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In the spring of 1983, massive flooding along the length of the Colorado River confronted a team of engineers at the Glen Canyon Dam with an unprecedented emergency that may have resulted in the most catastrophic dam failure in history. In the midst of this crisis, the decision to launch a small wooden dory named the Emerald Mile at the head of the Grand Canyon, just 15 miles downstream from the Glen Canyon Dam, seemed not just odd but downright suicidal.
The Emerald Mile, at one time slated to be destroyed, was rescued and brought back to life by Kenton Grua, the man at the oars, who intended to use this flood as a kind of hydraulic sling-shot. The goal was to nail the all-time record for the fastest boat ever propelled - by oar, by motor, or by the grace of God himself - down the entire length of the Colorado River from Lee's Ferry to Lake Mead. Did he survive? Just barely. Now, this remarkable, epic feat unfolds here, in The Emerald Mile.
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By Mike on 04-11-15
Awesome story and history of the Grand Canyon!
This is the first audiobook I have ever listened to that wasn't directed at my young kids. Given my own challenge with listening, I followed a written copy of the book at the same time.
This is a tremendous story - great character development, excellent detailing, a thought-provoking read on the trade offs of wilderness and modern society.
The only drawback was that the reader fairly frequently was reading things that differed from the book, in some cases quite substantially. I found this quite disconcerting. Being a detail person, I was left wondering what version was correct.
I would highly recommend this book to others who love the outdoors, wilderness and the power of moving rivers. I greatly enjoyed it!
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
By Lisa on 12-06-15
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
This is one of the most balanced and adventurous books I have read in a long time. It is about the environment, love of nature and the way that man affects it. There is no judgement just great realities from both sides of the issues. In the end it is about a small boat and a big canyon and its river. I can not recommend this book any stronger.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful