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3.78 out of 53.78 out of 53.78 out of 53.78 out of 53.78 out of 5 3.78 (40 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: March 2001 ISBN: 9780375417856
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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 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 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 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 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) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanie | 11/13/2013

    " I have to give this one at least 4 stars because he is a distant cousin on my mother's side. And anyway, I liked the book. Reading about Appalachia where my mother lived as a child is always interesting for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick | 11/10/2013

    " I have rafted the New River, and have recently moved close to its headwaters. Consequently there were many things in the book to draw me in. But the book lacked a real sense of destination, and the characters, though well drawn, did not contribute to a cohesive whole. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 10/23/2013

    " This calm and friendly book gave me some context for the places Mr. Karen talks about when he goes kayaking in that region. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Clendening | 10/20/2013

    " Solid stories about people and a wonderful journey thru place: the New River. I could feel the breezes and see the sun on the water. It felt like I was in the canoe with Noah Adams. Only drier. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra | 9/29/2013

    " Noah Adams gives me a firsthand view of his West Virginia. He dispelled some opinions I held and let me enjoy the physicial beauties along the New River from my chair.The information about the movie Deliverance and the lives of coal miners really enhanced the benefits of this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 9/12/2013

    " It made me feel like I was almost home for a little while. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie | 9/1/2013

    " a real little gem, gifted writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Alice | 3/27/2013

    " Absolute favorite non-fiction about Appalachia. Felt as though I was beside Adams as he talked about the places and people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ralph | 3/23/2013

    " I gave this an extra star because it covers a place I called home for most of my adult life. A nice, relaxing read, like an easy float down the New River. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 3/19/2013

    " particularly good read for anyone who has spent time along the New. it was great reading about some of my friends and people I've met in this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/6/2013

    " For me, it was a slow start. I didn't really get in to it until the last fourth if the book when he was sharing his whitewater adventures. I have the Gauley on my list to do, so that kept me interested, but I wouldn't mark this as a must read for anyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 1/20/2013

    " A meandering travel story that captures the scenery and the history of this unique and underappreciated part of the country. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dudley Greene | 12/13/2012

    " Great book, chapter 2 is an interview with my dad. The interview was done the summer before dad got cancer and the book was published after he lost his battle with cancer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/27/2012

    " A good travelog type book with a wonderful voice. I grew up in the NC mountains and went to school at App State (those crawdads that live only in the New River? I did a thesis on those ^_^), so I knew some of these places. Adams did a wonderful job talking about the river and it's people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 8/31/2012

    " A lovely book, reads like listening to Noah Adams speak. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 becca puleo | 8/22/2012

    " someday would like to visit this part of the country "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 12/4/2011

    " Pleasant read about the towns and activities along the New River. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 7/6/2011

    " I usually do not like travel books, this one defied my early expectations. His description is both accurate and incomplete but appropriate so. He does not try to over reach like other authors writing about the region. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Milt | 7/1/2011

    " bis "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ted | 3/31/2011

    " Good insight into paddle travel in a fascinating part of the world. 'River right', 'river left', and a whole bunch of new but intuitive terms that Noah introduces to readers. Thanks. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 1/10/2011

    " Absolute favorite non-fiction about Appalachia. Felt as though I was beside Adams as he talked about the places and people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/14/2010

    " For me, it was a slow start. I didn't really get in to it until the last fourth if the book when he was sharing his whitewater adventures. I have the Gauley on my list to do, so that kept me interested, but I wouldn't mark this as a must read for anyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra | 9/9/2009

    " Noah Adams gives me a firsthand view of his West Virginia. He dispelled some opinions I held and let me enjoy the physicial beauties along the New River from my chair.The information about the movie Deliverance and the lives of coal miners really enhanced the benefits of this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abbie | 8/9/2009

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dudley | 2/24/2009

    " Great book, chapter 2 is an interview with my dad. The interview was done the summer before dad got cancer and the book was published after he lost his battle with cancer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 2/2/2009

    " A meandering travel story that captures the scenery and the history of this unique and underappreciated part of the country. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 10/24/2008

    " It made me feel like I was almost home for a little while. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ted | 9/9/2008

    " Good insight into paddle travel in a fascinating part of the world. 'River right', 'river left', and a whole bunch of new but intuitive terms that Noah introduces to readers. Thanks. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick | 8/30/2008

    " I have rafted the New River, and have recently moved close to its headwaters. Consequently there were many things in the book to draw me in. But the book lacked a real sense of destination, and the characters, though well drawn, did not contribute to a cohesive whole. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerry | 8/19/2008

    " Kind of read like a really long NPR piece. Then I read the book jacket and saw the author worked for NPR.

    This was an interesting read and I enjoyed it. I'd like to go rafting someday in this area. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 8/18/2008

    " This calm and friendly book gave me some context for the places Mr. Karen talks about when he goes kayaking in that region. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 becca | 7/23/2008

    " someday would like to visit this part of the country "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 6/30/2008

    " I usually do not like travel books, this one defied my early expectations. His description is both accurate and incomplete but appropriate so. He does not try to over reach like other authors writing about the region. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 1/12/2008

    " Pleasant read about the towns and activities along the New River. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/21/2007

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 7/29/2007

    " Appalachia has always had a strange pull on my being. I visited, driven through, and avoided the region, but somehow it always seems to find me again. Made me want to plan a vacation to the New River Valley. "

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About the Author
Noah Adams, the longtime host of All Things Considered, is a correspondent for National Public Radio. He is the author of Piano Lessons, Far Appalachia, and Saint Croix Notes. He lives in the Washington, D.C., area with his wife, Neenah Ellis.