• The Way Home

  • Tales from a Life Without Technology
  • By: Mark Boyle
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (541 ratings)

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The Way Home

By: Mark Boyle
Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
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Publisher's Summary

It was 11:00 pm when I checked my email for the last time and turned off my phone for what I hoped would be forever.

No running water, no car, no electricity or any of the things it powers: the internet, phone, washing machine, radio, or light bulb. Just a wooden cabin, on a smallholding, by the edge of a stand of spruce. 

The Way Home is a modern-day Walden - an honest and lyrical account of a remarkable life lived in nature without modern technology. Mark Boyle, author of The Moneyless Man, explores the hard-won joys of building a home with his bare hands, learning to make fire, collecting water from the stream, foraging, and fishing. 

What he finds is an elemental life, one governed by the rhythms of the sun and seasons, where life and death dance in a primal landscape of blood, wood, muck, water, and fire - much the same life we have lived for most of our time on earth. Revisiting it brings a deep insight into what it means to be human at a time when the boundaries between man and machine are blurring.

©2019 Mark Boyle (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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In general a bit disappointing.

As a lover of many of the books quoted extensively in this book; one would think I would love it, but it comes off more as the single minded ramblings of someone who has a large chip on their shoulder than a reasoned and thoughtful musing on living. It was rather repetitive and just didn’t resonate with me.

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Life changing!

As a self proclaimed "wannabe Luddite", I found this book absolutely fascinating. Now, I want to give up all of this needless and frustrating technology!

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Man thinks....man does

This was a great listen. Makes you think long and hard about your impact on the world and those around you. How many of us make the difficult choice to LIVE by our ideals like the author does? I suspect that most people only ever THINK of taking action, but Mr. Boyle actually creates a lifestyle around his ideals. The irony of listening to this book while commuting to my corporate job is not lost on me. This book gave me much to ponder and I have been thinking about it since. Highly recommend this book.

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Getting back to our animal selves

Great book about how giving up technology can help us to rediscover our animal selves. Fantastic narration. Full of detail on how to be relatively self sufficient in the west of Ireland. Philosophical too.Loved it.

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Profound and meditative

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The narration was superb, I just love that Irish lilt. In some ways, nothing much happens in this tale of a man‘s journey away from technology. But in more profound ways, everything happens. While I would never want to live the life of the author, I respect his sincere beliefs and his commitment to honoring them in practice. I didn’t want this story to end. I hope it hasn’t.

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Ramblings from a pessimistic vegan activist

The book had potential, but lost me with the politics. Although he tries to stay humble, he comes across as having a chip on his shoulder the entirety of the book. The narrator did a fantastic job reading the story, 5 stars to him.

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A must read for anyone

Amazing book well written and masterfully narrated. If you believe that what we currently are doing is purposeful and for filling don’t read this book, otherwise enjoy.

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Not Johnny Depp please

There are many great take aways from this book, but one conclusion I’ve made, I’d rather have a place like The Happy Pig around the corner from where I live, rather than having Johnny Depp own a house around my corner.

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One of my new favorite books

This is beautiful in the simplicity of it. it's wonderful how nothing is everything and everything is nothing.

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Pretty Boring

This booked seemed fairly interesting at first, but it gets very boring after it just goes over every single aspect of almost every day and gets very mundane. This was the first audiobook of the 40 I've listened to that I was unable to finish because it would have been a waste of time.

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  • 08-22-19

Life changing!

This is the most inspirational life changing book I have ever listened to! I didn’t want it to end and binge listened to it over a weekend.
Beautifully written, this book is gentle and loving as well as offering a wealth of information on the subject of living off grid. I can’t recommend highly enough. Well narrated too!

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  • mr a thomson
  • 08-10-19

A wonder of a book, inspiring.

If you are interested in taking a journey into an old way of life, which recognises the need for our reconnection too nature, and that mindfully considers our inpact on the environment without overly romaticising it, this book is for you. I loved Marks poetic, honest and somewhat nostalgic approach to story telling, a great listen.

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  • Di
  • 09-06-20

A more in tune way to live

We should take the time to read this book and more importantly learn from it and become more enriched in our lives. Beautifully written and read a wonderful book. Thank you.

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  • Ben
  • 09-02-20

Beautifully narrated

A book with little science and a lot of soul. For someone that loves science and knowledge this is still somehow better for it

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  • Rachael
  • 07-20-20

A grower...

I enjoyed the book but it took a while to grow on me. At first I wasn't so keen on the author, he comes across as a bit arrogant. But I'm glad I stuck it out, my opinion of him has now changed. The narration is great, nice and clear.

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  • English Country Life
  • 06-20-19

Mostly a "stream of consciousness"

Not a bad book but one lacking any structure. The author aims for a simple, off grid, life. His musings on the subject are interesting but could do with less numerous quotations from other authors (had I wanted their thoughts, I would have bough their book). I made it to the end and salute the author for his aims, but often, not his methods.

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  • 08-10-20

A grounding exercise

Loved every word. A lesson in how we're meant to be outside with the land

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  • Sigrin
  • 03-02-22

Awesome


What an immensely powerful book.

I recently listened to Peace is every step by Thich Naht Hanh and was not taken with it.

This book by Mark Boyle gives so much more about the life that he chose to give up tech media and the trappings of a 1st world western society and to be in tune with the world around him.

It is uplifting and has made me rethink some small things in my life I need to change.
His Boffy in Ireland sounds wonderful and would be a welcome retreat for a soul in need.

Thank you for sharing your beautiful story.

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  • D. Meurig
  • 08-28-21

Voice

Christ what an annoying voice. I stopped listening and deleted after the first few minutes.

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  • Thisisme
  • 07-26-20

Modern day St. Francis

Inspirational lifestyle choices. If only we all lived a bit more like Mark our planet would be happier, we would be happier and more connected. Read and start the re-wilding.

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  • Tom
  • 05-08-22

Great listen

A great easy listen with humour about the irony that exists in our modern lives. An extreme individual cause and desire to explore what it means to live; in his own definition.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-09-22

Brilliant

Fantastic. This is the last audiobook I'll ever listen to. I already live off grid but this has helped reassure me that I'm doing the right thing for me.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-15-22

Inspirational

One of those rare books that comes along every now and again that I find truly inspirational. Do yourself, society and the planet a favour and have a listen.

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  • SD
  • 06-28-22

Ruined for me by the choice of narrator

I think I really could have enjoyed this book but the narration has me struggling to get past the first half.
While the narrator matches the author in nationality, I feel that so much depth & lightness of expression in the story is lost in the dreary, almost monotone, narration.
Sorry to say I won’t be finishing this.

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  • Teresa Lau
  • 05-24-22

So many questions for myself

This book awakened my self critic of how I engage life and living. So much to think about in terms of how we utilize the tech around us while forfeiting the experiences of the natural world. Excellent!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-13-22

Wow!

A great audio book, thought provoking! I really enjoyed listing to this book! I really recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-28-22

An absolute delight

Utterly enjoyed this story. The narrator did a fantastic job of capturing the humour and personality of Mark I think, and as I have been thinking about and planning a transition to a simpler life myself, this book was perfect. I hope that some of us after reading this book can see the stupidity of the current "progressive" way of life, and will try as best they can, to reconnect with mother earth. I believe this is paramount if we are to live long and joyfully on this planet. Thank you Mark.

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  • BSG_Fan
  • 02-25-22

Off grid

A fabulously rich and thoroughly enjoyable story. The author paints a delicious visual tapestry of his experiences which makes for a superb listen. Well narrated and presented too so right up there on my ‘most enjoyed’ list with Shantarum. I’ve just picked up his book about being a moneyless man and can’t wait the enjoy that too :-D

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-21-22

waaaay better than his first book

I loved this. it makes you want to live off the land like he does. it is soooooouch better than the moneyless man. he has grown up that's for sure. more humble. this book is nothing like the first book. it is so mindful and clever. I love that is is set up in seasons rather than chapters. the narrator is FANTASTIC. perfect. poetry.

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  • Alec
  • 02-11-22

If your into minimalism and alternate lifestyle you’ll love it

I loved this book though I fear it’s not for everyone one. I found the authors story inspiring but I’m sure it’s not for all. A great reflection on the state of our modern world and our consumer life style. Inspired me to make some less drastic changes in my own life.