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On the last day of June, my bush pilot left me alone and without food in a wilderness rain forest of Southeast Alaska. He would return in September. 

For the next 10 weeks my survival would depend on foraging, hunting, and fishing on an island I would share with 1,600 brown bears. 

This is my story of hunger and solitude, salmon fishing and stormy seas, torrential rains and mountain sunsets, giant halibut and deer hunting, campfires and killer whales.

©2015 Bruce L. "Buck" Nelson (P)2019 Bruce L. "Buck" Nelson

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Boring

The title suggests an exciting story however it mostly involves canning food and eating. Couldn’t listen to the whole novel.... yawn

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  • P-bot
  • 11-05-2020

loved it. exciting and immersive.

if you love adventure and nature, this book will bring you joy and a lot of daydreaming about your own adventures.

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  • Brenda Meyer
  • 19-04-2021

Fishing Narrative at Best

So much time spent on describing just fishing and the authors narration was too fast paced.

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  • Jem
  • 23-03-2021

This book made me hungry

Mr. Nelson does such a good job feeding himself on his little adventure that I found myself craving crabs and halibut. He has a great sense of humor and does a wonderful job narrating, and somehow he's made me just a hair less scared of bears.
Time to go fishing!

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  • Christopher R.
  • 02-03-2021

Very satisfying listen

I loved the narration by the author. He is very matter of fact but then has a funny bone. I may have been affected by pandemic brain (everything is a problem with no good solution in sight) but I really liked the simplicity of the entire adventure: need food, clothing and shelter. This needs attention, that works well, that not so much...try a different way. It was fun to learn along with the author as he encountered problems of everyday life in a wilderness. I didn’t want this book to end.

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  • Lucas zimbardi
  • 05-01-2021

great book

loved it. u made me feel like i was with u the whole time. did u use a fire starter or lighter to start ur fires. cam wait to listen to more of ur adventures

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  • Lavon Yoder
  • 05-01-2021

Great book

Would love to do something like this sometime. Well written and read. Greatly recommended for the adventure lovers.

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  • James Jones
  • 25-10-2020

Great narrative of off-grid living

Bruce Nelson does the things many outdoorsman dream of doing. From reading/watching/listening his works, an accurate account of his adventures can take you there, inspiring your own next adventure.

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  • Chad R. Avise
  • 06-09-2020

Great Book! Very Engaging.

My husband and I listened to this book on Audible on a road trip. It was very well written and kept our attention. The narration was fantastic. We are going to read his other books for sure!

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  • Kornelius Potz
  • 02-08-2020

great story

Inspiring story of adventure. It will make you want to go out and find adventure for yourself.

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  • Matthew Rick
  • 20-06-2020

Great book!

Great detailed description of what it’s like to be living solo outdoors for an extended period of time, author reads fairly quickly so pay attention but overall well done!

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  • A. J. Lenehan
  • 10-08-2019

A most interesting man

I came to know the author through the DVD of his float and hunt through Alaska. He lives the life many of us hope we did.
This is a great adventure too. The only criticism is I felt throughout the book he read too fast, like he was in a hurry. This was in contrast to how I wanted to relive his adventure, at the slower pace which solo travel brings.
You’ll be glad you bought this though.

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