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The Revenant

A Novel of Revenge
Written by: Michael Punke
Narrated by: Holter Graham
Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, January 2015 - Like any good book lover, I like to read or listen to a book before I see the film. So when I heard The Revenant was headed to the big screen in 2015 in a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy I knew it had to be my pick for January. Written by Michael Punke (now a Deputy, USTR to the World Trade Organization in Geneva), the book is based on the incredible true story of fur trapper Hugh Glass who was mauled by a bear on an expedition, then robbed and abandoned by the two men who promised to stay by his side. Glass survives the gruesome attack and vows revenge on the men who left him for dead. Westerns are not usually my cup of tea, but I was absolutely hooked by this gritty, suspenseful tale of survival. I can't wait for the film! —Sam, Audible Editor

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A thrilling tale of betrayal and revenge set against the nineteenth-century American frontier, the astonishing story of real-life trapper and frontiersman Hugh Glass.

The year is 1823, and the trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company live a brutal frontier life. Hugh Glass is among the company's finest men, an experienced frontiersman and an expert tracker. But when a scouting mission puts him face-to-face with a grizzly bear, he is viciously mauled and not expected to survive. Two company men are dispatched to stay behind and tend to Glass before he dies. When the men abandon him instead, Glass is driven to survive by one desire: revenge. With shocking grit and determination, Glass sets out, crawling at first, across hundreds of miles of uncharted American frontier. Based on a true story, The Revenant is a remarkable tale of obsession, the human will stretched to its limits, and the lengths that one man will go to for retribution.

©2002 Michael Punke (P)2014 Macmillan Audio

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The narrator's voice is intense - I found for me that I could not get into the story, as I was too distracted by the intensity of the voice. This may not be the case for you, but I would recommend listening to the sample of all audio books. I do this now to see if I can mesh well with the different voices of narrators. If I can't, I simply buy a physical copy.

I don't know if I enjoyed the story as I found it hard to listen past 20-30 minutes.

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  • A. D. HEMINGWAY
  • LA, CA, USA
  • 2016-05-09

Good book, movie better?

I know the movie is not everyone's cup of tea, but I found it very strong and worthy of repeat viewings. Reading the book will certainly enrich my future viewings, of which there will be many. I've already watched it three times. The motivations for revenge are stronger in the film and they took many liberties with additional story elements. This all said, I highly recommended the book to anyone who loves the movie as much as I do and wants to spend more time in that world.

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  • jude butler
  • 2015-07-11

solid entertainment

I don't know why a previous reviewer was bashing the narrator..i thought he did a fine job. Based on that one review I hesitated to purchase this book. I'm glad I got past my initial misgivings. Give this book a listen. In my opinion this is a very solid 4/5 Star book.

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  • Kay
  • Leicester, NC, United States
  • 2016-09-24

My first time for Author and Narrator

I listen while I'm driving and recently have leaned toward fiction, to offset school and work. This was an amazing story (truth is stranger than fiction!!) well written and well read. hHighly recommended!

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  • Eugene E. Williams
  • Bluffton, SC
  • 2015-01-21

Powerful story of revenge and salvation

This novelization of the true tale of trapper Hugh Glass is a first rate yarn about a man left to die in the wilderness and his determination to survive. The writing is superb and the narration is excellent. Glass' story was the basis of "Man in the Wilderness" starring Richard Harris and will soon be a movie with Leonardo DiCaprio as the lead. Before you see either film listen to this book. You won't regret it.

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  • JChrisK
  • 2015-02-04

Great story of survival and revenge

Great book, even for a reader/listener usually drawn to stories set in the present-day or future. Reluctant to buy my first "western," I'm now very glad I gave it a chance. Here, the year is secondary and takes nothing away from the story about survival and revenge. I also enjoyed the narrator - which is critical. I often search for and choose books based, in part, on the narrator's identity. Thanks to both.

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  • Philip M. Chute
  • 29 Palms, CA
  • 2017-03-26

Good story, exceptional narration

Maybe not as good as the movie, but still a good book. The narrator was excellent at distinguishing and producing the collection of harsh grizzly voices.

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  • phil montgomery
  • 2017-02-02

better than the movie

better than the movie sorry Leo . really takes you back in time now is

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  • Gage
  • SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States
  • 2015-02-01

Wow. What a Ride

Any additional comments?

This story is interesting in and of itself. I mean a bear attacking a man in the wilderness who's buddies leave him for dead, but he's not. Interesting plot. I learned some history of the fur traders which I had known little about. Since the story is based on fact, it made reading more enjoyable. Really shows how hard life was for these men of the American West.
I thought the narrator was good.

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  • Alexandria
  • 2015-01-14

Surprisingly addictive.

I had no idea if I'd enjoy this but I saw it was being made into a film by a director I liked so I wanted to "read" it.

I became totally addicted. I love the story and the rich history around it all. The narrator was awesome and it helped the story so much especially the accents he does.

Really sad it's over. What do I do now??

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  • Mel
  • 2015-01-09

It Was A Good Death...almost

Reading the account of the bear attack, I couldn't help but think of the almost silly slow motion battle between Tristan (Brad Pitt) and the monstrous grizzly bear (Bart the bear) at the end of Legends of the Fall. Apparently the trained stunt bear, Bart, thought the two were just rough housing and the clip had to be tweaked to make it appear the grizzly was the killer that would give Tristan his "good death."

Working for Capt. Andrew Henry as a member of the Rocky Mountain Fur Co., Hugh Glass is sent out scouting the uncharted hostile territory along the tributaries of the Missouri River. The trapper is startled when a pair of frolicking bear cubs tumbles onto his path, their notoriously protective mother just a few yards behind. Faced with a charging mother grizzly, Glass knows that no matter how many bullets he can fire into the animal with his 1822 model rifle, he is facing certain death -- he draws his knife and braces for the blow of a massive paw.

Glass is mortally wounded; Capt. Henry and the trapping party begin to dig his grave. After days of caring for the dying man, Capt. Henry decides he is losing money and time and leaves two men behind to bury the body; a cold-blooded cutthroat John Fitzgerald, and the young Jim Bridger. Seeing hostile Indians nearby, Fitzgerald forces Bridger to leave with him, taking the dying man's weapons as they leave.

Against all odds, Glass does survive, and swears to kill the two men that left him defenseless, to die. Unable to walk, Glass begins his mission of revenge on hands and knees in what is a mind boggling account of survival and perseverance. Author Punke writes a riveting tale in the style of great westerns, based on the true story of Hugh Glass. The supporting characters are diverse and colorful pieces of the American Frontier. I couldn't put the book down (audible talk for couldn't disengage from my ipod) until I finished the story.

As a narrator, Graham did a good job bringing the characters to life. His depiction of young Bridger tended to be jerky and halted, and therefore a little distracting at times, but not enough to spoil the novel for me. For fans of the American Western, you can't go wrong with this piece of absorbing historical fiction.
*[I noticed a publish date of 2002 and found that this has been reprinted. It is probably no coincidence that the movie version is scheduled for release Dec. of 2015, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy.]

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