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.
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.
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.
Yes! Tickles the yearning in many of us for pursuing the impossible or impractical. Smacks of the Jack London chronicles, albeit a bit tamer.
Loved the risk taken by a humble, inexperienced man. We should all be so bold...
Great inflections and characterizations.
Relationship with the dogs and gaining respect of locals.
The way that Guy Grieve described the scenery. I have been to Alaska several times and it made me just smile with all the details.
The fact that Guy was willing to admit his mistakes and show the reader how tough everyday activities are in the Alaskan wild. I also like how the people Guy interacts with are developed characters and not just one dimensional.
I really appreciated that it was not someone with a thick Scottish accent reading this book. His voice relayed a bit of humor at just the right times.
I wouldn't say extreme, but I did at a few points tear up. But that was mainly because I was remembering my grandfather and the time I spent with him in Alaska as a kid.
This a very fun book, I would definitely suggest to anyone who wants to know a bit more about visiting Alaska. There are many accounts of the pioneers experiences in the Yukon, but this book gives a modern perspective that I think most young adults could really benefit from.
As other reviewers have pointed out, there are a few things that do not match up with general bush experience/protocol. I am not going to discount this amazing story due to a few minor inaccuracies.
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.
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.
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