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3.96 out of 53.96 out of 53.96 out of 53.96 out of 53.96 out of 5 3.96 (23 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steven Rinella Narrator: Patrick G Lawlor Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2008 ISBN:
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In 2005, Steven Rinella won a lottery to hunt for a wild buffalo, or American bison, in the Alaskan wilderness. One of only four hunters that year who succeeded in killing a buffalo, he carried the carcass down a snow-covered mountainside and floated it four miles down a white-water canyon while being trailed by grizzly bears and suffering from hypothermia. Through this experience, Rinella found himself contemplating his own place among the 14,000 years' worth of buffalo hunters in North America and the place of the buffalo in the American consciousness.

American Buffalo is a narrative tale of that hunt. But beyond that, it is the story of the many ways in which the buffalo has shaped our national identity. Rinella takes us across the continent in search of the buffalo's past, present, and future: to the Bering Strait Land Bridge; to buffalo jumps, where Native Americans ran buffalo over cliffs by the hundreds; even to the Bronx Zoo, where legend has it a depressed buffalo served as the model for the American nickel.

Rinella's erudition and exuberance, combined with his gift for storytelling, make him the perfect guide for a book that combines outdoor adventure with history, science, and the natural world. And yet it also tells us as much about ourselves as Americans as it does about the creature who perhaps best of all embodies the American ethos. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 2/17/2014

    " I had a very hard time getting into this book even though it is a subject I am currently fascinated with. Some of the info seemed contradictory to what I've read previously. The butchering of the animal is way to detailed unless you are an experienced hunter with an understanding of the cuts thebauthor describes making There were certainly some intetesting tidbits but overall not engaging. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Will | 1/14/2014

    " This is an awesome story about the history and loss of the plains buffalo as well as the author's experience hunting a buffalo in the Alaskan wilderness. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Krista | 1/11/2014

    " didn't like it. felt like i was on a horrible blind date with a buffalo freak "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bryan D. | 12/3/2013

    " This book is awesome! It has history, personal stories of hunting bison, and much more. Steven Rinella has told his story just like I like to read it. I "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phillip Rhoades | 12/2/2013

    " Rinella weaves a coherent narrative through historical facts and personal anecdotes. While the book utilized a few distracting analogies (how many times does the word scrotum need to be used?), the book was overall successful at conveying the importance of this majestic creature. Entertaining, educational, and moving. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 11/12/2013

    " Very interesting and easy to read. Loved this book! It was like going on a hunting trip with Mr. Rinella. Trekking through the Alaskan wilderness in the comfort of my own home! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 3/17/2013

    " Rinella writes a great adventure story here as well as a well rounded history of this American iconic animal. A great read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darlene | 2/21/2013

    " Rinella does a great job of mixing the history of buffalo with his story of hunting buffalo. I think fans of Jon Krakauer would enjoy this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mswms | 2/18/2013

    " Who'd a thought that a book about the great American buffalo could be interesting...much less cool? This one is both of those things. Steven Rinella is an interesting human being and his story is a compellng read. Go for it even if you've never thought that you liked reading non-fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 12/23/2012

    " I love outdoor hunting books. So in that sense, this book was awesome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donovan Foote | 9/16/2011

    " Borrow it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 4/1/2011

    " I enjoyed this book that wove the history of the North American Buffalo and man's relationship to it with Rinella's opportunity to hunt one. However, I did not find it as engaging as his "Scavenger's Guide" did but I couldn't put it down once I got to the last several chapters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 3/18/2011

    " Very cool so far! So different from anything I have read. It is about a guy who finds himself through a buffalo hunt. It is a true story and it is not ridiculous. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 3/13/2011

    " i really loved this book! i have no interest in hunting, but am fascinated by the history of the buffalo - by its tortured past in this country. rinella writes beautifully and with reverence about the buffalo - even the scenes of gutting the animal are poetic. a wonderful book! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Krista | 3/11/2011

    " didn't like it. felt like i was on a horrible blind date with a buffalo freak "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 9/30/2010

    " A really great entertaining book. It amazes me that something as simple as finding a skull of a buffalo could start someone on such an incredible journey. I am glad that Steven Rinella took the time to share his knowledge and experiences with us. I highly recommend the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mswms | 9/28/2010

    " Who'd a thought that a book about the great American buffalo could be interesting...much less cool? This one is both of those things. Steven Rinella is an interesting human being and his story is a compellng read. Go for it even if you've never thought that you liked reading non-fiction. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 7/15/2010

    " Interesting facts about buffalo intertwined with the author's own buffalo hunt in Alaska. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 5/8/2010

    " This was a great interesting history of the American Buffalo, mixed in with tales from Rinella's life. I loved everything except the very gory images of Rinella dressing his buffalo after the kill. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cobray | 4/17/2010

    " This is an awesome story about the history and loss of the plains buffalo as well as the author's experience hunting a buffalo in the Alaskan wilderness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 3/24/2010

    " Very cool so far! So different from anything I have read. It is about a guy who finds himself through a buffalo hunt. It is a true story and it is not ridiculous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 2/7/2010

    " Written in a very casual style, but with some neat insights on the history of the North American bison. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 2/2/2010

    " Good natural history/nature writing. A little slow at some points; otherwise good. "

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About the Author

Steven Rinella is the author of The Scavenger’s Guide to Haute Cuisine and a correspondent for Outside magazine. His writing has also appeared in the New Yorker, American Heritage, New York Times, Field & Stream, Men’s Journal, and Salon.com. He grew up in Twin Lake, Michigan, and now splits his time between New York City and Anchorage, Alaska.