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Call of the American Wild Audiobook
Call of the American Wild
Written by: 
Guy Grieve
Narrated by: 
Steve West
Call of the American Wild Audiobook

Call of the American Wild: A Tenderfoot's Escape to Alaska

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Audible Editor Reviews

If you've ever felt frustrated with modern life, if you've longed, in some strange primal way, to reconnect with nature in its cruelest and deadliest incarnation, then Guy Grieve's Call of the American Wild will resonate and fascinate.

Performed with aplomb by actor Steve West, whose frank and almost conversational style suits this intimate work well, Call of the American Wild tells the story of Guy Grieve's one year retreat into the Alaskan wilderness, where he builds a cabin, learns to live off the land, and contemplates questions of self-reliance, humility, family, and modernity. This audiobook contains a wonderful mix of practical information and existential consideration, perfect for adventure seekers and memoir addicts alike.

Publisher's Summary

A man, an axe, and a dog named Fuzzy.... Let the adventure begin!

Trapped in a job he hated and up to his neck in debt, Guy Grieve’s life was going nowhere. But with a stroke of luck, his dream of escaping it all to live in remote Alaska suddenly came true. Miles from the nearest human being and armed with only the most basic equipment, Guy built a log cabin from scratch and began carving a life for himself through fishing, hunting, and diligently avoiding bears.

Packed with adventure, humor, and insight, this is the gripping story of an ordinary man learning the ways of the wild.

©2012 Guy Grieve (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 06-01-13
    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 06-01-13 Member Since 2015

    My favorite genres are absurdist humor, Sci-fi & modern fantasy, but, as you can see, I'll read just about anything. Don't mind the typos.

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    "Maybe not really kinda true?"

    I was excited to listen to this book but the problems started almost immediately. I was born and raised in Alaska and when Grieve writes that he had to get back to camp by early evening because he didn't want to be caught out in the dark I started to realize things were fishy. In late spring, when he claims to be here, the sun doesn't set until almost midnight and doesn't set at all for a few months the farther north you go. He's vague on a lot of facts in this book, facts that could be verified. It feels like he's glossing over details. I'm not saying the story isn't true. I'm saying I have A LOT of doubts about its authenticity. I'd skip this one.

    63 of 69 people found this review helpful
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    Scottboze 09-04-15
    Scottboze 09-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A great adventure story."

    Just a good story of a man who had the balls to answer the call of the wild. Motivating.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Keith L. Hull MERIDIAN, ID, United States 01-18-16
    Keith L. Hull MERIDIAN, ID, United States 01-18-16

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    "You will root for the bears and Mother Nature"
    Would you try another book from Guy Grieve and/or Steve West?

    NO, NO a thousand times no!!


    Has Call of the American Wild turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    How could the performance have been better?

    If it had not happened


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger, disappoointment and utter frustration at both the author and reader


    Any additional comments?

    Even fiction must be plausible to be believable, so when a work of non-fiction isn't plausible, that work is pretty much worthless! I was so annoyed by the character of guy, that I found myself rooting for the bears, wolves, beaver, anything, to win out over this nitwit. He makes claims that even a person with a passing knowledge of bear behaviour knows is BS, and that is when he claims as fact, that black bears are far more dangerous than brown bears. A black bear will go completely out of its way to avoid a human encounter and will only become agressive when cornered. Unlike a grizzly, a bllack bear will not defend its cubs, nor is there any record of a black bear, as stated by Greive, tracking and eating a human. Total BS. The narrator ofter sounds like James Mason in the Desert Fox and his other characters, especially Don sound like thugs! The prose is awful. Example: a shot gun, " a cumbersome cannon", river snags as "gnarled fingers of portending doom" and my favorite, "the lethal nonchalance of a gun leaning against the wall"!! His "argument with his dog Fuzzy in the early chapter of the book where he first ventures down river to his "portage" had me laughing so hard I teared up! Totally unbelievable! Where does he find room to haul cases of whiskey to his cabin site? Speaking of which, he constructs said cabin in under 45 days with little or no help in sub-zero weather! Why he decides to slaughter an entire beaver colony toward the end of his stay when he obviously has access to plentiful food suplies is a mystery. Why this guy would, on the spur of the moment, with little time left before winter, up and decide to venture into one of the most forbidding places on Earth, and his wife is OK with it is an even larger mystery. I kept hoping that during one of hs infrequent satellite calls home, his son Oscar woould tell him about mummy's new friend and his new uncle, the milkman! An how about the weekly columns he was suppose to write for his newspaper as an excuse for them to fund his adventure? I think he mentions them once in the book. My conclusion is what a lot of reviewers suspect. And that is that most of this book never happened. There are far too many unexplained issues for this book to be believable. If the book is true, then get his pals in Galena, AK to come out of the woods and vouch for him. They can't be contacted because never is one surname mentioned in the book. Would I reccomentd this book? Surprisingly yes because it is so bad it's good! You will laaugh your butt off! If you can handle his Don's ego and the narrater's stupid affectations, it's really funny!

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Eric 07-27-15
    Eric 07-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Guy like me goes to Alaska"
    Would you listen to Call of the American Wild again? Why?

    If I was on a long car trip and didn't have any unread books on my phone I would listen to it again because it was a good story and I'd like to pay closer attention to the logistics now that I know what to focus on, just to get a deeper understanding.


    What about Steve West’s performance did you like?

    AMAZING job of creating different characters.


    Any additional comments?

    First, the guy (literally, GUY) is Scottish, so that's why the jarring accent. I took me a little while to catch on so at first I was annoyed with the absurdly out-of-place accent. But then it made sense.

    I, too, am floundering in a corporate "cube farm" and long to make a go of it in Alaska, so I understand his motives. However, I agree with other reviewers who had a hard time with him leaving his wife and little kids to go on what could have easily been a deadly adventure. As a dad, I don't have the right intentionally put myself in such harm's way for no really good reason, and I felt the same about him.

    But that aside, the story was great and he did a wonderful job of describing how he muddled through as an ill-equipped stranger in a strange land.

    Yes, I'm glad I read it and I would recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    T. Danforth 12-02-13
    T. Danforth 12-02-13
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    "Wonderful Listen! My new Favorite!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! Tickles the yearning in many of us for pursuing the impossible or impractical. Smacks of the Jack London chronicles, albeit a bit tamer.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Call of the American Wild?

    Loved the risk taken by a humble, inexperienced man. We should all be so bold...


    What does Steve West bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great inflections and characterizations.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Relationship with the dogs and gaining respect of locals.




    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Ajax, Ontario, Canada 03-20-13
    Matthew Ajax, Ontario, Canada 03-20-13 Member Since 2015
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    "4.5 out of five in my books"
    What did you love best about Call of the American Wild?

    Exactly the kind of story I was hoping for - man against nature in the positive meaning of the phrase. Interesting, captivating, well read. It didn't leave me breathless, or changed my life, but I have really enjoyed listening to it.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Travis 03-12-13
    Travis 03-12-13
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    "What a great Adventure"
    Any additional comments?

    A dream for anyone who loves being in the wilderness. A great story. One of my favorite books from Audible. Give the Narrator a chance. When I first started listening to the book I turned it off after about 5 minutes because I thought the Narrator was hard to listen to. I'm so glad I gave it a second chance. After about a half hour I was hooked. An inspiring book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    James Stone 07-28-16
    James Stone 07-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great experience!"

    I Love this book! I have this same dream and listening to this audio book really was a fantastic experience. Guy, great job with this. Thanks for sharing your experience. I hope to see a follow up with your life after this.

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    Craig 07-15-16
    Craig 07-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "great book!"

    Exceptional story filled with so many survival tips. You feel like you are there. The description of the wilderness is amazing. It really makes you see what is important in life and that life is such a huge blessing and gift.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Blaine Camas, WA, United States 06-24-16
    Blaine Camas, WA, United States 06-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "I loved everything about this experience..."
    What did you love best about Call of the American Wild?

    I loved the story, the characters, the narrator...it all fell together perfectly for me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the concept of it, but the telling was sublime. Although the subject was very serious, it was written (and read) with much humor, nuance, substance, passion and just the right amount of insight.


    Which character – as performed by Steve West – was your favorite?

    FUZZY! What a great character. I loved Guy, too, and of course Don, but Fuzzy won my heart with his relentless loyalty and simple companionship.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I listened to the Epilogue three times, to make sure I was catching all that Guy intended the reader to get. This story will stay with me for a long time.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm really glad I didn't read some of the vicious reviews of this book, and instead trusted my instincts (Guy refers to this many times in fact...trusting and LISTENING to your instincts). I will very likely listen to this whole thing again and again. I loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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