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In A Shape in the Dark, wilderness guide and lifelong Alaskan Bjorn Dihle weaves personal experience with historical and contemporary accounts to explore the world of brown bears - from encounters with the Lewis and Clark Expedition to frightening attacks including the famed death of Timothy Treadwell, the controversies related to bear hunting, the animal's place in native cultures, and the impacts on the species from habitat degradation and climate change. 

Much more than a report on human-bear interactions, this compelling story intimately explores our relationship with one of the world's most powerful predators. An authentic and thoughtful work, it blends outdoor adventure, history, and elements of memoir to present a mesmerizing portrait of Alaska's brown bears and grizzlies, informed by the species' larger history and their fragile future.

©2021 Bjorn Dihle (P)2021 Tantor

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one of the most unexpected joys in my library

Purchased to research bears for a novel, ended up being one of my favorite audible purchases ever.

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Loved it <3

He has amazing insight into nature the heartbeat of the forest... the respective bears .. I'm so glad that grizzly bears are protected now.. thank you for giving me insight into what it's like to be alone in the wilderness

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Absolutely fantastic book

Highly recommend. I’ve read a bunch of books on bears, mostly b/c I like being in the backcountry but don’t want to have or be a problem. This book fits right in with that mentality and has great info taken from the author’s life experience, from history, and from current literature. Full disclosure, I skipped over some of the 19th century carnage, I’m familiar with that period of time. The book is excellent, full of info and, the way I think of it: well-rounded. I recommend this one. Thx goes out to Dihle for writing it.

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Nice little book

This was a nice read. By time’s it gets a little repetitive as the writer focuses a big deal on Grizzly attacks and mauling.

Other than that I really enjoyed learning more about brown bears.

The narrator was a little over dramatic and I reckon is better suited for narrating movie trailers