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  • The Pastoral Observations of One Ignorant American Who Loves to Walk Outside
  • By: Nick Offerman
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (68 ratings)

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Where the Deer and the Antelope Play

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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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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Smug liberal sermon

What a waste of money this book was. I wanted to hear about the outdoors, not a woke sermon.

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Some political thoughts I had whilst walking

Maybe my expectations were high because I had literally just finished 'a walk in the woods' by Bill Bryson ( hilarious. A must read) but I was a bit disappointed with this book. I have listened to many of Offerman's books so I know that he is political at times, but it felt like there was far more divisive hating on the other team than there was quality stories about the outdoors. The outdoor stories were fine on the whole, but I kept finding myself rolling my eyes as yet another 10 minutes of 'how dumb are Republicans' rolled by. Usually a fan of his writings, but not so much on this occasion. Might have been better titled 'Some political thoughts I had whilst walking'.

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Top audio book ever

Absolutely great. I loved his voice, his stories, makes me want to watch Devs again, climb a mountain trail and read James Herriot. Really enjoyable I hope he does more.

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A much needed listen for everyone.

Fantastic is the first word I can say about this book. I will be listening to it again soon.

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Thoroughly enjoyed

Nick’s discussion of life and the world during the Covid pandemic, through the lens of his cross country trip was enlightening. If only the world was full of more people like him. Also, his voice is delightful. Thanks Nick

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A redoubtable Offerman

He’s done the impossible, saved the world. I do hope another such book isn’t needed, though I would read it.

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