Travis never thought he would amount to very much. He was very short and not as strong as the rest of the men in his family. His strength lied in books more than it did fieldwork. A local shopkeeper reads in the California paper that they have found gold in the rivers. He wants to take Travis’ older brother to go try to find some and come back home to financially help their families. Everything is set until Travis’ father falls and breaks his arm forcing his brother to stay home so that the fieldwork will get done. Travis goes in his stead.
The biggest goal in this book:
First of all, I want to say that this book tackles a lot of heavy topics that a lot of books won’t really cover. Not as in-depth and without being overly descriptive as this one. That being said, it can be a little overwhelming at times. It is realistic. I can’t fault them on that. The book takes place in the mid-1800s. Personally, I think that some things happened a little too quickly and a little too easily. I also feel like a few parts jumped rather quickly. That’s just me though. I can’t say it’s a favorite or that I will ever read it, but I enjoyed it.
How I pictured things:
The book was narrated by James G Charron. He did a great job. I’m not sure if this is accurate, but it would appear that this is the only audiobook he has narrated so far. I can say this, there were a few things he mispronounced. Including a city in Georgia. I will be glad to follow him and see if he does any more narrations in the future. He does have quite the soothing voice. I just try not to judge a narrator by one book alone. Every story is unique in its own way and the tone he uses for this book he may not use for another book. It’s just hard to gauge the overall talent of a narrator on one book alone.
When Travis takes a stand on anything:
I think that his book would be a great read for people who love historical novels. It’s very short and easy to read. Well, easy as in the reader is able to get through it quickly. It’s not an easy read as in there’s nothing major in it. I did include a warning about some sensitive topics covered. This is a clean read in as far as no cursing or sex were in it, but sex is mentioned in it. In a way. Overall, I do recommend this book.
When the narrator mispronounced Dahlonega: