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"Well researched, immediately engaging, immensely readable, and ultimately inspiring. This is the perfect read for DIY-types with dreams of saving the world, or at least their own backyards." ( Booklist)
"Engaging, honest, and deeply personal...[Sundeen's] superb reporting produces revealing portraits of modern hippies...inspiring.... Provocative reading for anyone who has ever yearned for a life of radical simplicity." ( Kirkus Reviews)
"Sundeen...ask[s] important questions about technology, the economy, and the moral implications of being both critic and participant in our society." ( Publisher's Weekly)

あらすじ・解説

The radical search for the simple life in today's America.

On a frigid April night, a classically trained opera singer, five months pregnant, and her husband, a former marine biologist, disembark an Amtrak train in La Plata, Missouri, assemble two bikes, and pedal off into the night, bound for a homestead they've purchased sight unseen. Meanwhile, a horticulturist, heir to the Great Migration that brought masses of African Americans to Detroit, and her husband, a product of the white flight from it, have turned to urban farming to revitalize the blighted city they both love. And near Missoula, Montana, a couple who have been at the forefront of organic farming for decades navigate what it means to live and raise a family ethically.

A work of immersive journalism steeped in a distinctively American social history and sparked by a personal quest, The Unsettlers traces the search for the simple life through the stories of these new pioneers and what inspired each of them to look for - or create - a better existence. Captivating and clear-eyed, it dares us to imagine what a sustainable, ethical, authentic future might actually look like.

©2017 Mark Sundeen (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Sam DeSocio
  • 2017/02/06

A seriously wonderful book

I very much enjoy this work. At a few points I was confused by stories inside stories, but quickly caught on. This might be the closest thing to a overview of homesteading and counter cultural with an eye to the world context. It was also a beautiful book.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Steph
  • 2017/12/04

5 stars for the info, ideas, people & stories

I was glad I stuck it out. the narration was not its high point. the stories and people in the book were what I loved and the ideas.. things that made me challenge my own thinking.. made me want to do better, think deeper, try harder.. I have been wanting to start a small scale urban farm plot on my 1 acre in the suburban town and I have dreamed of moving off to an intentional community somewhere so this was a book that really interested me. I don't eat meat, I try to grow what I can, question where things come from, consume less... the no car views were something that made me think WOW there is another step I could take.. but WOW how hard that would really be.. lots of good info and great stories of some very amazing people living lives that truly make a difference.. if only more people did half what these folks did

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • 匿名
  • 2017/06/25

Excellent reporting and reflections!

Backstories were personal and meaningful. Would have been more interesting to use either more narrators or various intonations by one reader.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Mona Haydar
  • 2017/08/16

Excellent. Researched. Relevant.

In depth, personal, well -researched, Sundeen's is a book for our times. He stretches back to the Founding Fathers, through slavery and the Great Depression, and into Reganomics and the death of the family farm. But he does it through three personal, compelling stories. The three couples in the book are what make it a great story.

  • 総合評価
    1 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • 匿名
  • 2020/05/11

Disappointed

Not what I was expecting. There was multiple stories of other people's life experiences tethered together with the author's own experience woven in. This was detrimental to the story. There was also a lot of negative undertones, which was not for me. The whole book was so pessimistic. I could not finish the audio book because of it. Overall, the book was not relatable and kind of preachy.

  • 総合評価
    2 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    2 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Amazontroll
  • 2019/08/19

poor experience

struggle to finish. only finished because I ended up using as a sleep aid. very basic parts on beginning were ok, then entire story, narration went downhill real quick. story line was also misconceiveing. not even close to what I was expecting. more like crazy cult people.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Benjamin Ehinger
  • 2018/05/09

honest real book

worth every penny. one of the most inspiring books I've listened to. everyone should read it.

  • 総合評価
    2 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020/09/17

Meh

Not what I was expecting from the description. It was kinda slow and boring, the stories all felt like long tangents that never really connected in anyway.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    4 out of 5 stars
  • @THEROOTMATTERS
  • 2019/11/17

INTERESTING NUGGETS OF INFO WITHIN

"A" for effort towards Mark Sundeen's very own search for his place in todays America. Quirky. As well, Mark Sundeen does offer plenty of views into what some others do in process of locating and staying in place in America, where one may live "the good life".

Personally, I found The Unsettlers more than a bit unsettling. I came away with disappointment, though not with the book. The story of todays America is clearly at issue. Perhaps the problem lies within me, I got too big a bite of reality to chew...

  • 総合評価
    1 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Eva Beaule
  • 2018/11/18

Too slow.

I did not care for this book. Way too slow. I am, in fact, returning it since I never bothered to finish it.