• Disappointment River

  • Finding and Losing the Northwest Passage
  • By: Brian Castner
  • Narrated by: Brian Castner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-13-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (11 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In 1789, Alexander Mackenzie traveled the 1,125 miles of the immense river in Canada that now bears his name, in search of the fabled Northwest Passage, only to confront impassable pack ice. In 2016 the acclaimed memoirist Brian Castner retraced Mackenzie's route by canoe in a grueling journey - and discovered the passage he could not find. 
Disappointment River is a dual historical narrative and travel memoir that at once transports listeners back to the heroic age of North American exploration and places them in a still rugged but increasingly fragile Arctic wilderness in the process of profound alteration by the dual forces of energy extraction and climate change. Eleven years before Lewis and Clark, the Scottish explorer Alexander Mackenzie actually crossed the North American continent with a team of voyageurs and Indian guides. Before that he was the first to discover a route to the Arctic Ocean from the Great Lakes, along the river he named Disappointment because he believed he'd failed in his mission to find a trade route to the riches of the East. In fact he had - he was just two-plus centuries early. 
In this book, Brian Castner not only retells the story of Mackenzie's epic voyages in vivid prose, he personally retraces his travels in an 1,125 mile canoe voyage down the river that bears his name, battling exhaustion, exposure, mosquitoes, white-water rapids, and the threat of bears. He transports listeners to a world rarely glimpsed in the media, of tar sands, thawing permafrost, remote Native American villages, and, at the end, a wide open Arctic Ocean that is quickly becoming a far-northern Mississippi of barges and pipelines and oil money. 
©2018 Brian Castner (P)2018 Random House Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By aaron on 04-01-18

A Modernly Historic Adventure Book!

Brian knocked this one out of the park. Something I thought I might have only moderate interest in became something I was absolutely riveted by in his hands. His narration is spot on. If you have even an inkling of curiosity in a modern day Lewis and Clark-like adventure, this is the book for you.

I would encourage Brian to do more outdoor adventure books like this. He has a real talent for this genre, and there aren't many talented authors out there who are will to put themselves in (relative) danger in order to tell a unique story like this. Most authors who write books like this are dry, dull, and boring. Not Brian!

Highly recommend.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 03-31-18

Thoroughly enjoyed this Book!

Great story about an interesting time on the North American continent. Well written and well told, did not want it to end...

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