Far Appalachia

  • by Noah Adams
  • Narrated by Noah Adams
  • 5 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this powerful, passionate chronicle, the beloved host of NPR's All Things Considered and best selling author of Piano Lessons takes us on a river journey through the heart of Appalachia - a journey shared by pioneers and preachers, white-water daredevils, bluegrass musicians, and an unforgettable cast of vivid historical characters.Noah Adams has Appalachia in his blood. A native of eastern Kentucky, he comes to the headwaters of the New River not just in search of adventure but to better understand this own unique heritage. Following the New River from its mile-high source on North Carolina's Snake Mountain to its West Virginia mouth, Adams travels by Jeep and by bicycle, by foot and, most thrillingly, by white-water raft to explore the history, natural beauty, and fascinating characters waiting around every bend and turn.Distilling history from legend, Adams tells of men and women whose lives crossed the New River before him, including Daniel Boone, fleeing his farming family in search of wilderness, and Cherokee Indians, driven west on their Trail of Tears. Along the way Adams paints a luminous portrait of a land and a people as richly vital and complex as America itself. With Adams' hushed, intimate tone, Far Appalachia mesmerizes and haunts like the bluegrass music that still rings through the mountains and valleys in which it was born.

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What the Critics Say

"Whether white-water rafters or just along for the ride, [listeners] will find Adams' story of a year following the New River full of ...quiet, and often unexpected, grace." - (Publishers Weekly)

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A Listening Pleasure!

I am surprised by the ungenerous reviews of this audio title. Adam's reading is warm and genuine, as well as professional. His recounting of the New River's beauty and history and his own experiences of the area were a pleasure to which to listen. Having heard this book, surely no one can fail to recognize what a magical and lovely place Appalachia is. And I should know, as I have never lived far from it.
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- Sheila

Only if you are going there

As a general read I would give this a very low score (1 star), if I were moving to the area or planning to canoe the New River or bike around the area I would give the book a much higher score (3/4 stars). There is no real story here and the history of the area and the people are only lightly touched on, if at all. I was left wanting much more. However; trails, river sections, stores and such are covered well along with a good description of the area and would certainly be of value to anyone planning a trip there.
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- George Thomas

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-10-2001
  • Publisher: Random House Audio