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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ken Ilgunas Narrator: Andrew Eiden Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2016 ISBN: 9781504690904
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Told with sincerity, humor, and wit, Trespassing across America is both a fascinating account of one man’s remarkable journey along the Keystone XL pipeline and a meditation on climate change, the beauty of the natural world, and the extremes to which we can push ourselves—both physically and mentally.

It started as a far-fetched idea—to hike the entire length of the proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline. But in the months that followed, it grew into something more for Ken Ilgunas. It became an irresistible adventure—an opportunity to not only draw attention to global warming but to explore his personal limits. So in September 2012, he strapped on his backpack, stuck out his thumb on the interstate just north of Denver, and hitchhiked 1,500 miles to the Alberta tar sands. Once there, he turned around and began his 1,900-mile trek to the XL’s endpoint on the Gulf Coast of Texas, a journey which he would complete entirely on foot, almost exclusively walking across private property.

Both a travel memoir and a reflection on climate change, Trespassing across America is filled with colorful characters, harrowing physical trials, and strange encounters with the weather, terrain, and animals of America’s plains. A tribute to the Great Plains and the people who live there, Ilgunas’ memoir grapples with difficult questions about our place in the world: What is our personal responsibility as stewards of the land? As members of a rapidly warming planet? As mere individuals up against something as powerful as the fossil-fuel industry? Ultimately, Trespassing across America is a call to embrace the belief that a life lived not half-wild is a life only half-lived.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A timely and riveting book…The book mirrors its young author: impulsive, tenacious, reflective and amazingly, cautious…a welcome message of resistance and hope.”

    Huffington Post

  • “A combination of Thoreau, John Steinbeck, and Ian Frazier…an unforgettable read.”

    Men’s Journal

  • “Fascinating and breezy…[Ilgunas] does a masterful job weaving the details of his daily travels into a work of prose that is difficult to put down…a very good book.”

    Buffalo News

  • “The narrative is Ilgunas’ quest to learn how people in the path of Keystone XL understand its environmental significance, but, as the author makes clear, he is also a young man jonesing for a sense of freedom and adventure…Best, however, is that Ilgunas has not been robbed of his optimism, no matter how much degradation—human, environmental, spiritual—he experiences on his journey.”


  • “A rich, perceptive book…at times funny and at other times philosophical and even poetic.”

    Greensboro News & Record

  • “Ilgunas is something of an heir to Bill Bryson in his ability to find humor and irony in random encounters on the road…[with a] talent for placing big-picture environmental issues into an accessible narrative that’s both entertaining and perceptive…funny, self-knowing, and often moving.”

    Asheville Citizen-Times

  • “Ilgunas’ time on the road would test his endurance and challenge his assumptions about the Great Plains and their inhabitants…An engaging travelogue about the perils of his trek, make up the backbone of the book…inviting us to consider the landscape before moving to change it.”


  • “Narrator Andrew Eiden has a strong, clear voice and does an excellent job of conveying the author’s unique worldview. Ilgunas is slightly mysterious, never quite sure why he does what he does. Eiden does an excellent job of communicating Ilgunas’ observations and wit without destroying the mystery. A great listen for anyone interested in the fate of North America’s Great Plains.”


  • “An exhilarating adventure.”

    Candace Savage, author of Prairie: a Natural History

  • Trespassing across America is a delight. In the end, walking across the country turns out not to be about you but about the country and all the land and people that make it one.”

    Robert Sullivan, author of The Thoreau You Don’t Know

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About the Author

Ken Ilgunas was born in Hamilton, Ontario, and raised in Wheatfield, a small rural-suburban town in western New York where his family lives. At the moment, he’s either tending a friend’s garden in Stokes County, North Carolina, or traveling cross-country in his van.

About the Narrator

Andrew Eiden, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, is an actor and voice artist. He has been acting since the age of four, working at regional theaters including La Mirada Theatre, the Glendale Center Theatre, and the Pasadena Playhouse. He has starred in dozens of national commercials, guest-spotted on numerous television shows, and has been a series regular on three programs: Discovery Channel’s Outward Bound, Disney Channel’s Movie Surfers, and most notably ABC’s Complete Savages