Disappointment River: Finding and Losing the Northwest Passage

Disappointment River: Finding and Losing the Northwest Passage

In 1789, Alexander Mackenzie travelled the 1,125 miles of the immense river in Canada that now bears his name, in search of the fabled Northwest Passage, only to confront impassable pack ice. In 2016, the acclaimed memoirist Brian Castner retraced Mackenzie's route by canoe in a grueling journey -- and discovered the Passage he could not find. Disappointment River is a dual In 1789, Alexander Mackenzie travelled the 1,125 miles of the immense river in Canada that now bears his name, in se...

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Title:Disappointment River: Finding and Losing the Northwest Passage
Author:Brian Castner
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Genres:History
ISBN:0771023952
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

Disappointment River: Finding and Losing the Northwest Passage Reviews

  • Marsha
    Mar 10, 2018

    I remember sitting in a high school class years ago in Canada learning about Alexander Mackenzie?s discovery of the Mackenzie River. At 1,100 miles, it is North Americas second largest river. Then as per usual in those days I would start to day dream about traversing the river with M...

    Marco Polo. Columbus. Magellan. Henry Hudson. Captain Cook. Alexander Mackenzie. Lewis & Clark....Mackenzie? We know the names of the great explorers (for both good and bad)--with one big exception. Alexander Mackenzie. I had read something about him as a kid and was fascinated by ...

    Interesting research, but clearly written for a macho male audience. See my other ten word book reviews at my blog: tenwordbookreviews.wordpress.com ...

    I received a free Kindle copy of Disappointment River by Brian Castner courtesy of Net Galley and Doubleday Books, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog. I also pos...

    disappointed ...

    The Northwest Passage is a giant pain in the ass. It?s harsh and cold and the weather is entirely unforgiving; it seems to drive people half-mad. After learning that, it makes it all the more impressive that Alexander Mackenzie did it back in the late 1700s and that our author fol...

    A really fascinating subject but ultimately disappointing due to writing style See my Amazon review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3JE147... ...

    Not quite what I expected, but more. A reflective account of several lives connected by a tumultuous river. Reading this book I was reminded that beyond our tame exiatences is passion, unpredictability, the unexpected, and for some of those still bold, the lure of discovery. I would no...

    I won this book on Goodreads. I will give it a fair and honest review. Castner?s Disappointment River is advertised as part historical narrative and part travel memoir. I will admit as a history buff I originally was more interested in the historical narrative. Once I started read...

    Disappointment River was a bit of a disappointment. It's the kind of book I should have really enjoyed. The author decides to recreate Alexander Mackenzie's historic voyage up the 1100-mile-long Canadian river that bears his name. Cool idea! But I was bored almost the whole time I was ...

    My 92 year old cousin suggested this book to me, knowing how much I enjoy books on exploration and re-exploration. The first 100 pages are a history of Alexander MacKenzie (no known relation) but for me the book really begins when Castner/MacKenzie arrive at the Grand Portage. I grew u...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It alternates chapters between Mackenzie's journey in the late 1700s and Brian Castner's journey in the mid 2010s. The chapters about Mackenzie and his crew are engaging, fun, and educational. They are not extremely exhaustive in history, but there i...

    There are two parallel stories in this book: one is of Alexander MacKenzie's voyage to look for the Northwest Passage (when Meriwether Lewis was still 14); the other is of the author's attempt to recreate that voyage. There is a great deal of emphasis (too much so, for me) on the histo...

    My kind of book. Castner provides well-documented history of Alexander MacKenzie's expedition in 1789 from Slave Lake to the Artic Ocean along the Den Cho (MacKenzie) River. Then he narrates his own 1000 mile journey in 2016 following MacKenzie's route. This river is huge (miles wide) ...

    I'm sure the author did extensive research on Alexander McKenzie and his attempt to find a trade route to the riches of the East back in 1789. I started to read some of the history but soon became overwhelmed by so many details of that man's life. I didn't even read about his journey, ...

    I really enjoyed this recounting of Alexander Mackenzie's voyage to the Arctic Ocean [kind of] via the Mackenzie River/ Deh Cho coupled with Brian Castner's own version. Reading his book has increased my comprehension of the enormity of that river as well as the diversity of the Northw...

    Mr. Castner took it upon himself to reenact Alexander Mackenzie's 18th century trek by canoe of the now Mackenzie River through northern Canada and Alaska looking for the elusive Northwest Passage to China and the Pacific on a northern route. He shares his trip alternating with four o...

    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I enjoyed what I read but found I was progressing incredibly slowly. When a friend and her new husband came for a visit, I found out that this book was in the wheelhouse of my friend's husband. I passed it on to him as I knew it would be well-re...

    When I first started reading this book, I was not sure why I chose it. However, the history and the adventure of the journey on the Mackenzie river in search of the Northwest passage got me hooked. I hated to see the adventure over and wished it had continued. I also felt like Brian an...

    I enjoyed this saga of little-known history of McKenzie and the English Chief's search for a Northwest Passage interspersed with the challenges of the author's (Brian Castner's) quest to canoe the route in 2016. Further, I was reminded of many similar experiences in backwoods across th...

    Castner shares the history of Alexander Mackenzie?s journey along the Deh Cho (aka the Mackenzie River) to the Arctic Ocean while relating the tale of his own grueling journey along the same route. He draws a vivid picture of life in the small villages of the North while sharing a st...

    I won this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway. It turned out not to be my "cup of tea", as I am not an "outdoorsy" type but it is very well-written. Castner craftily weaves the history of David Mackenzie's life and explorations of Northern Canada together with his own attempt to padd...

    If I?ve learned anything from Brian Castner?s books, it?s that the best nonfiction must be earned. In each one of his books, the prose feels deserved, rich with texture and detail. Disappointment River is no exception. Exhaustively and personally researched by duplicating McKenzi...

    Nice contrast between Castner's and MacKenzie's journeys. Both were incredibly tough, though Castner had much more of a safety net. He brought up lots of topics and issues: First Nations rights, climate change, development, but it all boiled down to the challenges the land and elements...

    This was a giveaway win for me. The blurb caught my interest, the book held my interest. Very nice mix of researched history with the authors personal experiences running side by side. I must admit I learned quite s bit of historical facts scattered through out this book. Highly re...

    I liked this book much more than expected. History and a modern northern adventure travel memoir all in one book. Mackenzie did call it Disappointment River; I like the idea of a name in honor of a perceived failure. Perhaps the world would be in less of a mess if we memorialized our l...

    I really enjoyed the story of Brian Castner and his various partners canoeing the Mackenzie River to the Arctic Ocean. Castner is retracing the steps of Alexander Mackenzie in 1789 who ran into ice and had to turn back. It sounds terrifying with rain, snow, wind, big waves, and bugs bu...

    A highly-enjoyable tale of a historic canoe journey and a modern day trip to trace the original path. More historical and travel journal than adventure, but Castner does a good job of putting you in the heart of the Mackenzie River. I got itchy just thinking about the mosquito swarms! ...

    A story told in two parts, history and travelogue. The history portion gets bogged down at times (I eventually skipped those later chapters), while the author's account of paddling down the Mackenzie River are interesting and cautionary. ...

    This well-crafted memoir/biography takes the reader on an intense journey into the history of Alexander Mackenzie's exploration of northwest passage as we follow the author make the same journey 200 years later.. Wow. Well done! ...

  • Janis
    Jul 18, 2018

    I remember sitting in a high school class years ago in Canada learning about Alexander Mackenzie?s discovery of the Mackenzie River. At 1,100 miles, it is North Americas second largest river. Then as per usual in those days I would start to day dream about traversing the river with M...

    Marco Polo. Columbus. Magellan. Henry Hudson. Captain Cook. Alexander Mackenzie. Lewis & Clark....Mackenzie? We know the names of the great explorers (for both good and bad)--with one big exception. Alexander Mackenzie. I had read something about him as a kid and was fascinated by ...

    Interesting research, but clearly written for a macho male audience. See my other ten word book reviews at my blog: tenwordbookreviews.wordpress.com ...

    I received a free Kindle copy of Disappointment River by Brian Castner courtesy of Net Galley and Doubleday Books, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog. I also pos...

    disappointed ...

    The Northwest Passage is a giant pain in the ass. It?s harsh and cold and the weather is entirely unforgiving; it seems to drive people half-mad. After learning that, it makes it all the more impressive that Alexander Mackenzie did it back in the late 1700s and that our author fol...

    A really fascinating subject but ultimately disappointing due to writing style See my Amazon review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3JE147... ...

    Not quite what I expected, but more. A reflective account of several lives connected by a tumultuous river. Reading this book I was reminded that beyond our tame exiatences is passion, unpredictability, the unexpected, and for some of those still bold, the lure of discovery. I would no...

    I won this book on Goodreads. I will give it a fair and honest review. Castner?s Disappointment River is advertised as part historical narrative and part travel memoir. I will admit as a history buff I originally was more interested in the historical narrative. Once I started read...

    Disappointment River was a bit of a disappointment. It's the kind of book I should have really enjoyed. The author decides to recreate Alexander Mackenzie's historic voyage up the 1100-mile-long Canadian river that bears his name. Cool idea! But I was bored almost the whole time I was ...

    My 92 year old cousin suggested this book to me, knowing how much I enjoy books on exploration and re-exploration. The first 100 pages are a history of Alexander MacKenzie (no known relation) but for me the book really begins when Castner/MacKenzie arrive at the Grand Portage. I grew u...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It alternates chapters between Mackenzie's journey in the late 1700s and Brian Castner's journey in the mid 2010s. The chapters about Mackenzie and his crew are engaging, fun, and educational. They are not extremely exhaustive in history, but there i...

    There are two parallel stories in this book: one is of Alexander MacKenzie's voyage to look for the Northwest Passage (when Meriwether Lewis was still 14); the other is of the author's attempt to recreate that voyage. There is a great deal of emphasis (too much so, for me) on the histo...

    My kind of book. Castner provides well-documented history of Alexander MacKenzie's expedition in 1789 from Slave Lake to the Artic Ocean along the Den Cho (MacKenzie) River. Then he narrates his own 1000 mile journey in 2016 following MacKenzie's route. This river is huge (miles wide) ...

    I'm sure the author did extensive research on Alexander McKenzie and his attempt to find a trade route to the riches of the East back in 1789. I started to read some of the history but soon became overwhelmed by so many details of that man's life. I didn't even read about his journey, ...

    I really enjoyed this recounting of Alexander Mackenzie's voyage to the Arctic Ocean [kind of] via the Mackenzie River/ Deh Cho coupled with Brian Castner's own version. Reading his book has increased my comprehension of the enormity of that river as well as the diversity of the Northw...

    Mr. Castner took it upon himself to reenact Alexander Mackenzie's 18th century trek by canoe of the now Mackenzie River through northern Canada and Alaska looking for the elusive Northwest Passage to China and the Pacific on a northern route. He shares his trip alternating with four o...

    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I enjoyed what I read but found I was progressing incredibly slowly. When a friend and her new husband came for a visit, I found out that this book was in the wheelhouse of my friend's husband. I passed it on to him as I knew it would be well-re...

    When I first started reading this book, I was not sure why I chose it. However, the history and the adventure of the journey on the Mackenzie river in search of the Northwest passage got me hooked. I hated to see the adventure over and wished it had continued. I also felt like Brian an...

    I enjoyed this saga of little-known history of McKenzie and the English Chief's search for a Northwest Passage interspersed with the challenges of the author's (Brian Castner's) quest to canoe the route in 2016. Further, I was reminded of many similar experiences in backwoods across th...

    Castner shares the history of Alexander Mackenzie?s journey along the Deh Cho (aka the Mackenzie River) to the Arctic Ocean while relating the tale of his own grueling journey along the same route. He draws a vivid picture of life in the small villages of the North while sharing a st...

  • Diane
    Jun 29, 2018

    I remember sitting in a high school class years ago in Canada learning about Alexander Mackenzie?s discovery of the Mackenzie River. At 1,100 miles, it is North Americas second largest river. Then as per usual in those days I would start to day dream about traversing the river with M...

    Marco Polo. Columbus. Magellan. Henry Hudson. Captain Cook. Alexander Mackenzie. Lewis & Clark....Mackenzie? We know the names of the great explorers (for both good and bad)--with one big exception. Alexander Mackenzie. I had read something about him as a kid and was fascinated by ...

    Interesting research, but clearly written for a macho male audience. See my other ten word book reviews at my blog: tenwordbookreviews.wordpress.com ...

    I received a free Kindle copy of Disappointment River by Brian Castner courtesy of Net Galley and Doubleday Books, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog. I also pos...

    disappointed ...

    The Northwest Passage is a giant pain in the ass. It?s harsh and cold and the weather is entirely unforgiving; it seems to drive people half-mad. After learning that, it makes it all the more impressive that Alexander Mackenzie did it back in the late 1700s and that our author fol...

    A really fascinating subject but ultimately disappointing due to writing style See my Amazon review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3JE147... ...

    Not quite what I expected, but more. A reflective account of several lives connected by a tumultuous river. Reading this book I was reminded that beyond our tame exiatences is passion, unpredictability, the unexpected, and for some of those still bold, the lure of discovery. I would no...

    I won this book on Goodreads. I will give it a fair and honest review. Castner?s Disappointment River is advertised as part historical narrative and part travel memoir. I will admit as a history buff I originally was more interested in the historical narrative. Once I started read...

    Disappointment River was a bit of a disappointment. It's the kind of book I should have really enjoyed. The author decides to recreate Alexander Mackenzie's historic voyage up the 1100-mile-long Canadian river that bears his name. Cool idea! But I was bored almost the whole time I was ...

    My 92 year old cousin suggested this book to me, knowing how much I enjoy books on exploration and re-exploration. The first 100 pages are a history of Alexander MacKenzie (no known relation) but for me the book really begins when Castner/MacKenzie arrive at the Grand Portage. I grew u...

  • Judy
    Mar 26, 2018

    I remember sitting in a high school class years ago in Canada learning about Alexander Mackenzie?s discovery of the Mackenzie River. At 1,100 miles, it is North Americas second largest river. Then as per usual in those days I would start to day dream about traversing the river with M...

    Marco Polo. Columbus. Magellan. Henry Hudson. Captain Cook. Alexander Mackenzie. Lewis & Clark....Mackenzie? We know the names of the great explorers (for both good and bad)--with one big exception. Alexander Mackenzie. I had read something about him as a kid and was fascinated by ...

    Interesting research, but clearly written for a macho male audience. See my other ten word book reviews at my blog: tenwordbookreviews.wordpress.com ...

    I received a free Kindle copy of Disappointment River by Brian Castner courtesy of Net Galley and Doubleday Books, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog. I also pos...

    disappointed ...

    The Northwest Passage is a giant pain in the ass. It?s harsh and cold and the weather is entirely unforgiving; it seems to drive people half-mad. After learning that, it makes it all the more impressive that Alexander Mackenzie did it back in the late 1700s and that our author fol...

    A really fascinating subject but ultimately disappointing due to writing style See my Amazon review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3JE147... ...

    Not quite what I expected, but more. A reflective account of several lives connected by a tumultuous river. Reading this book I was reminded that beyond our tame exiatences is passion, unpredictability, the unexpected, and for some of those still bold, the lure of discovery. I would no...

    I won this book on Goodreads. I will give it a fair and honest review. Castner?s Disappointment River is advertised as part historical narrative and part travel memoir. I will admit as a history buff I originally was more interested in the historical narrative. Once I started read...

    Disappointment River was a bit of a disappointment. It's the kind of book I should have really enjoyed. The author decides to recreate Alexander Mackenzie's historic voyage up the 1100-mile-long Canadian river that bears his name. Cool idea! But I was bored almost the whole time I was ...

    My 92 year old cousin suggested this book to me, knowing how much I enjoy books on exploration and re-exploration. The first 100 pages are a history of Alexander MacKenzie (no known relation) but for me the book really begins when Castner/MacKenzie arrive at the Grand Portage. I grew u...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It alternates chapters between Mackenzie's journey in the late 1700s and Brian Castner's journey in the mid 2010s. The chapters about Mackenzie and his crew are engaging, fun, and educational. They are not extremely exhaustive in history, but there i...

    There are two parallel stories in this book: one is of Alexander MacKenzie's voyage to look for the Northwest Passage (when Meriwether Lewis was still 14); the other is of the author's attempt to recreate that voyage. There is a great deal of emphasis (too much so, for me) on the histo...

    My kind of book. Castner provides well-documented history of Alexander MacKenzie's expedition in 1789 from Slave Lake to the Artic Ocean along the Den Cho (MacKenzie) River. Then he narrates his own 1000 mile journey in 2016 following MacKenzie's route. This river is huge (miles wide) ...

  • Sue
    May 06, 2018

    I remember sitting in a high school class years ago in Canada learning about Alexander Mackenzie?s discovery of the Mackenzie River. At 1,100 miles, it is North Americas second largest river. Then as per usual in those days I would start to day dream about traversing the river with M...

    Marco Polo. Columbus. Magellan. Henry Hudson. Captain Cook. Alexander Mackenzie. Lewis & Clark....Mackenzie? We know the names of the great explorers (for both good and bad)--with one big exception. Alexander Mackenzie. I had read something about him as a kid and was fascinated by ...

    Interesting research, but clearly written for a macho male audience. See my other ten word book reviews at my blog: tenwordbookreviews.wordpress.com ...

    I received a free Kindle copy of Disappointment River by Brian Castner courtesy of Net Galley and Doubleday Books, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog. I also pos...

    disappointed ...

    The Northwest Passage is a giant pain in the ass. It?s harsh and cold and the weather is entirely unforgiving; it seems to drive people half-mad. After learning that, it makes it all the more impressive that Alexander Mackenzie did it back in the late 1700s and that our author fol...

    A really fascinating subject but ultimately disappointing due to writing style See my Amazon review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3JE147... ...

    Not quite what I expected, but more. A reflective account of several lives connected by a tumultuous river. Reading this book I was reminded that beyond our tame exiatences is passion, unpredictability, the unexpected, and for some of those still bold, the lure of discovery. I would no...

    I won this book on Goodreads. I will give it a fair and honest review. Castner?s Disappointment River is advertised as part historical narrative and part travel memoir. I will admit as a history buff I originally was more interested in the historical narrative. Once I started read...

  • Marjorie Elwood
    Apr 27, 2018

    I remember sitting in a high school class years ago in Canada learning about Alexander Mackenzie?s discovery of the Mackenzie River. At 1,100 miles, it is North Americas second largest river. Then as per usual in those days I would start to day dream about traversing the river with M...

    Marco Polo. Columbus. Magellan. Henry Hudson. Captain Cook. Alexander Mackenzie. Lewis & Clark....Mackenzie? We know the names of the great explorers (for both good and bad)--with one big exception. Alexander Mackenzie. I had read something about him as a kid and was fascinated by ...

    Interesting research, but clearly written for a macho male audience. See my other ten word book reviews at my blog: tenwordbookreviews.wordpress.com ...

    I received a free Kindle copy of Disappointment River by Brian Castner courtesy of Net Galley and Doubleday Books, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog. I also pos...

    disappointed ...

    The Northwest Passage is a giant pain in the ass. It?s harsh and cold and the weather is entirely unforgiving; it seems to drive people half-mad. After learning that, it makes it all the more impressive that Alexander Mackenzie did it back in the late 1700s and that our author fol...

    A really fascinating subject but ultimately disappointing due to writing style See my Amazon review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3JE147... ...

    Not quite what I expected, but more. A reflective account of several lives connected by a tumultuous river. Reading this book I was reminded that beyond our tame exiatences is passion, unpredictability, the unexpected, and for some of those still bold, the lure of discovery. I would no...

    I won this book on Goodreads. I will give it a fair and honest review. Castner?s Disappointment River is advertised as part historical narrative and part travel memoir. I will admit as a history buff I originally was more interested in the historical narrative. Once I started read...

    Disappointment River was a bit of a disappointment. It's the kind of book I should have really enjoyed. The author decides to recreate Alexander Mackenzie's historic voyage up the 1100-mile-long Canadian river that bears his name. Cool idea! But I was bored almost the whole time I was ...

    My 92 year old cousin suggested this book to me, knowing how much I enjoy books on exploration and re-exploration. The first 100 pages are a history of Alexander MacKenzie (no known relation) but for me the book really begins when Castner/MacKenzie arrive at the Grand Portage. I grew u...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It alternates chapters between Mackenzie's journey in the late 1700s and Brian Castner's journey in the mid 2010s. The chapters about Mackenzie and his crew are engaging, fun, and educational. They are not extremely exhaustive in history, but there i...

    There are two parallel stories in this book: one is of Alexander MacKenzie's voyage to look for the Northwest Passage (when Meriwether Lewis was still 14); the other is of the author's attempt to recreate that voyage. There is a great deal of emphasis (too much so, for me) on the histo...

  • Ann
    Aug 03, 2018

    I remember sitting in a high school class years ago in Canada learning about Alexander Mackenzie?s discovery of the Mackenzie River. At 1,100 miles, it is North Americas second largest river. Then as per usual in those days I would start to day dream about traversing the river with M...

    Marco Polo. Columbus. Magellan. Henry Hudson. Captain Cook. Alexander Mackenzie. Lewis & Clark....Mackenzie? We know the names of the great explorers (for both good and bad)--with one big exception. Alexander Mackenzie. I had read something about him as a kid and was fascinated by ...

    Interesting research, but clearly written for a macho male audience. See my other ten word book reviews at my blog: tenwordbookreviews.wordpress.com ...

    I received a free Kindle copy of Disappointment River by Brian Castner courtesy of Net Galley and Doubleday Books, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog. I also pos...

    disappointed ...

    The Northwest Passage is a giant pain in the ass. It?s harsh and cold and the weather is entirely unforgiving; it seems to drive people half-mad. After learning that, it makes it all the more impressive that Alexander Mackenzie did it back in the late 1700s and that our author fol...

    A really fascinating subject but ultimately disappointing due to writing style See my Amazon review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3JE147... ...

    Not quite what I expected, but more. A reflective account of several lives connected by a tumultuous river. Reading this book I was reminded that beyond our tame exiatences is passion, unpredictability, the unexpected, and for some of those still bold, the lure of discovery. I would no...

    I won this book on Goodreads. I will give it a fair and honest review. Castner?s Disappointment River is advertised as part historical narrative and part travel memoir. I will admit as a history buff I originally was more interested in the historical narrative. Once I started read...

    Disappointment River was a bit of a disappointment. It's the kind of book I should have really enjoyed. The author decides to recreate Alexander Mackenzie's historic voyage up the 1100-mile-long Canadian river that bears his name. Cool idea! But I was bored almost the whole time I was ...

    My 92 year old cousin suggested this book to me, knowing how much I enjoy books on exploration and re-exploration. The first 100 pages are a history of Alexander MacKenzie (no known relation) but for me the book really begins when Castner/MacKenzie arrive at the Grand Portage. I grew u...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It alternates chapters between Mackenzie's journey in the late 1700s and Brian Castner's journey in the mid 2010s. The chapters about Mackenzie and his crew are engaging, fun, and educational. They are not extremely exhaustive in history, but there i...

    There are two parallel stories in this book: one is of Alexander MacKenzie's voyage to look for the Northwest Passage (when Meriwether Lewis was still 14); the other is of the author's attempt to recreate that voyage. There is a great deal of emphasis (too much so, for me) on the histo...

    My kind of book. Castner provides well-documented history of Alexander MacKenzie's expedition in 1789 from Slave Lake to the Artic Ocean along the Den Cho (MacKenzie) River. Then he narrates his own 1000 mile journey in 2016 following MacKenzie's route. This river is huge (miles wide) ...

    I'm sure the author did extensive research on Alexander McKenzie and his attempt to find a trade route to the riches of the East back in 1789. I started to read some of the history but soon became overwhelmed by so many details of that man's life. I didn't even read about his journey, ...

    I really enjoyed this recounting of Alexander Mackenzie's voyage to the Arctic Ocean [kind of] via the Mackenzie River/ Deh Cho coupled with Brian Castner's own version. Reading his book has increased my comprehension of the enormity of that river as well as the diversity of the Northw...

    Mr. Castner took it upon himself to reenact Alexander Mackenzie's 18th century trek by canoe of the now Mackenzie River through northern Canada and Alaska looking for the elusive Northwest Passage to China and the Pacific on a northern route. He shares his trip alternating with four o...

    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I enjoyed what I read but found I was progressing incredibly slowly. When a friend and her new husband came for a visit, I found out that this book was in the wheelhouse of my friend's husband. I passed it on to him as I knew it would be well-re...

    When I first started reading this book, I was not sure why I chose it. However, the history and the adventure of the journey on the Mackenzie river in search of the Northwest passage got me hooked. I hated to see the adventure over and wished it had continued. I also felt like Brian an...

  • Anna
    May 03, 2018

    I remember sitting in a high school class years ago in Canada learning about Alexander Mackenzie?s discovery of the Mackenzie River. At 1,100 miles, it is North Americas second largest river. Then as per usual in those days I would start to day dream about traversing the river with M...

    Marco Polo. Columbus. Magellan. Henry Hudson. Captain Cook. Alexander Mackenzie. Lewis & Clark....Mackenzie? We know the names of the great explorers (for both good and bad)--with one big exception. Alexander Mackenzie. I had read something about him as a kid and was fascinated by ...

    Interesting research, but clearly written for a macho male audience. See my other ten word book reviews at my blog: tenwordbookreviews.wordpress.com ...

    I received a free Kindle copy of Disappointment River by Brian Castner courtesy of Net Galley and Doubleday Books, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog. I also pos...

    disappointed ...

    The Northwest Passage is a giant pain in the ass. It?s harsh and cold and the weather is entirely unforgiving; it seems to drive people half-mad. After learning that, it makes it all the more impressive that Alexander Mackenzie did it back in the late 1700s and that our author fol...

    A really fascinating subject but ultimately disappointing due to writing style See my Amazon review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3JE147... ...

    Not quite what I expected, but more. A reflective account of several lives connected by a tumultuous river. Reading this book I was reminded that beyond our tame exiatences is passion, unpredictability, the unexpected, and for some of those still bold, the lure of discovery. I would no...

    I won this book on Goodreads. I will give it a fair and honest review. Castner?s Disappointment River is advertised as part historical narrative and part travel memoir. I will admit as a history buff I originally was more interested in the historical narrative. Once I started read...

    Disappointment River was a bit of a disappointment. It's the kind of book I should have really enjoyed. The author decides to recreate Alexander Mackenzie's historic voyage up the 1100-mile-long Canadian river that bears his name. Cool idea! But I was bored almost the whole time I was ...

    My 92 year old cousin suggested this book to me, knowing how much I enjoy books on exploration and re-exploration. The first 100 pages are a history of Alexander MacKenzie (no known relation) but for me the book really begins when Castner/MacKenzie arrive at the Grand Portage. I grew u...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It alternates chapters between Mackenzie's journey in the late 1700s and Brian Castner's journey in the mid 2010s. The chapters about Mackenzie and his crew are engaging, fun, and educational. They are not extremely exhaustive in history, but there i...

    There are two parallel stories in this book: one is of Alexander MacKenzie's voyage to look for the Northwest Passage (when Meriwether Lewis was still 14); the other is of the author's attempt to recreate that voyage. There is a great deal of emphasis (too much so, for me) on the histo...

    My kind of book. Castner provides well-documented history of Alexander MacKenzie's expedition in 1789 from Slave Lake to the Artic Ocean along the Den Cho (MacKenzie) River. Then he narrates his own 1000 mile journey in 2016 following MacKenzie's route. This river is huge (miles wide) ...

    I'm sure the author did extensive research on Alexander McKenzie and his attempt to find a trade route to the riches of the East back in 1789. I started to read some of the history but soon became overwhelmed by so many details of that man's life. I didn't even read about his journey, ...

    I really enjoyed this recounting of Alexander Mackenzie's voyage to the Arctic Ocean [kind of] via the Mackenzie River/ Deh Cho coupled with Brian Castner's own version. Reading his book has increased my comprehension of the enormity of that river as well as the diversity of the Northw...

    Mr. Castner took it upon himself to reenact Alexander Mackenzie's 18th century trek by canoe of the now Mackenzie River through northern Canada and Alaska looking for the elusive Northwest Passage to China and the Pacific on a northern route. He shares his trip alternating with four o...

    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I enjoyed what I read but found I was progressing incredibly slowly. When a friend and her new husband came for a visit, I found out that this book was in the wheelhouse of my friend's husband. I passed it on to him as I knew it would be well-re...

    When I first started reading this book, I was not sure why I chose it. However, the history and the adventure of the journey on the Mackenzie river in search of the Northwest passage got me hooked. I hated to see the adventure over and wished it had continued. I also felt like Brian an...

    I enjoyed this saga of little-known history of McKenzie and the English Chief's search for a Northwest Passage interspersed with the challenges of the author's (Brian Castner's) quest to canoe the route in 2016. Further, I was reminded of many similar experiences in backwoods across th...

    Castner shares the history of Alexander Mackenzie?s journey along the Deh Cho (aka the Mackenzie River) to the Arctic Ocean while relating the tale of his own grueling journey along the same route. He draws a vivid picture of life in the small villages of the North while sharing a st...

    I won this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway. It turned out not to be my "cup of tea", as I am not an "outdoorsy" type but it is very well-written. Castner craftily weaves the history of David Mackenzie's life and explorations of Northern Canada together with his own attempt to padd...

    If I?ve learned anything from Brian Castner?s books, it?s that the best nonfiction must be earned. In each one of his books, the prose feels deserved, rich with texture and detail. Disappointment River is no exception. Exhaustively and personally researched by duplicating McKenzi...

    Nice contrast between Castner's and MacKenzie's journeys. Both were incredibly tough, though Castner had much more of a safety net. He brought up lots of topics and issues: First Nations rights, climate change, development, but it all boiled down to the challenges the land and elements...

    This was a giveaway win for me. The blurb caught my interest, the book held my interest. Very nice mix of researched history with the authors personal experiences running side by side. I must admit I learned quite s bit of historical facts scattered through out this book. Highly re...

    I liked this book much more than expected. History and a modern northern adventure travel memoir all in one book. Mackenzie did call it Disappointment River; I like the idea of a name in honor of a perceived failure. Perhaps the world would be in less of a mess if we memorialized our l...

    I really enjoyed the story of Brian Castner and his various partners canoeing the Mackenzie River to the Arctic Ocean. Castner is retracing the steps of Alexander Mackenzie in 1789 who ran into ice and had to turn back. It sounds terrifying with rain, snow, wind, big waves, and bugs bu...

  • Batesharbuck
    Apr 06, 2018

    I remember sitting in a high school class years ago in Canada learning about Alexander Mackenzie?s discovery of the Mackenzie River. At 1,100 miles, it is North Americas second largest river. Then as per usual in those days I would start to day dream about traversing the river with M...

    Marco Polo. Columbus. Magellan. Henry Hudson. Captain Cook. Alexander Mackenzie. Lewis & Clark....Mackenzie? We know the names of the great explorers (for both good and bad)--with one big exception. Alexander Mackenzie. I had read something about him as a kid and was fascinated by ...

    Interesting research, but clearly written for a macho male audience. See my other ten word book reviews at my blog: tenwordbookreviews.wordpress.com ...

    I received a free Kindle copy of Disappointment River by Brian Castner courtesy of Net Galley and Doubleday Books, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog. I also pos...

    disappointed ...

    The Northwest Passage is a giant pain in the ass. It?s harsh and cold and the weather is entirely unforgiving; it seems to drive people half-mad. After learning that, it makes it all the more impressive that Alexander Mackenzie did it back in the late 1700s and that our author fol...

    A really fascinating subject but ultimately disappointing due to writing style See my Amazon review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3JE147... ...

    Not quite what I expected, but more. A reflective account of several lives connected by a tumultuous river. Reading this book I was reminded that beyond our tame exiatences is passion, unpredictability, the unexpected, and for some of those still bold, the lure of discovery. I would no...

    I won this book on Goodreads. I will give it a fair and honest review. Castner?s Disappointment River is advertised as part historical narrative and part travel memoir. I will admit as a history buff I originally was more interested in the historical narrative. Once I started read...

    Disappointment River was a bit of a disappointment. It's the kind of book I should have really enjoyed. The author decides to recreate Alexander Mackenzie's historic voyage up the 1100-mile-long Canadian river that bears his name. Cool idea! But I was bored almost the whole time I was ...

    My 92 year old cousin suggested this book to me, knowing how much I enjoy books on exploration and re-exploration. The first 100 pages are a history of Alexander MacKenzie (no known relation) but for me the book really begins when Castner/MacKenzie arrive at the Grand Portage. I grew u...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It alternates chapters between Mackenzie's journey in the late 1700s and Brian Castner's journey in the mid 2010s. The chapters about Mackenzie and his crew are engaging, fun, and educational. They are not extremely exhaustive in history, but there i...

    There are two parallel stories in this book: one is of Alexander MacKenzie's voyage to look for the Northwest Passage (when Meriwether Lewis was still 14); the other is of the author's attempt to recreate that voyage. There is a great deal of emphasis (too much so, for me) on the histo...

    My kind of book. Castner provides well-documented history of Alexander MacKenzie's expedition in 1789 from Slave Lake to the Artic Ocean along the Den Cho (MacKenzie) River. Then he narrates his own 1000 mile journey in 2016 following MacKenzie's route. This river is huge (miles wide) ...

    I'm sure the author did extensive research on Alexander McKenzie and his attempt to find a trade route to the riches of the East back in 1789. I started to read some of the history but soon became overwhelmed by so many details of that man's life. I didn't even read about his journey, ...

    I really enjoyed this recounting of Alexander Mackenzie's voyage to the Arctic Ocean [kind of] via the Mackenzie River/ Deh Cho coupled with Brian Castner's own version. Reading his book has increased my comprehension of the enormity of that river as well as the diversity of the Northw...

    Mr. Castner took it upon himself to reenact Alexander Mackenzie's 18th century trek by canoe of the now Mackenzie River through northern Canada and Alaska looking for the elusive Northwest Passage to China and the Pacific on a northern route. He shares his trip alternating with four o...

    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I enjoyed what I read but found I was progressing incredibly slowly. When a friend and her new husband came for a visit, I found out that this book was in the wheelhouse of my friend's husband. I passed it on to him as I knew it would be well-re...

    When I first started reading this book, I was not sure why I chose it. However, the history and the adventure of the journey on the Mackenzie river in search of the Northwest passage got me hooked. I hated to see the adventure over and wished it had continued. I also felt like Brian an...

    I enjoyed this saga of little-known history of McKenzie and the English Chief's search for a Northwest Passage interspersed with the challenges of the author's (Brian Castner's) quest to canoe the route in 2016. Further, I was reminded of many similar experiences in backwoods across th...

    Castner shares the history of Alexander Mackenzie?s journey along the Deh Cho (aka the Mackenzie River) to the Arctic Ocean while relating the tale of his own grueling journey along the same route. He draws a vivid picture of life in the small villages of the North while sharing a st...

    I won this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway. It turned out not to be my "cup of tea", as I am not an "outdoorsy" type but it is very well-written. Castner craftily weaves the history of David Mackenzie's life and explorations of Northern Canada together with his own attempt to padd...

    If I?ve learned anything from Brian Castner?s books, it?s that the best nonfiction must be earned. In each one of his books, the prose feels deserved, rich with texture and detail. Disappointment River is no exception. Exhaustively and personally researched by duplicating McKenzi...

    Nice contrast between Castner's and MacKenzie's journeys. Both were incredibly tough, though Castner had much more of a safety net. He brought up lots of topics and issues: First Nations rights, climate change, development, but it all boiled down to the challenges the land and elements...

  • Angie Boyter
    Jan 13, 2018

    I remember sitting in a high school class years ago in Canada learning about Alexander Mackenzie?s discovery of the Mackenzie River. At 1,100 miles, it is North Americas second largest river. Then as per usual in those days I would start to day dream about traversing the river with M...

    Marco Polo. Columbus. Magellan. Henry Hudson. Captain Cook. Alexander Mackenzie. Lewis & Clark....Mackenzie? We know the names of the great explorers (for both good and bad)--with one big exception. Alexander Mackenzie. I had read something about him as a kid and was fascinated by ...

    Interesting research, but clearly written for a macho male audience. See my other ten word book reviews at my blog: tenwordbookreviews.wordpress.com ...

    I received a free Kindle copy of Disappointment River by Brian Castner courtesy of Net Galley and Doubleday Books, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog. I also pos...

    disappointed ...

    The Northwest Passage is a giant pain in the ass. It?s harsh and cold and the weather is entirely unforgiving; it seems to drive people half-mad. After learning that, it makes it all the more impressive that Alexander Mackenzie did it back in the late 1700s and that our author fol...

    A really fascinating subject but ultimately disappointing due to writing style See my Amazon review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3JE147... ...

  • Tessa
    May 29, 2018

    I remember sitting in a high school class years ago in Canada learning about Alexander Mackenzie?s discovery of the Mackenzie River. At 1,100 miles, it is North Americas second largest river. Then as per usual in those days I would start to day dream about traversing the river with M...

    Marco Polo. Columbus. Magellan. Henry Hudson. Captain Cook. Alexander Mackenzie. Lewis & Clark....Mackenzie? We know the names of the great explorers (for both good and bad)--with one big exception. Alexander Mackenzie. I had read something about him as a kid and was fascinated by ...

    Interesting research, but clearly written for a macho male audience. See my other ten word book reviews at my blog: tenwordbookreviews.wordpress.com ...

    I received a free Kindle copy of Disappointment River by Brian Castner courtesy of Net Galley and Doubleday Books, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog. I also pos...

    disappointed ...

    The Northwest Passage is a giant pain in the ass. It?s harsh and cold and the weather is entirely unforgiving; it seems to drive people half-mad. After learning that, it makes it all the more impressive that Alexander Mackenzie did it back in the late 1700s and that our author fol...

    A really fascinating subject but ultimately disappointing due to writing style See my Amazon review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3JE147... ...

    Not quite what I expected, but more. A reflective account of several lives connected by a tumultuous river. Reading this book I was reminded that beyond our tame exiatences is passion, unpredictability, the unexpected, and for some of those still bold, the lure of discovery. I would no...

    I won this book on Goodreads. I will give it a fair and honest review. Castner?s Disappointment River is advertised as part historical narrative and part travel memoir. I will admit as a history buff I originally was more interested in the historical narrative. Once I started read...

    Disappointment River was a bit of a disappointment. It's the kind of book I should have really enjoyed. The author decides to recreate Alexander Mackenzie's historic voyage up the 1100-mile-long Canadian river that bears his name. Cool idea! But I was bored almost the whole time I was ...

    My 92 year old cousin suggested this book to me, knowing how much I enjoy books on exploration and re-exploration. The first 100 pages are a history of Alexander MacKenzie (no known relation) but for me the book really begins when Castner/MacKenzie arrive at the Grand Portage. I grew u...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It alternates chapters between Mackenzie's journey in the late 1700s and Brian Castner's journey in the mid 2010s. The chapters about Mackenzie and his crew are engaging, fun, and educational. They are not extremely exhaustive in history, but there i...

    There are two parallel stories in this book: one is of Alexander MacKenzie's voyage to look for the Northwest Passage (when Meriwether Lewis was still 14); the other is of the author's attempt to recreate that voyage. There is a great deal of emphasis (too much so, for me) on the histo...

    My kind of book. Castner provides well-documented history of Alexander MacKenzie's expedition in 1789 from Slave Lake to the Artic Ocean along the Den Cho (MacKenzie) River. Then he narrates his own 1000 mile journey in 2016 following MacKenzie's route. This river is huge (miles wide) ...

    I'm sure the author did extensive research on Alexander McKenzie and his attempt to find a trade route to the riches of the East back in 1789. I started to read some of the history but soon became overwhelmed by so many details of that man's life. I didn't even read about his journey, ...

    I really enjoyed this recounting of Alexander Mackenzie's voyage to the Arctic Ocean [kind of] via the Mackenzie River/ Deh Cho coupled with Brian Castner's own version. Reading his book has increased my comprehension of the enormity of that river as well as the diversity of the Northw...

    Mr. Castner took it upon himself to reenact Alexander Mackenzie's 18th century trek by canoe of the now Mackenzie River through northern Canada and Alaska looking for the elusive Northwest Passage to China and the Pacific on a northern route. He shares his trip alternating with four o...

    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I enjoyed what I read but found I was progressing incredibly slowly. When a friend and her new husband came for a visit, I found out that this book was in the wheelhouse of my friend's husband. I passed it on to him as I knew it would be well-re...

  • Therese
    Jun 09, 2018

    I remember sitting in a high school class years ago in Canada learning about Alexander Mackenzie?s discovery of the Mackenzie River. At 1,100 miles, it is North Americas second largest river. Then as per usual in those days I would start to day dream about traversing the river with M...

    Marco Polo. Columbus. Magellan. Henry Hudson. Captain Cook. Alexander Mackenzie. Lewis & Clark....Mackenzie? We know the names of the great explorers (for both good and bad)--with one big exception. Alexander Mackenzie. I had read something about him as a kid and was fascinated by ...

    Interesting research, but clearly written for a macho male audience. See my other ten word book reviews at my blog: tenwordbookreviews.wordpress.com ...

    I received a free Kindle copy of Disappointment River by Brian Castner courtesy of Net Galley and Doubleday Books, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog. I also pos...

    disappointed ...

    The Northwest Passage is a giant pain in the ass. It?s harsh and cold and the weather is entirely unforgiving; it seems to drive people half-mad. After learning that, it makes it all the more impressive that Alexander Mackenzie did it back in the late 1700s and that our author fol...

    A really fascinating subject but ultimately disappointing due to writing style See my Amazon review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3JE147... ...

    Not quite what I expected, but more. A reflective account of several lives connected by a tumultuous river. Reading this book I was reminded that beyond our tame exiatences is passion, unpredictability, the unexpected, and for some of those still bold, the lure of discovery. I would no...

    I won this book on Goodreads. I will give it a fair and honest review. Castner?s Disappointment River is advertised as part historical narrative and part travel memoir. I will admit as a history buff I originally was more interested in the historical narrative. Once I started read...

    Disappointment River was a bit of a disappointment. It's the kind of book I should have really enjoyed. The author decides to recreate Alexander Mackenzie's historic voyage up the 1100-mile-long Canadian river that bears his name. Cool idea! But I was bored almost the whole time I was ...

    My 92 year old cousin suggested this book to me, knowing how much I enjoy books on exploration and re-exploration. The first 100 pages are a history of Alexander MacKenzie (no known relation) but for me the book really begins when Castner/MacKenzie arrive at the Grand Portage. I grew u...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It alternates chapters between Mackenzie's journey in the late 1700s and Brian Castner's journey in the mid 2010s. The chapters about Mackenzie and his crew are engaging, fun, and educational. They are not extremely exhaustive in history, but there i...

    There are two parallel stories in this book: one is of Alexander MacKenzie's voyage to look for the Northwest Passage (when Meriwether Lewis was still 14); the other is of the author's attempt to recreate that voyage. There is a great deal of emphasis (too much so, for me) on the histo...

    My kind of book. Castner provides well-documented history of Alexander MacKenzie's expedition in 1789 from Slave Lake to the Artic Ocean along the Den Cho (MacKenzie) River. Then he narrates his own 1000 mile journey in 2016 following MacKenzie's route. This river is huge (miles wide) ...

    I'm sure the author did extensive research on Alexander McKenzie and his attempt to find a trade route to the riches of the East back in 1789. I started to read some of the history but soon became overwhelmed by so many details of that man's life. I didn't even read about his journey, ...

    I really enjoyed this recounting of Alexander Mackenzie's voyage to the Arctic Ocean [kind of] via the Mackenzie River/ Deh Cho coupled with Brian Castner's own version. Reading his book has increased my comprehension of the enormity of that river as well as the diversity of the Northw...

    Mr. Castner took it upon himself to reenact Alexander Mackenzie's 18th century trek by canoe of the now Mackenzie River through northern Canada and Alaska looking for the elusive Northwest Passage to China and the Pacific on a northern route. He shares his trip alternating with four o...

    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I enjoyed what I read but found I was progressing incredibly slowly. When a friend and her new husband came for a visit, I found out that this book was in the wheelhouse of my friend's husband. I passed it on to him as I knew it would be well-re...

    When I first started reading this book, I was not sure why I chose it. However, the history and the adventure of the journey on the Mackenzie river in search of the Northwest passage got me hooked. I hated to see the adventure over and wished it had continued. I also felt like Brian an...

    I enjoyed this saga of little-known history of McKenzie and the English Chief's search for a Northwest Passage interspersed with the challenges of the author's (Brian Castner's) quest to canoe the route in 2016. Further, I was reminded of many similar experiences in backwoods across th...

    Castner shares the history of Alexander Mackenzie?s journey along the Deh Cho (aka the Mackenzie River) to the Arctic Ocean while relating the tale of his own grueling journey along the same route. He draws a vivid picture of life in the small villages of the North while sharing a st...

    I won this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway. It turned out not to be my "cup of tea", as I am not an "outdoorsy" type but it is very well-written. Castner craftily weaves the history of David Mackenzie's life and explorations of Northern Canada together with his own attempt to padd...

    If I?ve learned anything from Brian Castner?s books, it?s that the best nonfiction must be earned. In each one of his books, the prose feels deserved, rich with texture and detail. Disappointment River is no exception. Exhaustively and personally researched by duplicating McKenzi...

    Nice contrast between Castner's and MacKenzie's journeys. Both were incredibly tough, though Castner had much more of a safety net. He brought up lots of topics and issues: First Nations rights, climate change, development, but it all boiled down to the challenges the land and elements...

    This was a giveaway win for me. The blurb caught my interest, the book held my interest. Very nice mix of researched history with the authors personal experiences running side by side. I must admit I learned quite s bit of historical facts scattered through out this book. Highly re...

    I liked this book much more than expected. History and a modern northern adventure travel memoir all in one book. Mackenzie did call it Disappointment River; I like the idea of a name in honor of a perceived failure. Perhaps the world would be in less of a mess if we memorialized our l...

  • Lizz
    Feb 23, 2018

    I remember sitting in a high school class years ago in Canada learning about Alexander Mackenzie?s discovery of the Mackenzie River. At 1,100 miles, it is North Americas second largest river. Then as per usual in those days I would start to day dream about traversing the river with M...

    Marco Polo. Columbus. Magellan. Henry Hudson. Captain Cook. Alexander Mackenzie. Lewis & Clark....Mackenzie? We know the names of the great explorers (for both good and bad)--with one big exception. Alexander Mackenzie. I had read something about him as a kid and was fascinated by ...

    Interesting research, but clearly written for a macho male audience. See my other ten word book reviews at my blog: tenwordbookreviews.wordpress.com ...

  • Casey Wheeler
    Mar 11, 2018

    I remember sitting in a high school class years ago in Canada learning about Alexander Mackenzie?s discovery of the Mackenzie River. At 1,100 miles, it is North Americas second largest river. Then as per usual in those days I would start to day dream about traversing the river with M...

    Marco Polo. Columbus. Magellan. Henry Hudson. Captain Cook. Alexander Mackenzie. Lewis & Clark....Mackenzie? We know the names of the great explorers (for both good and bad)--with one big exception. Alexander Mackenzie. I had read something about him as a kid and was fascinated by ...

    Interesting research, but clearly written for a macho male audience. See my other ten word book reviews at my blog: tenwordbookreviews.wordpress.com ...

    I received a free Kindle copy of Disappointment River by Brian Castner courtesy of Net Galley and Doubleday Books, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog. I also pos...

  • Brenda Ayala
    Mar 07, 2018

    I remember sitting in a high school class years ago in Canada learning about Alexander Mackenzie?s discovery of the Mackenzie River. At 1,100 miles, it is North Americas second largest river. Then as per usual in those days I would start to day dream about traversing the river with M...

    Marco Polo. Columbus. Magellan. Henry Hudson. Captain Cook. Alexander Mackenzie. Lewis & Clark....Mackenzie? We know the names of the great explorers (for both good and bad)--with one big exception. Alexander Mackenzie. I had read something about him as a kid and was fascinated by ...

    Interesting research, but clearly written for a macho male audience. See my other ten word book reviews at my blog: tenwordbookreviews.wordpress.com ...

    I received a free Kindle copy of Disappointment River by Brian Castner courtesy of Net Galley and Doubleday Books, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog. I also pos...

    disappointed ...

    The Northwest Passage is a giant pain in the ass. It?s harsh and cold and the weather is entirely unforgiving; it seems to drive people half-mad. After learning that, it makes it all the more impressive that Alexander Mackenzie did it back in the late 1700s and that our author fol...

  • Jon Box
    Jul 16, 2018

    I remember sitting in a high school class years ago in Canada learning about Alexander Mackenzie?s discovery of the Mackenzie River. At 1,100 miles, it is North Americas second largest river. Then as per usual in those days I would start to day dream about traversing the river with M...

    Marco Polo. Columbus. Magellan. Henry Hudson. Captain Cook. Alexander Mackenzie. Lewis & Clark....Mackenzie? We know the names of the great explorers (for both good and bad)--with one big exception. Alexander Mackenzie. I had read something about him as a kid and was fascinated by ...

    Interesting research, but clearly written for a macho male audience. See my other ten word book reviews at my blog: tenwordbookreviews.wordpress.com ...

    I received a free Kindle copy of Disappointment River by Brian Castner courtesy of Net Galley and Doubleday Books, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog. I also pos...

    disappointed ...

    The Northwest Passage is a giant pain in the ass. It?s harsh and cold and the weather is entirely unforgiving; it seems to drive people half-mad. After learning that, it makes it all the more impressive that Alexander Mackenzie did it back in the late 1700s and that our author fol...

    A really fascinating subject but ultimately disappointing due to writing style See my Amazon review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3JE147... ...

    Not quite what I expected, but more. A reflective account of several lives connected by a tumultuous river. Reading this book I was reminded that beyond our tame exiatences is passion, unpredictability, the unexpected, and for some of those still bold, the lure of discovery. I would no...

    I won this book on Goodreads. I will give it a fair and honest review. Castner?s Disappointment River is advertised as part historical narrative and part travel memoir. I will admit as a history buff I originally was more interested in the historical narrative. Once I started read...

    Disappointment River was a bit of a disappointment. It's the kind of book I should have really enjoyed. The author decides to recreate Alexander Mackenzie's historic voyage up the 1100-mile-long Canadian river that bears his name. Cool idea! But I was bored almost the whole time I was ...

    My 92 year old cousin suggested this book to me, knowing how much I enjoy books on exploration and re-exploration. The first 100 pages are a history of Alexander MacKenzie (no known relation) but for me the book really begins when Castner/MacKenzie arrive at the Grand Portage. I grew u...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It alternates chapters between Mackenzie's journey in the late 1700s and Brian Castner's journey in the mid 2010s. The chapters about Mackenzie and his crew are engaging, fun, and educational. They are not extremely exhaustive in history, but there i...

    There are two parallel stories in this book: one is of Alexander MacKenzie's voyage to look for the Northwest Passage (when Meriwether Lewis was still 14); the other is of the author's attempt to recreate that voyage. There is a great deal of emphasis (too much so, for me) on the histo...

    My kind of book. Castner provides well-documented history of Alexander MacKenzie's expedition in 1789 from Slave Lake to the Artic Ocean along the Den Cho (MacKenzie) River. Then he narrates his own 1000 mile journey in 2016 following MacKenzie's route. This river is huge (miles wide) ...

    I'm sure the author did extensive research on Alexander McKenzie and his attempt to find a trade route to the riches of the East back in 1789. I started to read some of the history but soon became overwhelmed by so many details of that man's life. I didn't even read about his journey, ...

    I really enjoyed this recounting of Alexander Mackenzie's voyage to the Arctic Ocean [kind of] via the Mackenzie River/ Deh Cho coupled with Brian Castner's own version. Reading his book has increased my comprehension of the enormity of that river as well as the diversity of the Northw...

    Mr. Castner took it upon himself to reenact Alexander Mackenzie's 18th century trek by canoe of the now Mackenzie River through northern Canada and Alaska looking for the elusive Northwest Passage to China and the Pacific on a northern route. He shares his trip alternating with four o...

    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I enjoyed what I read but found I was progressing incredibly slowly. When a friend and her new husband came for a visit, I found out that this book was in the wheelhouse of my friend's husband. I passed it on to him as I knew it would be well-re...

    When I first started reading this book, I was not sure why I chose it. However, the history and the adventure of the journey on the Mackenzie river in search of the Northwest passage got me hooked. I hated to see the adventure over and wished it had continued. I also felt like Brian an...

    I enjoyed this saga of little-known history of McKenzie and the English Chief's search for a Northwest Passage interspersed with the challenges of the author's (Brian Castner's) quest to canoe the route in 2016. Further, I was reminded of many similar experiences in backwoods across th...

  •  wade
    Jun 24, 2018

    I remember sitting in a high school class years ago in Canada learning about Alexander Mackenzie?s discovery of the Mackenzie River. At 1,100 miles, it is North Americas second largest river. Then as per usual in those days I would start to day dream about traversing the river with M...

    Marco Polo. Columbus. Magellan. Henry Hudson. Captain Cook. Alexander Mackenzie. Lewis & Clark....Mackenzie? We know the names of the great explorers (for both good and bad)--with one big exception. Alexander Mackenzie. I had read something about him as a kid and was fascinated by ...

    Interesting research, but clearly written for a macho male audience. See my other ten word book reviews at my blog: tenwordbookreviews.wordpress.com ...

    I received a free Kindle copy of Disappointment River by Brian Castner courtesy of Net Galley and Doubleday Books, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog. I also pos...

    disappointed ...

    The Northwest Passage is a giant pain in the ass. It?s harsh and cold and the weather is entirely unforgiving; it seems to drive people half-mad. After learning that, it makes it all the more impressive that Alexander Mackenzie did it back in the late 1700s and that our author fol...

    A really fascinating subject but ultimately disappointing due to writing style See my Amazon review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3JE147... ...

    Not quite what I expected, but more. A reflective account of several lives connected by a tumultuous river. Reading this book I was reminded that beyond our tame exiatences is passion, unpredictability, the unexpected, and for some of those still bold, the lure of discovery. I would no...

    I won this book on Goodreads. I will give it a fair and honest review. Castner?s Disappointment River is advertised as part historical narrative and part travel memoir. I will admit as a history buff I originally was more interested in the historical narrative. Once I started read...

    Disappointment River was a bit of a disappointment. It's the kind of book I should have really enjoyed. The author decides to recreate Alexander Mackenzie's historic voyage up the 1100-mile-long Canadian river that bears his name. Cool idea! But I was bored almost the whole time I was ...

    My 92 year old cousin suggested this book to me, knowing how much I enjoy books on exploration and re-exploration. The first 100 pages are a history of Alexander MacKenzie (no known relation) but for me the book really begins when Castner/MacKenzie arrive at the Grand Portage. I grew u...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It alternates chapters between Mackenzie's journey in the late 1700s and Brian Castner's journey in the mid 2010s. The chapters about Mackenzie and his crew are engaging, fun, and educational. They are not extremely exhaustive in history, but there i...

    There are two parallel stories in this book: one is of Alexander MacKenzie's voyage to look for the Northwest Passage (when Meriwether Lewis was still 14); the other is of the author's attempt to recreate that voyage. There is a great deal of emphasis (too much so, for me) on the histo...

    My kind of book. Castner provides well-documented history of Alexander MacKenzie's expedition in 1789 from Slave Lake to the Artic Ocean along the Den Cho (MacKenzie) River. Then he narrates his own 1000 mile journey in 2016 following MacKenzie's route. This river is huge (miles wide) ...

    I'm sure the author did extensive research on Alexander McKenzie and his attempt to find a trade route to the riches of the East back in 1789. I started to read some of the history but soon became overwhelmed by so many details of that man's life. I didn't even read about his journey, ...

    I really enjoyed this recounting of Alexander Mackenzie's voyage to the Arctic Ocean [kind of] via the Mackenzie River/ Deh Cho coupled with Brian Castner's own version. Reading his book has increased my comprehension of the enormity of that river as well as the diversity of the Northw...

    Mr. Castner took it upon himself to reenact Alexander Mackenzie's 18th century trek by canoe of the now Mackenzie River through northern Canada and Alaska looking for the elusive Northwest Passage to China and the Pacific on a northern route. He shares his trip alternating with four o...

  • Christie Bane
    Jun 06, 2018

    I remember sitting in a high school class years ago in Canada learning about Alexander Mackenzie?s discovery of the Mackenzie River. At 1,100 miles, it is North Americas second largest river. Then as per usual in those days I would start to day dream about traversing the river with M...

    Marco Polo. Columbus. Magellan. Henry Hudson. Captain Cook. Alexander Mackenzie. Lewis & Clark....Mackenzie? We know the names of the great explorers (for both good and bad)--with one big exception. Alexander Mackenzie. I had read something about him as a kid and was fascinated by ...

    Interesting research, but clearly written for a macho male audience. See my other ten word book reviews at my blog: tenwordbookreviews.wordpress.com ...

    I received a free Kindle copy of Disappointment River by Brian Castner courtesy of Net Galley and Doubleday Books, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog. I also pos...

    disappointed ...

    The Northwest Passage is a giant pain in the ass. It?s harsh and cold and the weather is entirely unforgiving; it seems to drive people half-mad. After learning that, it makes it all the more impressive that Alexander Mackenzie did it back in the late 1700s and that our author fol...

    A really fascinating subject but ultimately disappointing due to writing style See my Amazon review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3JE147... ...

    Not quite what I expected, but more. A reflective account of several lives connected by a tumultuous river. Reading this book I was reminded that beyond our tame exiatences is passion, unpredictability, the unexpected, and for some of those still bold, the lure of discovery. I would no...

    I won this book on Goodreads. I will give it a fair and honest review. Castner?s Disappointment River is advertised as part historical narrative and part travel memoir. I will admit as a history buff I originally was more interested in the historical narrative. Once I started read...

    Disappointment River was a bit of a disappointment. It's the kind of book I should have really enjoyed. The author decides to recreate Alexander Mackenzie's historic voyage up the 1100-mile-long Canadian river that bears his name. Cool idea! But I was bored almost the whole time I was ...

  • Jim
    May 11, 2018

    I remember sitting in a high school class years ago in Canada learning about Alexander Mackenzie?s discovery of the Mackenzie River. At 1,100 miles, it is North Americas second largest river. Then as per usual in those days I would start to day dream about traversing the river with M...

    Marco Polo. Columbus. Magellan. Henry Hudson. Captain Cook. Alexander Mackenzie. Lewis & Clark....Mackenzie? We know the names of the great explorers (for both good and bad)--with one big exception. Alexander Mackenzie. I had read something about him as a kid and was fascinated by ...

  • Ellen
    Jun 17, 2018

    I remember sitting in a high school class years ago in Canada learning about Alexander Mackenzie?s discovery of the Mackenzie River. At 1,100 miles, it is North Americas second largest river. Then as per usual in those days I would start to day dream about traversing the river with M...

    Marco Polo. Columbus. Magellan. Henry Hudson. Captain Cook. Alexander Mackenzie. Lewis & Clark....Mackenzie? We know the names of the great explorers (for both good and bad)--with one big exception. Alexander Mackenzie. I had read something about him as a kid and was fascinated by ...

    Interesting research, but clearly written for a macho male audience. See my other ten word book reviews at my blog: tenwordbookreviews.wordpress.com ...

    I received a free Kindle copy of Disappointment River by Brian Castner courtesy of Net Galley and Doubleday Books, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog. I also pos...

    disappointed ...

    The Northwest Passage is a giant pain in the ass. It?s harsh and cold and the weather is entirely unforgiving; it seems to drive people half-mad. After learning that, it makes it all the more impressive that Alexander Mackenzie did it back in the late 1700s and that our author fol...

    A really fascinating subject but ultimately disappointing due to writing style See my Amazon review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3JE147... ...

    Not quite what I expected, but more. A reflective account of several lives connected by a tumultuous river. Reading this book I was reminded that beyond our tame exiatences is passion, unpredictability, the unexpected, and for some of those still bold, the lure of discovery. I would no...

    I won this book on Goodreads. I will give it a fair and honest review. Castner?s Disappointment River is advertised as part historical narrative and part travel memoir. I will admit as a history buff I originally was more interested in the historical narrative. Once I started read...

    Disappointment River was a bit of a disappointment. It's the kind of book I should have really enjoyed. The author decides to recreate Alexander Mackenzie's historic voyage up the 1100-mile-long Canadian river that bears his name. Cool idea! But I was bored almost the whole time I was ...

    My 92 year old cousin suggested this book to me, knowing how much I enjoy books on exploration and re-exploration. The first 100 pages are a history of Alexander MacKenzie (no known relation) but for me the book really begins when Castner/MacKenzie arrive at the Grand Portage. I grew u...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It alternates chapters between Mackenzie's journey in the late 1700s and Brian Castner's journey in the mid 2010s. The chapters about Mackenzie and his crew are engaging, fun, and educational. They are not extremely exhaustive in history, but there i...

    There are two parallel stories in this book: one is of Alexander MacKenzie's voyage to look for the Northwest Passage (when Meriwether Lewis was still 14); the other is of the author's attempt to recreate that voyage. There is a great deal of emphasis (too much so, for me) on the histo...

    My kind of book. Castner provides well-documented history of Alexander MacKenzie's expedition in 1789 from Slave Lake to the Artic Ocean along the Den Cho (MacKenzie) River. Then he narrates his own 1000 mile journey in 2016 following MacKenzie's route. This river is huge (miles wide) ...

    I'm sure the author did extensive research on Alexander McKenzie and his attempt to find a trade route to the riches of the East back in 1789. I started to read some of the history but soon became overwhelmed by so many details of that man's life. I didn't even read about his journey, ...

  • Rich
    Nov 10, 2017

    I remember sitting in a high school class years ago in Canada learning about Alexander Mackenzie?s discovery of the Mackenzie River. At 1,100 miles, it is North Americas second largest river. Then as per usual in those days I would start to day dream about traversing the river with M...

    Marco Polo. Columbus. Magellan. Henry Hudson. Captain Cook. Alexander Mackenzie. Lewis & Clark....Mackenzie? We know the names of the great explorers (for both good and bad)--with one big exception. Alexander Mackenzie. I had read something about him as a kid and was fascinated by ...

    Interesting research, but clearly written for a macho male audience. See my other ten word book reviews at my blog: tenwordbookreviews.wordpress.com ...

    I received a free Kindle copy of Disappointment River by Brian Castner courtesy of Net Galley and Doubleday Books, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog. I also pos...

    disappointed ...

    The Northwest Passage is a giant pain in the ass. It?s harsh and cold and the weather is entirely unforgiving; it seems to drive people half-mad. After learning that, it makes it all the more impressive that Alexander Mackenzie did it back in the late 1700s and that our author fol...

    A really fascinating subject but ultimately disappointing due to writing style See my Amazon review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3JE147... ...

    Not quite what I expected, but more. A reflective account of several lives connected by a tumultuous river. Reading this book I was reminded that beyond our tame exiatences is passion, unpredictability, the unexpected, and for some of those still bold, the lure of discovery. I would no...

    I won this book on Goodreads. I will give it a fair and honest review. Castner?s Disappointment River is advertised as part historical narrative and part travel memoir. I will admit as a history buff I originally was more interested in the historical narrative. Once I started read...

    Disappointment River was a bit of a disappointment. It's the kind of book I should have really enjoyed. The author decides to recreate Alexander Mackenzie's historic voyage up the 1100-mile-long Canadian river that bears his name. Cool idea! But I was bored almost the whole time I was ...

    My 92 year old cousin suggested this book to me, knowing how much I enjoy books on exploration and re-exploration. The first 100 pages are a history of Alexander MacKenzie (no known relation) but for me the book really begins when Castner/MacKenzie arrive at the Grand Portage. I grew u...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It alternates chapters between Mackenzie's journey in the late 1700s and Brian Castner's journey in the mid 2010s. The chapters about Mackenzie and his crew are engaging, fun, and educational. They are not extremely exhaustive in history, but there i...

    There are two parallel stories in this book: one is of Alexander MacKenzie's voyage to look for the Northwest Passage (when Meriwether Lewis was still 14); the other is of the author's attempt to recreate that voyage. There is a great deal of emphasis (too much so, for me) on the histo...

    My kind of book. Castner provides well-documented history of Alexander MacKenzie's expedition in 1789 from Slave Lake to the Artic Ocean along the Den Cho (MacKenzie) River. Then he narrates his own 1000 mile journey in 2016 following MacKenzie's route. This river is huge (miles wide) ...

    I'm sure the author did extensive research on Alexander McKenzie and his attempt to find a trade route to the riches of the East back in 1789. I started to read some of the history but soon became overwhelmed by so many details of that man's life. I didn't even read about his journey, ...

    I really enjoyed this recounting of Alexander Mackenzie's voyage to the Arctic Ocean [kind of] via the Mackenzie River/ Deh Cho coupled with Brian Castner's own version. Reading his book has increased my comprehension of the enormity of that river as well as the diversity of the Northw...

    Mr. Castner took it upon himself to reenact Alexander Mackenzie's 18th century trek by canoe of the now Mackenzie River through northern Canada and Alaska looking for the elusive Northwest Passage to China and the Pacific on a northern route. He shares his trip alternating with four o...

    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I enjoyed what I read but found I was progressing incredibly slowly. When a friend and her new husband came for a visit, I found out that this book was in the wheelhouse of my friend's husband. I passed it on to him as I knew it would be well-re...

    When I first started reading this book, I was not sure why I chose it. However, the history and the adventure of the journey on the Mackenzie river in search of the Northwest passage got me hooked. I hated to see the adventure over and wished it had continued. I also felt like Brian an...

    I enjoyed this saga of little-known history of McKenzie and the English Chief's search for a Northwest Passage interspersed with the challenges of the author's (Brian Castner's) quest to canoe the route in 2016. Further, I was reminded of many similar experiences in backwoods across th...

    Castner shares the history of Alexander Mackenzie?s journey along the Deh Cho (aka the Mackenzie River) to the Arctic Ocean while relating the tale of his own grueling journey along the same route. He draws a vivid picture of life in the small villages of the North while sharing a st...

    I won this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway. It turned out not to be my "cup of tea", as I am not an "outdoorsy" type but it is very well-written. Castner craftily weaves the history of David Mackenzie's life and explorations of Northern Canada together with his own attempt to padd...

    If I?ve learned anything from Brian Castner?s books, it?s that the best nonfiction must be earned. In each one of his books, the prose feels deserved, rich with texture and detail. Disappointment River is no exception. Exhaustively and personally researched by duplicating McKenzi...

    Nice contrast between Castner's and MacKenzie's journeys. Both were incredibly tough, though Castner had much more of a safety net. He brought up lots of topics and issues: First Nations rights, climate change, development, but it all boiled down to the challenges the land and elements...

    This was a giveaway win for me. The blurb caught my interest, the book held my interest. Very nice mix of researched history with the authors personal experiences running side by side. I must admit I learned quite s bit of historical facts scattered through out this book. Highly re...

    I liked this book much more than expected. History and a modern northern adventure travel memoir all in one book. Mackenzie did call it Disappointment River; I like the idea of a name in honor of a perceived failure. Perhaps the world would be in less of a mess if we memorialized our l...

    I really enjoyed the story of Brian Castner and his various partners canoeing the Mackenzie River to the Arctic Ocean. Castner is retracing the steps of Alexander Mackenzie in 1789 who ran into ice and had to turn back. It sounds terrifying with rain, snow, wind, big waves, and bugs bu...

    A highly-enjoyable tale of a historic canoe journey and a modern day trip to trace the original path. More historical and travel journal than adventure, but Castner does a good job of putting you in the heart of the Mackenzie River. I got itchy just thinking about the mosquito swarms! ...

  • Richard
    Aug 14, 2018

    I remember sitting in a high school class years ago in Canada learning about Alexander Mackenzie?s discovery of the Mackenzie River. At 1,100 miles, it is North Americas second largest river. Then as per usual in those days I would start to day dream about traversing the river with M...

    Marco Polo. Columbus. Magellan. Henry Hudson. Captain Cook. Alexander Mackenzie. Lewis & Clark....Mackenzie? We know the names of the great explorers (for both good and bad)--with one big exception. Alexander Mackenzie. I had read something about him as a kid and was fascinated by ...

    Interesting research, but clearly written for a macho male audience. See my other ten word book reviews at my blog: tenwordbookreviews.wordpress.com ...

    I received a free Kindle copy of Disappointment River by Brian Castner courtesy of Net Galley and Doubleday Books, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog. I also pos...

    disappointed ...

    The Northwest Passage is a giant pain in the ass. It?s harsh and cold and the weather is entirely unforgiving; it seems to drive people half-mad. After learning that, it makes it all the more impressive that Alexander Mackenzie did it back in the late 1700s and that our author fol...

    A really fascinating subject but ultimately disappointing due to writing style See my Amazon review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3JE147... ...

    Not quite what I expected, but more. A reflective account of several lives connected by a tumultuous river. Reading this book I was reminded that beyond our tame exiatences is passion, unpredictability, the unexpected, and for some of those still bold, the lure of discovery. I would no...

    I won this book on Goodreads. I will give it a fair and honest review. Castner?s Disappointment River is advertised as part historical narrative and part travel memoir. I will admit as a history buff I originally was more interested in the historical narrative. Once I started read...

    Disappointment River was a bit of a disappointment. It's the kind of book I should have really enjoyed. The author decides to recreate Alexander Mackenzie's historic voyage up the 1100-mile-long Canadian river that bears his name. Cool idea! But I was bored almost the whole time I was ...

    My 92 year old cousin suggested this book to me, knowing how much I enjoy books on exploration and re-exploration. The first 100 pages are a history of Alexander MacKenzie (no known relation) but for me the book really begins when Castner/MacKenzie arrive at the Grand Portage. I grew u...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It alternates chapters between Mackenzie's journey in the late 1700s and Brian Castner's journey in the mid 2010s. The chapters about Mackenzie and his crew are engaging, fun, and educational. They are not extremely exhaustive in history, but there i...

    There are two parallel stories in this book: one is of Alexander MacKenzie's voyage to look for the Northwest Passage (when Meriwether Lewis was still 14); the other is of the author's attempt to recreate that voyage. There is a great deal of emphasis (too much so, for me) on the histo...

    My kind of book. Castner provides well-documented history of Alexander MacKenzie's expedition in 1789 from Slave Lake to the Artic Ocean along the Den Cho (MacKenzie) River. Then he narrates his own 1000 mile journey in 2016 following MacKenzie's route. This river is huge (miles wide) ...

    I'm sure the author did extensive research on Alexander McKenzie and his attempt to find a trade route to the riches of the East back in 1789. I started to read some of the history but soon became overwhelmed by so many details of that man's life. I didn't even read about his journey, ...

    I really enjoyed this recounting of Alexander Mackenzie's voyage to the Arctic Ocean [kind of] via the Mackenzie River/ Deh Cho coupled with Brian Castner's own version. Reading his book has increased my comprehension of the enormity of that river as well as the diversity of the Northw...

    Mr. Castner took it upon himself to reenact Alexander Mackenzie's 18th century trek by canoe of the now Mackenzie River through northern Canada and Alaska looking for the elusive Northwest Passage to China and the Pacific on a northern route. He shares his trip alternating with four o...

    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I enjoyed what I read but found I was progressing incredibly slowly. When a friend and her new husband came for a visit, I found out that this book was in the wheelhouse of my friend's husband. I passed it on to him as I knew it would be well-re...

    When I first started reading this book, I was not sure why I chose it. However, the history and the adventure of the journey on the Mackenzie river in search of the Northwest passage got me hooked. I hated to see the adventure over and wished it had continued. I also felt like Brian an...

    I enjoyed this saga of little-known history of McKenzie and the English Chief's search for a Northwest Passage interspersed with the challenges of the author's (Brian Castner's) quest to canoe the route in 2016. Further, I was reminded of many similar experiences in backwoods across th...

    Castner shares the history of Alexander Mackenzie?s journey along the Deh Cho (aka the Mackenzie River) to the Arctic Ocean while relating the tale of his own grueling journey along the same route. He draws a vivid picture of life in the small villages of the North while sharing a st...

    I won this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway. It turned out not to be my "cup of tea", as I am not an "outdoorsy" type but it is very well-written. Castner craftily weaves the history of David Mackenzie's life and explorations of Northern Canada together with his own attempt to padd...

    If I?ve learned anything from Brian Castner?s books, it?s that the best nonfiction must be earned. In each one of his books, the prose feels deserved, rich with texture and detail. Disappointment River is no exception. Exhaustively and personally researched by duplicating McKenzi...

    Nice contrast between Castner's and MacKenzie's journeys. Both were incredibly tough, though Castner had much more of a safety net. He brought up lots of topics and issues: First Nations rights, climate change, development, but it all boiled down to the challenges the land and elements...

    This was a giveaway win for me. The blurb caught my interest, the book held my interest. Very nice mix of researched history with the authors personal experiences running side by side. I must admit I learned quite s bit of historical facts scattered through out this book. Highly re...

    I liked this book much more than expected. History and a modern northern adventure travel memoir all in one book. Mackenzie did call it Disappointment River; I like the idea of a name in honor of a perceived failure. Perhaps the world would be in less of a mess if we memorialized our l...

    I really enjoyed the story of Brian Castner and his various partners canoeing the Mackenzie River to the Arctic Ocean. Castner is retracing the steps of Alexander Mackenzie in 1789 who ran into ice and had to turn back. It sounds terrifying with rain, snow, wind, big waves, and bugs bu...

    A highly-enjoyable tale of a historic canoe journey and a modern day trip to trace the original path. More historical and travel journal than adventure, but Castner does a good job of putting you in the heart of the Mackenzie River. I got itchy just thinking about the mosquito swarms! ...

    A story told in two parts, history and travelogue. The history portion gets bogged down at times (I eventually skipped those later chapters), while the author's account of paddling down the Mackenzie River are interesting and cautionary. ...

  • gnarlyhiker
    Apr 02, 2018

    I remember sitting in a high school class years ago in Canada learning about Alexander Mackenzie?s discovery of the Mackenzie River. At 1,100 miles, it is North Americas second largest river. Then as per usual in those days I would start to day dream about traversing the river with M...

    Marco Polo. Columbus. Magellan. Henry Hudson. Captain Cook. Alexander Mackenzie. Lewis & Clark....Mackenzie? We know the names of the great explorers (for both good and bad)--with one big exception. Alexander Mackenzie. I had read something about him as a kid and was fascinated by ...

    Interesting research, but clearly written for a macho male audience. See my other ten word book reviews at my blog: tenwordbookreviews.wordpress.com ...

    I received a free Kindle copy of Disappointment River by Brian Castner courtesy of Net Galley and Doubleday Books, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog. I also pos...

    disappointed ...

  • Ward
    Apr 14, 2018

    I remember sitting in a high school class years ago in Canada learning about Alexander Mackenzie?s discovery of the Mackenzie River. At 1,100 miles, it is North Americas second largest river. Then as per usual in those days I would start to day dream about traversing the river with M...

    Marco Polo. Columbus. Magellan. Henry Hudson. Captain Cook. Alexander Mackenzie. Lewis & Clark....Mackenzie? We know the names of the great explorers (for both good and bad)--with one big exception. Alexander Mackenzie. I had read something about him as a kid and was fascinated by ...

    Interesting research, but clearly written for a macho male audience. See my other ten word book reviews at my blog: tenwordbookreviews.wordpress.com ...

    I received a free Kindle copy of Disappointment River by Brian Castner courtesy of Net Galley and Doubleday Books, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog. I also pos...

    disappointed ...

    The Northwest Passage is a giant pain in the ass. It?s harsh and cold and the weather is entirely unforgiving; it seems to drive people half-mad. After learning that, it makes it all the more impressive that Alexander Mackenzie did it back in the late 1700s and that our author fol...

    A really fascinating subject but ultimately disappointing due to writing style See my Amazon review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3JE147... ...

    Not quite what I expected, but more. A reflective account of several lives connected by a tumultuous river. Reading this book I was reminded that beyond our tame exiatences is passion, unpredictability, the unexpected, and for some of those still bold, the lure of discovery. I would no...

    I won this book on Goodreads. I will give it a fair and honest review. Castner?s Disappointment River is advertised as part historical narrative and part travel memoir. I will admit as a history buff I originally was more interested in the historical narrative. Once I started read...

    Disappointment River was a bit of a disappointment. It's the kind of book I should have really enjoyed. The author decides to recreate Alexander Mackenzie's historic voyage up the 1100-mile-long Canadian river that bears his name. Cool idea! But I was bored almost the whole time I was ...

    My 92 year old cousin suggested this book to me, knowing how much I enjoy books on exploration and re-exploration. The first 100 pages are a history of Alexander MacKenzie (no known relation) but for me the book really begins when Castner/MacKenzie arrive at the Grand Portage. I grew u...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It alternates chapters between Mackenzie's journey in the late 1700s and Brian Castner's journey in the mid 2010s. The chapters about Mackenzie and his crew are engaging, fun, and educational. They are not extremely exhaustive in history, but there i...

    There are two parallel stories in this book: one is of Alexander MacKenzie's voyage to look for the Northwest Passage (when Meriwether Lewis was still 14); the other is of the author's attempt to recreate that voyage. There is a great deal of emphasis (too much so, for me) on the histo...

    My kind of book. Castner provides well-documented history of Alexander MacKenzie's expedition in 1789 from Slave Lake to the Artic Ocean along the Den Cho (MacKenzie) River. Then he narrates his own 1000 mile journey in 2016 following MacKenzie's route. This river is huge (miles wide) ...

    I'm sure the author did extensive research on Alexander McKenzie and his attempt to find a trade route to the riches of the East back in 1789. I started to read some of the history but soon became overwhelmed by so many details of that man's life. I didn't even read about his journey, ...

    I really enjoyed this recounting of Alexander Mackenzie's voyage to the Arctic Ocean [kind of] via the Mackenzie River/ Deh Cho coupled with Brian Castner's own version. Reading his book has increased my comprehension of the enormity of that river as well as the diversity of the Northw...

  • Paul Womack
    Mar 20, 2018

    I remember sitting in a high school class years ago in Canada learning about Alexander Mackenzie?s discovery of the Mackenzie River. At 1,100 miles, it is North Americas second largest river. Then as per usual in those days I would start to day dream about traversing the river with M...

    Marco Polo. Columbus. Magellan. Henry Hudson. Captain Cook. Alexander Mackenzie. Lewis & Clark....Mackenzie? We know the names of the great explorers (for both good and bad)--with one big exception. Alexander Mackenzie. I had read something about him as a kid and was fascinated by ...

    Interesting research, but clearly written for a macho male audience. See my other ten word book reviews at my blog: tenwordbookreviews.wordpress.com ...

    I received a free Kindle copy of Disappointment River by Brian Castner courtesy of Net Galley and Doubleday Books, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog. I also pos...

    disappointed ...

    The Northwest Passage is a giant pain in the ass. It?s harsh and cold and the weather is entirely unforgiving; it seems to drive people half-mad. After learning that, it makes it all the more impressive that Alexander Mackenzie did it back in the late 1700s and that our author fol...

    A really fascinating subject but ultimately disappointing due to writing style See my Amazon review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3JE147... ...

    Not quite what I expected, but more. A reflective account of several lives connected by a tumultuous river. Reading this book I was reminded that beyond our tame exiatences is passion, unpredictability, the unexpected, and for some of those still bold, the lure of discovery. I would no...

  • Jean
    May 28, 2018

    I remember sitting in a high school class years ago in Canada learning about Alexander Mackenzie?s discovery of the Mackenzie River. At 1,100 miles, it is North Americas second largest river. Then as per usual in those days I would start to day dream about traversing the river with M...

  • Renata
    Jun 30, 2018

    I remember sitting in a high school class years ago in Canada learning about Alexander Mackenzie?s discovery of the Mackenzie River. At 1,100 miles, it is North Americas second largest river. Then as per usual in those days I would start to day dream about traversing the river with M...

    Marco Polo. Columbus. Magellan. Henry Hudson. Captain Cook. Alexander Mackenzie. Lewis & Clark....Mackenzie? We know the names of the great explorers (for both good and bad)--with one big exception. Alexander Mackenzie. I had read something about him as a kid and was fascinated by ...

    Interesting research, but clearly written for a macho male audience. See my other ten word book reviews at my blog: tenwordbookreviews.wordpress.com ...

    I received a free Kindle copy of Disappointment River by Brian Castner courtesy of Net Galley and Doubleday Books, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog. I also pos...

    disappointed ...

    The Northwest Passage is a giant pain in the ass. It?s harsh and cold and the weather is entirely unforgiving; it seems to drive people half-mad. After learning that, it makes it all the more impressive that Alexander Mackenzie did it back in the late 1700s and that our author fol...

    A really fascinating subject but ultimately disappointing due to writing style See my Amazon review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3JE147... ...

    Not quite what I expected, but more. A reflective account of several lives connected by a tumultuous river. Reading this book I was reminded that beyond our tame exiatences is passion, unpredictability, the unexpected, and for some of those still bold, the lure of discovery. I would no...

    I won this book on Goodreads. I will give it a fair and honest review. Castner?s Disappointment River is advertised as part historical narrative and part travel memoir. I will admit as a history buff I originally was more interested in the historical narrative. Once I started read...

    Disappointment River was a bit of a disappointment. It's the kind of book I should have really enjoyed. The author decides to recreate Alexander Mackenzie's historic voyage up the 1100-mile-long Canadian river that bears his name. Cool idea! But I was bored almost the whole time I was ...

    My 92 year old cousin suggested this book to me, knowing how much I enjoy books on exploration and re-exploration. The first 100 pages are a history of Alexander MacKenzie (no known relation) but for me the book really begins when Castner/MacKenzie arrive at the Grand Portage. I grew u...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It alternates chapters between Mackenzie's journey in the late 1700s and Brian Castner's journey in the mid 2010s. The chapters about Mackenzie and his crew are engaging, fun, and educational. They are not extremely exhaustive in history, but there i...

    There are two parallel stories in this book: one is of Alexander MacKenzie's voyage to look for the Northwest Passage (when Meriwether Lewis was still 14); the other is of the author's attempt to recreate that voyage. There is a great deal of emphasis (too much so, for me) on the histo...

    My kind of book. Castner provides well-documented history of Alexander MacKenzie's expedition in 1789 from Slave Lake to the Artic Ocean along the Den Cho (MacKenzie) River. Then he narrates his own 1000 mile journey in 2016 following MacKenzie's route. This river is huge (miles wide) ...

    I'm sure the author did extensive research on Alexander McKenzie and his attempt to find a trade route to the riches of the East back in 1789. I started to read some of the history but soon became overwhelmed by so many details of that man's life. I didn't even read about his journey, ...

    I really enjoyed this recounting of Alexander Mackenzie's voyage to the Arctic Ocean [kind of] via the Mackenzie River/ Deh Cho coupled with Brian Castner's own version. Reading his book has increased my comprehension of the enormity of that river as well as the diversity of the Northw...

    Mr. Castner took it upon himself to reenact Alexander Mackenzie's 18th century trek by canoe of the now Mackenzie River through northern Canada and Alaska looking for the elusive Northwest Passage to China and the Pacific on a northern route. He shares his trip alternating with four o...

    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I enjoyed what I read but found I was progressing incredibly slowly. When a friend and her new husband came for a visit, I found out that this book was in the wheelhouse of my friend's husband. I passed it on to him as I knew it would be well-re...

    When I first started reading this book, I was not sure why I chose it. However, the history and the adventure of the journey on the Mackenzie river in search of the Northwest passage got me hooked. I hated to see the adventure over and wished it had continued. I also felt like Brian an...

    I enjoyed this saga of little-known history of McKenzie and the English Chief's search for a Northwest Passage interspersed with the challenges of the author's (Brian Castner's) quest to canoe the route in 2016. Further, I was reminded of many similar experiences in backwoods across th...

    Castner shares the history of Alexander Mackenzie?s journey along the Deh Cho (aka the Mackenzie River) to the Arctic Ocean while relating the tale of his own grueling journey along the same route. He draws a vivid picture of life in the small villages of the North while sharing a st...

    I won this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway. It turned out not to be my "cup of tea", as I am not an "outdoorsy" type but it is very well-written. Castner craftily weaves the history of David Mackenzie's life and explorations of Northern Canada together with his own attempt to padd...

  • Michael Ivison
    Jun 03, 2018

    I remember sitting in a high school class years ago in Canada learning about Alexander Mackenzie?s discovery of the Mackenzie River. At 1,100 miles, it is North Americas second largest river. Then as per usual in those days I would start to day dream about traversing the river with M...

    Marco Polo. Columbus. Magellan. Henry Hudson. Captain Cook. Alexander Mackenzie. Lewis & Clark....Mackenzie? We know the names of the great explorers (for both good and bad)--with one big exception. Alexander Mackenzie. I had read something about him as a kid and was fascinated by ...

    Interesting research, but clearly written for a macho male audience. See my other ten word book reviews at my blog: tenwordbookreviews.wordpress.com ...

    I received a free Kindle copy of Disappointment River by Brian Castner courtesy of Net Galley and Doubleday Books, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog. I also pos...

    disappointed ...

    The Northwest Passage is a giant pain in the ass. It?s harsh and cold and the weather is entirely unforgiving; it seems to drive people half-mad. After learning that, it makes it all the more impressive that Alexander Mackenzie did it back in the late 1700s and that our author fol...

    A really fascinating subject but ultimately disappointing due to writing style See my Amazon review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3JE147... ...

    Not quite what I expected, but more. A reflective account of several lives connected by a tumultuous river. Reading this book I was reminded that beyond our tame exiatences is passion, unpredictability, the unexpected, and for some of those still bold, the lure of discovery. I would no...

    I won this book on Goodreads. I will give it a fair and honest review. Castner?s Disappointment River is advertised as part historical narrative and part travel memoir. I will admit as a history buff I originally was more interested in the historical narrative. Once I started read...

    Disappointment River was a bit of a disappointment. It's the kind of book I should have really enjoyed. The author decides to recreate Alexander Mackenzie's historic voyage up the 1100-mile-long Canadian river that bears his name. Cool idea! But I was bored almost the whole time I was ...

    My 92 year old cousin suggested this book to me, knowing how much I enjoy books on exploration and re-exploration. The first 100 pages are a history of Alexander MacKenzie (no known relation) but for me the book really begins when Castner/MacKenzie arrive at the Grand Portage. I grew u...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It alternates chapters between Mackenzie's journey in the late 1700s and Brian Castner's journey in the mid 2010s. The chapters about Mackenzie and his crew are engaging, fun, and educational. They are not extremely exhaustive in history, but there i...

  • Ricky Duncan
    Apr 10, 2018

    I remember sitting in a high school class years ago in Canada learning about Alexander Mackenzie?s discovery of the Mackenzie River. At 1,100 miles, it is North Americas second largest river. Then as per usual in those days I would start to day dream about traversing the river with M...

    Marco Polo. Columbus. Magellan. Henry Hudson. Captain Cook. Alexander Mackenzie. Lewis & Clark....Mackenzie? We know the names of the great explorers (for both good and bad)--with one big exception. Alexander Mackenzie. I had read something about him as a kid and was fascinated by ...

    Interesting research, but clearly written for a macho male audience. See my other ten word book reviews at my blog: tenwordbookreviews.wordpress.com ...

    I received a free Kindle copy of Disappointment River by Brian Castner courtesy of Net Galley and Doubleday Books, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog. I also pos...

    disappointed ...

    The Northwest Passage is a giant pain in the ass. It?s harsh and cold and the weather is entirely unforgiving; it seems to drive people half-mad. After learning that, it makes it all the more impressive that Alexander Mackenzie did it back in the late 1700s and that our author fol...

    A really fascinating subject but ultimately disappointing due to writing style See my Amazon review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3JE147... ...

    Not quite what I expected, but more. A reflective account of several lives connected by a tumultuous river. Reading this book I was reminded that beyond our tame exiatences is passion, unpredictability, the unexpected, and for some of those still bold, the lure of discovery. I would no...

    I won this book on Goodreads. I will give it a fair and honest review. Castner?s Disappointment River is advertised as part historical narrative and part travel memoir. I will admit as a history buff I originally was more interested in the historical narrative. Once I started read...

    Disappointment River was a bit of a disappointment. It's the kind of book I should have really enjoyed. The author decides to recreate Alexander Mackenzie's historic voyage up the 1100-mile-long Canadian river that bears his name. Cool idea! But I was bored almost the whole time I was ...

    My 92 year old cousin suggested this book to me, knowing how much I enjoy books on exploration and re-exploration. The first 100 pages are a history of Alexander MacKenzie (no known relation) but for me the book really begins when Castner/MacKenzie arrive at the Grand Portage. I grew u...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It alternates chapters between Mackenzie's journey in the late 1700s and Brian Castner's journey in the mid 2010s. The chapters about Mackenzie and his crew are engaging, fun, and educational. They are not extremely exhaustive in history, but there i...

    There are two parallel stories in this book: one is of Alexander MacKenzie's voyage to look for the Northwest Passage (when Meriwether Lewis was still 14); the other is of the author's attempt to recreate that voyage. There is a great deal of emphasis (too much so, for me) on the histo...

    My kind of book. Castner provides well-documented history of Alexander MacKenzie's expedition in 1789 from Slave Lake to the Artic Ocean along the Den Cho (MacKenzie) River. Then he narrates his own 1000 mile journey in 2016 following MacKenzie's route. This river is huge (miles wide) ...

    I'm sure the author did extensive research on Alexander McKenzie and his attempt to find a trade route to the riches of the East back in 1789. I started to read some of the history but soon became overwhelmed by so many details of that man's life. I didn't even read about his journey, ...

    I really enjoyed this recounting of Alexander Mackenzie's voyage to the Arctic Ocean [kind of] via the Mackenzie River/ Deh Cho coupled with Brian Castner's own version. Reading his book has increased my comprehension of the enormity of that river as well as the diversity of the Northw...

    Mr. Castner took it upon himself to reenact Alexander Mackenzie's 18th century trek by canoe of the now Mackenzie River through northern Canada and Alaska looking for the elusive Northwest Passage to China and the Pacific on a northern route. He shares his trip alternating with four o...

    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I enjoyed what I read but found I was progressing incredibly slowly. When a friend and her new husband came for a visit, I found out that this book was in the wheelhouse of my friend's husband. I passed it on to him as I knew it would be well-re...

    When I first started reading this book, I was not sure why I chose it. However, the history and the adventure of the journey on the Mackenzie river in search of the Northwest passage got me hooked. I hated to see the adventure over and wished it had continued. I also felt like Brian an...

    I enjoyed this saga of little-known history of McKenzie and the English Chief's search for a Northwest Passage interspersed with the challenges of the author's (Brian Castner's) quest to canoe the route in 2016. Further, I was reminded of many similar experiences in backwoods across th...

    Castner shares the history of Alexander Mackenzie?s journey along the Deh Cho (aka the Mackenzie River) to the Arctic Ocean while relating the tale of his own grueling journey along the same route. He draws a vivid picture of life in the small villages of the North while sharing a st...

    I won this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway. It turned out not to be my "cup of tea", as I am not an "outdoorsy" type but it is very well-written. Castner craftily weaves the history of David Mackenzie's life and explorations of Northern Canada together with his own attempt to padd...

    If I?ve learned anything from Brian Castner?s books, it?s that the best nonfiction must be earned. In each one of his books, the prose feels deserved, rich with texture and detail. Disappointment River is no exception. Exhaustively and personally researched by duplicating McKenzi...

    Nice contrast between Castner's and MacKenzie's journeys. Both were incredibly tough, though Castner had much more of a safety net. He brought up lots of topics and issues: First Nations rights, climate change, development, but it all boiled down to the challenges the land and elements...

    This was a giveaway win for me. The blurb caught my interest, the book held my interest. Very nice mix of researched history with the authors personal experiences running side by side. I must admit I learned quite s bit of historical facts scattered through out this book. Highly re...

  • Matthew Komatsu
    Jun 13, 2018

    I remember sitting in a high school class years ago in Canada learning about Alexander Mackenzie?s discovery of the Mackenzie River. At 1,100 miles, it is North Americas second largest river. Then as per usual in those days I would start to day dream about traversing the river with M...

    Marco Polo. Columbus. Magellan. Henry Hudson. Captain Cook. Alexander Mackenzie. Lewis & Clark....Mackenzie? We know the names of the great explorers (for both good and bad)--with one big exception. Alexander Mackenzie. I had read something about him as a kid and was fascinated by ...

    Interesting research, but clearly written for a macho male audience. See my other ten word book reviews at my blog: tenwordbookreviews.wordpress.com ...

    I received a free Kindle copy of Disappointment River by Brian Castner courtesy of Net Galley and Doubleday Books, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog. I also pos...

    disappointed ...

    The Northwest Passage is a giant pain in the ass. It?s harsh and cold and the weather is entirely unforgiving; it seems to drive people half-mad. After learning that, it makes it all the more impressive that Alexander Mackenzie did it back in the late 1700s and that our author fol...

    A really fascinating subject but ultimately disappointing due to writing style See my Amazon review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3JE147... ...

    Not quite what I expected, but more. A reflective account of several lives connected by a tumultuous river. Reading this book I was reminded that beyond our tame exiatences is passion, unpredictability, the unexpected, and for some of those still bold, the lure of discovery. I would no...

    I won this book on Goodreads. I will give it a fair and honest review. Castner?s Disappointment River is advertised as part historical narrative and part travel memoir. I will admit as a history buff I originally was more interested in the historical narrative. Once I started read...

    Disappointment River was a bit of a disappointment. It's the kind of book I should have really enjoyed. The author decides to recreate Alexander Mackenzie's historic voyage up the 1100-mile-long Canadian river that bears his name. Cool idea! But I was bored almost the whole time I was ...

    My 92 year old cousin suggested this book to me, knowing how much I enjoy books on exploration and re-exploration. The first 100 pages are a history of Alexander MacKenzie (no known relation) but for me the book really begins when Castner/MacKenzie arrive at the Grand Portage. I grew u...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It alternates chapters between Mackenzie's journey in the late 1700s and Brian Castner's journey in the mid 2010s. The chapters about Mackenzie and his crew are engaging, fun, and educational. They are not extremely exhaustive in history, but there i...

    There are two parallel stories in this book: one is of Alexander MacKenzie's voyage to look for the Northwest Passage (when Meriwether Lewis was still 14); the other is of the author's attempt to recreate that voyage. There is a great deal of emphasis (too much so, for me) on the histo...

    My kind of book. Castner provides well-documented history of Alexander MacKenzie's expedition in 1789 from Slave Lake to the Artic Ocean along the Den Cho (MacKenzie) River. Then he narrates his own 1000 mile journey in 2016 following MacKenzie's route. This river is huge (miles wide) ...

    I'm sure the author did extensive research on Alexander McKenzie and his attempt to find a trade route to the riches of the East back in 1789. I started to read some of the history but soon became overwhelmed by so many details of that man's life. I didn't even read about his journey, ...

    I really enjoyed this recounting of Alexander Mackenzie's voyage to the Arctic Ocean [kind of] via the Mackenzie River/ Deh Cho coupled with Brian Castner's own version. Reading his book has increased my comprehension of the enormity of that river as well as the diversity of the Northw...

    Mr. Castner took it upon himself to reenact Alexander Mackenzie's 18th century trek by canoe of the now Mackenzie River through northern Canada and Alaska looking for the elusive Northwest Passage to China and the Pacific on a northern route. He shares his trip alternating with four o...

    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I enjoyed what I read but found I was progressing incredibly slowly. When a friend and her new husband came for a visit, I found out that this book was in the wheelhouse of my friend's husband. I passed it on to him as I knew it would be well-re...

    When I first started reading this book, I was not sure why I chose it. However, the history and the adventure of the journey on the Mackenzie river in search of the Northwest passage got me hooked. I hated to see the adventure over and wished it had continued. I also felt like Brian an...

    I enjoyed this saga of little-known history of McKenzie and the English Chief's search for a Northwest Passage interspersed with the challenges of the author's (Brian Castner's) quest to canoe the route in 2016. Further, I was reminded of many similar experiences in backwoods across th...

    Castner shares the history of Alexander Mackenzie?s journey along the Deh Cho (aka the Mackenzie River) to the Arctic Ocean while relating the tale of his own grueling journey along the same route. He draws a vivid picture of life in the small villages of the North while sharing a st...

    I won this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway. It turned out not to be my "cup of tea", as I am not an "outdoorsy" type but it is very well-written. Castner craftily weaves the history of David Mackenzie's life and explorations of Northern Canada together with his own attempt to padd...

    If I?ve learned anything from Brian Castner?s books, it?s that the best nonfiction must be earned. In each one of his books, the prose feels deserved, rich with texture and detail. Disappointment River is no exception. Exhaustively and personally researched by duplicating McKenzi...