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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,128 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Doug Fine Narrator: Doug Fine Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2008 ISBN:
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Informative, lively, and compulsively listenable, Doug Fine's humorous and topical work chronicles his year embracing an environmentally friendly lifestyle.

Vowing to grow all his own food, harness the sun's power for his electrical needs, and consume as little fossil fuel as necessary, Fine faces surprising obstacles at every turn as he discovers that going green is easier said than done. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shan | 2/13/2014

    " What an awesome book. Reading this makes me want to become complete self-sufficient and off the grid. Even more, after reading this book I think I actually could become self-sufficient! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bayneeta | 2/11/2014

    " Audio(Playaway)was read by the author (who did a really good job). Fun, informative and fits in great with the whole "living green" thing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 2/9/2014

    " Extremely fun read about a common urbanite moving out to NM and becomming an off-grid farmer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ethan | 2/7/2014

    " It's a fun read, gets a little preachy at times but I'd recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angrysrilankan | 2/1/2014

    " Listened to it on audiobook while working out. It was entertaining. There's a lot of this sort of experiementation followed by documentation going on these days I guess. I don't know how this compares with others, but I enjoyed hearing about his experience. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 1/28/2014

    " This was a fun read. I expected it to be about going car free in an urban environment. But it was actually about a guy who leaves it all behind and moves to a ranch in rural New Mexico. He wants all the mod cons without the carbon footprint. So it's really the story of how a city boy learns to convert his house and car and food to go off the grid. Not as detailed as Animal,Vegetable, Miracle, but much funnier. One question though -- why does every autobiography have to include recipes??? This book had only tangential references to food (a small section on growing his first garden) yet every chapter had a recipe! Very strange trend in modern literature. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betty | 1/17/2014

    " Actually I would give this book a three-and-a-half. The author describes in detail how difficult and expensive (initially) it is to go green. I don't think I could do it. He uses some clever similes and metaphors to keep it light and amusing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 1/14/2014

    " This is a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth Zander | 12/10/2013

    " Like his take on life, his simplified life thus complicated by trying to provide the necessities on his beautiful, little ranch high in the mountains of New Mexico. Really enjoyed his appreciation for goats as I've helped to raise goats too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise Sidesinger | 11/21/2013

    " Enjoyable and easy read. Didn't sugarcoat the difficulty of limiting your carbon footprint. I wasn't looking for a bible on sustainable living, just some motivation. This book provided it. I loved the facts that were interspersed throughout. Informative and entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 11/14/2013

    " A very quick fun read about how one man, Doug Fine attempts to reduce his "carbon footprint" and live a "greener" life. Much more humorous than Animal, Vegetable, Miracle but still has some very good information in it. Take an afternoon and read and enjoy! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly Jenkins | 11/13/2013

    " I Loved this book. Had me laughing out loud many times. Not only is he funny, the book carries a great message. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 10/16/2013

    " A good, quick, entertaining read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bev | 9/5/2013

    " This is a fun read (Tommy, it remind me of you) written with humor as Doug Fine works to get off the grid. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robbi Dixon | 2/10/2013

    " A bit abbreviated, but a good book in all. Have run into some of the same conundrums as I try and lower my carbon footprint and live more responsibly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Myev | 11/22/2012

    " I loved this quick little book! One too many pop culture references for my taste but still, an inspirational story of environmental living. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/6/2012

    " I enjoyed reading this book. It was entertaining, but I'm not sure it gave a picture of how moving to a more sustainable lifestyle would or could look. Will admit that it took me so long to get into the book that it sat on my shelf for almost a year before I read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deniseh | 2/20/2012

    " Having grown up in New Mexico, I enjoyed reconnecting with land, people and culture that were inherent to this book. While it was not the best written book I have come across, it was a quick read and it recounted several funny stories about moving off the grid and homesteading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 marmix | 2/19/2012

    " Fine uses a lot of Bush-isms and likes to write in cliche. This got a little tiring, but I still found this book to be "heartwarming" and "inspiring". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 12/17/2011

    " Very entertaining, left leaning, right bashing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen Elliott | 11/13/2011

    " A very readable account of in important experiment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marilyn | 6/1/2011

    " This funny fascinating book taught me about the struggle of going green. Mr. Fine was/is determined to live green and has taken great care to grow his own food, change his mode of transportation while not utilizing fossil fuel. His true tale is as entertaining as it is informational. Great read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 5/14/2011

    " Kind of obnoxious and I didn't really come away with much. I wasn't really shocked to discover that you almost have to be a millionaire to be able to afford self-sustained green living. It was a somewhat fun read though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 4/30/2011

    " A mildly entertaining story of self-sufficiency. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Odoublegood | 4/20/2011

    " light and slight, but fun, particularly because that part of New Mexico is familiar "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 3/25/2011

    " Made me laugh and think. Win/win. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 2/18/2011

    " Doug Fine invites the reader to share his experiences in green living on a New Mexico ranch, and rattlesnakes, coyotes, and the weather conspire to prove it's not easy being green. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 1/30/2011

    " I liked this book only because it was funny, but it also proves the impossibility of the "green" lifestyle. Doug Fine thinks he helped save the earth from his carbon footprint, but he really only saved his goats. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris | 12/9/2010

    " A funny and informative book on what its like to make the effort to go 'green.' "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 10/13/2010

    " It was okay--- the author is self indulgent and I'd be surprised if an editor was involved at all, but it's mostly a madcap eco year-in-the-life. "

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