Life on the Mississippi by Rinker Buck audiobook

Life on the Mississippi: An Epic American Adventure

By Rinker Buck
Read by Jason Culp

Simon & Schuster Audio 9781501106378
15.36 Hours 1
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An epic, enchanting blend of history and adventure on an authentic wooden flatboat from the early 1800s which Rinker Buck pilots down the Mississippi River, illuminating the forgotten past of the river and its grand “flatboat era” In 2015, people fell in love with a singular American voice: Rinker Buck, whose infectious curiosity about history launched him across the West in a covered wagon and propelled his book, The Oregon Trail, to the New York Times hardcover bestseller list and many rave reviews. Now, in Life on the Mississippi, Buck chronicles his latest grand adventure: building an authentic wooden flatboat from the bygone flatboat era of the early 1800s and journeying down the Mississippi River to New Orleans. A modern-day Huck Finn, Buck casts off down the river accompanied by an eccentric crew of daring shipmates. Over the course of his voyage, Buck steers his fragile wooden craft through narrow channels dominated by massive cargo barges, rescues his first mate gone overboard, sails blindly through fog, clashes with overzealous period reenactors, and much more. In addition, he charts his own geographical and emotional journey while also delivering a richly satisfying work of history that brings to life a lost era. The role of the flatboat in our country’s evolution is more significant than most Americans realize. Decades before we struck out for the Western territories, we migrated Southwest en masse. Between 1800 and 1840, millions of farmers, merchants, and hopeful pioneers embarked from states like Pennsylvania and Virginia on wooden flatboats headed beyond the Appalachians to places like Kentucky, Mississippi, and Louisiana. The mighty river currents carried waves of settlers and tons of cargo from farms to ports, populating new territories and revolutionizing the American landscape. As Buck points out, the inland rivers of the Ohio and Mississippi Valleys were in fact America’s first western frontier. Life on the Mississippi is a muscular and majestic feat of storytelling from a writer who may be the closest to Mark Twain that we have today.

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A New York Times bestseller

An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick

An epic, enchanting blend of history and adventure on an authentic wooden flatboat from the early 1800s which Rinker Buck pilots down the Mississippi River, illuminating the forgotten past of the river and its grand “flatboat era”

In 2015, people fell in love with a singular American voice: Rinker Buck, whose infectious curiosity about history launched him across the West in a covered wagon and propelled his book, The Oregon Trail, to the New York Times hardcover bestseller list and many rave reviews.

Now, in Life on the Mississippi, Buck chronicles his latest grand adventure: building an authentic wooden flatboat from the bygone flatboat era of the early 1800s and journeying down the Mississippi River to New Orleans.

A modern-day Huck Finn, Buck casts off down the river accompanied by an eccentric crew of daring shipmates. Over the course of his voyage, Buck steers his fragile wooden craft through narrow channels dominated by massive cargo barges, rescues his first mate gone overboard, sails blindly through fog, clashes with overzealous period reenactors, and much more. In addition, he charts his own geographical and emotional journey while also delivering a richly satisfying work of history that brings to life a lost era.

The role of the flatboat in our country’s evolution is more significant than most Americans realize. Decades before we struck out for the Western territories, we migrated Southwest en masse. Between 1800 and 1840, millions of farmers, merchants, and hopeful pioneers embarked from states like Pennsylvania and Virginia on wooden flatboats headed beyond the Appalachians to places like Kentucky, Mississippi, and Louisiana. The mighty river currents carried waves of settlers and tons of cargo from farms to ports, populating new territories and revolutionizing the American landscape. As Buck points out, the inland rivers of the Ohio and Mississippi Valleys were in fact America’s first western frontier.

Life on the Mississippi is a muscular and majestic feat of storytelling from a writer who may be the closest to Mark Twain that we have today.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Audacious…Life on the Mississippi sparkles.” Wall Street Journal
“A rich mix of history, reporting, and personal introspection.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“Both a travelogue and an engaging history lesson about America’s westward expansion.” Christian Science Monitor
“For armchair-travel aficionados and frontier-history buffs, it doesn’t get much better.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author Bio: Rinker Buck

Author Bio: Rinker Buck

Rinker Buck is a New York Times bestselling author whose work has won the PEN New England Award, the Eugene S. Pulliam National Journalism Writing Award, and the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award. He began his career in journalism at the Berkshire Eagle and was a longtime staff writer for the Hartford Courant. He has written for Vanity FairNew YorkLife, and many other publications.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 15.36
Audience: Adult
Language: English