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Whether she is contemplating the history of walking as a cultural and political experience over the past 200 years (Wanderlust), or using the life of photographer Eadweard Muybridge as a lens to discuss the transformations of space and time in late 19th-century America (River of Shadows), Rebecca Solnit has emerged as an inventive and original writer whose mind is daring in the connections it makes. A Field Guide to Getting Lost draws on emblematic moments and relationships in Solnit's own life to explore issues of wandering, being lost, and the uses of the unknown. The result is a distinctive, stimulating, and poignant voyage of discovery.

©2005 Rebecca Solnit (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Made me sleepy

I love Rebecca Solnit's writing, and I especially love when the audio book is narrated by the author them self. The only critic I have is Solnit's voice is so soft my mind would drift from the story and wander, making me a bit sleepy.

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meditation on the 'other' side of life

So much of American culture is focused on 'doing' on 'success' on 'accomplishment' on 'finding our place', stroking our ego, 'making things happen'. All of which can be exhausting, frustrating, futile or ego deflating as much as it is motivation to make our lives better. This is a very refreshing and often passionate look at the other side. The benefits and pleasures, the meaning and value of letting go, of letting things happen, of wandering off, or getting lost. There are surprises, insights, relief and challenges in those processes also. This book offers us new ways of thinking, feeling and understanding our lives. In all our lives, I presume, there are in mine, times I see as failure, as cop out, as less than I could have, should have been. This perspective gives me a way to reframe some of those experiences for my own benefit, to see their value, to forgive myself, to breathe deeper. Besides that it is very well written and a pleasure to listen to.

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needs a more compelling reader...

... To express in articulate Ms Solnit's compelling prose. I found myself drifting even when I was deliberately trying to pay attention. The good news is that I've bought the book and it is definitely worth reading!

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Why did they let her read this?

The author's lilting, soft voice took away from her authority. I would find myself daydreaming and at the end, struggled with why she wrote the last chapter. I am returning the audiobook to purchase a hardcopy. Her thoughts are gorgeous and insightful but it is all lost here.

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poor narration

I listen to audiobooks as I work, so it's very helpful if the narrator has some energy and inflections in the reading. For this book though, I possibly couldn't understand what the narrator was saying because of her monotonous voice. I couldn't finish the book.

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Captivating Blue

A beautiful collection of stories about the meaning of being lost - ‘Lost’ that can change a person for the better. Each idea is sewn together like a heirloom quilt to protect and cover both humanity and the environment. The primary color is blue - seen to its fullest array.

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A book to get lost in

Some find the narrator's voice to soporific, I found it appropriate given the dreamlike aesthetic of the stories. In the book, the author explores the contradictions of the mundane, the humanity of the nonhuman, and the art of others. At times the author does gets lost in their own past, a fogiverable offense given how open they are with their personal life. Overall, a beautiful collection of stories, worth the time and money.

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Such high hopes, dashed!

I had really high hopes for this book. I thought it was very poetic until I realized it wasn’t good enough to be poetry and lyric, but the prose wasn’t good either. I thought her voice was great until it started to grate on me and then she started fumbling with her own words and then the cuts got sloppier and sloppier. I couldn’t even finish it...

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TERRIBLE SOUND

This is the worst recording I head on Audible. At moment the low-mid frequencies are so high I can't understand the word because the voice feels like coming from the nose. It also sounds like the file was highly compressed because the trebles are a mess. I'm really deluded, I wish I could turn my credit back. Book is amazing, I read it before. Solnit is also amazing. Just the sound...

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Forward Thinking

Would you listen to A Field Guide to Getting Lost again? Why?

I might revisit this piece of work but enjoyed the fresh approach of this talented writer

If you’ve listened to books by Rebecca Solnit before, how does this one compare?

I enjoy all of this authors' work

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  • Andrew Strangeway
  • 11-26-17

Fantastic writer, not a great reader.

I wanted to like this, but found the reading very hard to follow. Solnit often pauses halfway through a sentence at an unnatural point, in a way that makes it a challenge to correctly parse. This is a flaw when each sentence is so heavy with meaning.
I was somewhat heartened to read other reviews, which similarly say the reading is difficult to follow. It’s not just me!

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  • Becky Livingston
  • 01-03-17

Hard copy preferable

Exceptional content by Rebecca Solnit. I would recommend reading a hard copy over listening to the audiobook as I found her reading voice very repetitive, her tenor rather tragic.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful