The Twenty-Ninth Day

Surviving a Grizzly Attack in the Canadian Tundra
Narrated by: Alex Messenger
Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (407 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A 600-mile canoe trip in the Canadian wilderness is a 17-year-old's dream adventure, but after he is mauled by a grizzly bear, it's all about staying alive. 

This true-life wilderness survival epic recounts 17-year-old Alex Messenger's near-lethal encounter with a grizzly bear during a canoe trip in the Canadian tundra. The story follows Alex and his five companions as they paddle north through harrowing rapids and stunning terrain. Twenty-nine days into the trip, while out hiking alone, Alex is attacked by a barren-ground grizzly. Left for dead, he wakes to find that his summer adventure has become a struggle to stay alive. Over the next hours and days, Alex and his companions tend his wounds and use their resilience, ingenuity, and dogged perseverance to reach help at a remote village a thousand miles north of the US-Canadian border. 

The Twenty-Ninth Day is a coming-of-age story like no other, filled with inspiring subarctic landscapes, thrilling riverine paddling, and a trial by fire of the human spirit.

©2019 Alex Messenger (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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Lacking

Narrator’s voice was terribly monotone throughout. The story was filled with useless over description of details that leaves the listener wanted to pound their temples into a sharp object. Don’t get me wrong, I love nature but spit it out all ready! Hell it took nearly three chapters to described the bear attack that resulted non-life threatening injuries. If you can walk up and over a mountian after being “mauled” by a bear you have question if book of the events is warranted. And the description of his friends reaction after the bear attacked, the part the reader is wanting to visualize, the author provides no mention. I was rooting for the bear.

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Will stir the adventurous spirit

Being myself, born & raised in a Montana more wild than now, this story stirred memories of my own experiences living among Grizzlies of the great northwest. It's a book well worth an adventurous spirit, the time it takes to read it. J. L.

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This is not my typical read but the eloquent writing and pleasant voice of the narrator/author made it easy to finish.

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Such great writing....

Alex Messenger has done himself proud with this riveting story. His accounts of canoeing across huge lakes full of candle ice threatening to maroon them in a sea of unstable ice is every bit as compellingly written as the encounter with the bear. He also did a masterful job of describing the medical challenges that followed, both physical and psychological. THE 29th DAY should stand with other classic wilderness tales. Loved his reading, as well. Thanks, Alex, Polly and Steve

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Easy listening

I really enjoyed this book, the author did a great job describing his harrowing ordeal and at the same time the beauty that was found in such remote wilderness. The narration was easy to listen and kept at a good pace.

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Intense, Riveting, and Raw

Alex’s descriptive storytelling transports you into the vast openness and wildness of the tundra as if you were on the adventure with him. His story will make you laugh, cringe, gasp in awe, and sigh with relief over and over again. The Twenty-Ninth Day is exhilarating and real. Its anticipatory moments of uncertainty are mirrored with touching moments of tenderness. I highly recommend this book.

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Pretty boring

It's not a bad book. It just comes off very pretentious and other than the awe-full bear attack....nothing really happens. The performance of the author as narrator is not a success.

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Very well written and narrated

I'm always looking for good survival stories. I was worried that because this happened to a teenager, maybe it would not be told as well as some others I've read. But he wrote it years later with lots of research. Plus you learn early on that he was quite smart, educated, and introspective for a teen.

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A spellbinding story of perseverance

The author’s detailed and lyrical description of rushing rivers and vast tundra bring the listener along with him through every step and every paddle of the journey. His attention to the minutiae of camp life put me right there. The terrifying bear attack wasn’t the only challenge the travelers faced as they made their way north. I highly recommend this audiobook for any adventurer, armchair or otherwise.

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Poetic.

Great story.but those sayings or poetic diatribes detracted from the story. I f this had a ghost rider step aside let the young man speak.j

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