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One Man's Wilderness Audiobook

One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey

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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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    Melissa Desko 05-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful story, Excellent Narration"

    Such a great story. The narrator was a perfect fit. Definitely makes you feel like you are right
    there with him.

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    JRicc1986 USA 10-29-15
    JRicc1986 USA 10-29-15 Member Since 2015

    nobadwriting

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    "Best wilderness book."

    This absolutely can't be beat. A retired Navy man sets out to build a cabin by hand in Alaska. After this is accomplished, he lives in that location for the next 30 years. His journal entries describe that experience. I've listened to, and read this book over 10 times. its that good. Makes you feel like you are there, living this dream with him. This has it all, bear sitings, wilderness cooking, fishing, hunting, respect for wild things and places, carpentry and so on. Read this, you won't be disappointed.

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    Lisa South Africa 03-03-15
    Lisa South Africa 03-03-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Transported to Alaska"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd most definitely recommend this audiobook - and I have. This is a diary-style story that had me captivated from the start. The story is simple and back-to-nature. It tells of building, making and creating a home in the Alaskan wilderness - that's something few of us have the skills to do nor the opportunity. In our world of mostly rush-rush-rush and internet and tv and non-stop communication, this story is about a place and time where nature sets the pace. I found the content to be interesting, informative and, mostly, peaceful.


    What did you like best about this story?

    From listening to accounts of number of logs chopped to tools being sharpened, berries picked, wolves and caribou and sheep spotted to thickness of the ice as winter set in and groceries delivered by his friend in the plane... Writing this review, these things seem so boring and mundane but it so isn't. The narration is spot-on and the voice transported me to Alaska. I felt involved in the Richard Proenneke's daily tasks of building his cabin, paddling on the lake, changing seasons, watching the wildlife and trekking around the area. If you're into the outdoors, nature, wilderness and living off the land - you'll enjoy this story.


    What about Norman Dietz’s performance did you like?

    Norman's voice, tone and accent so suited the author that, for me, he became Richard Proenneke. Norman beautifully brought through Richard's feelings of achievement and self satisfaction with tasks completed as well as wonder for the environment, sensitivity and fascination for the wildlife and the pleasure and appreciation of having had this opportunity to spend more than a year living in the Alaskan wilds.


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    Maverick York 01-21-15
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Warren 07-26-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "I just couldn't get into it"
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Norman Dietz?

    Not sure. I just couldn't listen long to the narrator without daydreaming about something else. I think it was delivery more than substance but cant be sure. Maybe this book just wasn't for me.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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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