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4.15 out of 54.15 out of 54.15 out of 54.15 out of 54.15 out of 5 4.15 (33 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bill McKibben Narrator: Bill McKibben Publisher: Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2005 ISBN:
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The acclaimed author of The End of Nature takes a three-week walk from his current home in Vermont to his former home in the Adirondacks and reflects on the deep hope he finds in the two landscapes.

Bill McKibben begins his journey atop Vermont's Mt. Abraham, with a stunning view to the west that introduces us to the broad Champlain Valley of Vermont, the expanse of Lake Champlain, and behind it the towering wall of the Adirondacks. In my experience, McKibben tells us, the world contains no finer blend of soil and rock and water and forest than that found in this scene laid out before me - a few just as fine, perhaps, but none finer. And no place where the essential human skills, cooperation, husbandry, restraint, offer more possibility for competent and graceful inhabitation, for working out the answers that the planet is posing in this age of ecological pinch and social fray.

The region he traverses offers a fine contrast between diverse forms of human habitation and pure wilderness. On the Vermont side, he visits with old friends who are trying to sustain traditional ways of living on the land and to invent new ones, from wineries to biodiesel. After crossing the lake in a rowboat, he backpacks south for 10 days through the vast Adirondack woods. As he walks, he contemplates the questions that he first began to raise in his groundbreaking meditation on climate change, The End of Nature: What constitutes the natural? How much human intervention can a place stand before it loses its essence? What does it mean for a place to be truly wild?

Wandering Home is a wise and hopeful book that enables us to better understand these questions and our place in the natural world. It also represents some of the best nature writing McKibben has ever done. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 2/20/2014

    " Really great. Interwoven with McKibben's experience of a particular journey through familiar terrain, he also very thoughtfully explores conflicting, and changing, perspectives on environmentalism and wild places. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Xiaomin Zu | 2/20/2014

    " A very nice little book to read in a pleasant afternoon. I like McKibben's style. It truly shows us another way of living by the land, not just on the land. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 2/9/2014

    " Lovely, fluid prose, poetic writing style. Made me want to visit Vermont, or at least go on a hike in a wilderness area. I just had one question that nagged at me throughout the book, though - how does McKibben afford his living? Virtually no salary as a scholar-in-residence at a local college, writing books, going on hikes, being an environmentalist and activist and owning two homes. I want his life! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam Morel | 2/7/2014

    " For anyone who likes to walk. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane Ramirez | 1/25/2014

    " Bill McKibben contribution to the Crown Journeys series of walking books is a lovely, quiet little meditation but speaks volumes and makes you think. How do we define, manage, and maintain wilderness? When do we as humans step in and intervene and when do we step back in humility and allow nature's course to happen? While this book raised many questions and made me realize yet again how little I know, I do believe I have come to one firm decision: the usage of ATVs needs to be controlled -- sorry enthusiasts, but it's a respect thing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathie | 1/24/2014

    " I loved this book. The Adirondacks and Vermont have a special place in my heart. McKibben captures the essence of the region - it made me homesick. Friends who wants to know why I pine for the Adirondacks and Vermont so much should read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 1/13/2014

    " Bill McKibbon is a wonderful writer! "

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

    " I so enjoyed this. He brought to into the outdoors, in some of my favorite parts of the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Philip Hawes | 11/16/2013

    " I may have just found my new favorite author... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Celina | 10/4/2013

    " Listened to this on CD... Really made me want to revisit New England. I love the author's blending of local and global, the personal and the community. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tricia | 9/30/2013

    " The descriptions of the Champlain Valley and the Adirondacks will linger with me for a long time. Makes me want to wander through the landscape that Bill McKibben loves so much. I long to see the maple trees, the beaver ponds, the headwaters of the Hudson River, and sit in the shade of the hemlocks. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 9/9/2013

    " Brilliant. I friggin' LOVED this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 4/16/2013

    " An interesting look at the communities of the Green Mountains and northeastern Adirondacks, told by one who lives there as he walks from one set of mountains to the other. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 12/14/2012

    " Great nature writing, especially if you're interested in Vermont and upstate New York. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy | 6/28/2012

    " A great book. McKibben hikes across Vermont and the Adirondacks. I enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 marvin | 4/27/2012

    " Great book!! I recommend it to anyone who has read any of McKibben's other stuff,likes hiking in the Daks, is from Vermont, is interested in sustainability, wants to pragmatically protect our resources and environment or hated Bill Bryson's lazy ass about walking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen Marie | 6/24/2011

    " Easy read geared towards ecology, less about hiking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mariesilver | 5/28/2011

    " Completely lovely, thoughtful book on an oh so familiar part of the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jillian | 3/4/2011

    " I greatly enjoyed this book, but I might be biased because he tramps through many of my old stomping grounds. Rather than discovering the exquisite Vermont/New York landscapes later in life, I grew up among them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 12/16/2010

    " Found this in a thrift shop for .69 cents, and what a ridiculous bargain. A beautiful meditation on the author's walk from Vermont to the Adirondacks, weaving personal history, travel notes and environmental/sustainable land use writing all into one essay. Well worth a read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suzanne Eikenberry | 12/15/2010

    " I just could not get through this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina Hurley | 12/1/2010

    " It was fine. Sometimes a little too preachy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gwen | 8/12/2010

    " McKibben reminds you of what is important. His writing is not strident in any way and should be required reading for our generation and the next. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Philip | 9/17/2009

    " I may have just found my new favorite author... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 3/10/2009

    " A quick, enjoyable read.

    I loved the part of the guy who stepped out of his log cabin, rowed across a lake, bushwacked to the roads and then biked 20 miles if he wanted to get to town.

    Overall I enjoyed the positive nature of the book.

    It really was hopeful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen Marie | 12/27/2008

    " Easy read geared towards ecology, less about hiking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathie | 8/5/2008

    " I loved this book. The Adirondacks and Vermont have a special place in my heart. McKibben captures the essence of the region - it made me homesick. Friends who wants to know why I pine for the Adirondacks and Vermont so much should read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 7/9/2008

    " An interesting look at the communities of the Green Mountains and northeastern Adirondacks, told by one who lives there as he walks from one set of mountains to the other. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gwen | 6/20/2008

    " McKibben reminds you of what is important. His writing is not strident in any way and should be required reading for our generation and the next. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Latif | 4/23/2008

    " my heart breaks for this landscape "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 1/28/2008

    " Bill McKibbon is a wonderful writer! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 marvin | 1/10/2008

    " Great book!! I recommend it to anyone who has read any of McKibben's other stuff,likes hiking in the Daks, is from Vermont, is interested in sustainability, wants to pragmatically protect our resources and environment or hated Bill Bryson's lazy ass about walking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 1/1/2008

    " Great nature writing, especially if you're interested in Vermont and upstate New York. "

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About the Author
Author Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben is the author of Enough and is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books, Atlantic, and New York Times. A scholar-in-residence at Middlebury College, he lives with his wife and their daughter in the mountains above Lake Champlain in Ripton, Vermont.