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  • Into the Wild

  • By: Jon Krakauer
  • Narrated by: Philip Franklin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,595
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,326

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Book that Never Left Me

  • By Craig Mitchell on 08-07-07

Riveting

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Reviewed: 01-28-19

An excellent performance of a classic book about the spirit of adventure. Jon wrestles with big questions of purpose snd meaning and happiness through a biography of a young man who pursued those answers with unbridled passion

  • Dear Bob and Sue, Season 2

  • By: Matt Smith, Karen Smith
  • Narrated by: David Colacci, Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17
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    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Season 2 is the follow-up to Dear Bob and Sue, a charming and sometimes irreverent chronicle of a middle-aged couple as they visit each of the country's 59 national parks, testing their mettle and stretching their endurance. In their second audiobook of the series, follow Matt and Karen as they work their way around the Western US discovering some of our most beautiful public lands, hidden gems, and revisiting a few of their favorite national parks. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By kathy gammon on 02-13-19

Hilarious and captivating

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Reviewed: 01-15-19

I have listened to both installments of Dear Bob and Sue and loved both of them. They cleverly weave together the wonder and adventure of our public lands with comedic commentary on marriage. I hope there's a third!

  • Skywalker: Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail

  • By: Bill Walker
  • Narrated by: Bill Walker
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 268
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245

Why would a middle-aged businessman who had never even spent the night outdoors, attempt to hike the entire Appalachian Trail? Bill Walker, a former commodities trader in Chicago and London, and an avid walker, had developed a virtual obsession to hike this historic 2,175 mile footpath in one hiking season. In the spring of 2005 he set off from his home state of Georgia, hoping to make it to Mount Katahdin in northern Maine before the arrival of winter.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • So disappointing!

  • By Amy on 08-26-15

Riveting

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Reviewed: 11-28-18

Adventure writing at its best; makes you feel like you are there participating rather than only observing.

  • A Passion for Nature

  • The Life of John Muir
  • By: Donald Worster
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223

"I am hopelessly and forever a mountaineer," John Muir wrote. "Civilization and fever and all the morbidness that has been hooted at me has not dimmed my glacial eye, and I care to live only to entice people to look at Nature's loveliness. My own special self is nothing". In Donald Worster's magisterial biography, John Muir's "special self" is fully explored as is his extraordinary ability, then and now, to get others to see the sacred beauty of the natural world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good biography for historical perspective

  • By Harold W. Wood Jr. on 05-15-14

Learned a lot!

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Reviewed: 10-19-18

Quite the extensive read on the person of John Muir! I now know I barely knew the man who I've quoted so many times.

  • The Calling

  • A Life Rocked by Mountains
  • By: Barry Blanchard
  • Narrated by: Barry Blanchard
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

With heart-pounding descriptions of avalanches and treacherous ascents, Barry Blanchard chronicles his transformation from a poor Native American/white kid from the wrong side of the tracks to one of the most respected alpinists in the world. At 13 he learned to rappel when he joined the 1292 Lord Strathcone's Horse Army Cadets. Soon kicked out for insubordination, he was already hooked on climbing and saw alpinism as a way to make his single mother proud and end his family's cycle of poverty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspirational.

  • By Tyler on 02-06-19

Riveting

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Reviewed: 01-03-18

The content and performance were excellent. I felt at times like a participant rather than the audience.