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That Wild Country

An Epic Journey Through the Past, Present, and Future of America's Public Lands
Narrated by: Mark Kenyon
Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
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From prominent outdoorsman and nature writer Mark Kenyon comes an engrossing reflection on the past and future battles over our most revered landscapes - America’s public lands.

Every American is a public-land owner, inheritor to the largest public-land trust in the world. These vast expanses provide a home to wildlife populations, a vital source of clean air and water, and a haven for recreation. 

Since its inception, however, America’s public land system has been embroiled in controversy - caught in the push and pull between the desire to develop the valuable resources the land holds or conserve them. Alarmed by rising tensions over the use of these lands, hunter, angler, and outdoor enthusiast Mark Kenyon set out to explore the spaces involved in this heated debate, and learn firsthand how they came to be and what their future might hold. 

Part travelogue and part historical examination, That Wild Country invites listeners on an intimate tour of the wondrous wild and public places that are a uniquely profound and endangered part of the American landscape.

©2019 Mark Kenyon (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Mary
  • 28-12-19

A Must Read!

This is a must read for everyone. Not just outdoor enthusiasts. A profound look into our history and future of public lands that most of us take for granted.

Growing up near the Boundary Waters and currently living in the PNW, the outdoors and public lands have been a staple for me my entire life. Unfortunately, I have taken them for granted. Mr. Kenyon has educated me on how and why we have the public lands that I have enjoyed for over 50 years of my life.

Mr Kenyon did a phenomenal job of balancing his personal journeys through the areas that he researched and the historical significance behind our public lands.

Due to That Wild Country, I have a newly found need to get involved to save our public lands as they were meant to be.....for everyone’s enjoyment for generations to come.

In addition, That Wild Country has helped me understand that all sorts of people with all types of interests enjoy our public lands. I will no longer be irritated as I hear ATV’s, hear loud music, watch IG chasers for the perfect post, or watch the raucous crowds around a pristine alpine lake. Public lands are for all of us to enjoy however we each chose to enjoy them! Thank you Mr Kenyon for shifting my mindset.

I also believe that public lands can possibly be the one unifier that brings our country back from its great political division. As a self defined ultra liberal, I have always fully supported hunting and fishing. If we all stand together to protect and grow our public lands and not be short sighted for short term profits, future generations will be able to hunt, fish, hike, backpack, or do what ever they want to do on our shared national treasures.

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  • MotherHilarious
  • 23-12-19

Excellent read!

I am skeptical when an author narrates his own book, but Mark Kenyon’s passion really comes through and makes this book a great audio “read”. Both informative and entertaining. Makes me want to get some trips planned.....
Very well done!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-12-19

Outstanding and compelling

Mark Kenyon has delivered a boots on the ground eyes toward the prize battle cry for American public lands. I ordered the audiobook and I’m so glad that I did. You can hear the passion in Marks voice as he recalls tales far and wide of epic time spent in America’s great wild lands. At the end of the audiobook you can tell that Mark is getting very emotional wrapping up his saga. It was very moving tribute for his soon to be born son. Every American that treasures wild spaces needs to purchase a copy of this book. It Is entertaining, thought-provoking and most importantly inspiring.

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  • SusanB
  • 23-12-19

Beautifully Told!

Mark Kenyon does a wonderful job of taking the listener through the history of our public lands while sharing his epic adventures in various parks, forests and other public places. I recommend this for anyone concerned about our natural spaces and protected lands, regardless of your reasons and to anyone wondering why they should be.

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  • Ken Frymoyer
  • 20-12-19

Fantastic Journey

Very well put together. Mark’s ability to bring to light the history behind the ongoing controversy over our nation’s public wild places, while sharing with us his personal encounters within these places left me wanting to get out more and see them. His words painted majestic pictures as I listened to his narration of this book. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves our countries beautiful landscape.

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  • Kay
  • 31-03-20

Our Mission

Everyone that loves land should read this book and see the sacredness of what our responsibilities are and always will be. Thanks Mark for sharing your story.

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  • TF
  • 15-03-20

Great anecdotal presentation of public lands

I really enjoyed the anecdotal presentation of the past, present, and future of our public lands. The author connected the past struggles to preserve America's public lands to his personal use of the lands in present time, and the potential future of the lands because of the current political and economic landscape. Thank you, Mark Kenyon! I recommend this book.

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  • Nat
  • 10-03-20

I wanted to like this book more...

As a fellow Michigander and National Park enthusiastic, I really wanted to like this book. I hoped it would be interesting and informative, but at some point—at least for me—it became dreadfully boring. I could not bring myself to finish the book with three hours left. To his credit, Mark Kenyon did his research and knows his stuff. This one just wasn’t for me.

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  • Bryan Dunlap
  • 06-03-20

thanks for the education

I am a long time outdoors enthusiast. Who has had no clue of the danger to our public lands. Thoughout my entire life almost all of my hunting has been on private property. So my attention was never drawn towards these struggles. This information has triggered a new enthusiasm in enjoying our public lands. For the first time I am leaving the comfort of my very productive private land Michigan farm and planning a DIY deer hunt on Indiana public land. Thanks for the inspiration. Bryan Dunlap

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  • Carolyn Lentine
  • 06-03-20

good story

it was a good listen, I'm happy I gave it a chance. mark's experience makes me wonder if I would feel the same or if my exposure would be absorbed differently. makes me want to see these landmarks and wild places for myself.