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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (23 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Meriwether Lewis Narrator: Norman Dietz Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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When President Thomas Jefferson acquired the Louisiana Purchase - the vast, unknown lands between the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains, from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico - he promptly established an expedition to map America's new frontier. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark outfitted the Corps of Discovery, and on May 14, 1804, 45 men in 3 boats set off up the Mississippi. The trip took 2 years and 4 months, and the record of the expedition contained in the journals of its courageous leaders is a fascinating story of adventure, hardship, and discovery. Excerpted from History of the Lewis and Clark Expedition edited by Nicholas Biddle and narrated by Norman Dietz, The Journals of Lewis and Clark recreates the history and spirit of the men who mapped the frontier. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 2/15/2014

    " Lewis & Clark were amazing. President Jefferson sent them to explore the west and try to find an easy trade route so the US could get a piece of the Canadian fur trading pie. I think about some of the "survival" type reality shows nowadays and how they would make L & C laugh. Nothing stopped them--illness, marauding Indians, grizzlies, being accidentally shot (Lewis), subfreezing temperatures, existing on roots for weeks, etc. And their journals were extraordinarily detailed daily records of the geography, flora & fauna. Some of the records are a little monotonous but their creative spelling made it "extreamly" entertaining to me :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hans | 2/7/2014

    " Fascinating to read the perspectives of the yet "unknown" land to non-native Americans. Their descriptions of the animals, hardships and the Native Americans are very revealing, both about their own internal biases and cultural background. At times the journal is laborious as they do catalog everything. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 2/1/2014

    " Forget the books and movies about this expedition. The original account is not only readable but stirring in it's descriptions of peoples and places. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sparkles | 1/25/2014

    " Wow! Another interesting book chock full of info and insight. I just love homeschooling with Sonlight so that I can read all these great books. I wish history would have been this interesting for me....I would have paid more attention! :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 TC | 1/22/2014

    " Amazing so far, I can only imagine what it must have been like discovering just how vast this country is. The great thing about this book is the log format and sketches included, makes you feel like youre making the trek yourself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe Blankenship | 1/19/2014

    " I read this as a young boy. Despite my lack of interest due to the grammar used in this tome, the concept of adventure drew me in and to this day I can remember talking to my dad about the true adventure and historical purpose of Lewis and Clarks' expeditions. If you can look past the tone and grammar, this is truly a priceless historical record and an exciting, ageless tale. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rich | 1/18/2014

    " The epic journey to the Pacific Northwest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debi | 1/16/2014

    " Interesting though very tedious. I love their explanation and experiences in the Pacific Northwest "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen | 12/22/2013

    " Wow. If you are a true lover of American history, any era, any focus, you must have this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jhaff | 12/20/2013

    " Who needs fiction with stories this great? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JD | 12/15/2013

    " The mapping between their adventures and the machinations of modern business is very relavent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 12/3/2013

    " I'm adding this to my humor shelf because the misspellings are hilarious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenette | 11/23/2013

    " Very long read. Very interesting. Learned alot about the expedition. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill Kysela | 8/25/2013

    " Am just starting - Wonderful "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashlyn Draovitch | 6/5/2013

    " I thought that the book was amazing. It helped me imagine what it was like for them taking the journey to the Pacific Ocean. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erika Forth | 6/10/2012

    " It is what it is... the journals recorded by Lewis and Clark on their infamous mission. Kind of boring, but what do you expect? Also riddled with errors and hard to understand language because that is what they wrote. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd | 5/16/2012

    " A two year adventure into the unknown. Without gps. It boggles the imagination... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Smith Nickerson | 2/23/2012

    " The perfect read. Take it with you on vacation or just take a vacation to read it. This is Lewis and Clark sharing their journey with the reader. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 6/2/2011

    " Gets a little long but very interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bookwyrmgyrl | 12/2/2008

    " Lewis & Clark - one of my favorite expeditions to read about! And Bernard DeVoto is one of my favorite writers who covers them! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cherrybomb | 6/18/2006

    " How can I give positive history anything less than five stars? American history ROCKS! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Avis Black | 11/24/2004

    " The main problem here is that neither Lewis nor Clark could write very well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lew Groberg | 5/18/2003

    " I had a keen interest in learning about these explorers. The first 50 pages were slow. Once they traveled 500-600 miles it became and amazing book of survival, innovation and adventure. "

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About the Author
Author Meriwether Lewis

Meriwether Lewis (1774 – 1809) was an American explorer, soldier, politician, and public administrator, best known for his role as the leader of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, also known as the Corps of Discovery, with William Clark.

Their mission was to explore the territory of the Louisiana Purchase, establish trade with, and sovereignty over the natives near the Missouri River, and claim the Pacific Northwest and Oregon Country for the United States before European nations. They also collected scientific data, and information on indigenous nations.

President Thomas Jefferson appointed him Governor of Upper Louisiana in 1806.

About the Narrator

Norman Dietz is a writer, voice-over artist, and audiobook narrator. He has won six Earphones Awards and was named one of the fifty “Best Voices of the Century” by AudioFile magazine. He and his late wife Sandra transformed an abandoned ice-cream parlor into a playhouse, which served “the world’s best hot fudge sundaes” before and after performances. The founder of Theatre in the Works, he lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.