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Summary

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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  • 06-09-20

A more in tune way to live

We should take the time to read this book and more importantly learn from it and become more enriched in our lives. Beautifully written and read a wonderful book. Thank you.

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Beautifully narrated

A book with little science and a lot of soul. For someone that loves science and knowledge this is still somehow better for it

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Boring and misleading

I bought this expecting an insight into back to basics living - what I got was three hours of a crusty hippy tossing on endlessly about his world views - ok Gerald, capitalism is bad, we’ve got it, but what’s worse is an empty promise of a book that portrays pretensions of Walden and delivers no related content at all. The narration brims with smug partially informed ‘insight’ which consistently fails to evidence its point or build any argument, in a tedious diatribe of semi political patronism. This is a return - not at all what it says it is (partly because the author and narrator seem deluded).

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A grower...

I enjoyed the book but it took a while to grow on me. At first I wasn't so keen on the author, he comes across as a bit arrogant. But I'm glad I stuck it out, my opinion of him has now changed. The narration is great, nice and clear.

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A grounding exercise

Loved every word. A lesson in how we're meant to be outside with the land

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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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Modern day St. Francis

Inspirational lifestyle choices. If only we all lived a bit more like Mark our planet would be happier, we would be happier and more connected. Read and start the re-wilding.

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Fantastic Book

I really loved this book. Read it with an open mind. Well written and well read.

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  • 05-12-20

In general a bit disappointing.

As a lover of many of the books quoted extensively in this book; one would think I would love it, but it comes off more as the single minded ramblings of someone who has a large chip on their shoulder than a reasoned and thoughtful musing on living. It was rather repetitive and just didn’t resonate with me.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 25-09-21

Getting back to our animal selves

Great book about how giving up technology can help us to rediscover our animal selves. Fantastic narration. Full of detail on how to be relatively self sufficient in the west of Ireland. Philosophical too.Loved it.

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  • 05-10-20

A must read for anyone

Amazing book well written and masterfully narrated. If you believe that what we currently are doing is purposeful and for filling don’t read this book, otherwise enjoy.

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  • 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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  • 22-10-21

Not Johnny Depp please

There are many great take aways from this book, but one conclusion I’ve made, I’d rather have a place like The Happy Pig around the corner from where I live, rather than having Johnny Depp own a house around my corner.

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  • 16-10-21

One of my new favorite books

This is beautiful in the simplicity of it. it's wonderful how nothing is everything and everything is nothing.

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  • 12-08-21

Pretty Boring

This booked seemed fairly interesting at first, but it gets very boring after it just goes over every single aspect of almost every day and gets very mundane. This was the first audiobook of the 40 I've listened to that I was unable to finish because it would have been a waste of time.

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  • 28-05-21

Ramblings from a pessimistic vegan activist

The book had potential, but lost me with the politics. Although he tries to stay humble, he comes across as having a chip on his shoulder the entirety of the book. The narrator did a fantastic job reading the story, 5 stars to him.

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