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Horizon

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ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR:
THE NEW YORK TIMES • NPR • THE GUARDIAN

From the National Book Award-winning author of the now-classic Arctic Dreams, a vivid, poetic, capacious work that recollects the travels around the world and the encounters - human, animal, and natural - that have shaped an extraordinary life.

Taking us nearly from pole to pole - from modern megacities to some of the most remote regions on the earth - and across decades of lived experience, Barry Lopez, hailed by the Los Angeles Times Book Review as "one of our finest writers", gives us his most far-ranging yet personal work to date, in an audiobook that moves indelibly, immersively, through his travels to six regions of the world: from Western Oregon to the High Arctic; from the Galápagos to the Kenyan desert; from Botany Bay in Australia to finally, unforgettably, the ice shelves of Antarctica.

As he takes us on these myriad travels, Lopez also probes the long history of humanity's quests and explorations, including the prehistoric peoples who trekked across Skraeling Island in Northern Canada, the colonialists who plundered Central Africa, an Enlightenment-era Englishman who sailed the Pacific, a Native American emissary who found his way into isolationist Japan, and today's ecotourists in the tropics. Throughout his journeys - to some of the hottest, coldest, and most desolate places on the globe - and via friendships he forges along the way with scientists, archaeologists, artists, and local residents, Lopez searches for meaning and purpose in a broken world.

Horizon is a revelatory, epic work that voices concern and frustration along with humanity and hope - an audiobook that makes you see the world differently and that is the crowning achievement by one of America's great thinkers and most humane voices.

©2019 Barry Lopez (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critiques

“Barry Lopez is a straight-up magnificent writer. To read Horizon is to be transported to wondrous landscapes far beyond the pale, and thereby obtain an astounding perspective on our increasingly uncertain future. Lopez expresses faith that our species can avert annihilation by investing ‘more deeply in the philosopher’s cardinal virtues’: courage, justice, reverence, and compassion - virtues this book possesses in abundance.” (Jon Krakauer)

“A celebration and investigation of the impulse to explore, Horizon is itself an exploration - of both the human and inhuman worlds. In his intensity, his clarity, and his capacity for wonder, Barry Lopez is unmatched.” (Elizabeth Kolbert) 

“A huge-hearted, wise and sorrowful book by the Philosopher-King of Gaia. A masterpiece.” (Joy Williams) 

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  • findley
  • 04/05/2019

Brilliant Wise and Thought Provoking

I rarely write a review of a book, but I felt compelled by the excellence of this one. Barry Lopez summarizes a life loving and travelling to every corner of our threatened earth. In a very personal, poetic way he touches the heart as well as the mind as he travels through time and space to not only visit the places and people he cherishes, but puts them into a framework of history and inevitable change. It is a book that I will read time and again thinking and savoring his life and endless perspective. Barry Lopez is not only a brilliant writer, but has lived a brilliant life, something he portrays in every anecdote. Are there negatives? Perhaps it is not a page turner, a thriller in the thrill a minute sense, but with patience it is more than rewarding. I would give it many more stars if I could.

To me the reading was balanced and modulated in no way getting in the way of the authors thoughts.

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  • John Welch
  • 14/05/2019

Awesome Education. will read again

an awesome education. compelling from beginning to end. will read again to learn more than I could get in first pass

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 18/04/2019

book is great, recording isn't

excellent book, but the recording makes the narrator's "S" sounds very harsh, almost unlistenable at times and very distracting from the story itself

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  • Jon Crawfurd
  • 04/07/2019

Preachy

The travel and history parts are excellent, but the intervening sermon is annoying. I agree with most everything he says, but he says the same thing over-and-over with too many words.

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  • Keep It Real
  • 07/06/2019

WonderFull❣️

Barry Lopez is the gold standard for essayists & travel authors. I think of him as a complete human being: full of wonder & awe, meticulous & precise, historical & progressive, factual & poetic, observant & contemplative, thoughtful & fallible...all in all he is deeply human and his writing is the most delicious blend of art, philosophy & science. Don’t know if there is such a thing, but there should be a category for soulful writers like BArry Lopez: the UNESCO World Heritage Writers or Chroniclers of the Earth & Humanity.

This book is a clarion call to care for the world, for humanity with an unabashed sense of wonder and warmth of heart. Don’t get cynical and stay engaged!

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  • Calyban
  • 17/04/2019

Wise and important

Barry Lopez is not just an astoundingly learned polymath. He is a wise elder, whose meditations on places and peoples and history need to be absorbed and heeded.

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  • Niny Pagan
  • 20/01/2020

a great book that tours the globe

Lopez thumbs up his life work traveling the globe in the footsteps of Captain Cook, Darwin & the Antarctic explorers

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  • Larry
  • 14/01/2020

Wonderful!

One of the most intriguing, well-written, and thoroughly satisfying books I’ve read in a long time. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

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  • CHET YARBROUGH
  • 26/09/2019

HUMANITY'S SURVIVAL

As a first exposure to Barry Lopez’s writing, “Horizon” is a disturbing review of the state of nature. There is a “Let It Be” determinism in Lopez’s memoir of travels around the world.

There seems little rage in “Horizon” about the decline of earth’s environment. Particularly in comparison to Greta Thunberg’s accusations against spoilers of the world. Of course, Lopez is in his 70 s. Thunberg is 16. Her generation is more likely to feel the consequence of world’ ecological change. One doubts pessimism is the intent of Lopez’s recollections. But pessimism is a sense some may get from a 23-hour narration of “Horizon”.

Lopez writes about Darwin’s theory of evolution, and the arbitrariness of genetic selection that sustains human life. Lopez holds the view that Darwin’s theory may be key to human’s future survival.

Lopez infers a chance genetic modification will seed human survival as the world ecological system changes. Lopez notes many civilizations are gone; others are headed for extinction. Today, human advancement is a product of greed and self-interest. Tomorrow, human advancement may be dependent on love and care for others.

Lopez leaves a slender hope that the evolution of human beings will rescue humanity. He is neither optimistic nor pessimistic. Lopez suggests the world will go on, but humans may be the sixth extinction. The question is—is it up to us, fate, nature, or a Supreme Being?

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  • R. Van der Lugt
  • 08/11/2019

Strangely ungripping

So the book really has all the ingredients for a wonderful travel story. The narrator is fantastic with a very convincing, deep voice. And, great travel experiences and reflections on life and ways of being in the world. However, it somehow didn’t keep my attention, and I noticed that I couldn’t make myself to keep listening. It felt a bit like a chore. For me, I guess the overarching narrative was a bit too thin, so the book mostly felt like an older man, commenting on the world. Fine, but not what I was in need of in this moment. So, about 7 hrs into the book I had to let it go.

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