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    • Into Thin Air

    • A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster
    • By: Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated by: Philip Franklin
    • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,372
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,505
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,525

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Audio version RUINED with new narrator!

    • By Jeffrey E. on 02-06-16

    Regular price: $22.60

    • Into Thin Air

    • A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster
    • By: Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated by: Jon Krakauer
    • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 514
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 427
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 423

    Into Thin Air is the definitive account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed journalist and author of the best seller Into the Wild. Jon Krakauer examines what it is about Everest that has compelled so many people - including himself - to throw caution to the wind, ignore the concerns of loved ones, and willingly subject themselves to such risk, hardship, and expense. Krakauer's eyewitness account of what happened on the roof of the world is a singular achievement. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Awesome!

    • By Zina on 03-23-15
    • A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster
    • By: Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated by: Jon Krakauer
    • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
    • Release date: 12-15-99
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 514 ratings

    Regular price: $22.60

    • A Walk in the Woods

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
    • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,500
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,644
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,655

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful book, but hardly abridged

    • By Jeff on 09-18-09

    Regular price: $21.27

    • Under the Tuscan Sun

    • By: Frances Mayes
    • Narrated by: Frances Mayes
    • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 264
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 184
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 179

    Frances Mayes - widely published poet, gourmet cook, and travel writer - opens the door to a wondrous new world when she buys and restores an abandoned villa in the spectacular Tuscan countryside. In sensuous and evocative language, she brings the reader along as she discovers the beauty and simplicity of life in Italy. Also available: Bella Tuscany.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Under the Tuscan Sun

    • By Alicia on 09-19-03

    Regular price: $21.27

    • Neither Here Nor There

    • Travels in Europe
    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
    • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 659
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 302
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 297

    You'll stop at Europe's most diverting and historic locales and view the Old World through Bryson's tourist eye view in this affectionate, blisteringly insightful, and riotously funny pilgrimage from the frozen wastes of Scandinavia to the chaotic tumult of Istanbul.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I wish he were my neighbour.

    • By Heather on 08-29-12

    Regular price: $21.27

    • Bella Tuscany

    • The Sweet Life in Italy
    • By: Frances Mayes
    • Narrated by: Frances Mayes
    • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 88
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 37

    Filled with recipes from Mayes' Tuscan kitchen and written in the sensuous and evocative prose that has become her hallmark, Bella Tuscany is a celebration of the sweet life in Italy. Mayes writes of her continuing love affair with Italy: her deepening connection to the land, her flourishing friendships with local people, the joys of art, food, and wine, and the rewards and occasional heartbreaks of her villa's ongoing restoration.  

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Maudlin Journal cum Drawl

    • By James E Fristad on 09-07-05

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Notes from a Small Island

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
    • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 599
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 285
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 288

    Bill Bryson is an unabashed Anglophile who, through a mistake of history, happened to be born and bred in Iowa. Righting that error, he spent 20 years in England before deciding to repatriate. This was partly to let his wife and children experience life in Bryson's homeland - and partly because he had read that 3.7 million Americans believed that they had been abducted by aliens at one time or another. It was thus clear to him that his people needed him. But before leaving his much-loved home in North Yorkshire, Bryson insisted on taking one last trip around Britain.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Crackin' yarn, lad!

    • By Dave on 03-28-05

    Regular price: $21.27

    • Dinner with Persephone

    • By: Patricia Storace
    • Narrated by: Jill Eikenberry
    • Length: 2 hrs and 9 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      2.5 out of 5 stars 7

    With blithe humor and bright style, Storace conjures up anarchic cities and idyllic towns and harbors where the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires continue to maintain a presence. This program includes an exclusive interview with the author who discusses her work and answers questions about her life in Greece.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Pass on this one.

    • By Angela on 07-01-11

    Regular price: $12.57

    • I'm a Stranger Here Myself

    • Notes on Returning to America After 20 Years Away
    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
    • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 670
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 192
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 193

    After living in Britain for 2 decades, Bill Bryson recently moved back to the United States with his English wife and 4 children (he had read somewhere that nearly 3 million Americans believed they had been abducted by aliens - as he later put it, "it was clear my people needed me"). They were greeted by a new-and-improved America that boasts microwave pancakes, 24-hour dental-floss hotlines, and the staunch conviction that ice is not a luxury item.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable

    • By Cather on 12-22-06

    Regular price: $21.27

    • Eiger Dreams

    • By: Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated by: Jon Krakauer
    • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 397
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 251
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 255

    In this collection of his finest work from such magazines as Outside and Smithsonian, Krakauer explores the subject from the unique and memorable perspective of one who has himself battled peaks like K2, Denali, Everest, and, of course, Eiger.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book. Where Krakauer got his start...

    • By Steve Anderson on 01-03-05

    Regular price: $15.93

    • Bella Tuscany

    • The Sweet Life in Italy
    • By: Frances Mayes
    • Narrated by: Frances Mayes
    • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    Having spent her summers in Tuscany for the past several years, Frances Mayes relished the opportunity to experience the pleasures of primavera, an Italian spring. Bella Tuscany, a companion volume to Under the Tuscan Sun, is her passionate and lyrical account of her continuing love affair with Italy.

    Regular price: $21.27

    • Dave Barry Does Japan

    • By: Dave Barry
    • Narrated by: Arte Johnson
    • Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 220
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 99
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 98

    Without bothering to get approval from the President, the State Department, or even the FTC, Dave Barry's publishers sent him to Tokyo. You'd think they would have known better. Now the word is Barry has set back our diplomatic relations with the whole Pacific Rim by a couple of decades. Japanese culture, dining, sport, and industry all come under Barry's relentless scrutiny.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Uplifting and fun

    • By S. Blaine on 04-30-03

    Regular price: $14.95

    • About This Life

    • Journeys on the Threshold of Memory
    • By: Barry Lopez
    • Narrated by: Barry Lopez
    • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    With the publication of his best selling Of Wolves and Men and the astonishing originality of Arctic Dreams, National Book Award winner Barry Lopez established himself as that rare writer whose every book is an event, among both critics and his devoted readers. In his autobiography, the author takes the listener on a literal and figurative journey through essays that provide great wisdom, insights into our times, and a new openness about himself.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Elegant and Wise

    • By Deborah on 12-20-11

    Regular price: $17.50

    • High Exposure

    • An Enduring Passion for Everest and Unforgiving Places
    • By: David B. Breashears, Foreword by Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated by: Michael Gross
    • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 150
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 97
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99

    The story of the famed large format cinematographer, adventurer, and mountaineer whose terrifying experiences on Mount Everest during the deadly 1996 season became the defining moment of his life. By 1995, David Breashears had already twice reached Mt. Everest's summit. Then he faced the greatest challenge of his life: to scale the 29,028-foot peak, hauling the giant IMAX® camera to film the large format film, Everest.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good Book (but print copy may be a better choice)

    • By Steve Anderson on 01-03-05

    Regular price: $17.50

    • The Oregon Trail

    • By: Francis Parkman
    • Narrated by: Adrian Cronauer
    • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 14

    The Oregon Trail chronicles the travels of Francis Parkman up the Oregon Trail as he records his observations of the Pawnee and Oglala Sioux. For 6 months he lived among the natives, and even accompanied them on buffalo hunts. Along the way he also recorded an authentic record of frontier life, including eyewitness accounts of the trappers, Mormons, outlaws, pioneers and various adventurers who tried to tame the Wild West.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • 19th Century On the Road but well-written

    • By Jim on 08-29-06

    Regular price: $24.95

    • A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland

    • By: Samuel Johnson, James Boswell
    • Narrated by: Patrick Tull, Alexander Spencer
    • Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 69
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 41

    In 1773, 63-year-old literary giant Samuel Johnson joined James Boswell, a 32-year-old Scottish lawyer, on an historic horseback expedition across the Scottish Highlands to the Western Islands. The unlikely duo's travelogue records their fascinating conversations and encounters with great wit and incredible detail. Johnson, one of the 18th century's most celebrated writers, provided an elegant and stately account of everything from Loch Ness's medicinal waters to Scotland's puzzling lack of trees.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Tasty, but abridged

    • By Tad Davis on 08-22-13

    Regular price: $17.47

    • Sailing Alone Around the World

    • By: Captain Joshua Slocum
    • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
    • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 91
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41

    In 1895, when Captain Joshua Slocum completed the first solo circumnavigation on his 37-foot sloop, the Spray, no one believed it could be done. This firsthand account of Captain Slocum's remarkable voyage - 3 years and 46,000 miles - is full of adventures, dangers, and triumphs. Stormy seas, hostile natives, Moorish pirates, and even a bizarre meeting with President Paul Kruger of the Transvaal, who insisted that Slocum could never have sailed "around the world," since everyone with the meanest intelligence knew the world was flat, make up the fabric of the most wonderful travelogue of all.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Around the World

    • By Sean on 11-09-04

    Regular price: $23.07

    • The Amateur Emigrant

    • By: Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated by: Donal Donnelly
    • Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    The great author Robert Louis Stevenson received a fateful telegram from his friend Fanny Osbourne in 1879, urging him to leave Edinburgh and join her in San Francisco. The penniless young writer packed his bags and boarded a ship for a long, difficult voyage across the Atlantic, taking detailed notes of the appalling conditions and struggles of his fellow emigrants.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • What a rip-off

    • By Griff on 11-03-08

    Regular price: $14.95

    • The Oregon Trail

    • By: Francis Parkman
    • Narrated by: Frank Muller
    • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 13

    Francis Parkman's journal - written more than 150 years ago, in 1846 - provides an eye-witness account of one of the grandest adventures in American history. At age 23, the Harvard-educated Bostonian traveled the Rocky Mountains, living among the Dakota Sioux. In his journal, he captured the color, spirit, and perspective of his era, as well as the exuberant confidence that was the mark of his time. Frank Muller's dramatic reading brings this captivating record to life.

    Regular price: $15.37

    • Pilgrimage to Medina and Mecca (Unabridged Excerpts)

    • By: Sir Richard Francis Burton
    • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
    • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 16

    Explorer, adventurer and linguistic genius, Sir Richard Francis Burton was the first Englishman to enter Mecca, the holy city of Muslims. Fluent in Arabic and the traditions of Islam, Burton joined the hajj - the pilgrimage to Mecca - incognito. The Royal Geographical Society hoped Burton's efforts would add detail to the "huge white blot" on their Arabian maps. His resulting Pilgrimage to Medina and Mecca was of great anthropological and literary merit, and brought him much notoriety.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Burton Abridged

    • By David B. Fobert on 03-12-14

    Regular price: $14.95

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