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Publisher's Summary

A 600-mile canoe trip in the Canadian wilderness is a 17-year-old's dream adventure, but after he is mauled by a grizzly bear, it's all about staying alive. 

This true-life wilderness survival epic recounts 17-year-old Alex Messenger's near-lethal encounter with a grizzly bear during a canoe trip in the Canadian tundra. The story follows Alex and his five companions as they paddle north through harrowing rapids and stunning terrain. Twenty-nine days into the trip, while out hiking alone, Alex is attacked by a barren-ground grizzly. Left for dead, he wakes to find that his summer adventure has become a struggle to stay alive. Over the next hours and days, Alex and his companions tend his wounds and use their resilience, ingenuity, and dogged perseverance to reach help at a remote village a thousand miles north of the US-Canadian border. 

The Twenty-Ninth Day is a coming-of-age story like no other, filled with inspiring subarctic landscapes, thrilling riverine paddling, and a trial by fire of the human spirit.

©2019 Alex Messenger (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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  • Vi
  • 2020-08-21

Couldn’t stop listening ... fan of those adventure!

I have always been interested in wild adventure but never had the guts to do so... some people are saying there are too much details but for me, I felt like I was living the adventure with them.

It took me a few minutes to get used to the tone of the reader and sometimes you can hear the cuts in the recording but that’s not really bothering.

What a story of courage and resilience!

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Could not finish

Narrator lacks depth when reading as in same tone. Way, way to much detailed information using metaphors and Exaggeration. I think with the right narrator it could have been a lot better as the story line is there. Could not finish!

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Birding narrator stole the delight of the book.

This was a very interesting story. Unfortunately the narrator was so monotone that it was painful to listen. I found it very miserable to listen to a potentially wonderful story be drawn out with such a boring narration.

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Not a bad story I’m always interested in wilderness and bear attack stories. And that this is a true story is what interested me. Unfortunately the boring way in which it is red made me skip right to the end!

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Wonderful Story Telling

Great story, and wonderful telling of it. At times it felt a little wordy, but those were also the times you felt like you were on the adventure with them. Good to learn that the physical and mental wounds are mostly healed, everything could have been so much worse.
The author also has an untapped career in reading audible books, the low key storey telling works wonderfully in a nonfiction account of human perseverance.
Thanks.

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very slow and dull, poorly written
only made wrose by the Readers monotone emotionless performance. struggle to stay awake even at what should have been the Exciting portions of the story.

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Un-listenable!

My gawd what’re do I start with this title and author!
First…not a writer…can’t believe this got published and can’t believe it’s on audible…second…author is not a narrator or story teller.
I have this a fighting chance but ultimately couldn’t get through the whiney narration and over described story. Read Mawson..that’s a story.

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Incredible story

To be recounted by the author who experienced the attack is astounding to me. To think of the age of this young man on such an adventure. The detail is incredible. I felt like I could see the adventure for myself. Well done!

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what a story.. glad Alex Messenger live to tell it

what a great detail... I only wish I had a map to follow along .

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Great story of perseverance

Loved the book and would have given it 5 stars if it weren’t for the few too many detailed descriptions of cleaning the wound. By the third or fourth in depth first aid report my stomach was churning. Aside from this though the book was great.

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  • Jim L.
  • 2019-11-26

Will stir the adventurous spirit

Being myself, born & raised in a Montana more wild than now, this story stirred memories of my own experiences living among Grizzlies of the great northwest. It's a book well worth an adventurous spirit, the time it takes to read it.
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  • bookmaven
  • 2020-01-14

Such great writing....

Alex Messenger has done himself proud with this riveting story. His accounts of canoeing across huge lakes full of candle ice threatening to maroon them in a sea of unstable ice is every bit as compellingly written as the encounter with the bear. He also did a masterful job of describing the medical challenges that followed, both physical and psychological. THE 29th DAY should stand with other classic wilderness tales. Loved his reading, as well. Thanks, Alex, Polly and Steve

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  • M warneke
  • 2019-11-15

Intense, Riveting, and Raw

Alex’s descriptive storytelling transports you into the vast openness and wildness of the tundra as if you were on the adventure with him. His story will make you laugh, cringe, gasp in awe, and sigh with relief over and over again. The Twenty-Ninth Day is exhilarating and real. Its anticipatory moments of uncertainty are mirrored with touching moments of tenderness. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Malcolm Lanham
  • 2021-08-08

Disappointed... could not do it

I was very disappointed with this audiobook. I was originally excited to hear the story of survival... the story of how this 17 year old survived this attack and about the lead up to the attack.

What we got was a VERY long, tedious, boring, monotone story about the canoe trip and I did not make it to the actual parts of the story I was hoping to hear.

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  • 2020-01-15

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This is not my typical read but the eloquent writing and pleasant voice of the narrator/author made it easy to finish.

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  • m5441500
  • 2019-11-17

Easy listening

I really enjoyed this book, the author did a great job describing his harrowing ordeal and at the same time the beauty that was found in such remote wilderness. The narration was easy to listen and kept at a good pace.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-05-11

Excellent story, and beautiful storytelling!

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves wilderness exploration, self-discovery and/or bear enthusiasts. The book is narrated by the author, and he is an outstanding writer. I found his tone to be a bit monotone at times. I sped the book up to 1.2x and that helped a lot. Sounded like he was trying to read the book quietly.

Great book!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-12-01

Reading style is terrible!

This is nooot the person that should be reading audible books. Good god, he lets his voice fade, and so quiet and monotoned. I have to quite listening only because the reader.

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  • Kate
  • 2021-11-30

The author was not a good narrator

I should start by saying that I didn’t love this book. It suffered from extraneous and boring details. No one wants a description of unwrapping a taffy unless it is somehow important. (Spoiler alert: it wasn’t.) While I would have expected a first-person story of a beat attack to be riveting, it wasn’t. Instead it felt like I spent the whole book waiting to be interested. I never was. I wish the author had given more attention to who individual people were in terms of their characters instead of describing each meal. But the worst part of this was the narration. He mumbled, had a tendency to rush through certain passages, and sounded bored with his own story. If he was bored, how could anyone else be interested? I wanted this to be a Jon Krakauer book. It wasn’t.

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  • shane richard
  • 2020-05-02

A canoe trip story with a bear attack

Kinda long in spots but overall a good story. I didn't feel any connection to the long man in the story, maybe a little more backstory was needed.

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