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The year is 1837. The American West is untamed, uncivilized, and largely unclaimed. U.S. President Andrew Jackson, in a race with the British and Russians, sends a wagon train of would-be settlers into the uncharted Oregon territory, led by his close friend, mountain man and veteran Sam Brentwood. Teaming up with trail hand Whip Holt, widow Claudia Humphries, and a colorful group of courageous pioneers, Brentwood sets off from New York, heading westward to Independence, Missouri - the last outpost of civilization before the unknown and treacherous dangers of a new frontier. Along the way they will form unbreakable friendships, fight unforeseen enemies, and face unimaginable and often fatal odds. But in spite of the hardships and heartaches, the tragedies and triumphs, they will risk their lives to follow their dreams - and forge a nation's destiny. This is their story.
©1984 Dana Fuller Ross (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 11-05-16


I liked the book, I didn't love it, but I liked it. It had the makings of a great book. I love tough hard to get along with women and it had that. It had historical facts and I liked that. It had some action. I just could not get excited about it. Maybe I missed the rough talking clichéd cowboys. I much more enjoyed The travels of Levi Zendt in James Michener's Centennial. I just don't think the writing was as good as some other westerns. Sorry, I just can't put a finger on it. James Michener, Dusty Rhodes, Cormac McCarthy, Phillip Meyer and David R. Lewis are better writers.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Xavier on 04-19-12

Have already enjoyed 3 in this series!

I finished this book a week ago and am nearly finished with Book 3 in this series. If you are a fan of American frontier history, you should enjoy this series. I love it. The author, Dana Fuller Ross has created a series which allows one to enjoy American history during the 1900's, state by state. I really enjoyed the intrigue of espionage as the young country of America struggles to survive and expand amidst competing Russia, England, and Native Americans of different tribes. The story includes acts of courage, romance, brutality, generosity, honor, and fierce determination against natural and human adversities. After starting with the "Texas" book 4, I realized it was part of a series(thanks to Audibles new feature of identifying "series"). Once I realized the Texas book was book 4 of a 10+ series, I purchased book 1: "Independence". Now I'm hooked, finished books 1 , 2, 4 and am nearly finished with Book 3: Nebraska. The narrator, Phil Gigante, does an outstanding job. I love the continuity of his voice from book to book. I was planning to switch to modern day espionage "The Gray Man series" but I'm so enjoying the "Wagon's West" series that I haven't yet started listening to the two of three "The Gray Man" modern day espionage books I downloaded to my library. I'm hooked on audio books. I listen to them before bed, while driving, etc. Enjoy the "Wagons West" series. I recommend highly.

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5 out of 5 stars
By VersaillesThree on 07-31-15

Absolutely loved it

What made the experience of listening to Wagons West Independence! the most enjoyable?

The narrator. Brilliant.
The narrator can make or break a story, however good it may be. I can't wait for more of his work!

What did you like best about this story?

It was exactly the right mix of adventure, danger and human stories without being too scary or mushy or unbelievable.

What about Phil Gigante’s performance did you like?

He has such a lovely rich voice but his accents/voices were so convincing that you easily distinguish each character, and he influences how you feel about them.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

Not being American but loving social history in any case, the story got me researching various aspects and following their journey on the map, so it has also widened my horizons!
I really got involved with several characters and didn't want the story to end! I have 3 weeks to wait for my next credits for the next book, how will I manage?!

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