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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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  • Bob
  • 2021-01-31

Wow!

For someone unlucky enough to be attacked by a bear Alex is a gifted story teller. Both in the way the story is written and the way he tells it as the reader.

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Alive to talk about it!

This book was so interesting. What an ordeal!
Very easy to listen to him read.

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Narrator lacks cadance in speech, monotoned, tired speech, almost sounds bored and too much needless details.
Good story line though.
Must have been a horrendous ordeal, too bad it wasn't brought more to life.

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  • Paul
  • 2020-02-26

Lacking

Narrator’s voice was terribly monotone throughout. The story was filled with useless over description of details that leaves the listener wanted to pound their temples into a sharp object. Don’t get me wrong, I love nature but spit it out all ready! Hell it took nearly three chapters to described the bear attack that resulted non-life threatening injuries. If you can walk up and over a mountian after being “mauled” by a bear you have question if book of the events is warranted. And the description of his friends reaction after the bear attacked, the part the reader is wanting to visualize, the author provides no mention.

I was rooting for the bear.

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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.
J. L.

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  • bookmaven4
  • 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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  • 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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  • KC
  • 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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  • M Steingas
  • 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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  • Daniel
  • 2020-09-08

Pretty boring

It's not a bad book. It just comes off very pretentious and other than the awe-full bear attack....nothing really happens. The performance of the author as narrator is not a success.

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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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  • Blake W
  • 2021-02-03

Such an amazing true story of adventure and survival

Wow, this was such a thrilling book of adventure and survival! How one teenager survived a bear attack and how his companions stepped up to help him survive and thrive.

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