In the Heart of the Rockies
A Story of Adventure in Colorado, in the 1860s
G. A. Henty on audiobook, read aloud by Jim Hodges
11 hours play time.
From first to last this is a story of splendid hazards. The hero, Tom Wade, goes to seek his uncle in Colorado, who is a hunter and gold-digger, and he is discovered after many dangers, out on the plains with some comrades. Going in quest of a gold mine the little band is spied by Indians, chased across the Bad Lands, and overwhelmed by a snowstorm in the mountains.
Packed with adventure in a setting of the 1860s. Our young hero begins at age 16 , leaving England for the American far West and to work in the outpost at Denver with his uncle. He soon encounters Indian warriors, takes part in big-game hunts, and learns how to survive a frigid winter in the Rockies, with nothing but perseverance and resourcefulness.
In their quest for a gold mine, he and his band of mine are spied on by Indians, chased across the Bad Lands, and overwhelmed en route by a snowstorm in the high country. Henty’s descriptions of Colorado are taken from the official report of Major Powell’s four year assignment from the U.S. Government, to survey the Colorado River Valley, so he was writing with good information!
About G. A. Henty
George Alfred Henty, better known as G.A. Henty, began his storytelling career with his own children. After dinner, he would spend an hour or two telling them a story that would continue the next day. Some stories took weeks to finish! A friend was present one day and, watching the spell-bound reaction of his children, suggested that Henty write down his stories so others could enjoy them. He did and, as the saying goes, the rest is history! Henty wrote 144 books as well as numerous stories for magazines and became known as “The Prince of Story-Tellers” and “The Boy’s Own Historian.” One of Mr. Henty’s secretaries reported that he would quickly pace back and forth in his study, dictating stories as fast as the secretary could write them down!
Henty’s stories revolve around fictional boy heroes caught up in the events of fascinating times in history. The heroes of Henty stories are diligent, intelligent, and dedicated to their country and cause in the face of great perils. They fight in wars, sail the seas, make discoveries, conquer evil empires, prospect for gold, and participate in a host of other exciting adventures. Along the way, they cross paths with some of history’s most famous people. Henty’s heroes live through tumultuous historic eras, meeting leaders of that time. Every reader of Henty will gain an understanding of nations and cultures, as these are conveyed as a natural element of the reading. They’re one of the best ways to cultivate a taste for history in any reader!