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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (13,484 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edward Abbey Narrator: Michael Kramer Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 things 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.

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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

  • “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.”


  • 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Jon turner | 1/30/2014

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

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