About This Life

  • by Barry Lopez
  • Narrated by Barry Lopez
  • 4 hrs and 56 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

With the publication of his best selling Of Wolves and Men and the astonishing originality of Arctic Dreams, National Book Award winner Barry Lopez established himself as that rare writer whose every book is an event, among both critics and his devoted readers. In his autobiography, the author takes the listener on a literal and figurative journey through essays that provide great wisdom, insights into our times, and a new openness about himself. You'll be taken from Japan's beautiful Hokkaido Island, to the overexplored Galapagos, to around-the-world journeys aboard air freights, discovering new perspectives on nature and humankind along the way.


What the Critics Say

"[Barry Lopez is] among the greatest 20th century American nature writers." (San Francisco Chronicle)


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Customer Reviews

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Elegant and Wise

What did you love best about About This Life?

I loved Mr. Lopez' account of his visit to Northern Japan, especially his meeting with an indigenous Japanese elder. Gift giving was so beautifully described. Neither man spoke the other's language yet they communicated on a deep level. This segment of the book inspired a poem for me. I was moved deeply by his descriptions of performing 'last rights' for road kill he came upon as he drove back roads.

What other book might you compare About This Life to and why?

Of course, other books by Mr. Lopez. I guess the sensibility is rather 'Wendell Barry-ish

What does Barry Lopez bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His voice imparts reverence for his subject matter...nature and humanity.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


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- Deborah

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-1999
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books