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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (9,241 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edward Abbey Narrator: Michael Kramer Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2012 ISBN: 9781452676913
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Ex-Green Beret George Hayduke has returned from war to find his beloved southwestern desert threatened by industrial development. Joining with Bronx exile and feminist saboteur Bonnie Abzug, wilderness guide and outcast Mormon Seldom Seen Smith, and libertarian billboard torcher Doc Sarvis, M.D., Hayduke is ready to fight the power-taking on the strip miners, clear-cutters, and the highway, dam, and bridge builders who are threatening the natural habitat. The Monkey Wrench Gang is on the move-and peaceful coexistence be damned! Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ribald, outrageous, and, in fact, scandalous.”

    Smithsonian

  • Mixes comedy and chaos with enough chase sequences to leave you hungering for more. San Francisco Chronicle
  • “Mixes comedy and chaos with enough chase sequences to leave you hungering for more.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Kramer does justice to this story of old-school radical environmentalism as he brings it to the ears of a new generation of activists.”

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nadine | 2/15/2014

    " Edward Abbey was my dad's favorite author. We once stayed at a place near Moab, Utah called Pack Creek Ranch. Our cabin butted up against Abbey's former shack, where he did his writing. Somehow it has taken me 10 years to pick up one of his books, and I'm so glad I did. The Monkey Wrench Gang makes even the most law abiding citizen (such as myself, haha) want to pour sand into the gas tank of a bulldozer. The book revolves around a plot to blow up Glen Canyon Dam, the travesty that drowned the canyon and subdued the mighty Colorado River. Ironically, the resulting reservoir is rapidly drying up due to drought and lack of water conservation, achieving without explosives what the Monkey Wrench Gang so desired. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barry Maxwell | 2/6/2014

    " I can't believe the date on this book, 1975- it feels totally contemporary. This was way ahead of it's time when written in the 70s. Brilliant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie | 2/2/2014

    " Great story about saving Glen Canyon from the virus of humanity. Another great work from Abbey, who develops great characters and pulls the reader into the story. Made me want to go pour syrup into a gas tank. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob Rickelman | 1/30/2014

    " I've read this several times, and it remains one of my all-time favorites. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jello | 1/30/2014

    " Good story. He spells out the deed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Traci | 1/28/2014

    " This book makes me feel ashamed. Ashamed that I live in this beautiful state and haven't even bothered to see all it has to offer when there are groups of individuals willing to risk their lives to protect it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kham | 1/27/2014

    " Radical environmentalism! Not my gig, but fun to play around with the idea. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick Gorman | 1/25/2014

    " What fantastic characters and the dynamic between them is outrages and human! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kit | 1/21/2014

    " One of my favorite books of all time. Great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 1/20/2014

    " I read this book in the mid-70s, when it came out, and I loved it. Haven't reread it since & don't know how well it stands the test of time. It was my introduction to Edward Abbey, who later briefly taught at UofA, I think when I was a grad student. Maybe I should read it again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cara Shonsey | 1/10/2014

    " I had high expectations for Abby and I was a little let down. I feel like this is a good book for the action movie man, but not necessarily the plot seeking woman (stereotyping) I can see why abby is the hero of green peace and earth first "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shauli | 1/5/2014

    " Abbey's love of the South-West deserts shines through a lovely action thriller and a how-to manual for protecting nature from development. I love his crude sense of humor and the weird yet believable characters. Not for the young and impressionable! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed Hunter | 12/28/2013

    " As good as I remembered it from decades ago. I counted at least 4 typos. Sloppy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Seligne | 12/8/2013

    " I suggest that readers stick to Abbey's non-fiction! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joel | 10/28/2013

    " A very funny look at bucking the system. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick Hadley | 10/13/2013

    " Pretty great except for all the misogyny. Made me miss home. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharyn | 6/19/2013

    " I love Edward Abbey, this is a great book and an awesom read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betty | 5/14/2013

    " Outrageous and really funny. Will always remind me of Cini. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ian Drew Forsyth | 4/3/2013

    " I really couldn't get through the book actually, I like the idea of ecosabatogue, I just thought he could of cut back a lot of the narrative "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 3/17/2013

    " This is fun, drunk environmentalism from an age where terrorism seemed like a solution. Mostly, I remember the off-center characters who were both odd and lovable. This might be a good entry point to Abbey's writing for casual readers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nisarg | 2/23/2013

    " Gives that additional kick in the back of your head, for those mischievous and restless. And for them law abiding conservationists out there, you'll feel like "chicken without feathers" after reading this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Foster | 11/29/2012

    " Abbey knew what he was talking about. The dam and the consequent dams have affected upstream rivers and the quality of our sacred wild places - those left. This book is for those of us that believe a natural course of a river is God itself. It shouldn't be Man vs. nature, but harmony. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 11/8/2012

    " Starts slow but loved the ending. At times too much description. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Candice | 9/29/2012

    " Ok, I had to put this here, cause well, it was a pretty meaningful book to Jen and I... hehehe "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie H. | 5/24/2012

    " Fictionalized eco-terrorism at its finest! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 5/20/2012

    " My dad loaned me this book when I was a teenager, obviously hoping to warp my brain in some societally beneficial way. It must have worked, because I read it over and over again, never did return it, and do seem to have a healthy disrespect for corporations. "

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About the Author
Author Edward Abbey

Edward Abbey (1927–1989) was born in Home, Pennsylvania but spent most of his life in the American Southwest. Abbey was one of the country’s foremost defenders of the natural environment, and his most famous work Desert Solitaire, decried the waste of America’s wilderness. He was educated at the University of New Mexico and the University of Edinburgh. His many books include The Monkey Wrench Gang, Brave Cowboy, The Fool’s Progress, and Down the River.

About the Narrator

Michael Kramer has narrated many audiobooks over the last twenty years; his favorite authors include Donald E. Westlake, Thomas Perry, and Robert Jordan. He has received fifteen AudioFile Earphones Awards for his work. He lives in the DC area, where he also works in theater as an actor and director.