A 25-year-old backcountry wanderer, a man happiest exploring wild places with his dog, Dan Bigley woke up one midsummer morning to a day full of promise. Before it was over, after a stellar day of salmon fishing along Alaska’s Kenai and Russian rivers, a grizzly came tearing around a corner in the trail. Dan barely had time for “bear charging” to register before it had him on the ground, altering his life forever.
“Upper nose, eyes, forehead anatomy unrecognizable,” as the medevac report put it. Until then, one thing after another had fallen into place in Dan’s life. He had a job he loved taking troubled kids on outdoor excursions. He had just bought a cabin high in the Chugach Mountains with a view that went on forever. He was newly in love. After a year of being intrigued by a woman named Amber, they had just spent their first night together. All of this was shattered by the mauling that nearly killed him, that left him blind and disfigured.
Facing paralyzing pain and inconceivable loss, Dan was in no shape to be in a relationship. He and Amber let each other go. Five surgeries later, partway into his long healing journey, they found their way back to each other. The couple’s unforgettable story is one of courage, tenacious will, and the power of love to lead the way out of darkness. Dan Bigley’s triumph over tragedy is a testament to the ability of the human spirit to overcome physical and emotional devastation, to choose not just to live, but to live fully.
What members say
This was a great story of strength and love. Dan and Amber have a great love story. It is a story we all can learn from. Both Dan and Amber faced such great challenges and came out stronger!!
I would recommend this book to all ages! The narrator was superb!!
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Good story but did not enjoy the narrator
Is there anything you would change about this book?
I would change the narrator and that is probably all.
Would you be willing to try another one of Kevin Young’s performances?
Probably not. I felt like I was listening to Casey Kasem's American Top 40 for the entire story.
This was excellent
Where does Beyond the Bear rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
The best and most interesting. Hard to stop listening.
What did you like best about this story?
It is a true story. It helped me to be a better survivor of the little things in life and some of the big ones too. This story has inspired me to be a better person.
What about Kevin Young’s performance did you like?
He was great. His voice was nice to listen to.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Beyond the bear
Any additional comments?
This is an inspirational story. It has inspired me to deal with not being able to do the things I use to be able to do.