The book that inspired the award-winning movie.
Nominated for 12 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor.
Winner of 5 BAFTAS including Best Actor, Best Director and Best Film.
Winner of the 2016 Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Actor - Drama, and Best Director.
The novel that inspired the epic new movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy.
Hugh Glass isn’t afraid to die. He’s done it once already.
Rocky Mountains, 1823. The trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company live a brutal frontier life. Hugh Glass is one of the most respected men in the company, an experienced frontiersman and an expert tracker.But when a scouting mission puts Glass face-to-face with a grizzly bear, he is viciously mauled and not expected to survive. Two men from the company are ordered to remain with him until his inevitable death. But, fearing an imminent attack, they abandon Glass, stripping him of his prized rifle and hatchet.
As Glass watches the men flee, he is driven to survive by one all-consuming desire: revenge. With shocking grit and determination, he sets out on a three-thousand-mile journey across the harsh American frontier, to seek revenge on the men who betrayed him.
The Revenant is a remarkable tale of obsession and the lengths that one man will go to for retribution.
©2015 Michael Punke (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
"A spellbinding tale of heroism and obsessive retribution." (Publishers Weekly)
"You shall perish by my hands"
Yes! Jeff Harding makes a difference, he is by far my favorite reader and even surpassed my expectations by giving flesh and bone to some characters speaking French.
The historical and geographic context , most of the characters . Hugh Glass who will give you shivers and cold sweats . Vengeance is the most powerful tool to keep you alive but it comes with a price.
Already have commented on that .
Not to that extent.On some occasions, I couldn't help laughing or drifting away, though.
Try as you might you do not control your fate you don’t get to choose at the end this is in part what the story is about. Buy it and uncover some depth of the human soul.
"Much better narrator."
The narrator on this print is much easier to listen to than the other print.
Holter Graham is the narrator for the other copy and I found his narration slow, over dramatic and uninteresting.
Jeff Harding's narration is much more fitting to this book and it was cheaper than the other edition.
I'm not sure what the difference is between the two books but this one is much easier to follow along.
"Movie could outshine the book"
For starters I haven't seen the film - yet. It's on my list and the book hasn't changed my resolve to see it.
The Revenant focuses on one man and the tough environment he finds himself abandoned in. The setup is good, the characters are believable and the plot is solid but for whatever reason I found myself disappointed with the sum of the parts. Perhaps the build up was better than the climax and thus left me feeling like it could have ended better.
Something Hollywood might address?
"Book before the film"
I made the mistake of listening to this book prior to watching the film. Consequently the film barely held my attention! The bonus superb, particularly the authors noted st the end telling the truth behind the story.
"Better and more believable than the film"
A a good.listen, very strong performance.
The history chapter at the end was good.
I may have to.check out more books by the author.
"Material for a movie"
Two comments from previous reviewers probably sum this up for me:
1 - the ending was a bit naff
2 - the movie was probably better
It's really just about "last man standing". The imagery is good, and there is clearly great material for Hollywood to build on - although I imagine they would have beefed up the ending somewhat. I kept waiting for the big reveal, or the grand finale- it never seemed to happen. It was just one long slog for poor Mr Glass...... Who knew so much death and drama could track one man and those who happened to be his travelling companions along the way.
The bit I found most interesting was the author's historical note at the end - where the back stories/ futures of some of the other characters were filled in. .... no spoilers here ....
Not sure I will bother with the movie though - I'm guessing it involves a lot of blood and snow?
"Bear with me....."
Up there with the best
The sheer grit and determination of Hugh Glass is mind-blowing, how a human can go through so much and come out stronger mentally more than physically is astounding
Jeff Hardings American drawl and range of accents brought the story to life, vivdly
He's dead, but he won't lie down!
Absolutely superb story
"The ending was a bit naff"
The narration was good, however the book itself seemed a bit disjointed in places, and it just kinda stopped being a tale at the end, finishing with the focus on one of the tertiary characters which had not a great deal to do with the overall story line save to underpin the tenacity of a frontiersman. Maybe the film adaptation might make more sense when I watch it.
"My first book in the genre. Loved it!"
I liked the characters and the extreme and perilous world these people lived in. The author and narrator did an excellent job of giving one a taste of the fur trade era on the front.
This book is not for the squeamish but I can highly recommend it to any adult reader.
"Can't wait to see how this works in the movie"
I enjoyed it and would certainly recommend it to a friend, provided they enjoyed westerns / historical action
I cannot think of another book which I've read that's similar, it did remind me in parts of "Payback" the remade movie with Mel Gibson, purely because the lead character doesn't know when he's beaten and will do anything for his revenge.
I love Jeff Harding's narration of the Jack Reacher novels and he brings the same laid back but, still dramatic feel to this book, with a lesser narrator it might not be so intense a listen.
Some People Just Don't Know When They're Beaten
I listened to the book having seen the movie trailers, I cannot see how all of the action is going to translate to the big screen and still be believable but, I'm waiting with baited breath................
I was expecting a lot more from this book as it has been made into a film, I found it to far fetched to really enjoy it but that is just my opinion.
Really enjoyed this audio book, Jeff Harding made it even more enjoyable, so well read! I look forward to seeing the film.
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