The Emerald Mile by Kevin Fedarko audiobook

The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History through the Heart of the Grand Canyon

By Kevin Fedarko
Read by Paul Michael Garcia

Blackstone Publishing 9781439159859
17.38 Hours Unabridged
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From one of Outside magazine’s “Literary All-Stars” comes the thrilling true tale of the fastest boat ride ever, down the entire length of the Colorado River and through the Grand Canyon, during the legendary flood of 1983. 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 fifteen 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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Summary

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A New York Times bestseller

From one of Outside magazine’s “Literary All-Stars” comes the thrilling true tale of the fastest boat ride ever, down the entire length of the Colorado River and through the Grand Canyon, during the legendary flood of 1983.

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 fifteen 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

A magical convergence of words and paper, wood and water, rock and sky, human character and cosmic caprice. Can an adventure story be as beautiful as it is heart-stopping and exciting? This one is.” Bob Shacochis, National Book Award–winning author
“A great American tall tale that just happens to be true…An instant classic of adventure literature—a story shot through with bravura but also touched by the rarest kind of grandeur.” Hampton Sides, New York Times bestselling author
“Re-creates an incredible voyage through the flood-swollen Grand Canyon in such heart-pounding detail that you need to pause every few pages to catch your breath.” Dallas Morning News
“Magnificent.” Cleveland Plain-Dealer
“An engrossing meditation on the eternal struggle between man and nature.” Pittsburg Post-Gazette
“Fedarko tells a satisfying story that is quite an entertaining ride.” Deseret News
“Brilliant…You’ll feel yourself lurching along with them on wooden boats, in ocher-hued canyons, beneath cobalt skies.” Mountain magazine
“A labor of passion from an adventurous journalist who still calls the Grand Canyon home.” Boulder Weekly
“Will have you poised on the edge of your seat like a high-sider at Lava Falls.” Durango Telegraph
“The river…and the canyon, rich in both geological and political history, prove to be the real protagonists.” Publishers Weekly
“An epic-sized true-life adventure tale that appeals to both the heart and the head.” Kirkus Reviews
“Narrator Paul Michael Garcia grabs listeners’ attention right away with his ominous tone…Garcia’s graceful voice works well for the descriptions of the canyon’s beauty…Garcia delivers the drama of the run itself with every word, for an edge-of-the-seat thrill.” AudioFile

Reviews

Reviews

by Ninjacorn 9 9/13/2017
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Slow Burn

A fascinating man versus nature true story, The Emerald Mile somehow still left me feeling shipwrecked. Listening to almost 700 pages and (seemingly) ten thousand hours about the fastest boat ride down the Colorado River was like hearing Ron Jeremy explain romance. It sounded wrong and felt wrong, and I wanted it to end long before it was finished. I couldn’t help but think reader Paul Michael Garcia was in agreement, who just didn’t bother getting out of bed for this snoozer.

Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 17.38
Audience: Adult
Language: English