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Lost in the Wild

Danger and Survival in the North Woods
Narrated by: Roger Wayne
Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (140 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

In the wilderness, one false step can make the difference between a delightful respite and a brush with death.

On a beautiful summer afternoon in 1998, Dan Stephens, a 22-year-old canoeist, was leading a trip deep into Ontario's Quetico Provincial Park. He stepped into a gap among cedar trees to look for the next portage - and did not return. More than four hours later, Dan awakened from a fall with a lump on his head and stumbled deeper into the woods, confused.

Three years later, Jason Rasmussen, a third-year medical student who loved the forest's solitude, walked alone into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness on a crisp fall day. After a two-day trek into a remote area of the woods, he stepped away from his campsite and made a series of seemingly trivial mistakes that left him separated from his supplies, wet, and lost, as cold darkness fell.

Enduring days without food or shelter, these men faced the full harsh force of wilderness, the place that they had sought out for tranquil refuge from city life. Lost in the Wild takes listeners with them as they enter realms of pain, fear, and courage, as they suffer dizzying confusion and unending frustration, and as they overcome seemingly insurmountable hurdles in a race to survive.

©2006 Cary J. Griffith (P)2018 Tantor

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What a great listen!

As one who lives in a rural, northern area and who hikes the wilderness often, this book intrigued me. What a treat! The story narrates the stories of two men and their journeys through the wilderness as they got unexpectedly lost in the very remote woods of northern Minnesota and Canada. I listened nearly the entire way through, stopping only to sleep. The stories were captivating, and it provided terrific info on what to do (and what NOT to do) if lost in the woods. The narrator did a great job with the stories, and each of the two men's tales were equally riveting. Their determination to survive was heart-wrenching. If you're a lover of the outdoors or of survival stories, I highly recommend!

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Gripping accounts of survival and rescue

I began listening to this book just days after a 6 day canoe trip in the Boundary Waters area. I am familiar with some of the areas where these sagas unfold and can attest to the wild nature of the terrain and environment. It’s a gripping account of the will to survive and the absolute dedication of the first responders and SAR personnel that come to rescue lost or injured folks in the backcountry. One you start listening you won’t want to hit the pause button!

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Enjoyed the story, it is what it is, enjoyable.

Kept me interested from start to finish.
Once I got in too it, I couldn't wait to listen to it once again.

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inspiring story of wilderness survival in BWCAW

Could not put it down,
probably because next day I planned to leave for a hiking trip in BWCAW, well written but few times I thought the author started the sentence with the word "He" to frequently but I would still recommend this book for anyone who loves wilderness.

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A suspenseful adventure into the woods

Two fascinating and gripping stories of wilderness survival are interwoven by the author. The descriptive writing gives you a clear picture of the harrowing experiences of Dan and Jason, while the clear narration keeps the switches from one to the other from being confusing. in fact, on the contrary, the shifts back and forth build suspense and keep you listening. The narrator is clear, gives each character his or her own voice and does a good job with the accents. His inflections and tone also keep your interest and add richness to the narration.

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Great listen

After listening to this account of two separate instances of experienced outdoorsmen lost in the woods I drew my own conclusions:
A. Dan should not have left his group as he was want to do
B. The scouts were blameless. Dan was the guide. They did what was best for the kids safety.
C. Jason and several searchers became lost because the trail was not well marked and confusing. There are several rangers and volunteers who profess to know the trail very well, perhaps efforts to mark the trail clearly would help prevent the drama that occurred. JMO

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awesome read.! what not to do before You get lost

i couldn't stop untill i found out what happens next. A big reminder of what to pack,. how to know your limitations and that learning how to navigate might be the most important tool you could have.

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Not Great.

This book chronicles the tales of two separate men lost in the woods.

One is a guide who falls and gets a concussion and makes some major errors as a result. This, at least, is understandable. Alas, it doesn't make for much of a story. Slightly more interesting are the decisions that his group makes with no guide.

The other lost man's predicament is so foolhardy that is hard to listen to. He first walks, alone, in late late autumn, deep into a back country of crisscrossing logging roads and trails. He does so while paying scant regard to his map or his whereabouts. After a day or two, he finally realizes he is lost. He then spends the better part of another day walking in circles with his compass in his pocket. When he finally pulls out his compass, he makes a very questionable decision to start bushwhacking due south. While bushwhacking he immediately loses his map. Now, extremely lost, he sets up his tent and at least manages to get warm and dry for the night. When he wakes up the next morning he makes the confounding decision to abandon his tent, stove, lighter and backpack so he can move faster. Soon, you guessed it, he is lost in the woods with zero survival gear and can't find his way back to his tent.

The author does a fairly poor job of chronicling these misadventures. The lost hiker makes many assumptions about his whereabouts based on his map (before losing it) and a guidebook (after he loses his map) but the reader never learns which, if any, of his route finding decisions are in any way accurate. At multiple points he thinks he is seeing one specific lake or another. Was he right? I still don't know. Since he ends up frost bitten, sleeping in tree stump covered in snow with no food, and being rescued be sheer luck, I suppose we can assume most of his assumptions were wrong.

If you need to teach someone (perhaps a youngster) that the back country needs to be respected and why... this might be a good place to turn.

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FANTASTIC!

These stories of outdoor adventure and survival kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time!

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detailed and interesting

both stories were intertwined together. it kept you anticipating the next chapter. I would recommend it

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  • Lawrence J. Glynn
  • 12-05-18

Very Good

Really loved this, I could barely stop listening to it once I started. The narrator does a brilliant job and the stories provide two fascinatingly different views of a survival situation.

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  • John Doe
  • 09-21-18

Loved it

Thrilling from start to finish and right up my street an awesome survival book 👍

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  • Rick Timmis
  • 03-02-19

absolutely loved it

This was such a gripping story, I just couldn't put it down. it had my emotions hanging on a knife edge

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  • Stuart A.
  • 02-05-19

not great

2 different lost in the woods story's mixed into 1 book makes this a bit strange not sure why both are intertwined but both are average at best anyhow.

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  • Reginald Pickett
  • 09-09-18

Riveting Tale

Fascinating and engrosing story. Well presented and considerately read! I found myself unable to stop listening... even when I was at work!