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  • "Who needs Indiana Jones? (OK, that'..."

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    Once again, I've ventured out of the sci-fi/fantasy genre...again with a book I never would have picked up on my own. I am not a diver, I know almost nothing about...the WWII related stuff...It sounds vaguely interesting, but the kind of thing I might watch on a Saturday afternoon on discovery...if I was sick...and nothing else was on.

    But...this book...was really, really good. It's billed as a "True Adventure", and I'm sure it's as "based on a true story" as much of written history is... I only mean that some of the characters are so good, it seems like they can't be 100% real...I'm sure liberties were taken...but once I remembered that I usually read ONLY fiction, I didn't think about it again.

    The whole thing is very well written...presented like a fast-paced action/adventure movie (that may not make sense, but it's the only way I can think of to describe it). They give exactly the right amount of information about diving and the dangers of deep wreck diving, backed up with horrifying real accounts. They give exactly the right amount of background on the main characters...no boring crap - really interesting and action packed stories... By the time they got to the diving...I couldn't put this book down...I was on the edge of my seat...

    Now that all lasted for about 3/4 of the book - which is about the point any sane human being would have just "let it go", but Chatterton was obsessed. There are some more tense and exciting parts...but there is also entirely too much time devoted descriptions of the lives of non-characters... Don't let any of that stop you from getting the book though - even if you care nothing about diving or WWII history (beyond what you learned in school) - just get this one - seriously.

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    Shadow Divers: Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of WWII

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    • By Robert Kurson
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    In 1991, acting on a tip from a local fisherman, two scuba divers discovered a sunken German U-boat, complete with its crew of 60 men, not too far off the New Jersey coast. The divers, realizing the momentousness of their discovery, began probing the mystery. Over the next six years, they became expert and well-traveled researchers, taught themselves German, hunted for clues in Germany, and constructed theories corrective of the history books, all in an effort to identify this sunken U-boat and its crew.

    Douglas says: "GRIPPING!"
  • "Why didn't I know this story?!"

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    I'll admit, I'd never have picked this up without someone repeatedly prodding me to do so...but I'm really glad I did. I mostly read/listen to sci-fi/fantasy, so I'm skeptical about anything non-fiction...if I wanted non-fiction I'd watch the flippin' news (is about how my poor attitude would respond...) - but this story is good...hard to put the feeling into words - kind of intriguing and horrifying...on many levels. Not just the...main tragedy part - but what makes someone want to do this...the normal things they do...that they don't consider tragedies...from the catching and processing of whales, to the stuff that happens on the islands (like the Galapagos)...my god...

    If you already know the story of the Essex, there probably isn't a ton of new info - but still worth the listen. If you don't know the story that was part of Melville's inspiration for Moby Dick, you should probably pick this one up!

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    In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

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    The ordeal of the whaleship Essex was an event as mythic in the 19th century as the sinking of the Titanic was in the 20th. In 1819, the Essex left Nantucket for the South Pacific with 20 crew members aboard. In the middle of the South Pacific the ship was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale. The crew drifted for more than 90 days in three tiny whaleboats, succumbing to weather, hunger, disease, and ultimately turning to drastic measures in the fight for survival.

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    "From Playboy Aristocrat to Anthropologist"

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    Ian Graham was raised a classic British aristocrat, who could’ve easily gone to seed with his wealth and playthings. Instead, he became a first-class autodidact who would, almost accidentally, change the course of archeology and anthropology.

    His writing is delicious. It starts with his childhood friendship with Rudyard Kipling, and it just never stops.

    University of New Mexico Press was pleased to publish Graham’s book as an anthropology classic, but they soon realized he was garnering fans who had no interest in relics at all! It’s him, this amazing man, who’s the attraction. Graham’s life is one of those “unbelievable adventures,” a road trip in a swank car that went completely off the rails—told with great humility and wit.

  • 36 Views of Mount Fuji: On Finding Myself in Japan

    "Finding Beauty in Industrialized Japan"

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    After a life-long fascination with Japan, Cathy Davidson went to Osaka to teach English at a women's college. What she saw was industrialized, dingy: ugly. It wasn’t what she'd expected.

    She had a disastrous first day when she took a public physical exam with her students: the tiny medical gown didn’t fit, she made multiple cultural errors, and she had to carry a sample of urine that was blue (because of UTI medications) in front of everyone.

    For the rest of the semester, her students were convinced that North Americans have blue pee.

    Davidson was told by her host that "the Japanese have a great appreciation for beauty, and no appreciation for ugly." In her time spent there, she too grows to find the beauty even among the warehouses. “Wabi-sabi” seeps in: that beauty lies in the irregularity and impermanence.

    This book is delightful, it has a lot of humor and appreciation for Japanese culture. You can tell Davidson fell in love with her adopted country.

  • Caught Inside: A Surfer’s Year on the California Coast

    "The Surfer Memoir that Changed Everything"

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    Daniel Duane moved to Santa Cruz in the mid-90s, looking for something. He dove down a dark, watery rabbit hole, living by the tides and swells of the Pacific Ocean.

    What started out as a hobby turned into an obsession— and it's no lie to say Duane pulled more men in with him, than Neptune could've ever imagined. Caught Inside became the definitive surfing bible of the modern middle class surfing generation.

    Duane takes his listeners into the "lineup" to experience the localism, the stink-eye, the beauty and danger of surfing.

    Coming from a VERY outside place, Duane understands there's an "inside" place to be, and he gets guided in to find his own bearings— a story any man, in or out of the water, will relate to.

  • The Search for the Codex Cardona

    "A Real-Life Indiana Jones Meets The Da Vinci Code"

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    A real-life Indiana Jones story, "The Search for the Codex Cardona" is a global mystery with tantalizing clues, disconnected numbers, dead ends— the works.

    The Codex Cardona, if found, would be an invaluable painted book of early Mexico. Lost for four hundred years, it resurfaced at a Sotheby’s auction. The author got a brief look at it and even got to hold some of the pages before it went underground again. The search was on!

    A breathtaking tale that satisfied both my scholarly interest and taste for adventure.

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  • "Good--but Wish I'd Chosen the Abrid..."

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    Although I usually love books that introduce me to the obsessions of others, this book--which seems aimed at men enamored with machines and World War II history--focuses a bit TOO much on tedious details. Spoiler warning: Not much is ever actually discovered in the wreck of the German U-boat itself, which, after the incredible the build-up, was disappointing. I did gain new appreciation for the horrible risks involved in deep-sea diving and serving in the German Navy on a U-Boat assigned to the United States. But I'm sure I'd have been equally enlightened had I chosen the abridged version.

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    Shadow Divers: Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of WWII

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    In 1991, acting on a tip from a local fisherman, two scuba divers discovered a sunken German U-boat, complete with its crew of 60 men, not too far off the New Jersey coast. The divers, realizing the momentousness of their discovery, began probing the mystery. Over the next six years, they became expert and well-traveled researchers, taught themselves German, hunted for clues in Germany, and constructed theories corrective of the history books, all in an effort to identify this sunken U-boat and its crew.

    Douglas says: "GRIPPING!"

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    The H.M.S. Leopard pulled into the bay of Pulo Batang looking more like a shabby merchant ship that a man-of-war. The crew had endured a calamitous voyage plagued by gaol-fever, pursued by the Dutch Waakzaamheid, and struck by an iceberg. Suffice it to say, Jack Aubrey was ready for home.

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    Paul says: "surgeon"
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    Nando Parrado was unconscious for three days before he woke to discover that the plane carrying his rugby team, as well as their family members and supporters, to an exhibition game in Chile had crashed somewhere deep in the Andes. He soon learned that many were dead or dying, among them his own mother and sister. Those who remained were stranded on a lifeless glacier at nearly 12,000 feet above sea level, with no supplies and no means of summoning help.

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    H.M.S. Surprise: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 3

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    At the opening of his third novel in an ongoing adventure series by Patrick O'Brian, Jack Aubrey is cruising off Cape Sicie when his friend Stephen Maturin (more serenely situated in Sussex) is informed of the Board's decision regarding Aubrey's prize money, taken after victorious engagement with a Spanish squadron at Cape Santa Maria. The money, five million pieces of eight, is not, as is the custom of war, to be divided among the crews of the four victorious vessels.

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    In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex (






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    The ordeal of the whaleship Essex was an event as mythic in the 19th century as the sinking of the Titanic was in the 20th. In 1819, the Essex left Nantucket for the South Pacific with 20 crew members aboard. In the middle of the South Pacific the ship was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale. The crew drifted for more than 90 days in three tiny whaleboats, succumbing to weather, hunger, disease, and ultimately turning to drastic measures in the fight for survival.

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    Shadow Divers: Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of WWII (






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    Shadow Divers: Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of WWII

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    For John Chatterton and Richie Kohler, deep wreck diving was more than a sport. Testing themselves against treacherous currents, braving depths that induced hallucinatory effects, they pushed themselves to their limits and beyond, brushing against death more than once in the rusting hulks of sunken ships.

    Michael says: "Couldn?t turn it off !!!"
  • 4.5 (2057 ratings)
    Shadow Divers: Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of WWII (






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    Shadow Divers: Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of WWII

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Kurson
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    In 1991, acting on a tip from a local fisherman, two scuba divers discovered a sunken German U-boat, complete with its crew of 60 men, not too far off the New Jersey coast. The divers, realizing the momentousness of their discovery, began probing the mystery. Over the next six years, they became expert and well-traveled researchers, taught themselves German, hunted for clues in Germany, and constructed theories corrective of the history books, all in an effort to identify this sunken U-boat and its crew.

    Douglas says: "GRIPPING!"
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    Far Eastern Tales (






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    Far Eastern Tales

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    Far eastern Tales is a collection of Maugham's short stories, all born of his experiences in Malaysia, Singapore, and other outposts of the former British Empire. The stories included on this recording are Footprints in the Jungle, Mabel, P & O, The Door of Oportunity, The Buried Talent, Before the Party, Mr. Know-all, Neil MacAdam, The End of the Flight and The Force of Circumstance.

    Melanie says: "A brillian listen"
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    Into Thin Air (






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    Into Thin Air

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    The definitive, personal account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed journalist and author of Into the Wild. Read by the author. Also, hear a Fresh Air interview with Krakauer conducted shortly after his ordeal.

    David says: "Being There"
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    Flight of Passage (






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    Flight of Passage

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    In the summer of 1966, Rinker and Kernahan Buck - 2 teenaged schoolboys from New Jersey - bought a dilapidated Piper Club airplane for $300, rebuild it, and piloted it on a record-breaking flight across America - navigating all the way to California without a radio because they couldn't afford one. Their trip retraced a mythical route flown by their father, Tom Buck, a brash, colorful ex-barnstormer who had lost a leg in a tragic plane crash before his sons were born - but who so loved the adventure of flight that he taught his boys to fly before they could drive. The journey west, and the preparations for it, become a figurative and literal process of discovery as the young men battle thunderstorms and wracking turbulence, encounter Arkansas rednecks, Texas cowboys, and the languid, romantic culture of small-town cafes, cheap motels, and dusty landing strips of pre-Vietnam America. The brothers have a lot to resolve among themselves too - as Kern, the shy, meticulous, dedicated dreamer, and Rinker, the rebellious second son, must finally come to understand and depend on each other in the complex way that only brothers can. Most of all, Flight of Passages is a timeless story of fathers and sons. These 2 young men must separate from their difficult, quirky father - literally by putting a country's distance between them - but they do it on their father's terms: in an airplane. As he looks back, from the perspective of now being a father himself, Rinker Buck's tale of 2 young men in search of themselves and their country becomes a story about the eternal enigma of family - of the distance and closeness of generations, of peace lost so that understanding can be gained - and it is explored with a storytelling power that is both brave and rare.

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  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0) (






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    Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

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    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    Marci says: "I Miss Her"
  • Into Thin Air (






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    Into Thin Air

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    • Narrated By Jon Krakauer
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    The definitive, personal account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed journalist and author of Into the Wild. Read by the author. Also, hear a Fresh Air interview with Krakauer conducted shortly after his ordeal.

    David says: "Being There"
  • Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel (






UNABRIDGED) by Rolf Potts Narrated by Rolf Potts

    Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel

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    Vagabonding is about taking time off from your normal life - from six weeks to four months to two years - to discover and experience the world on your own terms. Veteran shoestring traveler Rolf Potts shows how anyone armed with an independent spirit can achieve the dream of extended overseas travel.

    Andrew says: "Legendary"
  • Into the Wild (






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    Into the Wild

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    In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself.

    Craig Mitchell says: "A Book that Never Left Me"
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  • Travels with Charley in Search of America (






UNABRIDGED) by John Steinbeck Narrated by Gary Sinise

    Travels with Charley in Search of America

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    In September 1960, John Steinbeck and his poodle, Charley, embarked on a journey across America, from small towns to growing cities to glorious wilderness oases. Travels with Charley is animated by Steinbeck’s attention to the specific details of the natural world and his sense of how the lives of people are intimately connected to the rhythms of nature—to weather, geography, the cycles of the seasons. His keen ear for the transactions among people is evident, too, as he records the interests and obsessions that preoccupy the Americans he encounters along the way.

    Suzn F says: "On the Road Adventure"
  • The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey (






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    The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

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    At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

    Stephen says: "River of Doubt"
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    Lost Empire

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    While scuba diving in Tanzania, Sam and Remi Fargo come upon a relic belonging to a long-lost Confederate ship. An anomaly about the relic sets them off chasing a mystery-but unknown to them, a much more powerful force is engaged in the same chase. Mexico's ruling party, the ultranationalist Mexica Tenochca, is intent on finding that artifact as well, because it contains a secret that could destroy the party utterly.

    Joanna says: "Lost Along the Way"
  • Shadow Divers: Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of WWII (






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    Shadow Divers: Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of WWII

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    In 1991, acting on a tip from a local fisherman, two scuba divers discovered a sunken German U-boat, complete with its crew of 60 men, not too far off the New Jersey coast. The divers, realizing the momentousness of their discovery, began probing the mystery. Over the next six years, they became expert and well-traveled researchers, taught themselves German, hunted for clues in Germany, and constructed theories corrective of the history books, all in an effort to identify this sunken U-boat and its crew.

    Douglas says: "GRIPPING!"
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  • Ranger Confidential: Living, Working, and Dying in the National Parks (






UNABRIDGED) by Andrea Lankford Narrated by Julia Motyka

    Ranger Confidential: Living, Working, and Dying in the National Parks

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    The real stories behind the scenery of America’s national parks. For 12 years, Andrea Lankford lived in the biggest, most impressive national parks in the world, working a job she loved. She chaperoned baby sea turtles on their journey to sea. She pursued bad guys on her galloping patrol horse. She jumped into rescue helicopters bound for the heart of the Grand Canyon. She won arguments with bears. She slept with a few too many rattlesnakes. Hell yeah, it was the best job in the world! Fortunately, Andrea survived it.

    Marvin says: "A must read"
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    A Walk in the Woods

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    After 20 years in Britain, Bryson returned to the U.S. and decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. This is his humorous, inspiring account.

    Jeff says: "Wonderful book, but hardly abridged"
  • Call of the American Wild: A Tenderfoot's Escape to Alaska (






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    Call of the American Wild: A Tenderfoot's Escape to Alaska

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    Trapped in a job he hated and up to his neck in debt, Guy Grieve’s life was going nowhere. But with a stroke of luck, his dream of escaping it all to live in remote Alaska suddenly came true. Miles from the nearest human being and armed with only the most basic equipment, Guy built a log cabin from scratch and began carving a life for himself through fishing, hunting, and diligently avoiding bears. Packed with adventure, humor, and insight, this is the gripping story of an ordinary man learning the ways of the wild.

    colleen says: "Maybe not really kinda true?"
  • In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex (






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    In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

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    The ordeal of the whaleship Essex was an event as mythic in the 19th century as the sinking of the Titanic was in the 20th. In 1819, the Essex left Nantucket for the South Pacific with 20 crew members aboard. In the middle of the South Pacific the ship was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale. The crew drifted for more than 90 days in three tiny whaleboats, succumbing to weather, hunger, disease, and ultimately turning to drastic measures in the fight for survival.

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  • The Top 10 Things to Do in Paris: The Ultimate Guide to Make Sure Your Trip to the City of Lights Includes the Best in Culture, Site Seeing, Shopping, Eating, Souvenirs, and More! (






UNABRIDGED) by Xavier Zimms Narrated by Emily A. Tuckman

    The Top 10 Things to Do in Paris: The Ultimate Guide to Make Sure Your Trip to the City of Lights Includes the Best in Culture, Site Seeing, Shopping, Eating, Souvenirs, and More!

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    • By Xavier Zimms
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    The Top 10 Things to Do in Paris is your ultimate guide to explore the City of Lights and world capital of shopping and style. It is an easy to understand tour guide to one of the enthralling and sprawling cities of the world. Every traveler needs to prioritize his options and time whether he is visiting Paris for one day or for one month, and this guide helps tourists to do exactly the same by providing information about must-see places in the city and top class activities to partake in.

  • The Virgin Islands: A Walking & Hiking Guide (






UNABRIDGED) by Leonard Adkins Narrated by JoBe Cerny

    The Virgin Islands: A Walking & Hiking Guide

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    • By Leonard Adkins
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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
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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
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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.

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  • 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
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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.

  • 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
    • Narrated By Jack Chekijian
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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.