River Horse by William Least Heat-Moon audiobook

River Horse: A Voyage Across America

By William Least Heat-Moon
Read by Jay O. Sanders

Simon & Schuster Audio
6.63 Hours 1
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In this abridgement of River-Horse, the pre-eminent chronicler of American back roads -- who has given us the classics Blue Highways and Prairyerth -- recounts his singular voyage through American waters from sea to sea. Along the route, he offers a lyrical and ceaselessly fascinating shipboard perspective on the country and its rivers, lakes, canals, and landscapes. Brimming with history, drama, and wisdom, River-Horse belongs in the pantheon of American travel literature. In his most ambitious journey ever, Heat-Moon sets off aboard a small boat he named Nikawa ("river horse" in Osage) from the Atlantic at New York Harbor in hopes of entering the Pacific near Astoria, Oregon. He and his companion, Pilotis, struggle to cover some five thousand watery miles -- more than any other cross-country river traveler has ever managed -- often following in the wakes of our most famous explores, from Henry Hudson to Lewis and Clark. En route, the voyagers confront massive floods, submerged rocks, dangerous weather, and their own doubts about whether they can complete the trip. But the hard days yield up incomparable pleasures: strangers generous with help and eccentric tales, landscapes unchanged since Sacagawea saw them, riverscapes flowing with a lively past, and the growing belief that efforts to protect our lands and waters are beginning to pay off. And, throughout its course, the expedition enjoys coincidences so breathtaking as to suggest the intervention of a divine and witty Providence. Teeming with humanity and high adventure, Heat-Moon's account is an unsentimental and original arteriogram of our nation at the edge of the Millennium.

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Summary

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A New York Times bestseller

In this abridgement of River-Horse, the pre-eminent chronicler of American back roads -- who has given us the classics Blue Highways and Prairyerth -- recounts his singular voyage through American waters from sea to sea. Along the route, he offers a lyrical and ceaselessly fascinating shipboard perspective on the country and its rivers, lakes, canals, and landscapes. Brimming with history, drama, and wisdom, River-Horse belongs in the pantheon of American travel literature.

In his most ambitious journey ever, Heat-Moon sets off aboard a small boat he named Nikawa ("river horse" in Osage) from the Atlantic at New York Harbor in hopes of entering the Pacific near Astoria, Oregon. He and his companion, Pilotis, struggle to cover some five thousand watery miles -- more than any other cross-country river traveler has ever managed -- often following in the wakes of our most famous explores, from Henry Hudson to Lewis and Clark.

En route, the voyagers confront massive floods, submerged rocks, dangerous weather, and their own doubts about whether they can complete the trip. But the hard days yield up incomparable pleasures: strangers generous with help and eccentric tales, landscapes unchanged since Sacagawea saw them, riverscapes flowing with a lively past, and the growing belief that efforts to protect our lands and waters are beginning to pay off. And, throughout its course, the expedition enjoys coincidences so breathtaking as to suggest the intervention of a divine and witty Providence.

Teeming with humanity and high adventure, Heat-Moon's account is an unsentimental and original arteriogram of our nation at the edge of the Millennium.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Heat-Moon’s prose is clear, straight-forward and lively and his vision unclouded.”  Chicago Sun-Times 
“Takes us on a lifetime voyage full of imagery, insight and appreciation.”  Clevland Plain Dealer 
“A triumphant book all the way to the salty Pacific.”  Amazon.com, editorial review
“Largely engaging. Publishers Weekly
“This evocative and masterly narrative is a reminder of the beauty and grandeur of our country.”  Library Journal
“An excellent book.”  Booklist
“Radiant with intelligence and masterful storytelling.”  Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: William Least Heat-Moon

Author Bio: William Least Heat-Moon

William Least Heat-Moon is the pen name of William Trogdon, who was born in Kansas City, Missouri. He holds a bachelor’s degree in photojournalism and a doctorate in English from the University of Missouri. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Blue Highways. His other works include Prairyerth, Columbus in the Americas, Roads to Quoz, and River-Horse, an account of his travels along America’s interior waterways.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 6.63
Audience: Adult
Language: English