Coming into the Country

  • by John McPhee
  • Narrated by Nelson Runger
  • 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Those who have traveled into America’s only remaining frontier rarely come back out the same. Only in Alaska can we come close to understanding what our forefathers must have felt upon their arrival in the New World. McPhee brings to this narrative the qualities that have distinguished him in the field of travel literature—tolerance, brisk, and entertaining prose, and a fascination with things most of us never bother to notice.

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Welcome to Alaska

In my opinion, and that of several Alaskans I have spoken with, this is the best book on contemporary Alaska. I have read it twice, and listened to it two more times. It is one of my favorite John McPhee titles. McPhee is arguably one of the most readable essayists in contemporary literature. Each of his books is a treasure, Coming into the Country being one of his finest works.
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- James

Classic Alaska Non-Fiction Remains Timely

Would you listen to Coming into the Country again? Why?

I generally only read or listen to a book once, but I might refer back to some of this one's prose.


Who was your favorite character and why?

The Gelvin family. Practical, competent, decent.


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

He's an accomplished pro. His reading does not get in the way of the prose.


Any additional comments?

Publish everything of McPhee's that you can.

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- Eugene

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-11-2011
  • Publisher: Recorded Books