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4.00007415647015 out of 54.00007415647015 out of 54.00007415647015 out of 54.00007415647015 out of 54.00007415647015 out of 5 4.00 (13,485 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edward Abbey Narrator: Michael Kramer Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2011 ISBN: 9781452675763
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When Desert Solitaire was first published in 1968, it became the focus of a nationwide cult. Rude and sensitive. Thought-provoking and mystical. Angry and loving. Both Abbey and this book are all of these and more. Here, the legendary author of The Monkey Wrench Gang, Abbey's Road, and many other critically acclaimed books vividly captures the essence of his life during three seasons as a park ranger in southeastern Utah. This is a rare view of a quest to experience nature in its purest form-the silence, the struggle, the overwhelming beauty. But this is also the gripping, anguished cry of a man of character who challenges the growing exploitation of the wilderness by oil and mining interests, as well as by the tourist industry.Abbey's observations and challenges remain as relevant now as the day he wrote them. Today, Desert Solitaire asks if any of our incalculable natural treasures can be saved before the bulldozers strike again. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Like a ride on a bucking bronco…rough, tough, combative. The author is a rebel and an eloquent loner. His is a passionately felt, deeply poetic book…set down in a lean, racing prose, in a close-knit style of power and beauty.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • Like a ride on a bucking bronco . . . rough, tough, combative. The author is a rebel and an eloquent loner. His is a passionately felt, deeply poetic book . . . set down in a lean, racing prose, in a close-knit style of power and beauty. The New York Times Book Review
  • “An American masterpiece. A forceful encounter with a man of character and courage.”

    New Yorker

  • “Michael Kramer delivers an outstanding narration.…[He] emulates [Abbey] perfectly, using a raspy drawl and such perfect timing and tone that he has us convinced it’s Abbey himself speaking.”

    AudioFile

  • A Publishers Weekly Pick for 10 Best Books Set in the American West

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caitlin | 4/12/2017

    " This book is narrated well! Abbey's urge for environmental protection is well told in this work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annette | 2/19/2014

    " This is one of those books I read back in the 1970s that was interesting to revisit as my understanding of the issues of the environment, ecology, and conservation have evolved. Desert Solitaire captures the heat, mystery, and rewards of a desert experience. (lj) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paige | 1/31/2014

    " I've been 'reading' this book for more than a decade now. I'm determined to get through it. I treasure the few chapters i've read and reread. Edward Abbey really brings his eyes and ears to the page. it's fantastic to see and hear through him. you feel like you're right there with him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rainy | 1/31/2014

    " I love this book. He seems to feel the same way about the Southwest specifically, and wilderness in general, as I do. My favorite chapter has to be "Polemic", in which he talks about the complete idiocy of tourists, who are the most dangerous animal in national parks. Another favorite quote: "Take a solipist out into the desert and throw a rock at his head. If he ducks, he's lying." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jon turner | 1/30/2014

    " One of my favorite books and one of very few books that I've read more than once. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott | 1/23/2014

    " This vulgar old cuss has some thoughts we all need to pay attention to. His writing made me miss Southern Utah, and I hate dry deserts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eli | 1/14/2014

    " The first book book written by Edward Abbey and the first book he wrote that I ever read. He has since become one of my favorite authors. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben McKeown | 1/12/2014

    " A wonderfully poetic, beautifully arrogant, and perfectly humble account of a man's encounter with a landscape seldom experienced. One of the best I've ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krista | 1/9/2014

    " A blessed portrait of the sacred space and personification of West American desert. In addition, a demonstration of anarchism at its finest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 cras culture | 1/4/2014

    " rollicking, open air diary-log of the author's stint as a park ranger near moab utah. his descriptions of the landscape were joyous and well versed and his political rage against the parks system and modern culture were heartening and well-aimed as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Moss | 12/15/2013

    " I read my autographed hard-cover copy purchased in Arches National Park at least once a year!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brody James | 12/12/2013

    " I have read this book many times and each time it just gets better. One of my all time favorite books "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan Stewart | 12/12/2013

    " Fantastic book and without a doubt one of the Edward Abbey classics. He manages to capture the spirit and essence of the West in such a way that anyone who has roamed the landscapes he did will both cherish and mourn how things are today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lizkirkham | 11/24/2013

    " Edward Abbey is a badass who loves nature and loves to hate on those who damage it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amber | 9/8/2013

    " I loved the Monkey Wrench Gang by this author, but this was so boring and too poetic. I hate poetry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allen | 6/10/2013

    " Great reading for any road trip to the US Southwest "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 2/9/2013

    " Very interesting book for book study. Author is a complex sensitive man, plain speaking at some times, but romantic descriptions other times. Still contemplating the difference between civilization and culture. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dianne Murphy | 11/22/2012

    " I'm revisiting this classic - this brings back memories of my trip to Moab. A unique voice extoling the beauty of nature... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kira | 8/22/2012

    " Thoreau in the desert. Not a compliment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mom | 5/25/2012

    " I love this kick ass curmudgeon out in the wilds of utah - Arches Nat. Park many years ago. He speaks a great truth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sphinx Feathers | 1/8/2012

    " The lonely, desperately beautiful desert swallows another soul into its depths to listen and learn away from the modern distractions of man. Like many of the books I enjoy, this one is the lyrical story of a man in nature. It is a journey of self-learning and respect. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lauren | 1/2/2012

    " I'll confess I didn't finish. By page 100, I was too aggravated by Abbey's pompousness to continue. "

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About the Author
Author Edward Abbey

Edward Abbey (1927–1989) was born in Home, Pennsylvania but spent most of his life in the American Southwest. Abbey was one of the country’s foremost defenders of the natural environment, and his most famous work Desert Solitaire, decried the waste of America’s wilderness. He was educated at the University of New Mexico and the University of Edinburgh. His many books include The Monkey Wrench Gang, Brave Cowboy, The Fool’s Progress, and Down the River.

About the Narrator

Michael Kramer has narrated many audiobooks over the last twenty years; his favorite authors include Donald E. Westlake, Thomas Perry, and Robert Jordan. He has received several AudioFile Earphones Awards for his work. He lives in the DC area, where he also works in theater as an actor and director.