The White and the Gold

  • by Thomas B. Costain
  • Narrated by Richard Matthews
  • 16 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This is the fascinating story of the French regime in Canada. Few periods in the history of North America can equal it for romance and color, drama and suspense, great human courage and far-seeing aspiration. Costain, who writes history in the terms of the people who lived it, wrote of this book: "Almost from the first I found myself caught in the spell of these courageous, colorful, cruel days. But whenever I found myself guilty of overstressing the romantic side of the picture and forgetful of the more prosaic life beneath, I tried to balance the scales more properly. [This] is...a conscientious effort at a balanced picture of a period which was brave, bizarre, fanatical, lyrical, lusty, and, in fact, rather completely unbalanced."

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Wonderful Listen!

I failed history in college and it was never an easy subject, so I have made a point to improve myself on the subject. The narrator is very good and one of the best on Audible. The story was really interesting and a lot of fun. If you have a vague interest in the subject then don't hesitate on this one. I learned a lot and enjoyed it too!
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- Ninotchka "Ninotchka"

Horrifyingly Racist.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Racist jerks would enjoy this book. I understand it was written in 1954, but I don't understand how this was ever acceptable in a scholarly work.


Has The White and the Gold turned you off from other books in this genre?

I will never ever read anything by this author again.


What three words best describe Richard Matthews’s performance?

It's so horrible to hear this stuff said out loud. I wonder if he washed his mouth out with soap after every recording session.


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I'm 100% certain this book is more racist toward the First Nations than the explorers it covers from the 17th century. I am absolutely sure that Champlain would have punched this guy in the face if he read this drivel.


Any additional comments?

Skip this. If you're obsessed with the New France period of Canadian history, find another resource, unless you love flowery descriptions of how stupid, dirty, backward and lice ridden the First Nations are. Even when it has nothing to do with the subject at hand, this utter ass has to throw in horrible slurs. It's never, "The Algonquin lived in that area." It's always, "The Algonquin, a gross and licentious people, lived in that area."

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-24-2010
  • Publisher: Random House Audio