The Stranger in the Woods

The Stranger in the Woods

Audiobook CD - 2017
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"For readers of Jon Krakauer and The Lost City of Z, a remarkable tale of survival and solitude--the true story of a man who lived alone in a tent in the Maine woods, never talking to another person and surviving by stealing supplies from nearby cabins for twenty-seven years. In 1986, twenty-year-old Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the woods. He would not have a conversation with another human being until nearly three decades later when he was arrested for stealing food. Living in a tent even in winter, he had survived by his wits and courage, developing ingenious ways to store food and water, to avoid freezing to death. He broke into nearby cottages for food, clothes, reading material, and other provisions, taking only what he needed, but terrifying a community never able to solve the mysterious burglaries. Based on extensive interviews with Knight himself, this is a vividly detailed account of the why and how of his secluded life--as well as the challenges he has faced returning to the world. A riveting story of survival that asks fundamental questions about solitude, community, and what makes a good life, and a deeply moving portrait of a man who was determined to live his own way, and succeeded"--Publisher description.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Random House Audio,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ℗2017
ISBN: 9781101924907
110192490X
Characteristics: 5 audio discs (6 hr., 30 min.) :,digital ;,12 cm., in container
digital, optical, stereo, rda
audio file, CD audio, rda
Additional Contributors: Bramhall, Mark

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SPL_Shauna May 16, 2017

For introverted lovers of the outdoors, the idea of escaping into the woods alone for weeks can seem like a balm. But, Christopher Knight managed to vanish into the Maine woods for 27 years without a trace, beyond a legend based on the tiny absences he left behind in sustaining himself. Known to ... Read More »


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Apr 06, 2018

I wasn't sure what to expect from this novel after reading a short blurb describing a book about a hermit who spend many years in the woods with no desire to be found. It was deeply interesting to hear his thoughts, confessions, and motivations, and to learn how he pulled the whole thing off. This hermit was both brilliant and uncomfortably relatable. The narrator did an excellent job with the different voices. I was sad when it ended as I loved getting to know the North Pond Hermit!

SPL_Shauna May 16, 2017

For introverted lovers of the outdoors, the idea of escaping into the woods alone for weeks can seem like a balm. But, Christopher Knight managed to vanish into the Maine woods for 27 years without a trace, beyond a legend based on the tiny absences he left behind in sustaining himself. Known to some as the North Pond Hermit or The Hungry Man, his thousands of small, self-sustaining thefts unsettled a community for a quarter century while he lived his peace.

This is my first experience reading nonfiction with an unreliable narrator. The author is a journalist who admits issues in the past with fudging his stories (he merged a number of sources into one voice for narrative benefit in an earlier project and was caught out). He tells you this midway into the book, and it makes you wonder a bit about what liberties he may have taken with Knight's story; among them, the extent to which Knight understood and gave permission for his tale to be told. It's an uncomfortable reading experience, to be sure, but fascinating as well.

The audio is well recorded, and the reader does a solid job, although I found his Maine accent sometimes took me out of things a bit. Still, he captured the various voices well enough to give them life. This audiobook is highly recommended to readers who love nonfiction focused on outdoor lifestyles and adventures.

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