I'm Audible's first Editor-at-Large, the host of In Bed with Susie Bright -- and a longtime author, editor, journo, and bookworm. I listen to audio when I'm cooking, playing cards, knitting, going to bed, waking up, driving, and putting other people's kids to bed! My favorite audiobooks, ever, are: "True Grit" and "The Dog of the South."
Elizabeth Eaves takes you all over the world in this very personal account of her love affair with travel. We see the world through her eyes, but we also see the phenomenon of who we become when we explore a new place alone.
"I traveled for love, and loved to travel, making it hard to disentangle cause from effect." Eaves's motivation is often love, or lust, and really, there is no "right" way to take a personal journey. She fell in love with who she became when she travelled, and the fulfillment she gained from her affairs along the way.
Unguarded and truthful, this audiobook helps reveal the siren's song of travel that's been calling all along. I'm ready to ditch my attachments and set out to find the world.
Audible had a tall order for this narrator: A Scotsman who can realistically inhabit the mind of a an 18th century explorer who is virtually the first “white man” to explore inland Africa, on foot and canoe with a couple of companions, and soon, alone, encountering the roots of the slave trade—and its moral consequences. He also barely survived.
I am in awe of Steven Brand’s performance and interpretation, as well as the tremendous care he took with all the African languages and antiquated English he was given in the text.
"Travels" inspired the imaginations of audiences since its first publication in 1799 . Writers like Wordsworth, Melville, Conrad, Hemingway, and T. Coreghessan Boyle have all acknowledged the influence of Park’s diary on their work.
"The Armchair Birder" is about a niche topic that is written so well, and with such charm and wit, it would captivate the most bird-indifferent imagination. For birders, especially the casual and recreational, Yow is the bee's knees.
The great thing about Yow’s book is that it’s all about familiar birds—what we see and hear about everyday, not the exotic: Bluejays, woodpeckers, mourning doves, eagles, wild turkeys, owls.
The anecdotes alone make for a memoir not soon forgotten. Yow talks about bird feelings and behaviors—you'll recognize some personalities from your own human family! It was as if the birds themselves were talking to Yow and sharing all their secrets.