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One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey | [Sam Keith, Richard Proenneke]

One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey

To live in a pristine land unchanged by man... to roam a wilderness through which few other humans have passed... to choose an idyllic site, cut trees and build a log cabin... to be a self-sufficient craftsman, making what is needed from materials available... to be not at odds with the world but content with one's own thoughts and company. Thousands have had such dreams, but Richard Proenneke lived them.
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Publisher's Summary

To live in a pristine land unchanged by man... to roam a wilderness through which few other humans have passed... to choose an idyllic site, cut trees and build a log cabin... to be a self-sufficient craftsman, making what is needed from materials available... to be not at odds with the world but content with one's own thoughts and company.

Thousands have had such dreams, but Richard Proenneke lived them. He found a place, built a cabin, and stayed to become part of the country. One Man's Wilderness is a simple account of the day-to-day explorations and activities he carried out alone, and the constant chain of nature's events that kept him company. From Proenneke's journals, and with first-hand knowledge of his subject and the setting, Sam Keith has woven a tribute to a man who carved his masterpiece out of the beyond.

©1999 Alaska Northwest Books (P)2010 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Though few will follow Proenneke's lead, his story can be quite inspiring." (Library Journal)

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    William York III 01-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A great adventure."

    All of this tale is well told and read. Makes me want to take another trip to Alaska.

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    John 11-24-14
    John 11-24-14

    It is better to tell the truth and fail than lie to succeed

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    "Easy Read"
    What made the experience of listening to One Man's Wilderness the most enjoyable?

    Easy read. Interesting, captivating and at times humorous.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Richard Proenneke - documentary/biography


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

    I don't think that I would want to listen to this all in one sitting. On the other hand it was at times difficult to put down.


    Any additional comments?

    Simple story, simple ark, fun to take the journey with Richard Proenneke.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Auzboy United States 07-19-14
    Auzboy United States 07-19-14 Member Since 2009

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    "Wonderful story. Exquisite narration."
    Would you listen to One Man's Wilderness again? Why?

    Absolutely. In fact, I have already listened to this audiobook three times.


    What other book might you compare One Man's Wilderness to and why?

    I am still raking through Audible books to find similar real-life stories.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Just about every scene energised my soul and refreshed my senses. Notwithstanding this is a true story of a man who wanted to be close to nature and live his life to fullness, the vivid descriptions of this pristine wilderness, perhaps the last few places on earth, is a shot in the arm for anyone who is a bit tired of city life and yearn for something different.


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

    I have never felt a greater contrast between what I see and observe during my commuting hours in a major modern city and what I hear through my earbuds! It's certainly left me with awe and a ting of jealousy!


    Any additional comments?

    This man's story is mesmerising, captivating, stimulating, and food for soul for nature lovers. Life is short and it's worth living it out like Richard Proenneke. For me, this may well be as close getting to these spectacular places as I ever can. I hope not.

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    Laurie Hume 02-23-14
    Laurie Hume 02-23-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Really enjoyed listening to this book"
    What did you love best about One Man's Wilderness?

    I truly enjoy books about people living in the wilderness, the ways they adapt and problems that they have. This book was a very truthful account of this man's time spent in a harsh environment


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author truly enjoyed living in the wilderness and took in the beauty and found ways to endure the hardship nature can bring


    Which character – as performed by Norman Dietz – was your favorite?

    There was only one main character in this book though a few others visited him


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

    I always looked forward to pick up where I left off and wanted to hear more


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Auckland, New Zealand 12-23-13
    Lisa Auckland, New Zealand 12-23-13 Member Since 2010
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    "An Absolute Gem"

    If you love stories about escaping to the wilderness and living a totally self-sufficient life with only the wildlife for company, you'll love this.
    But what I loved most was Richards' unfailing cheerful, practical, philosophical attitude to everything that happened to him and everything he had to do. This is a guy who gets dropped off in the middle of nowhere and cheerfully sets about building a log cabin from scratch, making every piece of furniture; hunting, fishing and growing food, exploring the surrounding mountains - all of it with no help or company, except for the occasional supply drop and the local friendly wildlife.
    There's no angst or hardship, no preachy-ness, just a genuine appreciation and love for his surroundings, and uncomplaining embracing of the fact that anything you want done, you've got to work out a way to do it yourself.
    It's entertaining, moves at a steady pace, and the overall effect is totally uplifting and inspiring. Makes you want to go live in the mountains and build a log cabin yourself, even if you'd never thought about it before.
    Hard to avoid the cliché - they don't make many like Richard anymore but you so wish they did.

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    gary LAKEWOOD, WA, United States 02-01-13
    gary LAKEWOOD, WA, United States 02-01-13
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    "A story of conviction and adventure"
    If you could sum up One Man's Wilderness in three words, what would they be?

    Super naturalist


    What was one of the most memorable moments of One Man's Wilderness?

    When he was confronted with bear


    What about Norman Dietz’s performance did you like?

    Voice and feeling


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A story of adventure


    Any additional comments?

    Will read again

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jacob Gunnison, CO, United States 07-09-12
    Jacob Gunnison, CO, United States 07-09-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Outstanding Story of an Alaskan adventure"
    What made the experience of listening to One Man's Wilderness the most enjoyable?

    I love the wilderness and this book really takes you right into the heart if it.


    Have you listened to any of Norman Dietz’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Norman Dietz is always good.


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth 04-29-12
    Elizabeth 04-29-12
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    "Good story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It's a great story that resonated with me because I am interested in these kinds of experiences.


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

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Al Clear Lake, WI, United States 01-12-12
    Al Clear Lake, WI, United States 01-12-12 Member Since 2009
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    "A good read for all outdoor lovers"
    Where does One Man's Wilderness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 15 I would say.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The solitude and the appreciation of God's creation.


    Which character – as performed by Norman Dietz – was your favorite?

    Richard


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A must see for all Outdoor Lovers


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    George Duluth, GA, United States 12-23-11
    George Duluth, GA, United States 12-23-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome book"

    I enjoyed listening to this book very much. I found myself saying a prayer for Richard Proenneke
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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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