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The Final Frontiersman Audiobook

The Final Frontiersman: Heimo Korth and His Family, Alone in Alaska's Arctic Wilderness

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Publisher's Summary

The inspiration for The Last Alaskans - the eight-part documentary series on Animal Planet.

Hundreds of hardy people have tried to carve a living in the Alaskan bush, but few have succeeded as consistently as Heimo Korth. Originally from Wisconsin, Heimo traveled to the Arctic wilderness in his feverous 20s. Now, more than four decades later, Heimo lives with his wife approximately 200 miles from civilization - a sustainable, nomadic life bounded by the migrating caribou, the dangers of swollen rivers, and the very exigencies of daily existence.

In The Final Frontiersman, Heimo's cousin, James Campbell, chronicles the Korth family's amazing experience, their adventures, and the tragedy that continues to shape their lives. With a deft voice and in spectacular, at times unimaginable detail, Campbell invites us into Heimo's heartland and home. The Korths wait patiently for a small plane to deliver their provisions, listen to distant chatter on the radio, and go sledding at 44 degrees below zero - all the while cultivating the hard-learned survival skills that stand between them and a terrible fate. Awe inspiring and memorable, The Final Frontiersman is like a rustic version of the American dream and reveals for the first time a life most of us have never imagined: amid encroaching environmental pressures, apart from the herd, and alone in a stunning wilderness that - for now - remains the final frontier.

©2015 James Campbell (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Marcus 02-25-16
    Marcus 02-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Impressive life story!"

    I first heard of heimo and Edna by watching a one hour program on YouTube made by vice a couple of years ago, and recently I took my time to watch the last alaskans to view more of their life. Being a hunter and outdoorsy person I've always found those kind of stories inspiring!

    And now 2 days after I started on this book, I'm must say that I'm even more impressed by heimo and his family's life and his dedication to the bush!

    The story was well told and the narrator did a great job telling it, nothing to complain about there at all!

    I wish them both a long and happy life out there in the wilderness! (yes, they still live out there as far as I know)

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Scottboze 05-24-16
    Scottboze 05-24-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Interesting Story"

    While it was interesting to hear about the Korth's life as a family and some of what lead to their living in the bush, I would have liked to hear more about HOW they lived. More about trapping, hunting, woodslore. I understand that wasn't inyended to be the focus of this book, but maybe another installmet could offer more insight? Maybe some more survival and "close call" stories.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    James Pidel 11-03-16
    James Pidel 11-03-16 Member Since 2010
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys this genre.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is a well written story about an exceedingly interesting family. Heimo, is an extraordinary man. He is the type of person it seems to me that would be a lot of fun to be able to visit, and sit around the fire to listen to his stories.


    What does Dan Woren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He gets an "A plus" from me.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was moved by the entire story. It is a story that allowed me to vicariously live in my mind in away I know I could never live in real life. I was moved by many aspects of the story. The loss of his child and the amazing relationship he has with his wife are very compelling. However, by far most interesting is their life in Alaska as a whole.


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    Amazon Customer 04-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Heart of Alaska"

    The most incredible adventurous book I have ever read. It really sparks a dream in me to head for Alaska. Real. Raw. Interesting. I did not like that it ended so quickly!!!!

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    Linda 08-02-17
    Linda 08-02-17

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    "Loved the adventures"
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    Wonderfully exciting stories...the details were very informative.
    My only complaint is that the sound quality of the narration was very uneven...almost like the speaker was moving in and away from the microphone. No reflection on the narrator, her is exceptional.

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    C. Kalvin SE Alaska 07-06-17
    C. Kalvin SE Alaska 07-06-17 Member Since 2015

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    "Freedom."

    Any person feeling the tiring burden of our civilization, this account of retiring to the NE bush of Alaska is truly releaving.

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    David 07-04-17
    David 07-04-17
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    "GREAT BOOK"

    If you are,a fan of "The Last Alaskans" this book will fill in some blanks!

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    Becky A . Loveless 06-21-17 Member Since 2015
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    Love, love, loved it!. wish there was more about this wonderful family in the arctic

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    Adam Craig 06-17-17
    Adam Craig 06-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "great listen"

    if you have watched the tv show, this booked is far better. give it a try.

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    stampmom9 Dawn Gallop North Carolina 05-31-17
    stampmom9 Dawn Gallop North Carolina 05-31-17 Member Since 2017
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    We greatly enjoyed this! We enjoyed all of it. The narrator was excellent and I could just see everything as he read and described everything. Thanks

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