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Alaskan Retreater's Notebook

One Man's Journey into the Alaskan Wilderness
Narrated by: Stephen Bel Davies
Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
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In the fall of 1978, Ray Ordorica packed everything he thought he would need into his Toyota LandCruiser and drove north to Alaska. He came to a land he had never seen, to find something he wasn't even sure existed: a wilderness cabin he could use for a year or more to live, think, relax, read, and write. Ordorica found his cabin, fixed it up, and, although it was just an un-insulated 12- by 16-foot one-room log structure, he spent three winters in it in relative comfort.

Ordorica's life in that cabin fulfilled a dream he had had for more than 10 years. During his long winters in Alaska, it occurred to him that there must be many others who have put off an extended wilderness visit out of ignorance or fear. They have as many questions about Alaska as he had before he arrived: How do you cope with 40 below? How do you get water? Is it totally dark in mid-winter? These questions and many more gave Ordorica the idea to write the Alaskan Retreater's Notebook, an epic memoir about one man's journey into the Alaskan wilderness. With his wisdom, you will learn how to live with the country, and not against it.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Ray Ordorica (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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thoroughly enjoyable

This book is now up there with my favorite 'one man's wilderness, I enjoyed the storys of his wild friends and the information and it truly is a fountain of knowledge for the adventurer heading to alaska. The narator was upbeat and jolly throughout made it a delight to listen to.
It is much like the book I mentioned one man's wilderness even set in the 70s and even the naration was the same.
so if you enjoyed that one you will enjoy this one and vice versa.

best of luck to you and your wild friends Ray!

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  • Tm
  • 27-09-2016

A brave man on a timeless quest.

I enjoyed this tale every step of the way. Alaskan adventures are my guilty pleasure. The story starts as an expert to do list and ends as a mans timeless quest to find peace of mind. I also enjoyed the narration and will look for his work.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-03-2017

Great book!

I really enjoyed the story and experiences of the author. Very entertaining. I would recommend this book to any adventurer or prepper or anyone who wants to experience wild Alaska. This book kept me entertained throughout. Full of useful information and relevant personal experiences.

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  • Steve S
  • 05-02-2019

Started out good...

This book started out really good. Towards the last fourth of the book it was more boring than reading a persons grocery list. It seems as if the author wanted just to fill space.

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  • 18-10-2017

The title is a little misleading!

The book started out good but quickly degraded to something that could pass for a Disney tale. with telepathic animals that follow him through the woods finding game for him. At times the author seems modest but jumps to something very egotistical and a master of most things. I would not recommend this book for anyone looking for Alaskan information.

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  • Red Knight
  • 18-03-2017

Solid info, good story

Frustrating when the speaker would talk quiet, for effect. Too quiet for the volume level so you miss things. Happens frequently.

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  • MJH314
  • 12-10-2016

Love this book

Love listening. great story it is great to listen t9 to fall asleep as he has a great voice

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  • 06-09-2017

very interesting story but sounds like cabin fever

it was really a very genuine account from the Alaskan wild. alone in a cabin at 50 below for a very long winter.

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  • Connie S.
  • 24-08-2018

He used the Lord's name in vain.

It would have been OK but he used the Lord's name in vain.
That is unacceptable to me.

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  • Laurel O.
  • 11-12-2016

Odd but good.

Real stories from a passionate fellow. Heavy on guns and gun lore for my taste.

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  • Bev
  • 18-10-2016

if you like Alaska the Final frontier try this

really enjoyable, I preferred the journal information but the survival tips were good too. I found the stories about his pet critters very sweet

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