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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (204 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Noah Adams Narrator: Noah Adams Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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With his sharp eye and gentle wit, Noah Adams doesn’t just tell stories, he lets them unfold quietly, powerfully, and eloquently. Now the beloved host of NPR’s All Things Considered and bestselling author of Piano Lessons takes us on a river journey through the heart of Appalachia—a journey shared by pioneers and preachers, white-water daredevils, bluegrass musicians, and an unforgettable cast of vivid historical characters.

Noah Adams has Appalachia in his blood. A native of eastern Kentucky, he comes to the headwaters of the New River not just in search of adventure but to better understand his own unique heritage. Following the New River from its mile-high source on North Carolina’s Snake Mountain to its West Virginia mouth, Adams travels by Jeep and by bicycle, by foot and, most thrillingly, by white-water raft to explore the history, natural beauty, and fascinating characters waiting around every bend and turn.

Distilling history from legend, Adams tells of men and women whose lives crossed the New River before him: Daniel Boone, fleeing his farming family in search of wilderness; Cherokee Indians driven west on their Trail of Tears; and the ill-fated men who traveled thousands of miles to work on the Hawk's Nest Tunnel, making a fortune for a company while their lungs filled with deadly silica dust. And along the way Adams follows the echoes of his own distant heritage, interweaving his river journey through Appalachia with yet another voyage, thousands of miles away.

With eloquence and compassion, Noah Adams paints a luminous portrait of a land and a people as richly vital and complex as America itself. At the same time, his quietly personal chronicle captures the sheer magic of the flowing waters: their sound, their eddies, their utter unpredictability. A vibrant and unforgettable read, Far Appalachia mesmerizes and haunts like the bluegrass music that still rings through the mountains and valleys in which it was born.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kingston Bowen | 2/9/2014

    " Good story. It was fun to follow Noah on his adventure. I do agree with another reviewer wishing there was more depth to some of the story. But it was a quick and easy read which was also pleasant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jeannette | 2/2/2014

    " This book is about the New River valley, a truly lovely Appalachian waterway. My grandmother grew up in Galax, Virginia, so this book talks about her heritage. I live about an hour and a half away from the New River and have lived most of my life in the Appalachians so I really enjoyed this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jennifer | 1/15/2014

    " I listened to the unabridged version from iTunes. Noah Adams as the narrator made it an enjoyable listen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Abbie Graham | 12/16/2013

    " Also in my top five favorites...great story (especially if you're familiar with any of the places he writes about) "

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