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Would you try another book from Rinker Buck and/or Rinker Buck?
I doubt it. The title and the subject of the book were deceptive. It should have been called - Finding Myself and My Family on the Oregon Trail.
Would you ever listen to anything by Rinker Buck again?
Only if it is rated high by all reviewers (the average rating of stars is misleading. Finding the median would have been more accurate.) and not if he narrates it.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
His reads his own book with great effort. It is stilted and often irritating.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
Not really... It did give a good description of mule breeding, but it could have been a short story or article. He did recommend another book at the beginning of his book that would probably be a better representation of a book on the Oregon Trail.
Any additional comments?
I live on the Oregon Trail. I live within 15 miles of where he passed, and I was looking for something that was more about the trail than about a man trying to find himself, having lived under the shadow of his father, and his own uncertainties. Never compare this to the works of Bill Bryson. This book was not humorous, it was not engaging, and the author often seemed to get lost in his story of himself, and not focusing on the trail -
18 of 19 people found this review helpful
Why, oh why, oh why, why, why, do writers who put enormous energy and time into a venture only to ruin it by reading it themselves? Is it ego? Does he not have a good friend to quietly pull him aside and tell him it stinks? I'm sorely disappointed to return this book after looking forward to it for so long.
24 of 26 people found this review helpful
First class. Each chapter combined geographical descriptions along with key historical characters. Felt I was bumping along in the wagon with them
a most enjoyable read from start to finish and gives a real insite into the pilgrims courage