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  • The Snow Leopard | Peter Matthiessen,Pico Iyer (introduction)

    The Snow Leopard

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Peter Matthiessen, Pico Iyer (introduction)
    • Narrated By Peter Matthiessen
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    In 1973, Peter Matthiessen and field biologist George Schaller traveled high into the remote mountains of Nepal to study the Himalayan blue sheep and possibly glimpse the rare and beautiful snow leopard. Matthiessen, a student of Z en Buddhism, was also on a spiritual quest to find the Lama of Shey at the ancient shrine on Crystal Mountain. As the climb proceeds, Matthiessen charts his inner path as well as his outer one.

    Robert says: "Worth the wait"
  • Shadow Country: A New Rendering of the Watson Legend | Peter Matthiessen

    Shadow Country: A New Rendering of the Watson Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Peter Matthiessen
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Inspired by a near-mythic event on the wild Florida frontier at the turn of the 20th century, Shadow Country re-imagines the legend of the inspired Everglades sugar planter and notorious outlaw E. J. Watson, who drives himself relentlessly toward his own violent end at the hands of neighbors who mostly admired him, in a killing that obsessed his favorite son.

    John says: "Engrossing, Rich and Powerful"
  • At Play in the Fields of the Lord | Peter Matthiessen

    At Play in the Fields of the Lord

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Peter Matthiessen
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In a malarial outpost in the South American rain forest, two misplaced gringos converge and clash. Martin Quarrier has come to convert the fearful and elusive Niaruna Indians to his brand of Christianity. Lewis Moon, a stateless mercenary who is himself part Indian, has come to kill them on the behalf of the local comandante.

  • Killing Mr. Watson | Peter Matthiessen

    Killing Mr. Watson

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Peter Matthiessen
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer, Norman Dietz, George Guidall, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    When Peter Matthiessen was 17, he was told the story of Edgar J. Watson, a popular and successful planter who had been murdered by his neighbors in 1910. This novel is Matthiessen’s attempt to piece together the life of a mysterious man who became a legend, and the dangerous legend that destroyed him.

  • In the Spirit of Crazy Horse | Peter Matthiessen

    In the Spirit of Crazy Horse

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Peter Matthiessen
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
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    On a hot June morning in 1975, a fatal shoot-out took place between FBI agents and American Indians on a remote property near Wounded Knee, South Dakota, in which an Indian and two federal agents were killed. Eventually, four members of the American Indian Movement were indicted on murder charges in the deaths of the two agents. Behind this violent chain of events lie issues of great complexity and profound historical resonance, brilliantly explicated by Peter Matthiessen in this controversial book.

    N. Duvall says: "Must read for a true picture of america"
  • The Cloud Forest: A Chronicle of the South American Wilderness | Peter Matthiessen

    The Cloud Forest: A Chronicle of the South American Wilderness

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Peter Matthiessen
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
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    For 20,000 miles, Peter Matthiessen crisscrossed the South American wilderness, traveling from the Amazonian rain forests to Machu Picchu high in the Andes, down to the edge of the world at Tierra del Fuego and back. In the course of his journey he followed the trails of old explorers, encountered river bandits, wild tribesmen, and the evidence of ancient ruins, and discovered a fossilized snout of a giant unknown crocodilian hidden in the depths of the jungle on the wild mountain rivers of Peru.

    Andy says: "A chronicle without drama"
  • At Play in the Fields of the Lord | Peter Matthiessen

    At Play in the Fields of the Lord

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Peter Matthiessen
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    The timely story of how the forces of change converge on a small tribe of Niaruna Indians living in the heart of the Amazon rain forest. In addition to being a prophetic commentary on emerging threats to the environment, and the troublesome encroachment of the modern world on traditional cultures, the novel is a suspenseful adventure story about two men striving to find meaning in a world not their own.

    Dan Harlow says: "We only see glimpses through the jungle canopy"
  • Bone by Bone | Peter Matthiessen

    Bone by Bone

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Peter Matthiessen
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    One of a very few National Book Award honorees to be nominated for fiction and nonfiction, Peter Matthiessen creates a curious blend of both in this tragic prequel to Killing Mister Watson and Lost Man’s River. An amazing novel in its own right, Bone by Bone caps the trilogy featuring the enigmatic E. J. Watson. During the Reconstruction Era, Edgar Watson grew up in the South at the mercy of a brutal alcoholic father and a vindictive mother. Witnessing the horrors of slavery, bilked out of his inheritance, and blamed in his youth for a murder he didn’t commit, E. J. developed a reputation for violence that preceded him everywhere he went. Finally, it brought him to a tragic and bloody end as his family watched in helpless horror. Borrowing an old local tale about a man who was killed by his neighbors, Matthiessen creates a powerful character. George Guidall’s excellent reading brings this moving tragedy home to us with a passion.

    Elza says: "Compelling from start to finish."
  • The Tree Where Man Was Born | Peter Matthiessen

    The Tree Where Man Was Born

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Peter Matthiessen
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
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    In this classic volume, Peter Matthiessen exquisitely combines nature and travel writing to bring East Africa to vivid life. He skillfully and magically portrays the sights, scenes, and people he observed firsthand in several trips over the course of a dozen years: the daily lives of herdsmen and hunter-gatherers; the drama of the predator kills; the hundreds of exotic animals; the breathtaking landscapes; the area's turbulent natural, political, and social histories; and more.

    Amazon Customer says: "Some Technical Issues"
  • Lost Man's River | Peter Matthiessen

    Lost Man's River

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Peter Matthiessen
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    In this dazzling sequel to Killing Mr. Watson, Peter Matthiessen presents the story of a family riddled with scandal through colorful recollections of renegades and their descendants. Veteran narrator George Guidall brings the rich oral history dramatically to life.

  • In Paradise: A Novel | Peter Matthiessen

    In Paradise: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Peter Matthiessen
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In the winter of 1996, more than 100 women and men of diverse nationality, background, and belief gather at the site of a former concentration camp for an unprecedented purpose: a weeklong retreat during which they will offer prayer and witness at the crematoria and meditate in all weathers on the selection platform, while eating and sleeping in the quarters of the Nazi officers who, half a century before, sent more than a million Jews to their deaths.

    fred says: "I give this book five stars because it is truly an"
  • Tigers in the Snow | Peter Matthiessen

    Tigers in the Snow

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Peter Matthiessen
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    Author of At Play in the Fields of the Lord, national Book Award-winner Peter Matthiessen is an accomplished naturalist and one of the most acclaimed writers in the world. This book is a stirring look at the tiger, a magnificent animal that has long fueled human fascination. In critical danger of extinction, only a few thousand of these giant cats remain. Matthiessen's exquisite prose stunningly captures the tigers' dramatic fight to survive.

    Michael Breed says: "Shallow Treatment"
  • No Boundaries | Peter Matthiessen

    No Boundaries

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 7 mins)
    • By Peter Matthiessen
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    Would you believe that one man championed the cause of Native Americans with Leonard Peltier, helped migrant farm workers with Cesar Chavez, traveled to Nepal, hiked the Himalayas, explored Africa and founded The Paris Review? It's true, and it's the life of Peter Matthiessen. Listen to entrancing travel tales and real life anecdotes from this author of At Play in the Fields of the Lord and the National Book Award-winning The Snow Leopard.

    SHAWN says: "A fantastic glimpse of Matthiessen"
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