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Call of the American Wild: A Tenderfoot's Escape to Alaska | [Guy Grieve]

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

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.
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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 2005
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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.

    33 of 35 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.




    2 of 3 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 2012
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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.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela M. Southern California 10-01-14
    Pamela M. Southern California 10-01-14 Member Since 2012

    A book can get you out of your house, your town, even out of the country. I'm an avid reader believing reviews help find the good ones.

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    "BINGO.... this is a good one!"

    I enjoyed the Alaskan adventure of this story. I envy people who give it all up to escape the rat race and see if they can survive in the bush. This story had all the makings of a great adventure, weather, animals, struggle and hardship. The story was well written and moved at a great pace. I could hardly put this one down. A credit well spent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brett Boulder, CO, United States 02-28-14
    Brett Boulder, CO, United States 02-28-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Live life"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Call of the American Wild to be better than the print version?

    Probably not


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Fuzzy. Dog always show you what they are thinking whether you like it or not.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, because I had to fight off the urge to drop everything and take off to


    Any additional comments?

    The fact that Guy made a decision for himself with huge consequences is beautiful and challenging. The life circumstance he runs into are heart felt and real. His last chapter paints his journey well and its one of the most powerful parts of his journey.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Simonton Texas, USA 11-18-13
    J. Simonton Texas, USA 11-18-13 Member Since 2012

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    "A perfect story for an Adventure junkie"
    What made the experience of listening to Call of the American Wild the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What about Steve West’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 2 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"
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    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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