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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (16,625 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen E. Ambrose Narrator: Cotter Smith Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In 1803 President Thomas Jefferson selected his personal secretary, Captain Meriwether Lewis, to lead a voyage up the Missouri River, across the forbidding Rockies, and -- by way of the Snake and mighty Columbia -- down to the Pacific Ocean. Lewis and his partner, Captain William Clark, endured incredible hardships and witnessed astounding sights. With great perseverance, they worked their way into an unexplored West and when they returned two years later, they had long since been given up for dead.

Lewis is supported by a variety of colorful characters: Jefferson and his vision of the West; Clark, the artist and map-maker; and Lewis -- the enigma, who led brilliantly but considered the mission a failure. After suffering several periods of depression -- and despite his status as national hero -- Lewis died mysteriously, apparently by his own hand. Download and start listening now!

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  • “Ambrose takes us into the interior of an adventure filled with high romance and personal tragedy involving the greatest expedition ever undertaken in the history of this country.” 

    Paul Theroux, author of The Great Railway Bazaar

  • “A swiftly moving, full-dress treatment of the expedition…A lively retelling of the journey of the two captains conveyed with passionate enthusiasm by Mr. Ambrose.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • Undaunted Courage is a work of love: rhapsodic and heroic.” 

    Wall Street Journal

  • “A fine and important book, intelligently conceived and splendidly written.” 

    Washington Post Book World

  • “[Ambrose] not only captures the romance of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in Undaunted Courage…he also superbly delineates the cultural and political context out of which it arose…Ambrose brilliantly reconstructs the expedition from Lewis’ point of view.” 

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Allison Spencer | 2/18/2014

    " Well, get your tissue handy......actually, you might not enjoy this book as I did, seeing that I am a complete and total Lewis and Clark/Sacajawea GEEK and Obsessor. What amazing men...(and woman) what a task...before them...It never ceases to amaze me how exciting and predestined this adventure was, and how the people chosen to lead it were absolutely meant for this leadership in every way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Gayle | 2/17/2014

    " Very well written and readable account of the adventures of thee two great explores. Very enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Robert Scott | 2/12/2014

    " One of the best books I have every read. Once I got started I could not wait to get back to it. I love history and it was full of history facts "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kevin | 2/9/2014

    " Loved this book. Wonderful. The expedition's 2 favorite foods: buffalo tongue & dog meat. "

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