• West from the Cradle

  • By: Brigid Amos
  • Narrated by: James G Charron
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Teen
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)
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Travis Cooper was never meant to be a prospector. But when shopkeeper Raymond Hillerman shows him a copy of the California Star in the fall of 1848, one shining word jumps off the page: gold! That one word changes everything.
 

Undersized and bookish, Travis isn’t the sort who would leave his home in Missouri to make the perilous journey west to California. Not much help on the farm, he’s certainly not likely to take up the backbreaking work of a gold miner. Besides, it’s his older brother Jonas that Mr. Hiller-man has hired as his partner in the diggings. But when their father is injured, Jonas must stay be-hind to work the farm, and Travis sets out on the trail in his brother’s place.
 

Along with adventure comes danger, and Travis discovers that staying alive is more difficult than he ever imagined. Keeping his partner from getting himself killed may be downright im-possible....

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Travis never thought he would amount to very much. He was very short and not as strong as the rest of the men in his family. His strength lied in books more than it did fieldwork. A local shopkeeper reads in the California paper that they have found gold in the rivers. He wants to take Travis' older brother to go try to find some and come back home to financially help their families. Everything is set until Travis' father falls and breaks his arm forcing his brother to stay home so that the fieldwork will get done. Travis goes in his stead.
First of all, I want to say that this book tackles a lot of heavy topics that a lot of books won't really cover. Not as in-depth and without being overly descriptive as this one. That being said, it can be a little overwhelming at times. It is realistic. I can't fault them on that. The book takes place in the mid-1800s. Personally, I think that some things happened a little too quickly and a little too easily. I also feel like a few parts jumped rather quickly. That's just me though. I can't say it's a favorite or that I will ever read it, but I enjoyed it.
The book was narrated by James G Charron. He did a great job. I'm not sure if this is accurate, but it would appear that this is the only audiobook he has narrated so far. I will be glad to follow him and see if he does any more narrations in the future. He does have quite the soothing voice. I just try not to judge a narrator by one book alone. Every story is unique in its own way and the tone he uses for this book he may not use for another book. It's just hard to gauge the overall talent of a narrator on one book alone.
I think that his book would be a great read for people who love historical novels. It's very short and easy to read. Well, easy as in the reader is able to get through it quickly. It's not an easy read as in there's nothing major in it. I did include a warning about some sensitive topics covered. This is a clean read in as far as no cursing or sex were in it, but sex is mentioned in it. In a way. Overall, I do recommend this book.

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West From the Cradle


West From the Cradle is a good book. I enjoyed the historical details of the story. I felt like I was transported back in time with Travis and thought his struggles to survive. I could not imagine living during those hard and trying times. Brigid Amos is a talented author and I hope to read more by her.

I had the pleasure of hearing the audio version of West From the Cradle. I absolutely loved listening James G Charron’s voice. His performance perfectly brought this book to life.

I recommend this book to readers, young and old who love to read good, clean historical fiction.

Four stars.

I received this book from the publisher. This book review is 100% my own honest opinion.