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  • Where the Deer and the Antelope Play

  • The Pastoral Observations of One Ignorant American Who Loves to Walk Outside
  • Written by: Nick Offerman
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (87 ratings)

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Where the Deer and the Antelope Play

Written by: Nick Offerman
Narrated by: Nick Offerman
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Publisher's Summary

A humorous and rousing set of literal and figurative sojourns as well as a mission statement about comprehending, protecting, and truly experiencing the outdoors, fueled by three journeys undertaken by actor, humorist, and New York Times best-selling author Nick Offerman

Nick Offerman has always felt a particular affection for the Land of the Free - not just for the people and their purported ideals but to the actual land itself: the bedrock, the topsoil, and everything in between that generates the health of your local watershed. In his new book, Nick takes a humorous, inspiring, and elucidating trip to America's trails, farms, and frontier to examine the people who inhabit the land, what that has meant to them and us, and to the land itself, both historically and currently.  

In 2018, Wendell Berry posed a question to Nick, a query that planted the seed of this book, sending Nick on two memorable journeys with pals - a hiking trip to Glacier National Park with his friends Jeff Tweedy and George Saunders, as well as an extended visit to his friend James Rebanks, the author of The Shepherd's Life and English Pastoral. He followed that up with an excursion that could only have come about in 2020 - Nick and his wife, Megan Mullally, bought an Airstream trailer to drive across (several of) the United States. These three quests inspired some “deep-ish" thinking from Nick, about the history and philosophy of our relationship with nature in our national parks, in our farming, and in our backyards; what we mean when we talk about conservation; and the importance of outdoor recreation, all subjects very close to Nick's heart. 

With witty, heartwarming stories and a keen insight into the human problems we all confront, this is both a ramble through and celebration of the land we all love.

©2021 Nick Offerman (P)2021 Penguin Audio
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What the critics say

An Amazon Best of the Month Pick

"I found the book both entertaining and inspiring...[it] has depths you may not expect from an actor/comedic performer/woodworker who goes to great lengths to entertain the audience, but also has me thinking about the choices I make as I live in the world." (John Warner, Chicago Tribune)

"Offerman's thoughtful and hilarious musings at the nexus of human life and nature, particularly through the lens of John Muir and Aldo Leopold ... serves another welcome reminder that nature is for all." (Smithsonian Magazine) 

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Entertaining but a bit political

I love nick and the fact he narrated it himself was awesome.. I gave 4 stars because of the political content near the end. Was hoping for a bit of an escape from politics and it was mostly what I was looking for, but just a bit too much near the end. So if you don’t like politics just beware of that .. other than that I enjoyed it quite a bit . Great job nick!

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Making poetry out of the world in which we live.

As a meat loving human being whom also enjoys walks outdoors and is attempting to share that love with his children, this book resonates with me in quite a few ways.

Nick’s ability to capture the breadth of nature in words, astonishes and delights me to no end. I could see in my mind those glacier peaks, that crystal water, and those sheep farms across the pond.

This has served to further inspire me, and instilled a new sense of vigour to make sure to be responsible in the ways I choose to enjoy nature, enjoy the world in which I live, and respectfully share with my children.

I will admit I did listen to this mostly in my motor vehicle, so for the trees I saved in audiobook format, it did a whole lot of good when I burned 8 hours of fuel.

I would recommend this listen to anyone really. Even if you disagree with Nicks outlook, that smooth voice delivers each phrase like it’s audible nectar tantalizing your earbuds.

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BORRRRRRRING

I had high hopes as Offerman is very funny in interviews, and on Parks and Rec. Very disappointed in this meandering book that doesn't seem to know what genre it is. He will spent an entire chapter describing a hike where essentially nothing happens. There is not enough here to make this worthwhile.

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Boring and not funny

A man grumbles about America and how there are too many people on his vacation. I made it to Chapter 4, realized I had not laughed once or had enjoyed the book and returned it.

If you enjoy liberal social commentary and a guy from L.A. describing the wilderness to you as if you've never seen a tree before, this book is for you.

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awesome read! Offerman's performance is stellar.

easy to pick back up, we listened to this during road trips. awesome read, can't recommend it enough.

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Utterly hilarious!

Mr. Offerman,

I want to thank you for the work you put into creating this book. I live in Canada. We have many national and provincial parks that are protected as well. I would encourage you and Megan, (if you get the opportunity) to experience them as well.

You're humour, witt and honesty made this listen so much fun! Highly recommend this to many friends and family

Cheers,
Dave

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Extraordinary!

Really loved this book. I knew nothing about agriculture and how irresponsibly we have been doing things. As a 21 year old I am surprised they are not teaching this in our schools. I wish I knew about all of this earlier truly fascinating stuff. Thank you Nick.

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Absolutely loved this book! Actually can’t wait to start it t over!! To hear Nick read it himself was incredible!!

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Not as advertised

it's basically just Nick's rants about leftist propaganda. there is some interesting parts about the parks but it always ties back to his political views.

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What a listen... a knowledgable and entertaining!

Highly recommend this as an audio book, both to help the world save some paper and secondly to listen to the comforting, yet serious tone Nick is bringing to his opinions.

The book strikes a balance of historical research and summarization, with a glance at the present from the author in a matter of fact way. But Offerman truly brings his comedic brand (which I genuinely believe to be his personality) to the narration and content discussed. it's refreshing to read (or listen) to a long form opinion piece about the present state of America, but also the world at large and the challenges we face. This combined with the anecdotal evidence of Nick's recent experiences provides a truly compelling auditory experience, where you can imagine yourself sitting down over a beverage and hearing the eloquent opinions of a man that all of us could do some learning from.

Again I would highly recommended this audio book and have done so many times already... It will be interesting to see how this ages and the truth roles out over how society has (hopefully come together and) dealt with these issues.

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  • Aron
  • 2021-10-21

By far his worst work to date.

I am a fan and as such was very much looking forward to enjoying this book. It is filled with his hateful musings about people who’s politics differ from his. He preaches open-mindedness and yet summarily dismisses people with different religious and political positions from that which he has inherited from his years in Hollywood. I can summarize this book for you: COVID had him board and stir crazy at home so he decided to white an entire book about two of his vacations and all the people he finds stupid. If that’s you bag, drop the coin. If not, read one of his earlier texts or some other author.

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  • Christina
  • 2021-10-18

It's very political but well written

A tail of left wing propaganda and white guilt would be a more appropriate title.
if you are white or anything right of center you will probably not care for the frequent politicization of what would otherwise be a good story of a semi famous mans jaunts in the wilderness.
It was well written though

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  • Alicia Robinson
  • 2021-10-25

Bummed

I usually love reading books written by Nick Offerman. I’m bummed that he assumed the positions of left and right sides of politics, used the word dip**** to describe one side. Instead of trying to understand the beliefs of others, it felt like a form of bullying. He points out a lot of the worlds problems including diets, farming, energy, ect. If that’s what you’re interested in, which is what I thought the book was about, you will get this in about half of it. I also didn’t pick up on anything humorous which he usually ties in. Lots of negative energy. Seriously bummed.

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  • Alex A. W.
  • 2021-10-13

Nick’s done it again

I’ve read all of Offerman’s works thus far and he’s almost convinced me he’s an author. This man really knows how to paint a word picture.

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  • JCTHIEM
  • 2021-10-17

Daddy Nick can whisper sweet musings to me anytime

Absolutely loved this book. Mr. Offerman takes us on a hiking tour and even across the pond to visit a little homestead as he ponders life. He specifically shines a light onto the moral struggle of living our modern lives amongst thale natural plan. Looks at shopping local and producing local, including a dive into how we might ethically sourced our food while tending to the environment.

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  • 2021-11-11

pious, verbose, and painfully tone deaf

This reproof was Offerman's attempt at tackling the disconnect between Americans and the natural splendor and resources of America. It's choked to the gills with references to, and vapid discussions of, American Conservation giants like Aldo Leopold backlit against tired descriptions of American scenery through the eyes of 3 wealthy, white, greying American "intellectuals".

This book does two things excellently: it further accentuates the disappointing truth that Offerman's writing style is little more than postmodern cynical twists on tired aphorisms mottled with the loosely sifted contents of a thesaurus...and that this wealthy, educated, and famous Hollywood actor had the privilege of spending the covid-19 pandemic vacationing in some of the least accessible American treasures while most Americans were at home living lives of hellacious tedium.

Offerman uses this tone deaf and privileged backdrop to look down his nose and well manicured beard at America's lack of appreciation for these sources of natural beauty without any true understanding of the barriers and obstacles that prevent the average American from visiting remote and far-flung locations such as Glacier National Park. Early in the book Offerman glibly regales the reader with his story of hiring an outfitter to assist his outdoor adventures, an expensive experience and privilege that few Americans can afford.

These moments and perspectives seem utterly tone deaf yet painfully predictable from a man in Offerman's station in life; the average American family in today's economy does not have the expendable income or time to visit remote National Parks that often have severe (and publicly known) accessibility issues. These painful truths about the state of the average American working class family, and many middle class families, are not on Offerman's radar as he is more inclined to summarize average Americans as intellectually starved consumers who only require an expensively outfitted hike with an American poet to unlock their appreciation for their nation's natural beauty and resources.

This off-putting leachate of 100+ years of American Romanticism and myopic attempts at enlightening Americans via condescension is served lukewarm in a novelty coffee mug with Offerman's traditional deadpan gravel.
If your desire is to learn more about natural beauty, resources, and your food in the United States I'd recommend reading the works of Aldo Leopold, Dan Flores, or visiting the works of those who earnestly seek to enlighten and educate their fellow Americans with sincerity like the up and coming African American forager and nature enthusiast Alexis Nikole Nelson.

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  • Kyle Fisher
  • 2021-11-05

More political than ever!

I usually endure his politics but most of the book is about how he hates Republicans and Christians with broad cliches. Funny for a man who talks about nuance

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-10-29

awful book

While hoping for a book more about time spent outdoors, the author uses large sections to state the need for more nuance and empathy in American political discourse. Which is not problematic and completely true. However he then immediately displays a total lack of both by labeling anyone that does not march in goosestep with his own political opinions as evil and valueless human beings. The level of self-delusion and hypocracy on display is monumental. The author has severely diminished the respect I had for him based on his previous body of work. He should frankly be ashamed of himself.

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  • J. Allen
  • 2021-10-25

If you're looking to escape to the great outdoors

Skip this treatise on Offerman's politics. I was very much looking forward to listening to inspirational musings on the outdoors, but am honestly feeling tricked (as well as belittled by the overall political framing).

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  • Mike from MT
  • 2021-10-28

"A Living Thesaurus Goes Camping"

The man knows a ton of ways to say the same thing, but good grief it is so boring that I couldn't finish it. Listen at your own risk.

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