Flashback to March 2017

    • The Stranger in the Woods

    • The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit
    • By: Michael Finkel
    • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
    • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,824
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,682
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,673

    A remarkable tale of survival and solitude - the true story of a man who lived alone in a tent in the Maine woods for 27 years....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Captivating Then Exasperating

    • By Gillian on 03-10-17
    • The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit
    • By: Michael Finkel
    • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
    • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
    • Release date: 03-07-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 1,824 ratings
    • Crazy True Story—I Listened in a Single Day
    • The literal stranger in the woods obviously fascinated author Michael Finkel, and his ode to this stranger created an immediate fascination within me. At age 20, Christopher Knight disappeared into the Maine woods and lived a life of solitude for the next 27 years. Over that time, he committed 1,000 burglaries (a necessity for survival) and only spoke once. Finkel’s portrayal of Knight’s time in the woods, capture, and imprisonment is haunting, heartbreaking, and utterly human. I've shared this book with a few friends, and responses have ranged from, "what a nutter" to "this guy is my idol!" I love stories with that kind of power.

      Mark Bramhall’s narration served as a great accompaniment to the story. His lilting delivery evoked the slowed-down life of a hermit, and his characterization of Knight captured the gravelly tone and halted nature of speech that one would expect from someone who has only uttered a single syllable in 27 years. But pro-tip, if you're an east coast speed talker (like myself), there will be times when you'll want to bump this one up to 2x. —Katie, Audible Editor