In this panoramic tale of manifest destiny, Stephen Moran comes of age with the young country that he crosses on the Union Pacific, just as the railroad unites the continent. Propelled westward from his Brooklyn neighborhood and the killing fields of the Civil War to the Battle of Little Big Horn, he befriends Walt Whitman, becomes a bugler on President Lincoln's funeral train, apprentices with frontier photographer William Henry Jackson, and stalks General George Custer. When he comes face-to-face with Crazy Horse, his life will be spared but his dreams haunted for the rest of his days. By turns elegiac and comic, American Meteor is a novel of adventure, ideas, and mourning: a unique vision of America's fabulous and murderous history.
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"Narrator Mark Bramhall employs a slightly gravelly tone for world-weary Stephen Moran, who, on his deathbed, recalls the events he witnessed and was party to during the taming of the American West. Bramhall's versatility in voicing dialogue shines as he portrays a diverse group of people across a range of ages and ethnicities. As Moran had a gamut of life experiences--from being a 13-year-old Civil War bugle boy to surviving Custer's Last Stand--Moran crossed paths with many famous individuals who created U.S. history in the late nineteenth century. Bramhall's perfect pacing and understated drama enliven Moran's adventures, evoking the boy's awe of the West, fascination with photography, and horror of the disrespect and greed of some of his fellow countrymen. C.B.L. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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