Off Grid and Free

My Path to the Wilderness
Narrated by: Ron Melchiore
Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (116 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Off Grid and Free: My Path to the Wilderness is the story of the journey Ron Melchiore undertook as a young man from the city, first to homesteading in northern Maine and then to living in the bush of northern Saskatchewan. He has lived off grid since approximately 1980 and speaks candidly about the joys and the tribulations of his chosen lifestyle. In this adventure, Ron shares the diversity of his experiences in an easy, humorous, and sometimes harrowing narrative. The book includes his hiking of the 2,100 mile Appalachian Trail in winter, bicycling across the United States, homesteading off grid, the terror of being surrounded by a wildfire, surprise encounters with bears, and more. For listeners with an outdoors spirit, people with an off grid and self-sufficiency bent, and dreamers who like to hear about adventure, Ron hopes to inspire others to "take the road less traveled".

©2016 Ron Melchiore (P)2016 Ron Melchiore

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Loved it.

When I first started listening to this book I was a bit worried. My first thought was..Why did the author narrate this himself? Half way through the first chapter I realized that I wouldn't have wanted it any other way. Filled with wit, humor, humbleness, and even some advice on living in the wild this book doesn't have any of the self - righteousness that I find in other books in the same genre. My advice is to listen to the audio version of this book over reading it so you will get the whole experience of Mr. Melchiore. Thank you for telling your story. It was wonderful and I was sorry to see it end.

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Stick to offgrid and avoid comedy & sarcasm

Overall I was pretty disappointed. I was excited after the reviews and subject matter of this book but was left enduring the last few hours so i could just finish it. 1) Narration - Like others my initial thoughts were WHY! The only way i could put up with the narration was due to respecting the author wanting to read his own works. If this narration was to any other audiobook it would be terrible. 2) Attempts at comedy - nothing about this was whity, funny and the attempts at comedy/sarcasm in the narrated voice were cringe-worthy. You could see where he was going a mile away and it was pointless. 3) Subject matter - many minutes were wasted with digressions on useless points. The story just jumped from topic to topic without much connecting it. I could image the endless subject matter for the author to draw upon but instead there are many pointless anecdotes. 4) Do not recommend.

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Great adventure

I really liked the fact that the author narrated the audiobook himself. Highly recommended for anyone that loves the outdoor lifestyle.

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can't get past the narration

The narration is painful and sounds like he's reading with marbles in his mouth and is painful to listen to

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great stories and lifestyle expectations

not a manual by any means but a valuable account of the author's personal journey and life of experience.

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WOW

If you like reading or listening to back-to-the-land adventure stories, you'll love this. My husband and I have lived as simply as possible in the modern world--growing and preserving food and heating only with wood--but Ron Melchiore and his wife sound super human! They live their "simple" life isolated and off grid in the Canadian wilderness. What an adventure to read or listen to! Enjoy!

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great information

Loved this book more and more by the end. It was very interesting, because I'd love to live of grid.

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Great listen, many stories!

loved all the different stories in the book, alot of information and first time experiences. make me want to pack up and move to the woods, I just have some convincing to do with the lady!

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Dream big or go to the city...

Amazing story of taking steps through life to prepare for a remote life in the bush. Good balance of how great it can be with reminders of how hard life when alone or in a remote area is. Gotta go... time to put my dream into action. : )

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Excellent Book

From the beginning I was kept interested and intrigued by how much one man and finally one couple could accomplish. This Book screams “ Don’t be afraid to take a chance” the rewards are priceless “

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  • 03-12-19

Braving the Wilderness, I could not do it!

Interesting read, learnt a lot about being self sufficient. Good read if you live of the grid.