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His father is a white trapper, his mother an Athabascan Indian who walks a thousand miles in winter to reunite with her family. Thus, Jimmy Huntington learns early how to survive on the land. Huntington is only seven when his mother dies, and he must care for his younger siblings.

A courageous and inspiring man, Huntington hunts wolves, fights bears, survives close calls too numerous to mention, and becomes a championship sled-dog racer.

©2002 Jimmy Huntington Foundation and Lawrence Elliott (P)2018 Tantor

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A legacy indeed

He actually pronounced 90% of the Alaskan words correctly. Great book with a great legacy!!

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Tall tales in the arctic.

The first 1/3rd this book was great. The story about Jimmy’s mother and about his childhood learning to be a trapper had me hooked.

Sadly, the rest of the book dragged on. It seemed like it was written by a different person. I grew to dislike Jimmy by the end of the story. He brags about cheating on his wife and each story seems more exaggerated then the one before it.

Perhaps he was a great man; I can definitely respect him for all the hardships he endured but that alone isn’t enough to save this book

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Riveting slice of Alaska

Gives views of Alaska in gold rush times, early 1900s , through the 1950s. Constant is jimmy Huntington’s tireless response to this harsh environment. Very moving

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A fantastic story

The story is great.
Unfortunately, the reader does not know how to pronounce Alaskan geography, which in my mind, significantly takes away from the performance. It also lacks the emotion and cadence that I would expect from an Alaskan elder (having been performed in first person), but the story was phenomenal.