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.
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"Though few will follow Proenneke's lead, his story can be quite inspiring." (Library Journal)
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.
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.
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.
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.
It is better to tell the truth and fail than lie to succeed
Easy read. Interesting, captivating and at times humorous.
Richard Proenneke - documentary/biography
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.
Simple story, simple ark, fun to take the journey with Richard Proenneke.
Absolutely. In fact, I have already listened to this audiobook three times.
I am still raking through Audible books to find similar real-life stories.
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.
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!
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.
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
The author truly enjoyed living in the wilderness and took in the beauty and found ways to endure the hardship nature can bring
There was only one main character in this book though a few others visited him
I always looked forward to pick up where I left off and wanted to hear more
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.
Say something about yourself!
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.
When he was confronted with bear
Voice and feeling
A story of adventure
Will read again
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