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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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Life changing!

This is the most inspirational life changing book I have ever listened to! I didn’t want it to end and binge listened to it over a weekend.
Beautifully written, this book is gentle and loving as well as offering a wealth of information on the subject of living off grid. I can’t recommend highly enough. Well narrated too!

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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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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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Very soothing read

Narrator and book are both excellent. Definitely recommend this to anyone who feels they can't quite get behind modern society.

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Unusual and thought-provoking

I thoroughly enjoyed this unusual and thought-provoking take on life in the early 21st century.
Mark Boyle is a philosopher for this age of over consumption and over everything!
His ability to express complex ideas in deceptively simple language is astonishing.
I don’t think I could now live the life he describes but I’m old enough to remember when most people in the poorer parts of Ireland lived that life and in no way though themselves as experiencing hardship.

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Certainly makes you think

Mark's journey into a life free of technology and all the clutter some of it brings is very interesting. Mark's view of our dependence on the social media, email and the consideration of how little time we now have is exactly right. the reflections of how out of touch we are with our surrounding countryside is very accurate and probably the saddest point in the book. I found the book very interesting; there's good humour and a lot to be learned from Mark's experiences.

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What could have been an inspiring book became a shaming exercise. Stopped half way through. I struggle to find books that will inspire change.

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The way home

I found the monotonous drone of the narrator very annoying it wasn’t a good story line as the content kept referring to his past lifestyle not a good book I’m afraid.

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  • Sarge
  • 27-08-19

Life changing!

As a self proclaimed "wannabe Luddite", I found this book absolutely fascinating. Now, I want to give up all of this needless and frustrating technology!

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  • Brian
  • 24-06-19

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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  • Gary Clouse
  • 13-11-19

Profound and meditative

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The narration was superb, I just love that Irish lilt. In some ways, nothing much happens in this tale of a man‘s journey away from technology. But in more profound ways, everything happens. While I would never want to live the life of the author, I respect his sincere beliefs and his commitment to honoring them in practice. I didn’t want this story to end. I hope it hasn’t.

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