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Lost in the Wild

Danger and Survival in the North Woods
Written by: Cary J. Griffith
Narrated by: Roger Wayne
Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
4 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the wilderness, one false step can make the difference between a delightful respite and a brush with death.

On a beautiful summer afternoon in 1998, Dan Stephens, a 22-year-old canoeist, was leading a trip deep into Ontario's Quetico Provincial Park. He stepped into a gap among cedar trees to look for the next portage - and did not return. More than four hours later, Dan awakened from a fall with a lump on his head and stumbled deeper into the woods, confused.

Three years later, Jason Rasmussen, a third-year medical student who loved the forest's solitude, walked alone into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness on a crisp fall day. After a two-day trek into a remote area of the woods, he stepped away from his campsite and made a series of seemingly trivial mistakes that left him separated from his supplies, wet, and lost, as cold darkness fell.

Enduring days without food or shelter, these men faced the full harsh force of wilderness, the place that they had sought out for tranquil refuge from city life. Lost in the Wild takes listeners with them as they enter realms of pain, fear, and courage, as they suffer dizzying confusion and unending frustration, and as they overcome seemingly insurmountable hurdles in a race to survive.

©2006 Cary J. Griffith (P)2018 Tantor

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Great for the outdoors lover

Excellent stories and gripping insights to the beauty and harshness of mother nature. Although trying to illustrate a scene and an emotion, occasionally the book can get lost in details and names. Aside from that this book has you realizing just how insignificant you can be out in the wild, up against mother nature's bare elements.

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  • Maria
  • 2018-04-13

What a great listen!

As one who lives in a rural, northern area and who hikes the wilderness often, this book intrigued me. What a treat! The story narrates the stories of two men and their journeys through the wilderness as they got unexpectedly lost in the very remote woods of northern Minnesota and Canada. I listened nearly the entire way through, stopping only to sleep. The stories were captivating, and it provided terrific info on what to do (and what NOT to do) if lost in the woods. The narrator did a great job with the stories, and each of the two men's tales were equally riveting. Their determination to survive was heart-wrenching. If you're a lover of the outdoors or of survival stories, I highly recommend!

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  • John Sartin
  • 2018-06-16

Gripping accounts of survival and rescue

I began listening to this book just days after a 6 day canoe trip in the Boundary Waters area. I am familiar with some of the areas where these sagas unfold and can attest to the wild nature of the terrain and environment. It’s a gripping account of the will to survive and the absolute dedication of the first responders and SAR personnel that come to rescue lost or injured folks in the backcountry. One you start listening you won’t want to hit the pause button!

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  • Dog andus
  • 2019-03-24

Too detailed

too many details turned this very interesting story into a chore to listen to. The smallest detail like when and exactly how the person went to the bathroom really took the polish off an otherwise good story. Would have been much more enjoyable had it been a wee less descriptive. It's hard to engage with since not even the most minute detail is left to imagination.

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  • Trish B
  • 2019-06-07

Enjoyable Overall

I enjoyed this book overall. I always struggle with narrators who do voices, and the falsetto voices were distracting, but otherwise the narration was well-paced and didn't distract from the story. The format of the book, with its alternating chapters, was a little hard to follow in the audio version, especially if you missed the chapter subheading. I appreciated how the author highlighted the mistakes of Jason and Dan without dwelling on them too much, since they were largely the kinds of mistakes any person could make. I'm not sure I would listen to it again, but I don't regret picking it up.

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  • Belittle
  • 2019-01-21

awesome read.! what not to do before You get lost

i couldn't stop untill i found out what happens next. A big reminder of what to pack,. how to know your limitations and that learning how to navigate might be the most important tool you could have.

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  • B Hermanson
  • 2018-12-30

FANTASTIC!

These stories of outdoor adventure and survival kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time!

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  • Technology Partner
  • Maroochydore, QLD, 4557
  • 2018-11-06

Enjoyed the story, it is what it is, enjoyable.

Kept me interested from start to finish.
Once I got in too it, I couldn't wait to listen to it once again.

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  • Gregory Jurzak
  • 2018-10-09

inspiring story of wilderness survival in BWCAW

Could not put it down,
probably because next day I planned to leave for a hiking trip in BWCAW, well written but few times I thought the author started the sentence with the word "He" to frequently but I would still recommend this book for anyone who loves wilderness.

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  • Abigail Carney
  • 2018-09-02

A suspenseful adventure into the woods

Two fascinating and gripping stories of wilderness survival are interwoven by the author. The descriptive writing gives you a clear picture of the harrowing experiences of Dan and Jason, while the clear narration keeps the switches from one to the other from being confusing. in fact, on the contrary, the shifts back and forth build suspense and keep you listening. The narrator is clear, gives each character his or her own voice and does a good job with the accents. His inflections and tone also keep your interest and add richness to the narration.

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  • CGB
  • 2019-05-28

very much entertained

Great stories, great books. If you like real world adventure books and stories of survival i highly recommend.