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One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey | [Sam Keith, Richard Proenneke]

One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey

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.
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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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  • Reuben
    America
    09/03/13
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    "Fantastic"

    There's little to say, listen for yourself, probably the most enjoyable book I have listened to. The book is well written, the story brilliant, and the narration excellent.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Breehan
    Pitt Meadows, BC, Canada
    19/02/13
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    "Favorite listen. Gifted it to a friend to enjoy!"

    My husband and I loved this one so much we gifted it to our friends to enjoy. Listening was like going on a retreat!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jan
    Rochester, NY, United States
    28/07/13
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    "Thank you Richard Proenneke"

    This was offered as a bonus buy book for me... so glad I gave it a try. In 1998 at age 50 Richard Proenneke retired to the solitude of Twin Lakes in Alaska. This book follows his first 18 months living there alone... as he builds his $40 cabin. His work ethic, creativity and true love of nature is revealed in the journal entries. I love his voice, descriptions and point of view. There is no plot... just daily accomplishments, interactions with the animals and joy in a handful of blueberries or pot of beans. So if you are looking for an amazing Alaskan adventure book this isn't it... if you truly love nature and are content to let the rabbits eat the pea plants in your garden because they were here first. You will love it!. He lived in the cabin for 30 years and it is now a Park Service historic monument... his nature films have been combined to make two PBS specials. I loved the pictures of his cabin I found on the internet. My only complaint was - it's way too short, I wanted more and first introduction chapter is kinda boring... his voice and journal starts in chapter 2.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joseph Warren
    Phoenix, AZ
    26/07/13
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    "I just couldn't get into it"
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Norman Dietz?

    Not sure. I just couldn't listen long to the narrator without daydreaming about something else. I think it was delivery more than substance but cant be sure. Maybe this book just wasn't for me.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Xina Uhl
    California
    25/11/12
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    "Couldn't get into it"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I couldn't get into this book - the narrator was fine, a stentorian voiced man who performed some voices with varying degrees of success although overall he was a fine reader - but the story just didn't grab me. The prologue and opening chapters waxed rhapsodic about Alaska's beauty, but it was a bit TOO much. I wanted to hear more about the author's day to day adventures, not purple prose about gorgeous landscape. I know it's gorgeous - that's why I want to hear about it.


    What about Norman Dietz’s performance did you like?

    Clear and well-paced.


    Any additional comments?

    This one will be returned, unfortunately.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joey
    Chicago, IL, United States
    20/08/13
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    "Makes you want to build your own cabin"

    I enjoyed this story very much. I love to listen to stories about people carving their own place in nature and their adventures, successes, and problems. The story made me want to move to Alaska and try my own hand at building a cabin... until I remembered I'm more a car-camping type of person. I have two criticisms: 1. I didn't love the narrator, but he was okay, it's not something that detracted from my enjoyment, I just think there could be someone better. 2. I'd like to see ALL Audible books that have photo sections come with a pdf of the photos the way Bossypants and some others do. It's frustrating to know there are photos out there, but have to search on the web and hope you're finding the right ones.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Auzboy
    Australia
    19/07/14
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    "Wonderful story. Exquisite narration."
    Would you listen to One Man's Wilderness again? Why?

    Absolutely. In fact, I have already listened to this audiobook three times.


    What other book might you compare One Man's Wilderness to and why?

    I am still raking through Audible books to find similar real-life stories.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Just about every scene energised my soul and refreshed my senses. Notwithstanding this is a true story of a man who wanted to be close to nature and live his life to fullness, the vivid descriptions of this pristine wilderness, perhaps the last few places on earth, is a shot in the arm for anyone who is a bit tired of city life and yearn for something different.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I have never felt a greater contrast between what I see and observe during my commuting hours in a major modern city and what I hear through my earbuds! It's certainly left me with awe and a ting of jealousy!


    Any additional comments?

    This man's story is mesmerising, captivating, stimulating, and food for soul for nature lovers. Life is short and it's worth living it out like Richard Proenneke. For me, this may well be as close getting to these spectacular places as I ever can. I hope not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pete
    18/04/14
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    "Do NOT get this book!!!!!!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The movie is excellent and I highly recommend you watch it. The book is difficult to visuaulize building a cabin. Its kind of like listening to golf on the radio. DON'T BUY THIS BOOK!!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Laurie
    HAVANA, IL, United States
    23/02/14
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    "Really enjoyed listening to this book"
    What did you love best about One Man's Wilderness?

    I truly enjoy books about people living in the wilderness, the ways they adapt and problems that they have. This book was a very truthful account of this man's time spent in a harsh environment


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author truly enjoyed living in the wilderness and took in the beauty and found ways to endure the hardship nature can bring


    Which character – as performed by Norman Dietz – was your favorite?

    There was only one main character in this book though a few others visited him


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I always looked forward to pick up where I left off and wanted to hear more


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lisa
    Auckland, New Zealand
    23/12/13
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    "An Absolute Gem"

    If you love stories about escaping to the wilderness and living a totally self-sufficient life with only the wildlife for company, you'll love this.
    But what I loved most was Richards' unfailing cheerful, practical, philosophical attitude to everything that happened to him and everything he had to do. This is a guy who gets dropped off in the middle of nowhere and cheerfully sets about building a log cabin from scratch, making every piece of furniture; hunting, fishing and growing food, exploring the surrounding mountains - all of it with no help or company, except for the occasional supply drop and the local friendly wildlife.
    There's no angst or hardship, no preachy-ness, just a genuine appreciation and love for his surroundings, and uncomplaining embracing of the fact that anything you want done, you've got to work out a way to do it yourself.
    It's entertaining, moves at a steady pace, and the overall effect is totally uplifting and inspiring. Makes you want to go live in the mountains and build a log cabin yourself, even if you'd never thought about it before.
    Hard to avoid the cliché - they don't make many like Richard anymore but you so wish they did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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