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Benoibe

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  • "Entertaining and very funny. A wort..."

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    Having read Bryson's The Short History of Nearly Everything and At Home: A History of Private Life, this book was a surprise for me. This book was written well before those two, and was a huge departure from what I expected.

    This has a little history and a little science, but it is mostly the story if Bryson and a friend walking Appalachian. While that may not sound very exciting, it is! This story is never boring and will constantly make you laugh. It demonstrates a much different side of Bill Brysonthan I knew.

    Highly recommended.

    Also, whole many reviewers say they prefer when Bill Bryson reads his own work. I do not agree. At Home was read by Bryson, and it was ok. The narrator for this book is more than ok! He is exceptional and does an amazing job with the character voices. I don't think fans of the author will be disappointed with the narration!!

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    A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

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    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Rob McQuay
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    The Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America - majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaing guide you’ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way - and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in).

    colleen says: "What a treat"
  • "Extraordinary book! Masterpiece."

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    A wonderful book; meticulously researched, yet compulsively readable.

    Brings you from Victorian England to the jungles of the Africa in search of Europe's first glimpse at the gorilla. An absolutely true story of an adventure that demonstrates the biting world of science in the Victorian era. Sound boring? Not even a little: included in this adventure are Queen Victoria, Charles Darwin, Charles Dickens, the wild uncharted land of the Africa, wildlife never seen before, many native African tribes and even a large group of "cannibals".

    I loved this story, and it inspired me to read Darwin's work again and other writings of the time. It seems that being a great scientist in Victorian times could make you as famous as being a Hollywood actor during the golden age of film. Unfortunately it was just as cut throat and competitive and FULL OF CONTROVERSY.

    The story of the young French Explorer, Paul Du Chaillou and all he accomplished is truly extraordinary.

    If you believe in creationism vs evolution, this might not be the book for you. Though it does deal with the struggle for many that age, including prominent scientists, to find god in the many archeological and biological findings of the time that completely contradicts the biblical belief of creation.

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    Between Man and Beast: An Unlikely Explorer, the Evolution Debates, and the African Adventure that Took the Victorian World By Storm

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    • By Monte Reel
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    In 1856 Paul Du Chaillu marched into the equatorial wilderness of West Africa determined to bag an animal that, according to legend, was nothing short of a monster. When he emerged three years later, the summation of his efforts only hinted at what he'd experienced in one of the most dangerous regions on earth. Armed with an astonishing collection of zoological specimens, Du Chaillu leapt from the physical challenges of the jungle straight into the center of the biggest issues of the time.

    Shawn says: "Fascinating!"
  • "Very brave men..."

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    I've listened to multiple books about Scott's last expedition. Notably, Cherry-Garrard's book combines many journals to tell the full story of the entire expedition. I was disappointed with CG's account. It's very long and barely discusses the death of Scott's summit/pole team. So I found myself going straight to the source.

    Here is the actual journal of Robert Scott. It is so nonchalant about the deaths of the members that you can easily miss the extreme danger these men were in. But Scott was more honest in his journal, than other journals I've read about the expedition. When a man was slowing them down or becoming weak, he is quick to notice. He doesn't fake a pleasant demeanor; he is the leader of the huge team and is responsible for life and death decisions. Scott was very ambitious and competitive, as the leader of such an adventure would be. His writing may not demonstrate the ruthlessness of his mission, but it definitely brings my understanding full circle. Scott cut a team of men at the start of the summit/pole run for underperforming. (Perhaps he should have kept them longer.) His statements at the end of the failing mission while the men were dying, show that he expected his team to be healthy and self-reliant.

    In trying to figure out "what went wrong", obviously the weather was beyond their endurance or control! And I believe the race to the pole was physically far more taxing than anyone anticipated. I will never understand why he didn't have a rescue mission ready just in case. I just don't know what could have spared their lives.

    Speaking earlier of Scott's ambition and extreme competitiveness, I must point out that Scott writes, "The worst has happened!" when he sees evidence of that the Norway team beat him by nearly two months. He adjusts his statement, "well, almost the worst thing". Obviously, in his eyes at that moment, the only thing worse was death, or was it?

    I believe that his will to survive the terrible march back to the ship was greatly impacted by losing his race to the pole. From the moment he saw that Norway had beaten him, I believe his inner fight was greatly diminished. His life's ambition and dream was gone. For me this explains the ease with which he gave in to death. Losing the lives of his team for a forlorn mission of his own making was too much to bear on his shoulders. So it's sort of like he went down with his ship... Like a good captain.

    It is very sad, but told with utmost bravery.
    The narrator was great, but a pace too slow. I listened to this on 1.25x speed and it sounded perfect. Thus making it a quick but important ending to the mystery of Scott's last expedition!


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    Scott’s Last Expedition: The Journals of Robert Scott

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    Captain Robert Scott’s final journey to the South Pole has been called one of history’s greatest tales of adventure. And his journals are among the most dramatic and moving documents in the English language. Sensitively read by David Horovitch, this new audio adaptation starts in 1910 as Scott's ship, the Terra Nova, sets sail from New Zealand. Then in vivid, conversational style details the dangerous journey through the ice to Antarctica, the winter hibernation in 24-hour darkness, and the final journey to and from the Pole.

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  • Everest 1953: The Epic Story of the First Ascent

    "I've read many too"

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    What would have made Everest 1953 better?

    I've read many mountaineering stories and can remember vividly reading Edmund Hillary's account of the assault on Everest; it literally gave me the chills and made my palms sweat.

    I really wanted to like this book and was hoping for a similar thrill. Sadly, the book doesn't include much description of the climb (about 45 minutes 3/4 of the way through the book). I could almost never "see" the action from the description and overall the book left me wanting.

    I would recommend Hillary's "High Adventure: The True Story of the First Ascent of Everest" (not on audiobook). On audiobook I'd strongly recommend "Into the Silence" by Wade Davis which gives an excellent historical account of Mallory's attempt at climbing the mountain or for a later description of climbing Everest, two modern-day thrillers like Anatoli Boukreev's "The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest", or Krakauer's "Into Thin Air". On the whole Conefrey left me wanting much more than he delivered.

    Finally, the narrator did a credible job of portraying quoted passages of the characters in the book (English, French, New Zealander, and Asian) although there really wasn't a great deal of that in the book.


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  • "Now I'm ready for Machu Picchu"

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    Would you listen to Turn Right at Machu Picchu again? Why?

    Maybe - after going to Machu Picchu. I think I would hear it in a new way


    What did you like best about this story?

    The description of sunrise on the Winter Solstice and learning about Hiram Bingham


    What about Andrew Garman’s performance did you like?

    He made the characters come alive without overdoing it


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    While I read this book in preparation for a trip to Machu Picchu, I enjoyed getting an insiders perspective, one that I know I won't get as a tourist.

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    Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time

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    Writer for the New York Times and GQ, Mark Adams is also the acclaimed author of Mr. America. In this fascinating travelogue, Adams follows in the controversial footsteps of Hiram Bingham III, who’s been both lionized and vilified for his discovery of the famed Lost City in 1911—but which reputation is justified?

    Thelma says: "Now I'm ready for Machu Picchu"

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    From easy walks along sandy beaches to rugged overnight hikes to quick uphill treks with stunning vistas en route, this guide has something to suit every member of your family. Walking times for each hike are given, along with descriptions of the route. Points of interest are highlighted, including plant and animal life you might see. An introduction to each island offers tidbits of the island's history, tourist information offices, air travel details, and hiking organizations you can contact ahead of time.

  • The Best Hikes in Italy: A Insider's Guide (






UNABRIDGED) by Michael Sedge Narrated by Brandon Ruiter

    The Best Hikes in Italy: A Insider's Guide

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    • By Michael Sedge
    • Narrated By Brandon Ruiter
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    If the ups and downs of mountain trails and picturesque forests lure you, Italy will seem a land of fantasy. Hiking, backpacking, and trekking ventures in this exciting country are not your usual organized tours with bus transportation, first-rate hotels, meals and guides. What you will get here is the freedom of a true down-to-earth, under-the-stars, roughing-it adventure - though there are also hundreds of easy one-day walking routes to be found as well.

  • St. Petersburg, Florida, Tarpon Springs, Clearwater, and Beyond (






UNABRIDGED) by Chelle Koster Walton Narrated by Bob Milhoan

    St. Petersburg, Florida, Tarpon Springs, Clearwater, and Beyond

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    • By Chelle Koster Walton
    • Narrated By Bob Milhoan
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    Based on our much larger guide to Tampa Bay and, Florida's West Coast, this zeroes in on New Port Richey, Tarpon Springs and Dunedin, Clearwater and Clearwater Beach, the Sand Key Communities, Treasure Island, St. Pete Beach, St. Petersburg. This audiobook is packed with practical information and enticing facts that make it fun to listen to.

  • Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder, Ft. Collins, Cripple Creek, & Beyond: Travel Adventures (






UNABRIDGED) by Curtis Casewit Narrated by Heidi Mattson

    Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder, Ft. Collins, Cripple Creek, & Beyond: Travel Adventures

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    • By Curtis Casewit
    • Narrated By Heidi Mattson
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    The Colorado capital of today is a far cry from the cattle country of a generation ago. The growing city with a small-town ambiance has become a full-fledged metropolis. The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, for instance, is nearly as big as New York's Lincoln Center. Denver is the center of finance and commerce in the Southwest, the nation's fastest growing region. The new families have reclaimed old downtown neighborhoods, such as historic Capitol Hill.

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  • Thailand: Why You Shouldn't Retire to Thailand (






UNABRIDGED) by The Blether Narrated by Donna B. Umali

    Thailand: Why You Shouldn't Retire to Thailand

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    This audiobook exposes the worst lie about Thailand, and goes on to detail many of the complications that retirees have in the Kingdom. At times it's not a pleasant listen, but there's plenty of expatriates who will tell you they wish they knew what they were getting themselves in for before they arrived in Thailand.

  • Central Colorado: Aspen, Vail, Crested Butte, Steamboat Springs, Rocky Mountain National Park & Beyond: Travel Adventures (






UNABRIDGED) by Curtis Casewit Narrated by Jack Chekijian

    Central Colorado: Aspen, Vail, Crested Butte, Steamboat Springs, Rocky Mountain National Park & Beyond: Travel Adventures

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    • By Curtis Casewit
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    The San Luis Valley is a study in contrasts, evident in the 7,000-foot elevation gain from the low-lying valley floor to 14,345-foot Blanca Peak. The Great Sand Dunes are reminiscent of the Sahara Desert. Fourteen-thousand-foot peaks, the spire-like Crestone Needle, and its neighbor Crestone Peak - pride of the Sangre de Cristo ("Blood of Christ") Range - are the natural landmarks for the valley's eastern boundary.

  • The Texas Gulf Coast (






UNABRIDGED) by Annya Strydom Narrated by Jim Bratton

    The Texas Gulf Coast

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    • By Annya Strydom
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    The Texas Gulf Coast has some 3,300 miles of shoreline, if you include the islands, bays, and river mouths. There is so much to offer everybody. It has everything one could want in a vacation - from pleasant hotels and beach houses to camping sites with stunning views. Restaurants are some of the best to be found and they use the freshest of ingredients. The seafood comes straight from the Gulf. Activities abound, from all types of water sports to horseback riding and birding.