The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey

Version: Unabridged
Author: Rinker Buck
Narrator: Rinker Buck
Genres: North America, Travel, United States
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Published In: November 2017
# of Units: 14 CDs
Length: 16 hours, 39 minutes
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • #1 Indie Next Pick • Winner of the PEN New England Award

“Enchanting…A book filled with so much love…Long before Oregon, Rinker Buck has convinced us that the best way to see America is from the seat of a covered wagon.” —The Wall Street Journal

“Amazing…A real nonfiction thriller.” —Ian Frazier, The New York Review of Books

“Absorbing…Winning…The many layers in The Oregon Trail are linked by Mr. Buck’s voice, which is alert and unpretentious in a manner that put me in mind of Bill Bryson’s comic tone in A Walk in the Woods.” —Dwight Garner, The New York Times

A major bestseller that has been hailed as a “quintessential American story” (Christian Science Monitor), Rinker Buck’s The Oregon Trail is an epic account of traveling the 2,000-mile length of the Oregon Trail the old-fashioned way—in a covered wagon with a team of mules—that has captivated readers, critics, and booksellers from coast to coast. Simultaneously a majestic journey across the West, a significant work of history, and a moving personal saga, Buck’s chronicle is a “laugh-out-loud masterpiece” (Willamette Week) that “so ensnares the emotions it becomes a tear-jerker at its close” (Star Tribune, Minneapolis) and “will leave you daydreaming and hungry to see this land” (The Boston Globe).

Reviews (7)

Written by Karla L on July 18th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Wonderful book! Learned so much history that is never taught in schools.

Written by Jean Varner on November 18th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I listen to books as I knit. This book sounded like one I would enjoy but it wasn't. As I listened I felt it was repetitive and boring. It didn't hold my interest and I didn't finish listening to it. I would not recommend it.

Written by george Flint on September 16th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This a great book This is fabulous travelogue of one of the greatest American journeys. His personal insights about his family were most entertaining.

Written by Andrew Susin on September 12th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Highly entertaining from both a historical perspective as well as the author's personal note

Written by Stevenson Ward on August 26th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 3/5

1/2 of this lengthy book is about the Oregon Trail and the other 1/2 is an autobiography of the author.

Written by Charles Newberg on March 18th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

awesome book grand adventure with all the history wrap into it

Written by REBECCA HERRON on February 7th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

A true nature and history buff would love this book.. It is very entertaining and informative... I really enjoyed it

Author Details

Author Details

Buck, Rinker

Rinker Buck began his career in journalism at the Berkshire Eagle and was a longtime staff writer for the Hartford Courant. He has written for Vanity Fair, New York, Life, and many other publications, and his work has won PEN New England Award, the Eugene S. Pulliam National Journalism Writing Award, and the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award. He is the author of The Oregon Trail as well as the acclaimed memoirs Flight of Passage and First Job. He lives in northwest Connecticut.