Synopses & Reviews
Originally published more than fifty years ago, The Big Sky is the first of A. B. Guthrie's epic adventure novels of America's vast frontier. The Big Sky introduces Boone Caudill, Jim Deakins, and Dick Summers, three of the most memorable characters in western American literature. Traveling the Missouri River from St. Louis to the Rockies, these frontiersmen live as trappers, traders, guides, and explorers. The story centers on Caudill, a young Kentuckian driven by a raging hunger for life and a longing for the blue sky and brown earth of big, wild places. Caught up in the freedom and savagery of the wilderness, Caudill becomes an untamed mountain man whom only the beautiful daughter of a Blackfoot chief dares to love. With The Big Sky, Guthrie gives us an unforgettable portrait of a spacious land and a unique way of life.
An epic adventure story centered on a young man's longing for the American wilderness.
The Big Sky begins A. B. Guthrie, Jr.'s epic western saga that spans over a hundred years in the course of six novels. We are introduced to Boone Caudill, who travels the Missouri River from St. Louis to the Rockies, leaving his abusive father to find a life of freedom in the wild. Along the way he gains the friendship of Jim Deakins and Dick Summers, men who share his dream of a life of trapping and exploring. Caudill also wins the love of a beautiful Blackfoot princess, a woman willing to love him despite his wild ways. Their lives become forever entwined through adventure, travel, and eventually betrayal. Caudill finds that freedom comes at a price - one higher than he ever could have imagined.
About the Author
A. B. Guthrie, Jr., lived much of his life in Montana. He is the author of numerous books, including six Big Sky novels, as well as the screenplay for the Academy Award-winning film Shane. He received the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Way West. Guthrie, who died in 1991, is honored for his contribution to literature and his timeless portrayal of the American West.
Kevin Foley has over thirty years' experience in radio and television broadcasting, commercial voiceovers, and audiobook narration. He has recorded over 150 audiobooks, including Storm Rising by Gary Naiman, The Last Witness by Joel Goldman, and River Thunder by Gary McCarthy, for which he earned a Spur Award for Best Audiobook from the Western Writers of America. He has also won an Earphones Award from AudioFile magazine for his narration of Cognitive Surplus by Clay Shirky.