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The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Michael Punke

Narrated By: Holter Graham

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Date: January 2015

Duration: 9 hours 10 minutes



The year is 1823, and the trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company live a brutal frontier life. Trapping beaver, they contend daily with the threat of Indian tribes turned warlike over the white men's encroachment on their land, and other prairie foes-like the unforgiving landscape and its creatures. 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.

The Company's captain dispatches two of his men to stay behind and tend to Glass before he dies, and to give him the respect of a proper burial. When the two men abandon him instead, taking his only means of protecting himself-including his precious gun and hatchet- with them, Glass is driven to survive by one desire: revenge.

With shocking grit and determination, Glass sets out crawling inch by inch across more than three thousand miles of uncharted American frontier, negotiating predators both human and not, the threat of starvation, and the agony of his horrific wounds. In Michael Punke's hauntingly spare and gripping prose, 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.


  • Stephanie McBurney

    A very enthralling story! I travel throughout this area of the country, and the accurate historical perspective of this book will now give new insight to the landscape I pass. The characterization of the various known historical figures really brought the story to life! The narrator did a fabulous job, too. Overall a highly recommended book!

  • Greg Grierson

    A rich and arduous adventure that kept my focus through the entire read -- word for word. The movie could have adopted more aspects of the book making it better overall, that's Hollywood for you though!

  • Will Fickenscher

    A great story and tale of the rough conditions that men had to endure in that era. The narrator was one of the best that I've heard and I agree with many others that the ending was fairly anticlimactic, but it is based closely on true events so that is not all that surprising. I appreciated the final remarks at the end of the story that went over what was accurate and what parts were fictionalized. Would highly recommend to anyone, but maybe not those with a weak stomach!

  • Stephanie Morales

    awesome story! I don't plan on watching the movie because I loved the book too much. and the narrator was great too

  • jim chapman

    Good novel but the ending was anticlimatic. A good introduction to the era of the mountain man and fur trade.

  • Cory Ator

    What an amazing tale of survival story of the book makes me want to learn more about the early 1800s the narration what is done quite easy to follow along and nine hours went by fast I would highly recommend this book to someone

  • Ryan Savage

    If your idea of revenge after listening to a book for 9 hours is punching a guy in the face and shooting someone in the shoulder then this is your book. If not, don't waste your time. I thought the movie was bad, but the book is worse. The did a very good job of advertising it because they fooled me.

  • Jennifer Brewer

    Great Book! Very vivid language! I simply loved it!

  • Nadine Pharand

    Love how the narrator used different voices for each character! Great book

  • Charles Jacques

    Reminded me of Cormac McCarthy...Jim Harrison and a little David Morrell i.e. "Testament " or "The First Revelle"