The Oregon Trail

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Francis Jr. Parkman

Narrated By: Robert Morris

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: April 2012

Duration: 12 hours 44 minutes


This is the classic account of Francis Parkman's rugged trip over the eastern part of the Oregon Trail with his cousin Quincy Adams Shaw in the spring and summer of 1846. They left St. Louis by steamboat and traveled on horseback, in company with guides and occasionally other travelers. They encountered storms and buffalo hunts, meeting Indians, soldiers, sportsmen, and emigrants.

The Oregon Trail is an eyewitness account of the Mormons and outlaws, trappers and Indians, pioneers and adventurers who struggled to conquer the frontier.

"The Oregon Trail appeared in 1849, and with its publication Parkman was launched upon his career as a storyteller without peer in American letters...It is the picturesqueness, the racy vigor, the poetic eloquence, the youthful excitement, that give The Oregon Trail its enduring appeal, recreating for us, as perhaps does no other book in our literature, the wonder and beauty of life in a new world that is now old and but a memory."-Henry Steel Commager, historian


  • Fred

    The book is entitled "Oregon Trail" which is very misleading. Only a smidgen of the story takes place on the trail and the rest is about killing buffalo. Unfortunately this was not a fiction book. I was truly disgusted with accounts of killing, killing and more killing. I've heard that the American settlers were responsible for decimating the buffalo herds and this is the proof. (I am not an animal rights activist and don't have a problem with people eating meat! This was really excessive and most of the time they didn't even use the meat or the hides but just left the carcasses to rot.)

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