Type : Audiobook
Author: Michael Punke
Narrated By: Holter Graham
Publication Date: January 6, 2015
Duration: 9 hrs 12 minutes
My Rating: 6/10
Overview: Inspired by true events, Hugh Glass, a frontiersman, trapper and member of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company embarks on a journey of survival and revenge after he is abandoned and left for dead after a gruesome grizzly attack.
Travel with Glass through the wilderness of America and self-discovery as he struggles to reclaim what was taken from him.
What I loved: Although the novel varies immensely from the plot of the movie, it was interesting to have more background information on some of the main characters. In the book, we learn a lot more about Hugh Glass, Fitzgerald, and others. There's also many more characters in the book not shown in the film adaption. Michael Punke, the author, wrote extremely descriptively and certain scenes depicted in the movie were just as monumental and visually appetizing in the book.
I also enjoyed the notes at the conclusion of the novel explaining which aspects of the book were supposedly historically accurate and what became of the real characters later in life.
What I didn't: If you're like me, and wanted to read this novel solely because you wished to see Leonardo DiCaprio's character come to life on the page, you will be sorely disappointed. The middle of the novel becomes very slow and it also lacks, in my opinion, the monumental internal struggles of Glass shown in the film. Granted, I know books and film adaptions are rarely in sync, but these two works juxtaposed are almost completely different.
While the novel inspired the film adaption, the stories have very little in common. This is one of the rare occurrences when I enjoyed the film more than it's novel counterpart.
If you're unsure about whether or not to read The Revenant, I'd recommend just watching the movie instead.
What I loved about listening: While the story wasn't everything I had hoped it'd be, Holter Graham performed fantastically while narrating the story. His accents and voices were beneficial to the reader and made it easy to differentiate who was speaking at the time. He definitely livened up and redeemed the somewhat dull story.
What I didn't: I didn't have any complaints with Graham's narration