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"The encounter was so sudden it took my breath away, and for a single moment I stood frozen, staring into the grizzly's eyes. It was so close I could reach out and touch its shaggy bronze fur."  

Dolly Faulkner has many heart-stopping moments of terror and anxiety, living much of the time truly alone in the Alaskan wilderness. But she is not lonely, as the awesome space and beauty of the mountains fill her with appreciation of all things of nature. 

Dolly Faulkner came to Alaska as a young woman with the dream of living in the wilderness. Forty Years in the Wilderness is a true reality of carving out a homestead in the Kilbuck Mountains near a minor hotsprings that the regional Native corporation is now trying to claim. She is now a senior citizen, still living in the wilderness after the death of her husband. Her struggles and adventures continue, so she has many more stories to tell.

©2012 Dolly Faulkner (P)2019 Tantor

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  • Kris Rarig
  • 01-10-2019

Does it ever get good?

I made it to Chapter 10. An abusive, child-beating husband who allows his children to be horrible and disrespectful to his wife. And she tolerates it. I couldn't find a character to like, so not for me. Read the Indian Creek Chronicles if you want a good story.

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  • survival1
  • 26-07-2019

The account of a real life

Great job Dolly. Fascinating account of life in backwoods Alaska. Challenging in every way and yet your delight comes through as you describe decades of details.

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  • Grumpy Old White Guy
  • 29-09-2020

40 years of abuse

This woman lived with an abusive husband and abusive step children, cringeworthy tales of verbal and physical abuse. The abusive situations detract from an otherwise story of living in Alaska between the bush and covilization. Very sad.

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  • Fhenyx
  • 31-12-2019

BEST READ EVER!

I enjoyed every minute of this book. I felt like I was there. Thank you so much for this book. As an avid OffGrid person this book is as real as it gets. I could read this book all over again and still enjoy it.

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  • jennifer
  • 21-12-2019

Getting through some chapters is hard but worth it

Hearing the verbal emotional and physical abuse Dolly's husband doled out was enough to make me so angry at Dolly for standing by such a man that I nearly returned the book.
I finished it though and am glad I did.
I hope her daughter writes a book. My heart aches for the children of Dolly''s husband's daughters by previous marriages. I wish we could find out where they are now and what happened to them

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-12-2019

Stopped about 2 hours in.

Its written like a children's book. I was really looking forward to the story because the content is of great interest to me. Sadly though it's clear the author is not a writer by precession. What's worse is that it is also read like a 2nd grade teacher reading aloud to her classroom.

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  • D. Garcia
  • 16-04-2021

Tough Listen

I had to force myself through the first half, listening to what a horrible person her husband was: verbally and physically abusive to her and the kids. The stories about the wildlife and setting up the homestead were nice. But it sounded as if it was written as a first draft and it was the first read through for the narrator.

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  • Voll damm
  • 17-03-2021

Whine whine

So much whining, I get it it it’s difficult but no one is out to get you

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 15-12-2020

Good story but read with caution

I'll start by saying I enjoy books about survival in the wilderness and love hearing how people deal with situations differently. However let me WARN you, HARRY is not just an abusive husband and father but CRUEL. This story will make you mad at the amount of abuse Dolly endures not only from Harry but his 2 crazy daughters from a previous relationship. With that said this story is well written and I enjoyed reading of her adventures and those of her young son and daughter. It has its moments that will make you laugh and others where you cry for the loses she endures. We learn of a land dispute that she is currently having that will make you irate and want to do something to help her. Maybe someone reading this book will have an idea that can help her with her land issue. if you can get past her asshole husband and read the entire book, I feel like most folks will be cheering Dolly and her now grown daughter on and hope she is able to keep her homestead. I wanted to stop reading because the abuse really bothered me but I'm glad I kept going. She has 2 more books after this and I will read them. ..UPDATE...I have now read all 3 of her books and so glad I did. I couldn't stop reading them, I must say they may be the best books I've read about living in Alaska and I have read many. They also rank in my top 5 books about homesteading anywhere. I do hope she continues to write , she has a special gift with her style of writing.

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  • Laurie
  • 15-10-2020

Feels like a Commercial Near the End

Simply written and feels like a commercial near the end. And I can't fathom how Dolly could stay married to a man who almost beat her to death.

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  • oliver
  • 12-01-2021

Brilliant from start to finish.

What a great listen. Dolly and the family went through loads. I'll keep an eye out for her other books.

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  • Sarah Richard
  • 13-03-2020

Raw account of wilderness living

Fantastic insight to Alaskan Wilderness living and the harsh reality of survival, family challenges and the heroic women Dolly and Gillian who are the backbone of this family. I have always been fascinated by off grid living, it was wonderful to explore this through the eyes of Dolly. I would thoroughly recommend this book

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-01-2020

Great story, great narrator,.

Just honest, down to earth folk that I wish the whole world was made up of. Great listen. Thanks

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