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The Way Home

Tales from a Life Without Technology
Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
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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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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-01-19

truly inspiring

helped me come to terms with what the world is in its current state. and how one can live in such times.