This Yuletide collection of stories, poems, and essays has been rescued from obscurity by the editor, who has also edited and annotated them to make these wonderful classics more easily accessible to modern listeners. While some of these authors may be unknown to you, their works have been included in this collection because of their capacity to instantly intrigue and delight. Give them a try, and don't be surprised if a few of them make their way onto your list of all-time personal Christmas favorites!
"Cool for the season"
One of the most entertaining travelogues ever written, Washington Irving's Tales of the Alhambra is a heady mix of fact, myth, and depictions of secret chambers, desperate battles, imprisoned princesses, palace ghosts, and fragrant gardens, described in a wistful and dreamlike eloquence.
"A Fascinating Travelogue, History, and Fantasy"
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.
"A brillian listen"
Written in 1831, Irving's dreamlike description of the Alhambra, the beautiful Moorish castle that defined the height of Moorish civilization, and the surrounding territory of Granada remains one of the best guidebooks to the region and one of the most entertaining travelogues ever written.
In Cruise Confidential, Brian David Bruns spills the dirt - or, in this case, the dirty water - on those romantic, fun-filled vacations at sea. His hilarious chronicle of the year he spent working for Carnival Cruise Lines takes listeners down into the areas where the crew works and lives, leaving listeners gasping with laughter as they're assaulted nonstop with events that range from the absurd to the utterly bizarre. Stewards fighting over food. Cutlery allowances and other nonsensical rules.
"Never been on a cruise but this makes me want to take one"
Toilet experiences are an unfortunate yet essential aspect of living that, like it or not, we all must come to terms with, whether on the home front or in strange exotic foreign lands. The necessity of dealing with toilets, where to find them; what to do about them; and how to use them even, elicits from many travelers nothing less than abject terror.
London is one of my most favorite cities, not only in Europe, but also in the entire world. And I love England and the rest of the U.K. as well. And while London is always exciting for me to visit, it is the whole of the United Kingdom that remains particularly etched in my memories.
From the Arctic Ocean to the Kenai Peninsula, the backstreet bars of Anchorage to the Yukon River, Hoagland traveled the “real” Alaska from top to bottom. Here he documents not only the flora and fauna of America’s last frontier, but also the extraordinary people living on the fringe. On his journey he chronicles the lives of an astonishing and unforgettable array of prospectors, trappers, millionaire freebooters, Indians, and a remarkably kind and capable frontier nurse named Linda.
A pampered Long Island princess hits the road in a converted bus with her wilderness-loving husband, travels the country for one year, and brings it all hilariously to life in this offbeat and romantic memoir. Doreen and Tim are married psychiatrists with a twist: She’s a self-proclaimed Long Island princess, grouchy couch potato, and shoe addict. He's an affable, though driven, outdoorsman.
"What a fun listen"
A North Country Life is the story of author Sydney Lea’s powerful connection to his family, friends, and the northern outdoors. Loosely organized by the changing of seasons, different sections feature essays on such topics as childhood family fishing trips in the wilds of Maine, trophy fly-fishing the northern reaches of the Connecticut River, the opening day of turkey hunting season in Vermont, and getting lost in the deep woods while deer hunting. The essays are introspective and dramatic.
An airline story is in the news today! And so it goes. There's hardly a day now that an airline incident of some sort or another is not in the news. We're taking a lot closer look at air travel these days than ever before. Therefore, as regards the psychology of travel, we should take a much closer look at what actually happens on airplanes.
"This book is terrible don't waste your time"
Whether he's chasing sailfish in Panama or hunting dove and quail deep in Mexico, Gordon England pursues outdoor sports with a passion for the biggest and best. In this collection he catches huge dolphin in the Exumas, races motocross through woods both on and off the trails, hunts ducks in brutal Texas snow and ice, hooks hopelessly large blue marlin in Nassau, and gets lost at sea in a monstrous Gulf of Mexico storm.
As Kohnstamm comes to personal terms with each of his demanding job requirements, he unveils the underside of the travel industry and its often-harrowing effect on writers, travelers, and the destinations themselves. Moreover, he invites us into his world of compromising and scandalous situations in one of the most exciting countries as he races against an impossible deadline
In a classroom in sultry Guangzhou, having never before left the United States nor taught a class on anything, armed only with a beginner's grasp of the language, Brasunas is confronted by 37 ninth graders in uniform. Only his intrinsic curiosity about Chinese culture and about himself drives him on, to keep trying in the tense classroom, to trust his instincts in the frenetic and dishonest street markets, and to make new friends from all walks of life.
"Wonder and Wander Full!!!"
Michael Brein's Travel Tales Collection: Turkey 1 includes Michael's own personal travel tales of the sorts of things that can happen to you in your travels in Turkey. Of course, Michael's Turkey stories are fairly unique to him, but somewhat similar things may happen to you. To Michael, Turkey has been a paradox: On the one hand he found the Turkish people to be among the most hospitable and kindest people in the world; on the other hand - as in other parts of the world - Turkey also has its dangerous and dark side.
"Very Dated Info"
African Safaris 1 is the very first of the Collections travel tales series and contains among the best travel stories about African safaris from Michael's huge collection of travel tales that he has gathered in interviews with nearly 1,750 world travelers and adventurers during his four decades of travel to more than 125 countries throughout the world.
Ever heard of a 'travel psychologist?' Michael Brein is the world's first and perhaps only travel psychologist and has created a unique travel audiobook series on the psychology of travel as revealed through the fantastic travel stories of more than 1,600 world travelers and adventurers whom he has interviewed over the last three decades. The first audiobook in the series, Travel Tales of Michael Brein: My Top 10, is a collection of Michael's best of the best of his own personal travel tales.
Michael Brein’s Travel Tales Collection, Mexico Horrors 1, features three wild and scary travel tales of unbelievable things that can happen to you in Mexico. Bad things do happen, and mostly there are the usual, typical, expected sorts of wonderful Mexico experiences. But there are also those unexpected, unpleasant surprises that pop up now and again in Mexico.
The Travel Tales Collection, Mexico Horrors 1, features stories of roadblocks, fake police, bandits, and "La Mordida," aka "The Bite."
Issue No. 1, Jul 2014 features such hilarious tales as "The Porno Prof Capers", which describes all the crazy, stupid sorts of trouble that a scurrilous scoundrel traveling to the former Soviet Union can possibly get himself into. And, if that is not enough, how about "The Mad Bomber", who cannot help getting himself into all sorts of embarrassing situations? You are going to laugh this month, but you will also see the unfortunately sad and serious sides to travel as well.
The 10 travel tales that are featured for November, as well as each following month, include a fascinating mix of travel stories as well as a few brief vignettes. These are, simply said, great travel stories! The November issue features such tales as "The Black Book", "Confessions of a Customs Officer", and "Confessions of a Stewardess", whereby travelers get themselves into trouble by behaving and acting in ways that make them guilty of doing dubious things while traveling overseas.