The Big Sky

The Big Sky

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2002
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Originally published more than fifty years ago, The Big Sky is the first of A. B. Guthries epic adventure novels of Americas 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.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2002.
ISBN: 9781624062902
Branch Call Number: eAUDIO OVERDRI
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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bschinski
Feb 18, 2018

I have listened to the first three of this series (The Big Sky, The Way West and These Thousand Hills) in order and they are truly excellent Western novels, each in it's own right. The reader, Kevin Foley is masterful at his rendition of the voices of different characters and his cadence and articulation seem just right for the material. Guthrie always astonishes me with the tiny details sprinkled throughout his books that bring the reader directly to the reality of life of these intrepid people of 150 years ago. You will be thoroughly absorbed and entertained.

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JackPurcell
Mar 22, 2015

A person who'd like to read a good book involving fictional characters during the western expansion but who doesn't want to be observed carrying around Louis L'Amour novels can begin a good, long reading voyage with these AB Guthrie books beginning with the Big Sky. The characters aren't cardboard cutouts, the plotting is tight and the book was written and published during an era when publishing houses edited the books and didn't pad them with dozens of pages of introspection, gratuitous sexual tittilations, and dragging unnecessary dialogue.

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