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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (349 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tim Cahill Narrator: Michael Prichard Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2004 ISBN: 9781415904749
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“Let’s get lost together…”

Lost in My Own Backyard brings acclaimed author Tim Cahill together with one of his—and America’s—favorite destinations: Yellowstone, the world’s first national park. Cahill has been “puttering around in the park” for a quarter of a century, slowly covering its vast scope and exploring its remote backwoods. So does this mean that he knows what he’s doing? Hardly. “I live fifty miles from the park,” says Cahill, “but proximity does not guarantee competence. I’ve spent entire afternoons not knowing exactly where I was, which is to say, I was lost in my own backyard.”

Cahill stumbles from glacier to geyser, encounters wildlife (some of it, like bisons, weighing in the neighborhood of a ton), muses on the microbiology of thermal pools, gets spooked in the mysterious Hoodoos, sees moonbows arcing across waterfalls at midnight, and generally has a fine old time walking several hundred miles while contemplating the concept and value of wilderness. Mostly, Cahill says, “I have resisted the urge to commit philosophy. This is difficult to do when you’re alone, twenty miles from the nearest road, and you’ve just found a grizzly bear track the size of a pizza.”

Divided into three parts—“The Trails,” which offers a variety of favorite day hikes; “In the Backcountry,” which explores three great backcountry trails very much off the beaten track; and “A Selected Yellowstone Bookshelf,” an annotated bibliography of his favorite books on the park—this is a hilarious, informative, and perfect guide for Yellowstone veterans and first-timers alike. Lost in My Own Backyard is adventure writing at its very best.

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 2/17/2014

    " Listened to this while driving home from Wisconsin. Some interesting history and background information on the park. As a result of listening, I'm more eager than ever to visit Yellowstone. And when I do, I'll be sure to do more than a drive by. Clearly, this is a park that deserves some backwoods exploration. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharonbrown3158 | 1/18/2014

    " BOOK CLUB SELECTION: I loved this personal journal detailing the adventures of Tim Cahill, a Yellowstone National Park enthusiast. I loved the parts where he enjoys watching the tourists. They feed bears and place their four-year old daughters on top of bison as a photo op. It also described the park off the beaten path-what a luscious place Yellowstone must be. Let's go-who's game? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 1/11/2014

    " Good intro to the amazing world of yellowstone. He gets into the backcountry, but also says not to avoid the big tourist draws, as these have not-to-miss experiences also. I want to be there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula | 1/10/2014

    " Since I am about to embark on a llama trek through the Bechler Meadow region of Yellowstone National Park, I grabbed this book to fire myself up about wilderness camping. It served that purpose and then some. This author is silly. He writes like Bill Bryson (maybe not as funny but...). I read a short story of his in the past, from a book called, "Not So Funny When It Happened". I found this short work informative, entertaining and inspiring. I can't wait 'til my trip. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurie | 1/9/2014

    " A lot of this felt very flat and matter-of-fact, especially for Cahill. The last part about 3 backcountry treks was much better, poetically beautiful and funny at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 1/8/2014

    " It read like a collection of magazine pieces; enjoyable, but not the cohesive introduction I was looking for. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Thompson | 1/4/2014

    " love yellowstone but this is a little too much like a guidebook. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanette | 10/29/2013

    " I have spent a lot of time in Yellowstone over the years, so this book was interesting for me. I'm not sure how much appeal it would have for someone who has never been there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggy | 10/25/2013

    " Interesting and I learned a few new things like the fact that there are petrified forests in Yellowstone. I didn't know that. Otherwise it was a quick easy read - not too meaty. Nice bibliography in the back with descriptions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 10/2/2013

    " A very quick read - I wanted more! But this is a great taste of the actual experience of being in Yellowstone, over and over. Tim Cahill's writing is entertaining, and certainly motivated me to explore and appreciate wilderness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandi Rae | 9/14/2013

    " Short and enjoyable romp through Yellowstone National Park. A bit of history, bit of guide book...made me want to visit and read more about the area. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 8/29/2013

    " I bought this book while visting friends in Montana. We didn't make it to Yellowstone (the road was blocked by a massive mudslide, we hiked in the Beartooth mountains instead). I will make it to Yellowstone one day unless the Super Volcano erupts again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sonia Almeida | 7/28/2013

    " Interesting, but at some points just a collection of names of trails. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicia | 7/17/2013

    " We are going to Yellowstone in a few weeks and we are so excited. We have been watching documentaries and read this book to prepare. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 7/12/2013

    " This book made me excited for our trip to Yellowstone, and I added a few items to our to-do list. I am especially excited about hiking Mt Washburn (on an old stagecoach trail, so not too demanding for the kids). And I want to backpack in the backcountry of Yellowstone someday. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debra | 4/6/2013

    " Tim Cahill lives just outside Yellowstone, and this is him talking about his neighborhood. Not a guidebook. Not a nature study, but an appreciation of the sights that a visitor is most likely to see. By now a tad out of date, it is still worth reading for anyone planning or wishing for a vist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 5/19/2012

    " I like what is here, but it is not enough to justify a book. If you don't already love Yellowstone, it may bore you in parts. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kevin | 1/3/2012

    " Good for first time visitors and those that want to learn about the park. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 6/21/2011

    " Having just returned from Yellowstone, I was interested in this small bargain book that Robert suggested to me. Okay, now I have to go back and see all the places I missed that the author talks about. I recommend Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons as a destination! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wildwomble | 11/6/2010

    " Another great book for listening to in the car when you're headed out West. Entertaining stories and some good resources listed to get more nuts & bolts info on Yellowstone. Made me want to go hiking in the back country of Yellowstone (many years from now when I am in better shape, that is). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 8/9/2010

    " it's a travelogue; i guess i expected more "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kevin | 6/5/2010

    " Good for first time visitors and those that want to learn about the park. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luna | 8/17/2009

    " Tim Cahill's love letter to Yellowstone - I read it as soon as I booked my ticket to YNP, and I can't wait to love Yellowstone as much as Tim does. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 8/1/2009

    " Having just returned from Yellowstone, I was interested in this small bargain book that Robert suggested to me. Okay, now I have to go back and see all the places I missed that the author talks about. I recommend Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons as a destination! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 7/8/2009

    " it's a travelogue; i guess i expected more "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shawna | 5/5/2009

    " I am sure the author had good intentions of writing about the wonderful awe inspiring moments in Yellowstone. Instead he just sound like a jerk saying “look what I did”. The only reason I finished this book was because I hit upon an interesting fact every now and then. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggy | 3/24/2009

    " Interesting and I learned a few new things like the fact that there are petrified forests in Yellowstone. I didn't know that. Otherwise it was a quick easy read - not too meaty. Nice bibliography in the back with descriptions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 3/15/2009

    " I bought this book while visting friends in Montana. We didn't make it to Yellowstone (the road was blocked by a massive mudslide, we hiked in the Beartooth mountains instead). I will make it to Yellowstone one day unless the Super Volcano erupts again. "

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About the Narrator

Michael Prichard is a Los Angeles-based actor who has played several thousand characters during his career, over one hundred of them in theater and film. He is primarily heard as an audiobook narrator, having recorded well over five hundred full-length books. His numerous awards and accolades include an Audie Award for Tears in the Darkness by Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman and six AudioFile Earphones Awards. He was named a Top Ten Golden Voice by SmartMoney magazine. He holds an MFA in theater from the University of Southern California.