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One Man's Wilderness Audiobook

One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey

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Publisher's Summary

To live in a pristine land unchanged by man... to roam a wilderness through which few other humans have passed... to choose an idyllic site, cut trees and build a log cabin... to be a self-sufficient craftsman, making what is needed from materials available... to be not at odds with the world but content with one's own thoughts and company.

Thousands have had such dreams, but Richard Proenneke lived them. He found a place, built a cabin, and stayed to become part of the country. One Man's Wilderness is a simple account of the day-to-day explorations and activities he carried out alone, and the constant chain of nature's events that kept him company. From Proenneke's journals, and with first-hand knowledge of his subject and the setting, Sam Keith has woven a tribute to a man who carved his masterpiece out of the beyond.

©1999 Alaska Northwest Books (P)2010 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Though few will follow Proenneke's lead, his story can be quite inspiring." (Library Journal)

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    J3W3L$ 01-13-17
    J3W3L$ 01-13-17 Member Since 2014
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    "very relaxing enjoyable story"

    very interesting story about a man who gave up his life in the norm to live like we would like too...

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    Patrick Marks 01-07-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful"

    I've never tired of Mr Proenneke's story, I've watched the documentarys many times and this is the second time I've read the book and it's even better. God rest your soul sir, I'm in awe of your accomplishments and jealous of what you did and wish to witness just a small amount that you did.

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    David 09-21-16
    David 09-21-16 Member Since 2017
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    "loved it"

    LOVED IT LOVED IT LOVED IT LOVED IT LOVED IT LOVED IT LOVED IT LOVED IT LOVED IT. GREAT BOOK! PAINTS THE PICTURE!

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    Bo 07-27-16
    Bo 07-27-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Simply amazing"

    If you have a love of the outdoors, love camping or fishing.. This is the book for you. It had me feeling like my grandfather was telling me about his adventures in the wilderness.

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    mfriend93 Minnesota 05-22-16
    mfriend93 Minnesota 05-22-16 Member Since 2014
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    "interesting story"

    Just a good story of the day to day accounts of living alone in Alaska. Listened on Audible, never would have made the read.

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    Melissa Desko 05-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful story, Excellent Narration"

    Such a great story. The narrator was a perfect fit. Definitely makes you feel like you are right
    there with him.

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    JRicc1986 USA 10-29-15
    JRicc1986 USA 10-29-15

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    "Best wilderness book."

    This absolutely can't be beat. A retired Navy man sets out to build a cabin by hand in Alaska. After this is accomplished, he lives in that location for the next 30 years. His journal entries describe that experience. I've listened to, and read this book over 10 times. its that good. Makes you feel like you are there, living this dream with him. This has it all, bear sitings, wilderness cooking, fishing, hunting, respect for wild things and places, carpentry and so on. Read this, you won't be disappointed.

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    Ezra 08-27-15
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    "My Favorite book on audible. "

    I have over a hundred audible books, but this book is my favorite. I have listened to it at least 10 times in the last two years. If you like the wilderness and solitud

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    Lisa South Africa 03-03-15
    Lisa South Africa 03-03-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Transported to Alaska"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd most definitely recommend this audiobook - and I have. This is a diary-style story that had me captivated from the start. The story is simple and back-to-nature. It tells of building, making and creating a home in the Alaskan wilderness - that's something few of us have the skills to do nor the opportunity. In our world of mostly rush-rush-rush and internet and tv and non-stop communication, this story is about a place and time where nature sets the pace. I found the content to be interesting, informative and, mostly, peaceful.


    What did you like best about this story?

    From listening to accounts of number of logs chopped to tools being sharpened, berries picked, wolves and caribou and sheep spotted to thickness of the ice as winter set in and groceries delivered by his friend in the plane... Writing this review, these things seem so boring and mundane but it so isn't. The narration is spot-on and the voice transported me to Alaska. I felt involved in the Richard Proenneke's daily tasks of building his cabin, paddling on the lake, changing seasons, watching the wildlife and trekking around the area. If you're into the outdoors, nature, wilderness and living off the land - you'll enjoy this story.


    What about Norman Dietz’s performance did you like?

    Norman's voice, tone and accent so suited the author that, for me, he became Richard Proenneke. Norman beautifully brought through Richard's feelings of achievement and self satisfaction with tasks completed as well as wonder for the environment, sensitivity and fascination for the wildlife and the pleasure and appreciation of having had this opportunity to spend more than a year living in the Alaskan wilds.


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    Maverick York 01-21-15
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    "A great adventure."

    All of this tale is well told and read. Makes me want to take another trip to Alaska.

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