• The Secret Knowledge of Water

  • There Are Two Easy Ways to Die in the Desert: Thirst and Drowning
  • By: Craig Childs
  • Narrated by: Craig Childs
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (120 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Deserts are environments that can be inhospitable even to seasoned explorers. Craig Childs has spent years in the deserts of the American West, and his treks through arid lands in search of water reveal the natural world at its most extreme.

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©2019 Craig Childs (P)2019 Hachette Audio

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This book is fantastic

I read, “House of Rain” which introduced me to this author (and it’s now one of my favorite books of all time) and was pleasantly surprised to see this book. I could not have been happier with the purchase of this book! Amazing amounts of knowledge mixed with adventures.

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A masterpiece of writing and oral interpretation

if there is any benchmark of a total package of maximum excellence in both writing and expressing any piece of literature this is certainly one of the highest points.

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Magical story

Thank you Craig for sharing your amazing stories in a beautiful balance between science and art. It was so moving I will definitely listen again and again.

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Stunning

I read the print hardcover back when it was first published and thought then that it was one of the best books I have ever had the pleasure of reading. I absolutely love the prose and the poetry of Mr. Childs`s descriptive writing, And this book has real suspense and consequence in its very pages.
I recently ordered the Audible version to revisit the desert wonderland and I found the experience truly remarkable. I love this book, The desert has not been written about with such passion since Abbey introduced us to Arches N.P.and the Cabeza Prieta in Desert Solitaire, or as Luis Alberto Urrea did in The Devils Highway.
The Secret Knowledge of Water stands as the very finest example of descriptive writing about the desert southwest and will remain in my heart forever.
Thank You Mr. Childs for this Masterpiece.

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Decent

All around pretty good, near the end of the book the descriptions can get kinda wordy, near the start this is fine because it's describing new and unique areas, but when we've already covered deep descriptions of various forms of water in other parts of the desert, the last few chapters tend to drag with descriptions. That said this was an enjoyable listen and worth the time.

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Like a nature walk through Dune

Long live the dry land ecologists. This is a wonderful narrative of the deserts in the American southwest. Highly worth the sale price paid for it. Big fan of the author's other work too.

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Over written

Very interesting topic and much of the information and story are good, but I found the writing overdone. Felt a little like an over ambitious writer trying too hard. Maybe skipping the comparative descriptions in EVERY sentence you’d feel less fatigued and more enthralled.

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Best book I’ve ever read (heard?? Lol)

This book is incredible. A great textbook of watershed processes, written more like poetry, with equal parts science and spirituality. Author narrates the book with incredible skill and conveys the emotions of his story beautifully. I never do this, but I am going to re-listen to this book immediately because every word is gold and I know I missed a lot. If you love the desert, you simply MUST give this book a listen.

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CRAIG CHILDS !

Craig Childs holds an elevated spot amongst my favorite authors.
I appreciate that he narrates his own books and his range of knowledge
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If You Ever Lived/Hiked The Desert Canyons.....

of Utah, Arizona, Nevada you will really enjoy this book. People often believe deserts are void of water, nothing could be farther from the truth. While the deserts receive less water than other geographical locations, its water comes in ways that have shaped the land for all of history. If you want to better understand the geography of the US desert SW you need to read this book. If you hike these desert canyons, it might even save your life. Enjoy....