Where the Deer and the Antelope Play: The Pastoral Observations of One Ignorant American Who Loves to Walk Outside

Written by:
Nick Offerman
Narrated by:
Nick Offerman

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
October 2021
11 hours 43 minutes
A humorous and rousing set of literal and figurative sojourns as well as a mission statement about comprehending, protecting, and truly experiencing the outdoors, fueled by three journeys undertaken by actor, humorist, and New York Times bestselling author Nick Offerman

Nick Offerman has always felt a particular affection for the Land of the Free—not just for the people and their purported ideals but to the actual land itself: the bedrock, the topsoil, and everything in between that generates the health of your local watershed. In his new book, Nick takes a humorous, inspiring, and elucidating trip to America's trails, farms, and frontier to examine the people who inhabit the land, what that has meant to them and us, and to the land itself, both historically and currently.  

In 2018, Wendell Berry posed a question to Nick, a query that planted the seed of this book, sending Nick on two memorable journeys with pals—a hiking trip to Glacier National Park with his friends Jeff Tweedy and George Saunders, as well as an extended visit to his friend James Rebanks, the author of The Shepherd's Life and English Pastoral. He followed that up with an excursion that could only have come about in 2020—Nick and his wife, Megan Mullally, bought an Airstream trailer to drive across (several of) the United States. These three quests inspired some “deep-ish' thinking from Nick, about the history and philosophy of our relationship with nature in our national parks, in our farming, and in our backyards; what we mean when we talk about conservation; and the importance of outdoor recreation, all subjects very close to Nick's heart. 

With witty, heartwarming stories and a keen insight into the human problems we all confront, this is both a ramble through and celebration of the land we all love.
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Dan W.

As with the last few, this is is his best book yet. I say that with the full and heartening knowledge that I am a dipsh*t - and whilst trying to router my dovetails. Thanks, Nick.

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Love the man’s voice and persona. But, I could do without the political opprobriums and ravings and about an hour in started to realize that he probably could have made his point in 3 minutes or less if he really wanted to. Stopped listening at the halfway mark. His main point is that, while ‘pristine’ nature is good and nice, we really need to re-establish a more integrated relationship with nature as a matter of daily life if we really want to have a healthier society and planet (which I agree with). In plain English. Without having to tell you about the vittles (which, maybe, is either a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your appetite for other people’s vittles).

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Very entertaining. Author gives opinions on the importance of responsible use of land inspired by a trip to a national park an English farm, and a cross-country camping trip. Plenty of classic Offerman humor and philosophy.

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