. I got the book for the action. I did not get it to have someone tell me what happens. I want to hear the interaction my self.

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  • Brian or Jenna
  • 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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