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The Big Sky, the first book in Guthrie’s Pulitzer Prize–winning Western series, was first published in 1947 to considerable praise. The novel tells the story of the West’s Mountain Man era through Boone Caudill, a Kentucky runaway who heads west to grow up with the country. Boone and traveling companions Jim Deakins and Dick Summers join a Missouri keelboat, become mountain trappers, and, ultimately, join with an Indian tribe until tragedy sends them back East to brood on the disappearing frontier. Guthrie’s fast-paced, gritty novel pulls no punches, and narrator Kevin Foley’s hard-hitting delivery matches the action.
Verdict This worthy audio treatment is essential for all Western audio collections.—Mark John Swails, Johnson Cty. Community Coll., Overland Park, KS
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