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Author: Michael Clarkson Narrator: Malcolm Hillgartner Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2016 ISBN: 9781531837525
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At the dawn of the twentieth century, a small but determined band of barrel jumpers risked their lives in one of the world’s most wondrous waterfalls. Only a few survived.

By turns a family drama and an action-adventure story, The Age of Daredevils chronicles the lives of the men and women who devoted themselves to the extraordinary sport of jumping over Niagara Falls in a barrel—a death-defying gamble that proved a powerful temptation to a hardy few.

Internationally known in the 1920s and ’30s for their barrel-jumping exploits, the Hills were a father-son team of daredevils who also rescued dozens of misguided thrill seekers and accident victims who followed them into the river. The publicity surrounding the Hills’ spectacular feats ushered in tourism, making Niagara Falls the nation’s foremost honeymoon destination, but ultimately set Red Hill Jr. on a perilous path to surpass his father’s extraordinary leaps into the void.

Like the works of Jon Krakauer and David McCullough, The Age of Daredevils explores the primal force of fear and the thirst for adventure that drive humans to the brink of death to see if they can somehow escape.

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  • “[A] buoyant narrative…As a former police reporter in the area and an acquaintance of the Hills, Clarkson brings an intimate perspective to the material…[and] convincingly manufactures the atmosphere of first half of the twentieth century and the allure that the falls have exercised over generations of Americans.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Clarkson’s fascinating history of this age of daredevils examines the phenomenon and offers portraits of those who tried to go over the falls…Clarkson’s extensively researched account not only provides detailed portraits of the Niagara daredevils but also places their exploits in the context of the American thrill-seeking tradition.”


  • “Malcolm Hillgartner’s narration builds tension well, making listeners feel as if they’re a part of each daring stunt, maintaining excitement throughout. Even most of the successes have unhappy tinges, but this is a fascinating slice of American history.”


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About the Author

Michael Clarkson is an award-winning investigative and public-service journalist and the author of several nonfiction books. He is considered an authority on fear and stress, and he speaks professionally on those topics. He has appeared on many television shows as well as in the Harvey Weinstein documentary Salinger, for his rendezvous with the reclusive author.

About the Narrator

Malcolm Hillgartner is an accomplished actor, writer, and musician. Named an AudioFile Best Voice of 2013 and the recipient of several Earphones Awards, he has narrated over 175 audiobooks.