The Fur Trade Gamble

  • by Lloyd Keith, John C. Jackson
  • Narrated by Bill Nevitt
  • 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In an era of grand risk, fur moguls vied to command the northwest and China markets, gambling lives and capital on the price of beaver pelts, purchases of ships and trade goods, international commerce laws, and the effects of war.

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Would you consider the audio edition of The Fur Trade Gamble to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version.


Have you listened to any of Bill Nevitt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was my first performance by Bill Nevitt. He did an outstanding job with such deep and rich material. This material could have been boring or the listener could easily get lost in the details, but this did not happen to me and I believe that was largely due to Mr. Nevitt's narrating style.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not emotionally. But I learned a lot about a subject I previously knew nothing about. It was very obvious that this book was a result of unending research.


Any additional comments?

I received a copy of this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review

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Very Interesting History

What made the experience of listening to The Fur Trade Gamble the most enjoyable?

So much of the history came from the traders logs as well as the documentation of the fur trader companies. It was amazing the companies stayed in business as little money was made.


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fur Trade Gamble?

There was a census made of the number of people that lived in the fort I believe it was and there were X number of white men, X number of native and the women who of course belonged to the fort.


What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I wish the narrator had taken the time to learn to pronounce the names of the States, rivers, Indian tribes, etc of the Pacific North West before he read the book. I did not realize how much mispronouncing Oregon got on my nerves until this book.


Any additional comments?

Although the narrator was not ready to do this book the information is interesting. I love the history of my region and there were things I was not aware of. Although we all learned of Lewis and Clark and we knew fur trading was an important source of income, I did not realize just how many lives were lost in the process nor how much it factored into the settlement of the region. Even though I live in the town of Beaverton, I never think of the fur trade having been here.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-14-2017
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks