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Untamed

The Wildest Woman in America and the Fight for Cumberland Island
Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
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Carol Ruckdeschel is the wildest woman in America. She eats road kill, wrestles alligators, rides horses bareback, and lives in a ramshackle cabin that she built herself in an island wilderness. She’s had three husbands and many lovers, one of whom she shot and killed in self-defense. A combination of Henry David Thoreau and Jane Goodall, Carol is a self-taught scientist who has become a tireless defender of sea turtles on Cumberland Island, a national park off the coast of Georgia.

Cumberland is the country's largest and most biologically diverse barrier island - over 40 square miles of pristine wilderness celebrated for its windswept dunes and feral horses. Steel magnate Thomas Carnegie owned much of Cumberland, and his widow Lucy made it a Gilded Age playground. But in recent years, Carnegie heirs and the National Park Service have clashed with Carol over the island’s future. What happens when a dirt-poor naturalist with only a high school diploma tries to stop one of the wealthiest families in America? Untamed is the story of an American original standing her ground and fighting for what she believes in, no matter the cost.

©2014 Will Harlan. Recorded by arrangement with Grove/Atlantic, Inc. (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Fascinating story about a remarkable woman's passion

This story recounts the efforts of a remarkable woman and her impact on sea turtles, Cumberland Island Wilderness and conservation efforts. The story weaves in some good history of the Carnegie family, the Civil War, the National Park Service and Conservation.

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  • Bevku
  • KALKASKA, MI
  • 10-15-19

Loved this book!

Selected this as my Book Club choice. It became one of everyone’s Favorites books ever read in our 4 years history. Incredible story of Carols life journey and her mission to save the Turtles and Cumberland Island. Very insightful and inspirational...

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A MUST Read! (Or listen)

Carol is an unsung hero for the natural world and her work should be as exalted as her peers such as Jane Goodall, Diane Fossey, and the like.
Her grit, tenacity, boldness, and passion to fight for our earth and the animals we share it with is both refreshing and exhilarating. She is an absolute treasure. It’s impossible to hear her story and not be moved to take stock of one’s own role as either part of the solution or part of the problem, to see nature through a kaleidoscope lens of awe, wonder, and a sense of duty to protect it.
I can’t recommend this book highly enough.

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Outstanding story/biography

I learned a lot. The author brings in important history and a lot of detail about this woman’s fearless and courageous dedication to animal conservation and preservation.

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Love this book!

There are so many things in this book that I could relate with. This will be a repeat for me.

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Fabulous! What an incredible writer!

You don’t have to go to Cumberland to appreciate this story, but you should...perhaps you’ll get a glimpse of Carol in her natural habitat.
What a fantastic book of depth, excellent writing, knowledge of subject, interesting and varying context and lessons about life, ecology and our relationship to it!
Will is obviously a gifted writer and the audible voice selected was perfect! My biggest recommend of 2017!

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untamed

interesting. very informative on conservation. a story with in. Jane was tough and gentle to

turtles and humans

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Very Interesting

I have a backpacking trip planned to Cumverland in about a month. I would live to meet this amazing woman.

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Brilliant!

Thank you Will Harlan. I loved every detail, every moment. I am blessed to know the facts, history and
Details of Cumberland Island.

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Delightful.

Wonderful and interesting. Well written and narrated. Had a hard time putting it down. Highly recommended.