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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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Freedom.

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

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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life in the Alaskan bush

well written and compelling. this is a great, realistic exploration of the Alaskan explorer. weekday makes them want to be out there, how do they survive, and what is it like? it almost makes me want to see if I could do it. almost. I think so many things want to romanticize it, but is s very honest and realistic look. it also had a light look at the politocs and realities of it, which I also think is great. not too much to be peachy, but enough to at least begin to understand the debate.

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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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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)

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Excellent

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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living my unfulfilled dream

I loved this story. He is living the life I always dreamed of but never had the courage to try.

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A way of life coming to an end.

I enjoyed this true story of Heimo Korth and his family as they live off the wilderness in the heart of Alaska. The story consists of well written prose, which is nice for a change, as many published books these days suffer from poor writing skills and bad editing. The author is a relative of Heimo Korth. Benefitting from extended visits with Heimo and his family, the author was able to construct and share a vivid picture of living entirely off the grid in the Alaskan interior. I had to dock a star because I am not in favor of fur trapping for any reason, nor of whale hunting, even by native peoples. I did not appreciate the parts of the book that described and attempted to justify such things. But I accept the fact that not everyone agrees with my point of view, and I agree that Heimo is in all other respects a genuine good guy. The narration was very well done. This book is a worthwhile listening experience

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Great story!

This book needs to be a movie! loved it ! An epic adventure for an epic time!

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Just a great read (listen)

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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amazing!

if you like watching the last Alaskans you will love this book! I have listened to it 3 times already. it is my go to book when I need to relax and get away from everyday stress. I wish he would write another book about heimo and Edna korth. Of all the books I've read this is one I will always keep.

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