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matthew

matthew san diego, CA, United States Member Since 2008

I am an English teacher in China and can now read and write some Chinese.I have been to 13 countries on 4 continents.I am an avid audiophile

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  • "Something best left to the confines..."

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    Phil is an ex military elite from England and his stories of handling the customs officers with their Blackberries and white shirts are really amazing. We get to hear about all the intimidation that goes on in DRC. He buys into none of it, and always makes the immigration guys shake his hand and make eye contact with him before he gives in to their requests.

    The more interesting part of the story is his interaction with the native fishermen, who are very poor and lead very austere lives, but know their way through the jungle quite well. Phil speaks French, Swahili and practices other languages along the way while he plies his canoe up to 12 hours a day.

    In some ways it reminded me of Kira Salak's book where she kayaks 600 miles through Mali to the city of Timbuktu. She is treated well in some places and with great hostility in other places.

    Both adventurers are fantastic athletes, and both are a bit crazy in my opinion, to put themselves in knowingly dangerous parts of the world. It must be part of their psyche to tempt fate and test their abilities beyond what most of us would consider reasonable.

    This man's five month journey from Zambia to the Atlantic Ocean is a harrowing tale where we are treated to his deepest thoughts during stressful situations.

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    Canoeing The Congo: First Source to Sea Descent of the Congo River

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Phil Harwood
    • Narrated By Gareth Armstrong
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    Canoeing the Congo narrates the journey of Phil Harwood, who undertook an epic five-month solo attempt to canoe the Congo River in war-torn Central Africa. It was a historic 'first descent' from the true source in the highlands of Zambia. Just short of 3,000 miles long, the Congo River is the eighth longest in the world and the deepest river in the world, with a flow rate second only to the Amazon. Along the way, Phil encountered numerous waterfalls, huge rapids, man-eating crocodiles, hippos, aggressive snakes...

    McCoffee says: "Adventure travel is human harassment"
  • "What a crazy,but fascinating idea f..."

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    The author offers a first hand account of what homeless people do to survive without a job by becoming homeless and winning the confidence of modern hoboes,who divulge secrets about raiding the KFC dumpster after closing to get chicken,simply eating someone's left over pizza,getting meals or living at a shelter for three days at a time and enduring a religious sermon in exchange for food and temporary shelter.

    It made me feel less sorry for homeless people,but at the same time more understanding of how difficult it must be to have nowhere to live,no money and nothing to eat.

    I picked this one up,since I really have enjoyed travel on trains in China and also really enjoyed Paul Theroux's titles previously.Instead I came away feeling once again,that Ted Conover has a keen eye for details and putting things in an easy to follow narrative that is captivating and well thought through.

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    Rolling Nowhere

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    • By Ted Conover
    • Narrated By Ted Conover
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    Riding the rails, Ted Conover tasted the life of a tramp with companions like Pistol Pete, BB, and Sheba Sheila Sheils. From them he learned survival skills - how to "read" a freight train, scavenge for food and clothing, avoid the railroad "bulls." He was initiated into the customs of their unique, shadowy society - men and women bound together by a mutual bond of failure, camaraderie, and distrust.

    matthew says: "What a crazy,but fascinating idea for a story"
  • "Modern day adventure"

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    The author seemed a bit depressed at first.Having been divorced,but he goes on a seven year adventure by himself,which was perhaps fool hardy.The recounting of navigating the Cape York peninsula and the whole coast of Australia was enthralling as he nearly runs his boat aground.The stories about Sri Lanka,the Maldives and navigating the Red Sea in gale force winds made me think he was courageous.When he glossed over Europe I could understand that this part of the world is overpriced.Going through the Panama Canal lochs was also cool.He picks up a couple of backpackers to help with the navigation.I was left feeling like the sea is perhaps the last place on earth a man can be alone with his thoughts and truly free.In the deep ocean there is less concern for hitting rocks and when provisioned right a blissful place that often ends in island hospitality.When he met the tug boat captain in Sri Lanka he began to understand that we have all the capacity for happiness within us.

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    Islands, Oceans, and Dreams: The True Story of a Sailor's Seven Year Solo Voyage Around the World

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Michael Salvaneschi
    • Narrated By Andrew Parker
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    Islands, Oceans, and Dreams is a true story of a man who, at the age of 33, began dreaming of voyaging with his wife to the South Pacific. He wasn't an adventurer or daring by nature, but he bought a boat and began learning the ways of the sea. Twenty years later, racked with the pain of divorce and still aching to live out his dream, he set off alone for Tahiti. After reaching French Polynesia, he continued cruising for seven years and wound up solo sailing around the world. Islands, Oceans, and Dreams takes the listener on that voyage.

    John S. says: "If you're into maritime adventure"
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A Peek at Kathleen L. Smith's Bookshelf

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Kathleen L. Smith's greatest hits:
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    "Disappointing"

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    Would you try another book from Cheryl Strayed and/or Bernadette Dunne?

    Probably not Cheryl Strayed, but Bernadette Dunne did as good a job as a narrator could with the material.


    Has Wild turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Mostly, I was happy when it ended. The author did not inspire empathy. Although the descriptions of the trail and her journey were at times interesting, her utter unpreparedness for the trail came across as ridiculous. She struck me as a somewhat shallow person, and not particularly bright. Her expression of grief at the loss of her mother was touching, but if that grief supposedly inspired the journey and triggered some of her uninhibited behavior prior, it was unconvincing.

    The narrator was very good. Overall, for me this one will be forgotten entirely.


Bonnie

Bonnie SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA, United States 05-02-12 Member Since 2000

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  • "Didn't care for this book - wasn't ..."

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    I thought this would be one of my favorite books and I really wanted to like it - it had everything - outdoors, hiking, female lead character, etc. So why couldn't I finish it? First of all, there were a couple of instances where I thought my iPhone fast forwarded on its own - she was hiking the trail and all of a sudden it was several days later - I had no idea what happened in between when she started and felt like I had missed something. Then there was what I felt was a flippant reference to an abortion, however, I figured her decisions and struggles might be reconciled on the trail and the story would get back to that later (near the end). I was still "struggling" through until a scene involving a horse - I turned it off and never went back. Disappointing.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
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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"

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    The Fortune of War: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 6 (






UNABRIDGED) by Patrick O'Brian Narrated by Patrick Tull

    The Fortune of War: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 6

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    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
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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.

    Amazon Customer says: "Alternative Entry Point"
  • 4.7 (420 ratings)
    The Surgeon's Mate: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 7 (






UNABRIDGED) by Patrick O'Brian Narrated by Patrick Tull

    The Surgeon's Mate: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 7

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    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
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    Jack Aubrey, Post Captain in the British Royal Navy, is suffused with happiness. The Shannon's engagement with the U.S. Chesapeake off the New England coast has resulted in victory, just another in a long string of them for Aubrey, nicknamed Lucky Jack for his tendency to win big. But Jack is less sure-footed by land than by sea.

    Paul says: "surgeon"
  • 4.5 (230 ratings)
    Miracle in the Andes: 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home (






UNABRIDGED) by Nando Parrado, Vince Rause Narrated by Arthur Morey

    Miracle in the Andes: 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home

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    • By Nando Parrado, Vince Rause
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
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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.

    KHarrang says: "A Must Listen"
  • 4.6 (687 ratings)
    H.M.S. Surprise: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 3 (






UNABRIDGED) by Patrick O'Brian Narrated by Patrick Tull

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

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
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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.

    Bob says: "A pleasure to listen to"
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  • 4.4 (56 ratings)
    In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex (






ABRIDGED) by Nathaniel Philbrick Narrated by Edward Herrmann

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

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    • By Nathaniel Philbrick
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
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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.

    A User says: "Wow"
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    Shadow Divers: Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of WWII (






ABRIDGED) by Robert Kurson Narrated by Campbell Scott

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

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Kurson
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
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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 (2059 ratings)
    Shadow Divers: Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of WWII (






UNABRIDGED) by Robert Kurson Narrated by Michael Prichard

    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
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
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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!"
  • 4.2 (88 ratings)
    Far Eastern Tales (






UNABRIDGED) by W. Somerset Maugham Narrated by Robert Powell

    Far Eastern Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Robert Powell
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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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  • 4.4 (1978 ratings)
    Into Thin Air (






UNABRIDGED) by Jon Krakauer Narrated by Jon Krakauer

    Into Thin Air

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Jon Krakauer
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    (1978)
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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"
  • 4.4 (105 ratings)
    Flight of Passage (






ABRIDGED) by Rinker Buck Narrated by Rinker Buck

    Flight of Passage

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Rinker Buck
    • Narrated By Rinker Buck
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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.

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






UNABRIDGED) by Cheryl Strayed Narrated by Bernadette Dunne

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

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (2969)
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    (2604)
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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 the Wild (






UNABRIDGED) by Jon Krakauer Narrated by Philip Franklin

    Into the Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Philip Franklin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (1300)
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    (516)
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    (519)

    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"
  • Into Thin Air (






UNABRIDGED) by Jon Krakauer Narrated by Jon Krakauer

    Into Thin Air

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Jon Krakauer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (1978)
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    (802)
    Story
    (818)

    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"
  • Travels with Charley in Search of America (






UNABRIDGED) by John Steinbeck Narrated by Gary Sinise

    Travels with Charley in Search of America

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Gary Sinise
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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"
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  • The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey (






UNABRIDGED) by Candice Millard Narrated by Paul Michael

    The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
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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"
  • 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

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rolf Potts
    • Narrated By Rolf Potts
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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"
  • The Pilgrimage (






UNABRIDGED) by Paulo Coelho Narrated by Sean Runnette

    The Pilgrimage

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Paulo Coelho
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
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    Step inside this captivating account of Paulo Coehlo's pilgrimage along the road to Santiago. This fascinating parable explores the need to find one's own path. In the end, we discover that the extraordinary is always found in the ordinary and simple ways of everyday people. Part adventure story, part guide to self-discovery, this compelling tale delivers the perfect combination of enchantment and insight.

    Benjamin Lupton says: "Hard-hitting and amazing"
  • A Walk in the Woods (






ABRIDGED) by Bill Bryson Narrated by Bill Bryson

    A Walk in the Woods

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
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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"
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  • Shadow Divers: Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of WWII (






UNABRIDGED) by Robert Kurson Narrated by Michael Prichard

    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
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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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!"
  • One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey (






UNABRIDGED) by Sam Keith, Richard Proenneke Narrated by Norman Dietz

    One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Sam Keith, Richard Proenneke
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
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    To live in a pristine land unchanged by man... to roam a wilderness through which few other humans have passed... to choose an idyllic site, cut trees and build a log cabin... to be a self-sufficient craftsman, making what is needed from materials available... to be not at odds with the world but content with one's own thoughts and company. Thousands have had such dreams, but Richard Proenneke lived them.

    Reuben says: "Fantastic"
  • Sailing Alone Around the World (






UNABRIDGED) by Joshua Slocum Narrated by Bernard Mayes

    Sailing Alone Around the World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Joshua Slocum
    • Narrated By Bernard Mayes
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    Challenged by an expert who said it couldn’t be done, Joshua Slocum, a fearless New England sea captain, set out in April 1895 to prove that a man could sail alone around the world. A little over three years and forty-six thousand miles later, the proof was complete. This is Slocum’s own account of his remarkable adventures during the historic voyage of the Spray.

    Sandy says: "Awesome"
  • Blue Highways: A Journey into America (






UNABRIDGED) by William Least Heat-Moon Narrated by Joe Barrett

    Blue Highways: A Journey into America

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By William Least Heat-Moon
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
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    Hailed as a masterpiece of American travel writing, Blue Highways is an unforgettable journey along our nation's backroads. William Least Heat-Moon set out with little more than the need to put home behind him and a sense of curiosity about "those little towns that get on the map-if they get on at all-only because some cartographer has a blank space to fill: Remote, Oregon; Simplicity, Virginia; New Freedom, Pennsylvania; New Hope, Tennessee; Why, Arizona; Whynot, Mississippi." His adventures, his discoveries, and his recollections of the extraordinary people he encountered along the way amount to a revelation of the true American experience.

    Mr. says: "A new Mark Twain... this is a great book"
  • Western Colorado: Grand Junction, Durango, Telluride, Mesa Verde & Beyond (






UNABRIDGED) by Curtis Casewit Narrated by Wayne Hughes

    Western Colorado: Grand Junction, Durango, Telluride, Mesa Verde & Beyond

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    • By Curtis Casewit
    • Narrated By Wayne Hughes
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    Vast expanses of wild, rugged hills make up this country. The city of Grand Junction - so named for the confluence of two rivers - is the gateway to the wilderness and Utah's rugged terrain. Just east of Junction is Palisade, a valley lush with peaches and pears that abuts the 50-mile-wide flat-topped Grand Mesa, bursting with recreational activities. To the north are the Book Cliffs and eventually Dinosaur National Monument. Grand Mesa National Forest boasts 300 lakes and reservoirs.

  • 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
    • Narrated By Emily A. Tuckman
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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
    • Narrated By JoBe Cerny
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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.

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  • 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

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 31 mins)
    • 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.

  • 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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    • By The Blether
    • Narrated By Donna B. Umali
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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.