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Happiness Samurai

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Happiness is beautiful intrinsically when combined with your true purpose, your life’s true IKIGAI. Manny narrates this book to awaken the Happiness Samurai that sleeps within each one of us. The book consists of insightful yet practical ways of dealing with life’s vicissitudes and blessings for leading a life like a Japanese Samurai with wisdom, courage, honour and a true sense of happiness. The foreword of the book is written by John Abraham, who is an accomplished Indian film actor, producer and most importantly a fantastic human being.  About the book, he says, “Listen to this book not because you are down or low – listen to this book because it will teach you the value of happiness. Hear this book to understand how you can create your own happiness with what you have within you in the here and now.” Manny captures his life events, adventures and varied experiences authentically with the lens of IKIGAI wisdom and creates a wealth of knowledge through the journey. We hope you’ll love listening to this book, and we wish you the very best through this powerful tome on happiness. All adults were once children, but only a select few who follow their Ikigai remember it. To the others, there is a beautiful story unfolding inside you, a unique passion that gives meaning to your days and drives you to share the best of yourself with the world. If you don’t know what your story is yet, we hope the Happiness Samurai will help you discover it. Stop Trying and Start Being Simple truth. In the end, life is challenging - right? But know this: you have been playing and splashing in the shallow end, thinking that is your world and that is your only shot at happiness; that is the only extent of your happiness. What happens when you dive deeper? What if you sink? Well, Manny asks you this - what if you swim?  Arigato gozaimasu!

©2021 Happiness Quotient Global Private Limited (P)2021 9f10.com

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Last Witnesses

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"A masterpiece" (The Guardian) from the Nobel Prize-winning writer, an oral history of children’s experiences in World War II across Russia Named one of the Best Books of the Year by The Washington Post For more than three decades, Svetlana Alexievich has been the memory and conscience of the 20th century. When the Swedish Academy awarded her the Nobel Prize, it cited her for inventing "a new kind of literary genre," describing her work as "a history of emotions...a history of the soul." Bringing together dozens of voices in her distinctive style, Last Witnesses is Alexievich’s collection of the memories of those who were children during World War II. They had sometimes been soldiers as well as witnesses, and their generation grew up with the trauma of the war deeply embedded - a trauma that would change the course of the Russian nation. Collectively, this symphony of children’s stories, filled with the everyday details of life in combat, reveals an altogether unprecedented view of the war. Alexievich gives voice to those whose memories have been lost in the official narratives, uncovering a powerful, hidden history from the personal and private experiences of individuals. Translated by the renowned Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, Last Witnesses is a powerful and poignant account of the central conflict of the 20th century, a kaleidoscopic portrait of the human side of war. Praise for Last Witnesses "There is a special sort of clear-eyed humility to [Alexievich’s] reporting." (The Guardian) "A bracing reminder of the enduring power of the written word to testify to pain like no other medium.... Children survive, they grow up, and they do not forget. They are the first and last witnesses." (The New Republic) "A profound triumph." (The Big Issue) "[Alexievich] excavates and briefly gives prominence to demolished lives and eradicated communities.... It is impossible not to turn the page, impossible not to wonder whom we next might meet, impossible not to think differently about children caught in conflict." (The Washington Post)

©2019 Svetlana Alexievich (P)2019 Random House Audio

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Le sablier

121 ratings

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Un récit qui nous transporte dans un univers brutal et méconnu En janvier 2019, les familles d’Edith Blais et de l’Italien Luca Tacchetto lancent un appel à l’aide: les deux voyageurs ont disparu quelque part en Afrique sans laisser de traces. Entre la nouvelle de leur disparition et celle de leur libération, 15 mois s’écouleront pendant lesquels personne ne sait ce qu’il est advenu d’eux. Avec Le sablier, Edith lève le voile sur son histoire et répond aux questions que tous se posent. Qui les a détenus? Dans quelles conditions? Pour quelles raisons? Comment ont-ils survécu? Et dans quelles circonstances ont-ils retrouvé la liberté? Un témoignage de résilience magnifiquement illustré, que vien­nent soutenir des poèmes rédigés en captivité, et dont on ressort à bout de souffle.

©2021 Les Éditions de L'Homme (P)202 Vues et vVoix

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Running Against the Tide

10 ratings

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From the star of Bravo’s hit reality show Below Deck comes Running Against the Tide, the “Stud of the Sea”'s first-ever memoir recounting his journey from landlocked Saginaw, Michigan to the high seas, where he has spent more than 25 years as a superyacht captain.  The cast members of Below Deck are known for their catfights, scheming, personal attacks, and long-held grudges, but what keeps viewers coming back week after week is resident hero Captain Lee, the only cast member to appear in all five seasons.  But you don’t have to be one of Below Deck’s 1.5 million weekly viewers to appreciate Captain Lee’s story, which offers a glimpse behind-the-scenes at the luxury yachting industry and one of Bravo’s biggest franchises. From having to reclaim his drunk captain's lost papers in the Dominican Republic to unwittingly crewing a drug boat out of Turks and Caicos to navigating the outrageous demands of the super-rich in New York City, Captain Lee's tales from the high seas run the gamut, proving time and time again why he’s a fan favorite: He’s occasionally profane, he’s often surprising, but he’s never dull and, for the first time, he’s here to tell all.

©2018 Captain Harold Lee Rosbach and Michael Shohl (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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Undaunted Courage

9 ratings

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In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson selected his personal secretary, Captain Meriwether Lewis, to lead a voyage up the Missouri River, across the forbidding Rockies, and - by way of the Snake and Columbia rivers - down to the Pacific Ocean. Lewis and his partner, Captain William Clark, endured incredible hardships and witnessed astounding sights. With great perseverance, they worked their way into an unexplored West. When they returned two years later, they had long since been given up for dead. Undaunted Courage is supported by a variety of colorful characters: Jefferson and his vision of the West; Clark, the artist and mapmaker; and Lewis, the enigma, who led brilliantly but considered the mission a failure. After suffering several periods of depression - and despite his status as national hero - Lewis died mysteriously, apparently by his own hand.

©1996 Ambrose-Tubbs Inc. (P)1996 Books on Tape Inc., All Rights Reserved

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Spaceman

38 ratings

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to find yourself strapped to a giant rocket that's about to go from zero to 17,500 miles per hour? Or to look back on Earth from outer space and see the surprisingly precise line between day and night? Or to stand in front of the Hubble Space Telescope, wondering if the emergency repair you're about to make will inadvertently ruin humankind's chance to unlock the universe's secrets? Mike Massimino has been there, and in Spaceman he puts you inside the suit, with all the zip and buoyancy of life in microgravity. Massimino's childhood space dreams were born the day Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. Growing up in a working-class Long Island family, he catapulted himself to Columbia and then MIT, only to flunk his first doctoral exam and be rejected three times by NASA before making it through the final round of astronaut selection. Taking us through the surreal wonder and beauty of his first spacewalk, the tragedy of losing friends in the Columbia shuttle accident, and the development of his enduring love for the Hubble Telescope - which he and his fellow astronauts were tasked with saving on his final mission - Massimino has written an ode to never giving up and the power of teamwork to make anything possible. Spaceman invites us into a rare, wonderful world where science meets the most thrilling adventure, revealing just what having "the right stuff" really means.

©2016 Michael J. Massimino (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Thru-Hiking Will Break Your Heart

22 ratings

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Carrot Quinn fears that she's become addicted to the Internet. The city makes her numb, and she's having trouble connecting with others. In a desperate move, she breaks away from everything to walk 2,660 miles from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail. It will be her first long-distance hike. In the desert of Southern California, Carrot faces many challenges, both physical and emotional: pain, injury, blisters, aching cold and searing heat, dehydration, exhaustion, loneliness. In the wilderness she happens upon and becomes close with an eclectic group of strangers - people she wouldn't have chanced to meet in the "regular world" but who are brought together, here on the trail, by their one common goal: to make it to Canada before the snow flies.

©2015 Carrot Quinn (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Pushing Rubber Downhill

1 rating

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When Adam Piggott rode his motorbike across Australia chasing a girl he barely knew, he didn't understand much about anything at all. He wanted to change his life, but he didn't know how or what to change. The girl was the catalyst that forced him out of his comfortable existence. This is the story of how a young man with no direction ended up working as a river guide in a range of exotic locations around the world. And on the way, while battling crazy bosses, fearsome rivers, and hordes of charlatans, thieves, and witch doctors, he learned what it is to truly effect change in oneself. With humor and honesty, Piggott shows how it's possible for a young man to end up in extraordinary circumstances through a willingness to take a chance instead of settling for the safe option.

©2015 Adam Piggott (P)2016 Adam Piggott

Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
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Lands of Lost Borders

46 ratings

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National Best Seller Winner of the RBC Taylor Prize Winner of The Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction "Every day on a bike trip is like the one before - but it is also completely different, or perhaps you are different, woken up in new ways by the mile." As a teenager, Kate Harris realized that the career she most craved - that of a generalist explorer, equal parts swashbuckler and philosopher - had gone extinct. From her small-town home in Ontario, it seemed as if Marco Polo, Magellan, and their like had long ago mapped the whole earth. So she vowed to become a scientist and go to Mars. To pass the time before she could launch into outer space, Kate set off by bicycle down a short section of the fabled Silk Road with her childhood friend Mel Yule, then settled down to study at Oxford and MIT. Eventually, the truth dawned on her: An explorer, in any day and age, is by definition the kind of person who refuses to live between the lines. And Harris had soared most fully out of bounds right here on Earth, travelling a bygone trading route on her bicycle. So she quit the laboratory and hit the Silk Road again with Mel, this time determined to bike it from the beginning to end. Like Rebecca Solnit and Pico Iyer before her, Kate Harris offers a travel narrative at once exuberant and meditative, wry and rapturous. Weaving adventure and deep reflection with the history of science and exploration, Lands of Lost Borders explores the nature of limits and the wildness of a world that, like the self and like the stars, can never be fully mapped.

©2018 Kate Harris (P)2019 Penguin Random House Canada

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Alone Against the North

98 ratings

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Winner of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario's 2016 Young Authors Award Winner of the 2017 Louise de Kiriline Award for Nonfiction The age of exploration is not over. When Adam Shoalts ventured into the largest unexplored wilderness on the planet, he hoped to set foot where no one had ever gone before. What he discovered surprised even him. Shoalts was no stranger to the wilderness. He had hacked his way through jungles and swamp, had stared down polar bears and climbed mountains. But one spot on the map called out to him irresistibly: the Hudson Bay Lowlands, a trackless expanse of muskeg and lonely rivers, caribou and wolf - an Amazon of the north, parts of which to this day remain unexplored. Cutting through this forbidding landscape is a river no explorer, trapper, or canoeist had left any record of paddling. It was this river that Shoalts was obsessively determined to explore. It took him several attempts, and years of research. But finally, alone, he found the headwaters of the mysterious river. He believed he had discovered what he had set out to find. But the adventure had just begun. Unexpected dangers awaited him downstream. Gripping and often poetic, Alone Against the North is a classic adventure story of single-minded obsession, physical hardship, and the restless sense of wonder that every explorer has in common. But what does exploration mean in an age when satellite imagery of even the remotest corner of the planet is available to anyone with a phone? Is there anything left to explore? What Shoalts discovered as he paddled downriver was a series of unmapped waterfalls that could easily have killed him. Just as astonishing was the media reaction when he got back to civilization. He was crowned “Canada’s Indiana Jones” and appeared on morning television. He was feted by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and congratulated by the Governor General. People were enthralled by Shoalts’s proof that the world is bigger than we think. Shoalts’s story makes it clear that the world can become known only by getting out of our cars and armchairs, and setting out into the unknown, where every step is different from the one before, and something you may never have imagined lies around the next curve in the river.

©2016 Adam Shoalts (P)2019 Penguin Random House Canada

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Mawson's Will: The Greatest Polar Survival Story Ever Written

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Mawson's Will is the dramatic story of what Sir Edmund Hillary calls "the most outstanding solo journey ever recorded in Antarctic history". For weeks in Antarctica, Douglas Mawson faced some of the most daunting conditions ever known to man: blistering wind, snow, and cold; loss of his companion, his dogs and supplies, the skin on his hands and the soles of his feet; thirst, starvation, disease, snowblindness - and he survived. Sir Douglas Mawson is remembered as the young Australian who would not go to the South Pole with Robert Scott in 1911, choosing instead to lead his own expedition on the less glamorous mission of charting nearly 1,500 miles of Antarctic coastline and claiming its resources for the British Crown. His party of three set out through the mountains across glaciers in 60-mile-per-hour winds. Six weeks and 320 miles out, one man fell into a crevasse, along with the tent, most of the equipment, all of the dogs' food, and all except a week's supply of the men's provisions. Mawson's Will is the unforgettable story of one man's ingenious practicality and unbreakable spirit and how he continued his meticulous scientific observations even in the face of death. When the expedition was over, Mawson had added more territory to the Antarctic map than anyone else of his time. Thanks to Bickel's moving account, Mawson can be remembered for the vision and dedication that make him one of the world's great explorers.

©2000 Lennard Bickel (P)2011 Steerforth Press LLC

Narrator: Scott Slocum
Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
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Dreams of El Dorado

1 rating

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From a New York Times best-selling author, a sweeping history of the American West In Dreams of El Dorado, H. W. Brands tells the thrilling, panoramic story of the settling of the American West. He takes us from John Jacob Astor's fur trading outpost in Oregon to the Texas Revolution, from the California gold rush to the Oklahoma land rush. He shows how the migrants' dreams drove them to feats of courage and perseverance that put their stay-at-home cousins to shame - and how those same dreams also drove them to outrageous acts of violence against indigenous peoples and one another. The West was where riches would reward the miner's persistence, the cattleman's courage, the railroad man's enterprise; but El Dorado was at least as elusive in the West as it ever was in the East. Balanced, authoritative, and masterfully told, Dreams of El Dorado sets a new standard for histories of the American West. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2019 H. W. Brands (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Matt Kugler
Author: H. W. Brands
Length: 17 hrs and 11 mins
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Magnificent Desolation

5 ratings

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Forty years ago, Buzz Aldrin became the second human, minutes after Neil Armstrong, to set foot on a celestial body other than the Earth. The event remains one of mankind's greatest achievements and was witnessed by the largest worldwide television audience in history. In the years since, millions more have had their Earth-centric perspective unalterably changed by the iconic photograph of Aldrin standing on the surface of the moon, the blackness of space behind him and his fellow explorer and the Eagle reflected in his visor. Describing the alien world he was walking upon, he uttered the words "magnificent desolation." And as the astronauts later sat in the Eagle, waiting to begin their journey back home, knowing that they were doomed unless every system and part on board worked flawlessly, it was Aldrin who responded to Mission Control's clearance to take off with the quip, "Roger. Understand. We're number one on the runway."   The flight of Apollo 11 made Aldrin one of the most famous persons on our planet, yet few people know the rest of this true American hero's story. In Magnificent Desolation, Aldrin not only gives us a harrowing first-person account of the lunar landing that came within seconds of failure and the ultimate insider's view of life as one of the superstars of America's space program, he also opens up with remarkable candor about his more personal trials - and eventual triumphs - back on Earth. From the glory of being part of the mission that fulfilled President Kennedy’s challenge to reach the moon before the decade was out, Aldrin returned home to an Air Force career stripped of purpose or direction, other than as a public relations tool that NASA put to relentless use in a seemingly nonstop world tour. The twin demons of depression and alcoholism emerged - the first of which Aldrin confronted early and publicly and the second of which he met with denial until it nearly killed him. He burned through two marriages, his Air Force career came to an inglorious end, and he found himself selling cars for a living when he wasn’t drunkenly wrecking them. Redemption came when he finally embraced sobriety, gained the love of a woman, Lois, who would become the great joy of his life, and dedicated himself to being a tireless advocate for the future of space exploration - not only as a scientific endeavor, but also as a thriving commercial enterprise. These days, Buzz Aldrin is enjoying life with an enthusiasm that reminds us how far it is possible for a person to travel, literally and figuratively. As an adventure story, a searing memoir of self-destruction and self-renewal, and as a visionary rallying cry to once again set our course for Mars and beyond, Magnificent Desolation is the thoroughly human story of a genuine hero. 

©2009 Buzz Aldrin (P)2009 Random House

Narrator: Patrick Egan
Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
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Scott's Last Expedition

1 rating

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In November 1910, the vessel Terra Nova left New Zealand carrying an international team of explorers led by Robert Falcon Scott, an Englishman determined to be the first man to reach the South Pole. Scott kept a detailed journal of his adventures until March 29, 1912, when he and the few remaining members of his team met their ends in a brutal blizzard. The daily progress of the expedition toward the pole is recorded in an immensely vivid and personal narrative, depicting the beauty of the Antarctic tundra, the harsh living conditions, and Scott's own desperation to beat rival explorers to the pole.

(P)1999 Blackstone Audiobooks

Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
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Worth

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A powerful memoir of overcoming adversity that will inspire you to find strength from within and shape your own destiny. Bharti Dhir faced many challenges in her childhood that could have broken her. As a baby, she was abandoned at a roadside in the Ugandan heat and miraculously found by a passerby. By divine guidance, Bharti's adoptive mother was led to her hospital cot and welcomed Bharti into their Punjabi Sikh family. Despite experiencing sexism and racism as an Asian-African girl and developing an incurable skin condition, Bharti found hope through the fear and prejudice. Then, in 1972 when Idi Amin expelled Asians from Uganda, Bharti's family were forced to flee to the UK. She remembers the horrific moment when her adoptive mother was ordered, at gunpoint, to abandon Bharti because of the color of her skin. With incredible courage, she refused, risking their lives to protect Bharti as her own. Throughout her struggles, Bharti retained faith in a divine power within all of us that gives us strength, protects us, and loves us unconditionally. Years later, now a social worker specializing in child protection, Bharti lives in the UK with an adopted daughter of her own and has found her true purpose and sense of self-worth.

©2021 Bharti Dhir (P)2021 Hay House

Narrator: Sheila Atim
Author: Bharti Dhir
Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
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Balancing on Blue

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One man’s remarkable challenge. More than 2,000 miles of unforgiving wilderness. Can he escape the mundane to become a thru-hiker? Shortlisted for Outdoor Book of the Year by The Great Outdoors magazine. Keith Foskett’s dream of escape started with a single step. When the long-distance hiker chose to backpack all 2,180 miles of the Appalachian Trail, he left ordinary life behind for five months. Enduring an incredible test of physical and psychological strength, Foskett was pushed to his limits.... Accompanied by an array of eclectic characters - including a drug dealer, a world-champion juggler, and a sex-starved Minnesotan - he weaves a route through some of America's wildest landscapes and history and writes with insight, humor, and reflection. Attempting to keep his English sense of humor alive amid the bumps and bruises, can Foskett survive his journey of self-discovery to emerge victorious? Shortlisted for The Great Outdoors magazine’s Outdoor Book of the Year, Foskett’s novel-like tale is as entertaining as it is insightful. Venture beyond the journal-entry style of most outdoor books and join the humorous hike of a lifetime. Balancing on Blue is a superb stand-alone travel memoir. If you like living outside the box, escaping into the wild, and journeying deep into the unknown, then you’ll love Keith Foskett’s courageous trek. Discover how this wilderness escape can change you, too.

©2016 Mr Keith Foskett (P)2020 Mr Keith Foskett

Narrator: Adam Stubbs
Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
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First Man

17 ratings

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Soon to be a major motion picture, this is the first - and only - definitive authorized account of Neil Armstrong, the man whose “one small step” changed history. When Apollo 11 touched down on the Moon’s surface in 1969, the first man on the Moon became a legend. In First Man, author James R. Hansen explores the life of Neil Armstrong. Based on over 50 hours of interviews with the intensely private Armstrong, who also gave Hansen exclusive access to private documents and family sources, this "magnificent panorama of the second half of the American twentieth century" (Publishers Weekly, starred review) is an unparalleled biography of an American icon. In this “compelling and nuanced portrait” (Chicago Tribune) filled with revelations, Hansen vividly recreates Armstrong’s career in flying, from his 78 combat missions as a naval aviator flying over North Korea to his formative trans-atmospheric flights in the rocket-powered X-15 to his piloting Gemini VIII to the first-ever docking in space. For a pilot who cared more about flying to the Moon than he did about walking on it, Hansen asserts, Armstrong’s storied vocation exacted a dear personal toll, paid in kind by his wife and children. For the near-50 years since the Moon landing, rumors have swirled around Armstrong concerning his dreams of space travel, his religious beliefs, and his private life. A penetrating exploration of American hero worship, Hansen addresses the complex legacy of the First Man, as an astronaut and as an individual. “First Man burrows deep into Armstrong’s past and present.... What emerges is an earnest and brave man” (Houston Chronicle) who will forever be known as history’s most famous space traveler.

©2018 James R. Hansen (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

Narrator: Jeremy Bobb
Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
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The Warrior Within Me

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The Warrior Within Me is based on a true story and testimony of rescued faith and trusting in God during the terrifying and uncertain times in Nesheiwat's life. By building endurance and resisting temptation through a series of trials, Nesheiwat was able to unlock "The Secret" by decoding biblical principles and through revelation. Unlike any other self-help book that leaves you with scattered pieces to the puzzle and misleading truths, Nesheiwat reveals the reality of the facts, The Real Secret. The Warrior Within Me, is a reflection of the biblical verse "He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world." (1 John 4:4.) Atheists come to be by searching and not finding, or by not knowing. Agnostics feel that something higher than them may exist, but are left unsure as to what that higher power may be or if it exists. Finally, some Theists believe they have unlocked the secret of life. Nesheiwat will reveal The Real Secret. The common denominator of all human beings from the beginning of time, is the raging storm within their souls. This battle within one's self can be fought and won by applying The Real Secret. This book was written, after a quest for God began, and the answers came through that terrifying and uncertain seven-year period endured by Nesheiwat. Readers will understand how trust engages faith, the truth about fear, how frequency levels affect your life, and the importance of knowing biblical truth.

©2020 Issa E. Nesheiwat (P)2021 Issa E. Nesheiwat

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An Empire of Ice

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Published to coincide with the centenary of the first expeditions to reach the South Pole, An Empire of Ice presents a fascinating new take on Antarctic exploration. Retold with added information, it's the first book to place the famed voyages of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, his British rivals Robert Scott and Ernest Shackleton, and others in a larger scientific, social, and geopolitical context. Efficient, well prepared, and focused solely on the goal of getting to his destination and back, Amundsen has earned his place in history as the first to reach the South Pole. Scott, meanwhile, has been reduced in the public mind to a dashing incompetent who stands for little more than relentless perseverance in the face of inevitable defeat. An Empire of Ice offers a new perspective on the Antarctic expeditions of the early 20th century by looking at the British efforts for what they actually were: massive scientific enterprises in which reaching the South Pole was but a spectacular sideshow. By focusing on the larger purpose, Edward Larson deepens our appreciation of the explorers' achievements, shares little-known stories, and shows what the Heroic Age of Antarctic discovery was really about.

©2011 Edward J. Larson (P)2011 Tantor

Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
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Shackleton's Way

6 ratings

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From 1914 to 1916, Ernest Shackleton and his men survived the wreck of their ship Endurance, crushed in the Antarctic ice, stranded 1,200 miles from civilization with no means of communication and no hope for rescue. When the ice began to break up, Shackleton set out to save them all on his heroic 800-mile-trip across the frigid South Atlantic, in little more than a rowboat. Unlike similar polar expeditions, every man survived, not only in good health, but also in good spirits, all due to Shackleton's leadership. Now, Shackleton scholar Margot Morrell and Wall Street Journal writer Stephanie Capparell team up to present Shackleton's timeless leadership skills, skills that can be learned by anyone, to a new generation.

©2001 Margot Morrell and Substantial Films, Inc. (P)2001 Books on Tape, Inc.

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High and Low: How I Hiked Away from Depression Across Scotland

1 rating

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When dealing with emotional baggage, it’s best to pack light.  An amusing and life-affirming travel memoir, concluding with tips for managing depressive episodes.  Keith Foskett refused to let his dark mood define his limitations. Unknowingly suffering with depression, he took to hiking the wilds of Scotland to face the inner demons that threatened to gnaw him to the bone. From the craggy Highlands of the Cape Wrath Trail and West Highland Way, to the canals criss-crossing the low country, 600 miles of unforgiving hiking terrain called his name.  Keith repositioned his compass to what really matters in life. As laughter became his traveling companion, he discovered that when dealing with emotional baggage, it’s best to pack light. Pushing his mind and body past breaking point, his journey could set a brave new course for coping with depression.  Battling ferocious weather, the ubiquitous Scottish midge, strange-sounding local delicacies and substandard TV sets, this is one man’s battle to conquer the wilds of Scotland, and his own psychological demons.  

©2018 Keith Foskett (P)2018 Keith Foskett

Narrator: Adam Stubbs
Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
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To Timbuktu for a Haircut

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"Although Timbuktu exists, there is a common belief that it is, in fact, nowhere."  Timbuktu: the African city known to legend as a land of scholars, splendor and mystery, a golden age in the Sahara Desert. But to many it is a vaguely recognizable name - a flippant tag for "the most remote place on earth." With this fabled city as his goal, author Rick Antonson began a month-long trek. His initial plan? To get a haircut.  Aided by an adventuresome spirit, Rick endures a 45-hour train ride, a swindling travel agent, "Third World, three-lane" roads, rivers, and a flat deck ferry boat before finally reaching Timbuktu. Rick narrates the history of this elusive destination through the teachings of his Malian guide Zak, and encounters with stranded tourists, a camel owner, a riverboat captain, and the people who call Timbuktu home.  Antonson’s eloquence and quiet wit highlight the city’s myths - the centuries old capital and traveler’s dream - as well as its realities: A city gripped by poverty, where historic treasures lie close to the sands of destruction. Indeed, some 700,000 ancient manuscripts remain there, endangered. Both a travelogue and a history of a place long forgotten, To Timbuktu for a Haircut emerges as a plea to preserve the past and open cultural dialogues on a global scale.  The second edition of this important book outlines the volatile political situations in Timbuktu following the spring 2012 military coup in Mali and the subsequent capture of the city by Islamic extremists. Literally, it is a race against time to save the city’s irreplaceable artifacts, mosques, and monuments, and to understand why Timbuktu’s past is essential to the future of Africa.

©2008 Rick Antonson (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: James Conlan
Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
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Island of the Lost

27 ratings

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Auckland Island is a godforsaken place in the middle of the Southern Ocean, 285 miles south of New Zealand. With year-round freezing rain and howling winds, it is one of the most forbidding places in the world. To be shipwrecked there means almost certain death. In 1864, Captain Thomas Musgrave and his crew of four aboard the schooner Grafton wreck on the southern end of the island. Utterly alone in a dense coastal forest, plagued by stinging blowflies and relentless rain, Captain Musgrave inspires his men to take action. With barely more than their bare hands, they build a cabin and, remarkably, a forge where they manufacture their tools. Incredibly, at the same time on the opposite end of the island, the Invercauld wrecks during a horrible storm. Nineteen men stagger ashore. Unlike Captain Musgrave, the captain of the Invercauld falls apart given the same dismal circumstances. His men fight and split up; some die of starvation, others turn to cannibalism. Only three survive. Musgrave and all of his men not only endure for nearly two years, but they also plan their own astonishing escape, setting off on one of the most courageous sea voyages in history.

©2007 Joan Druett (P)2016 Tantor

Narrator: David Colacci
Author: Joan Druett
Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
Available on Audible
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Mawson and the Ice Men of the Heroic Age

2 ratings

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Australia's best-selling nonfiction author of all time. Douglas Mawson, born in 1882 and knighted in 1914, was Australia's greatest Antarctic explorer. On 2 December 1911, he led an expedition from Hobart to explore the virgin frozen coastline below, 2000 miles of which had never felt the tread of a human foot. After setting up Main Base at Cape Denision and Western Base on Queen Mary Land, he headed east on an extraordinary sledging trek with his companions, Belgrave Ninnis and Dr Xavier Mertz. After five weeks, tragedy struck. Ninnis was swallowed whole by a snow-covered crevasse, and Mawson and Mertz realised it was too dangerous to go on. With the scant food and provisions they had left, turning back was almost equally perilous. Their dwindling supplies forced them to kill their dogs to feed the other dogs, at first, and then themselves. Hunger, sickness and despair eventually got the better of Mertz, and he succumbed to madness and then to death. Mawson found himself all alone, 160 miles from safety, with next to no food. Peter FitzSimons tells the staggering tale of Mawson's survival, despite all the odds, arriving back just in time to see his rescue ship disappearing over the horizon. He also masterfully interweaves the stories of the other giants from the Heroic Age of Polar Exploration - Scott of the Antarctic, Sir Ernest Shackleton and Roald Amundsen - to bring the jaw-dropping events of this bygone era dazzlingly back to life.

©2011 Peter FitzSimons (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Narrator: Paul English
Length: 23 hrs and 54 mins
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The Sun Is a Compass

49 ratings

Summary

For fans of Cheryl Strayed, the gripping story of a biologist's human-powered journey from the Pacific Northwest to the Arctic to rediscover her love of birds, nature, and adventure. During graduate school, as she conducted experiments on the peculiarly misshapen beaks of chickadees, ornithologist Caroline Van Hemert began to feel stifled in the isolated, sterile environment of the lab. Worried that she was losing her passion for the scientific research she once loved, she was compelled to experience wildness again, to be guided by the sounds of birds and to follow the trails of animals. In March of 2012, she and her husband set off on a 4,000-mile wilderness journey from the Pacific rain forest to the Alaskan Arctic, traveling by rowboat, ski, foot, raft, and canoe. Together, they survived harrowing dangers while also experiencing incredible moments of joy and grace - migrating birds silhouetted against the moon, the steamy breath of caribou, and the bond that comes from sharing such experiences.  A unique blend of science, adventure, and personal narrative, the audiobook explores the bounds of the physical body and the tenuousness of life in the company of creatures whose daily survival is nothing short of miraculous. It is a journey through the heart, the mind, and some of the wildest places left in North America. In the end, The Sun Is a Compass is a love letter to nature, an inspiring story of endurance, and a beautifully written testament to the resilience of the human spirit.

©2019 Caroline Van Hemert (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Xe Sands
Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
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Alone on the Ice

12 ratings

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His two companions were dead, his food and supplies had vanished in a crevasse, and Douglas Mawson was still 100 miles from camp. On January 17, 1913, alone and near starvation, Mawson, leader of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, was hauling a sledge to get back to base camp. The dogs were gone. Now Mawson himself plunged through a snow bridge, dangling over an abyss by the sledge harness. A line of poetry gave him the will to haul himself back to the surface. Mawson was sometimes reduced to crawling, and one night he discovered that the soles of his feet had completely detached from the flesh beneath. On February 8, when he staggered back to base, his features unrecognizably skeletal, the first teammate to reach him blurted out, “Which one are you?” This thrilling and almost unbelievable account establishes Mawson in his rightful place as one of the greatest polar explorers and expedition leaders.

©2013 David Roberts (P)2013 Blackstone

Narrator: Matthew Brenher
Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
Available on Audible
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David Attenborough - Life on Air: Memoirs of a Broadcaster

13 ratings

Summary

His career as a naturalist and broadcaster has spanned nearly five decades and there are very few places on the globe that he has not visited. In this volume of memoirs David tells stories of the people and animals he has met and the places that he has visited.

Over the last 25 years he has established himself as the world's leading Natural History programme maker with several landmark BBC series, most recently the hugely popular Life and Blue Planet, alongside Life on Earth, The Living Planet, The Trials of Life, The Private Life of Plants, and Life of Birds.

This is an updated autobiography of David Attenborough's life, read by David Attenborough himself.

©2010 David Attenborough Productions Ltd (P)2010 AudioGO Ltd

Length: 19 hrs and 23 mins
Available on Audible
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Philosophy of Sailing: Offshore in Search of the Universe

18 ratings

Summary

A master storyteller. “Something is out there that doesn’t have a name,” writes veteran sailor and writer Christian Williams as he invites us along once again on a 5,000-mile voyage of discovery around the North Pacific. Equipped with a new boat, a well-stocked toolbox, and the entire history of philosophic thought, he takes us as crew through squalls and calms deep into a laboratory of the universe that exists only out of sight of land.  Funny, erudite, and at times deeply personal, Philosophy of Sailing explores who we are and how encounters with the unknown can be a path to revelation and joy. With 20,000 miles at sea, Williams is also a master teacher of how to sail a boat across perilous oceans and the renovation of yacht and outlook required before departing on the voyage of a lifetime.  With a preparation guide, toolbox of books, and glossary of nautical terms.

©2018 Christian Williams (P)2018 Christian Williams

Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
Available on Audible
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Amazing Adventures of a Nobody

2 ratings

Summary

Tired of his disconnected life and uninspiring job, Leon Logothetis leaves it all behind - job, money, home, and even his cell phone - and hits the road with nothing but the clothes on his back and five dollars in his pocket, relying on the kindness of strangers and the serendipity of the open road for his daily keep. Along the way, Leon offers up the intriguing and charming tales gathered along his one-of-a-kind journey: riding in trains, buses, big rigs and classic cars; sleeping on streets and couches and firehouses; meeting pimps and preachers, astronauts and single moms, celebrities and homeless families, veterans and communists. Each day of his journey, we catch sight of the invisible spiritual underpinning of society in these stories of companionship - and sheer adventure - that prove that the kind, good soul of mankind has not been lost.

©2013 Leon Logothetis (P)2015 Bettie Youngs / Bettie Youngs Book Publishers

Narrator: Dreagn Foltz
Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
Available on Audible
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Canoeing The Congo

2 ratings

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Canoeing the Congo narrates the journey of Phil Harwood, who undertook an epic five-month solo attempt to canoe the Congo River in war-torn Central Africa. It was a historic first descent from the true source in the highlands of Zambia. Just short of 3,000 miles long, the Congo River is the eighth longest in the world and the deepest river in the world, with a flow rate second only to the Amazon. Along the way, Phil encountered numerous waterfalls, huge rapids, man-eating crocodiles, hippos, aggressive snakes and spiders' webs the size of houses. He faced endemic corruption, was arrested, intimidated, bullied, chased and he received numerous death threats. He also collapsed from malaria. The people were mostly friendly, however, and Phil received tremendous hospitality from a proud and brave people, especially from the riverside fishermen who helped him wherever they could. On one stretch of river known as The Abattoir due to its past history of cannibalism and current reputation for criminal activity, he hired four brothers with a shotgun to accompany him as bodyguards. They paddled and floated for five days and nights on the river. Common questions from locals were, ‘why haven't you cut his throat yet?’ and ‘if you don't want to do it, tell us where your camping and we'll come and do it for you ...We'll share his money.’ It was an exhilarating, terrifying and wonderful journey but Phil managed to survive, despite the odds, to tell his story. Canoeing the Congo will appeal to fans of adventurous travel writing and people who love the nature and wilderness. Phil, who is a fan of adventure stories himself, enjoys the work of Ranulph Fiennes and Bill Bryson. Phil has worked all over the world as an ex-Royal Marine Commando, ski-guide, expedition leader, outdoor instructor and development trainer. He is qualified as mountain leader, a level 4 canoe coach, a level 3 kayak coach, a rock climbing instructor, a wilderness emergency medical technician and a first aid instructor. Phil's passions are adventure and challenge, in particular canoeing remote wilderness rivers - the more wild the better!

©2013 Phil Harwood (P)2013 Audible Ltd

Author: Phil Harwood
Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
Available on Audible
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The Last Season

7 ratings

Summary

Destined to become a classic of adventure literature, The Last Season examines the extraordinary life of legendary backcountry ranger Randy Morgenson and his mysterious disappearance in California's unforgiving Sierra Nevada - mountains as perilous as they are beautiful. Eric Blehm's masterful work is a gripping detective story interwoven with the riveting biography of a complicated, original, and wholly fascinating man.

©2006 Richard Leversee (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Jonathan Davis
Author: Eric Blehm
Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
Available on Audible
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Frozen in Time

3 ratings

Summary

In 1845, Sir John Franklin and his men set out to "penetrate the icy fastness of the north, and to circumnavigate America." And then they disappeared. The truth about what happened to Franklin's ill-fated Arctic expedition was shrouded in mystery for more than a century. Then, in 1984, Owen Beattie and his team exhumed two crew members from a burial site in the North for forensic evidence, to shocking results. But the most startling discovery didn't come until 2014, when a team commissioned by the Canadian government uncovered one of the lost ships: Erebus.

©1987, 1988, 1998, 2004, 2014 Owen Beattie and John Geiger (P)2019 Tantor

Narrator: Liam Gerrard
Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
Available on Audible
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Not Tonight, Josephine

Summary

Two Brits, George and Mark, set off from New York City to explore the back roads of America. In this calamity-ridden travel tale, George sets out in true clichéd fashion to discover the real America. Throw in plenty of run-ins with the police, rapidly dwindling finances, and Josephine - the worst car in the world - and you have all the ingredients for a classic American road trip. Will George and Mark make it all the way to California? And then there is Rachel, George's girlfriend, left back in England. Would travelling to the United States without her turn out to be the stupidest decision he had ever made?

©2016 George Mahood (P)2019 George Mahood

Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
Available on Audible
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In Search of a Kingdom

Summary

In this grand and thrilling narrative, the acclaimed biographer of Magellan, Columbus, and Marco Polo brings alive the singular life and adventures of Sir Francis Drake, the pirate/explorer/admiral whose mastery of the seas during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I changed the course of history. “Bergreen masterly portrays...the swashbuckling life and times of the explorer who achieved what Magellan could not - and made England’s fortune in the process.” (Kirkus, starred review) Before he was secretly dispatched by Queen Elizabeth to circumnavigate the globe or was called upon to save England from the Spanish Armada, Francis Drake was perhaps the most wanted - and successful - pirate ever to sail. Nicknamed "El Draque" by the Spaniards who placed a bounty on his head, the notorious red-haired, hot-tempered Drake pillaged galleons laden with New World gold and silver, stealing a vast fortune for his queen - and himself. For Elizabeth, Drake made the impossible real, serving as a crucial and brilliantly adaptable instrument of her ambitions to transform England from a third-rate island kingdom into a global imperial power. In 1580, sailing on Elizabeth's covert orders, Drake became the first captain to circumnavigate the earth successfully. (Ferdinand Magellan had died in his attempt.) Part exploring expedition, part raiding mission, Drake's audacious around-the-world journey in the Golden Hind reached Patagonia, the Pacific Coast of present-day California and Oregon, the Spice Islands, Java, and Africa. Almost a decade later, Elizabeth called upon Drake again. As the devil-may-care vice admiral of the English fleet, Drake dramatically defeated the once-invincible Spanish Armada, spurring the British Empire’s ascent and permanently wounding its greatest rival.  The relationship between Drake and Elizabeth is the missing link in our understanding of the rise of the British Empire, and its importance has not been fully described or appreciated. Framed around Drake’s key voyages as a window into this crucial moment in British history, In Search of a Kingdom is a rousing adventure narrative entwining epic historical themes with intimate passions. Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2021 Laurence Bergreen (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Michael Page
Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
Available on Audible
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Icebound

1 rating

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In the best-selling tradition of Hampton Sides’ In the Kingdom of Ice, a riveting and cinematic tale of Dutch polar explorer William Barents and his three harrowing Arctic expeditions - the last of which resulted in a relentlessly challenging yearlong fight for survival. The human story has always been one of perseverance - often against remarkable odds. The most astonishing survival tale of all might be that of 16th-century Dutch explorer William Barents and his crew of 16, who ventured farther north than any Europeans before and, on their third polar exploration, lost their ship off the frozen coast of Nova Zembla to unforgiving ice. The men would spend the next year fighting off ravenous polar bears, gnawing hunger, and endless winter.  In Icebound, Andrea Pitzer masterfully combines a gripping tale of survival with a sweeping history of the great Age of Exploration - a time of hope, adventure, and seemingly unlimited geographic frontiers. At the story’s center is William Barents, one of the 16th century’s greatest navigators whose larger-than-life ambitions and obsessive quest to chart a path through the deepest, most remote regions of the Arctic ended in both tragedy and glory. Journalist Pitzer did extensive research, learning how to use 400-year-old navigation equipment, setting out on three Arctic expeditions to retrace Barents’ steps, and visiting replicas of Barents’ ship and cabin.  “A visceral, thrilling account full of tantalizing surprises” (Andrea Barrett, author of The Voyage of the Narwhal), Pitzer’s reenactment of Barents’ ill-fated journey shows us how the human body can function at 20 degrees below, the history of mutiny, the art of celestial navigation, and the intricacies of building shelters. But above all, it gives us a firsthand glimpse into the true nature of human courage.

©2021 Andrea Pitzer. All rights reserved (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

Narrator: Fred Sanders
Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
Available on Audible
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The Curse of Oak Island

65 ratings

Summary

From longtime Rolling Stone contributing editor and journalist Randall Sullivan, The Curse of Oak Island explores the curious history of Oak Island and the generations of individuals who have tried and failed to unlock its secrets. In 1795, a teenager discovered a mysterious circular depression in the ground on Oak Island, in Nova Scotia, Canada, and ignited rumors of buried treasure. Early excavators uncovered a clay-lined shaft containing layers of soil interspersed with wooden platforms, but when they reached a depth of ninety feet, water poured into the shaft and made further digging impossible.  Since then the mystery of Oak Island’s “Money Pit” has enthralled generations of treasure hunters, including a Boston insurance salesman whose obsession ruined him; young Franklin Delano Roosevelt; and film star Errol Flynn. Perplexing discoveries have ignited explorers’ imaginations: a flat stone inscribed in code; a flood tunnel draining from a man-made beach; a torn scrap of parchment; stone markers forming a huge cross. Swaths of the island were bulldozed looking for answers; excavation attempts have claimed two lives. Theories abound as to what’s hidden on Oak Island - pirates’ treasure, Marie Antoinette’s lost jewels, the Holy Grail, proof that Sir Francis Bacon was the true author of Shakespeare’s plays - yet to this day, the Money Pit remains an enigma.  The Curse of Oak Island is a fascinating account of the strange, rich history of the island and the intrepid treasure hunters who have driven themselves to financial ruin, psychotic breakdowns, and even death in pursuit of answers. And as Michigan brothers Marty and Rick Lagina become the latest to attempt to solve the mystery, as documented on the History Channel’s television show The Curse of Oak Island, Sullivan takes listeners along to follow their quest firsthand. 

©2018 Randall Sullivan (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Narrator: Braden Wright
Length: 16 hrs and 37 mins
Available on Audible
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The Journey in Between: A Thru-Hiking Adventure on El Camino de Santiago

4 ratings

Summary

A man at a crossroads. A thousand-mile hike. A life forever changed. Keith Foskett was the definition of restless. Drifting aimlessly, he knew a piece was missing from his life. But when a stranger in a Greek bar tells him about a world-famous pilgrim’s trail, the chance encounter sets Foskett’s life in a new 1,000-mile direction. On El Camino de Santiago, the wanderer copes with extreme temperatures, fake faith healers, and insatiable kleptomaniacs. Threatened with arrest for "not sleeping" and suffering with excruciating blisters, Foskett pushes himself to new limits. Can he find what he’s looking for and make it to the other side? Keith Foskett’s travelogues have been short-listed for Outdoor Book of the Year multiple times by The Great Outdoors magazine. Awash with vivid descriptions and a cast of engaging real-life characters, the author delivers a humorous and mesmerizing tale of adventure and metamorphosis.  The Journey in Between is a daring travel memoir. If you like indulging your inner adventurer, taking the less popular fork in the road, and visiting foreign locations, then you’ll love Keith Foskett’s transformative tale. Pick up The Journey in Between to take your first step today. 

©2018 Keith Foskett (P)2019 Keith Foskett

Narrator: Adam Stubbs
Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
Available on Audible
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Marco Polo

14 ratings

Summary

As the most celebrated European to explore Asia, Marco Polo was the original global traveler and the earliest bridge between East and West. A universal icon of adventure and discovery, he has inspired six centuries of popular fascination and spurious mythology. Now, from acclaimed author Laurence Bergreen, comes the first fully authoritative biography of one of the most enchanting figures in world history. In this masterly work, Marco Polo’s incredible odyssey - along the Silk Road and through all the fantastic circumstances of his life - is chronicled in sumptuous and illuminating detail.  Drawing on original sources in more than half a dozen languages, and his own travels along Polo’s route in China and Mongolia, Bergreen explores the lingering controversies surrounding Polo’s legend, settling age-old questions and testing others for significance.  Synthesizing history, biography, and travelogue, this is a timely chronicle of a man who extended the boundaries of human knowledge and imagination. Destined to be the definitive account of its subject for decades to come, Marco Polo takes us on a journey to the limits of history - and beyond. 

©2007 Laurence Bergreen (P)2007 Books on Tape

Narrator: Paul Boehmer
Length: 16 hrs and 29 mins
Available on Audible
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John Glenn

Summary

“As I hurtled through space, one thought kept crossing my mind - every part of this rocket was supplied by the lowest bidder.” (John Glenn) Today the Space Race is widely viewed poignantly and fondly as a race to the Moon that culminated with Apollo 11 “winning” the Race for the United States. In fact, it encompassed a much broader range of competition between the Soviet Union and the United States that affected everything from military technology to successfully launching satellites that could land on Mars or orbit other planets in the Solar System. In fact, the Soviet Union had spent much of the 1950s leaving the United States in its dust. In 1960, when Eisenhower’s administration began planning and funding for the famous Apollo program that would land the first men on the Moon in 1969, the Soviet Union was already thinking further ahead, literally. In one of the worst kept secrets of the Space Race, the Soviet Union launched two probes, Korabl 4 and Korabl 5, toward Mars in October 1960. With the opening of a new decade, the Soviets reinforced their Space Race lead in a big way. On April 12, 1961, the world watched as the Soviets scored two major victories: they sent the first human being into space and made that man the first to orbit the Earth. Yuri Gagarin's success seemed to both solidify the Soviet's lead in the Space Race and underline the importance of scientific achievements in the race for geopolitical prestige. Even on the other side of the world, the United States could not deny the significance of the Vostok mission. President Kennedy graciously congratulated the Soviets, while privately conceding that it would be impossible for the United States to match Soviet space achievements for some time. At the same time, American policymakers also understood the depth of this latest defeat in the Space Race. On February 20, 1962, John Glenn orbited the Earth, nearly a year after Gagarin’s orbit, and he remains best known for that historic feat, but in many ways it obscures a life and career of astonishing depth. Before the Friendship 7 mission, Glenn was already a distinguished combat fighter in multiple wars, and he was one of America’s best test pilots, a record that included making the first supersonic transcontinental flight in American history. He was an obvious candidate for the country’s first team of astronauts, and it launched him not only into space but into a long political career. All told, Glenn earned too many awards to count, and along the way, he became the oldest person to fly in space. John Glenn: The Life and Legacy of the First American Astronaut to Orbit Earth profiles his life, chronicles his historic space mission, and details all the highlights before and after it. You will learn about John Glenn like never before.

©2019 Charles River Editors (P)2019 Charles River Editors

Narrator: David Bernard
Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
Available on Audible
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Half-Safe

Summary

In 1948, a young Australian mining engineer named Ben Carlin set out to do the impossible: circumnavigate the globe, by land and sea, in a single vehicle. The vehicle in question was an amphibious jeep developed by the U.S. Army, which Carlin christened Half-Safe, after a deodorant slogan. It was a mechanical mongrel that was supposed to move with equal ease across land and water but in practice wasn't much good for either one. Undaunted, Carlin and his wife Elinore set off across the Atlantic Ocean with dreams of fame and fortune, and of carving a small notch in history. What happened next is one of the most bizarre, remarkable, and forgotten adventure stories of the 20th century. In Half-Safe, author James Nestor endeavors to uncover Ben Carlin's fate and finds a gripping story of love, danger, and extraordinary perseverance that spans three oceans and five continents. Half-Safe takes us from the eye of an Atlantic Ocean hurricane to the sweltering Sahara to the impenetrable jungles of Southeast Asia - and into the mind of a man who could overcome everything but his own demons.

©2012 The Atavist, James Nestor (P)2012 The Atavist, James Nestor

Narrator: James Nestor
Author: James Nestor
Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
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A Life Lost

6 ratings

Summary

Jackson is aggressive, confrontational and often volatile. His mother, Kayla, is crippled with grief after tragically losing her husband and eldest son.  Struggling to cope, she puts Jackson into foster care. Cathy, his carer, encourages Jackson to talk about what has happened to his family, but he just won’t engage. His actions continue to test and worry everyone.  Then, in a dramatic turn of events, the true reason for Jackson’s behaviour comes to light....

©2020 Cathy Glass (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Narrator: Denica Fairman
Author: Cathy Glass
Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
Available on Audible
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A Primate's Memoir

13 ratings

Summary

"I had never planned to become a savanna baboon when I grew up; instead, I had always assumed I would become a mountain gorilla," writes Robert Sapolsky in this witty and riveting chronicle of a scientist's coming-of-age in remote Africa. An exhilarating account of Sapolsky's twenty-one-year study of a troop of rambunctious baboons in Kenya, A Primate's Memoir interweaves serious scientific observations with wry commentary about the challenges and pleasures of living in the wilds of the Serengeti-for man and beast alike. Over two decades, Sapolsky survives culinary atrocities, gunpoint encounters, and a surreal kidnapping, while witnessing the encroachment of the tourist mentality on the farthest vestiges of unspoiled Africa. As he conducts unprecedented physiological research on wild primates, he becomes ever more enamored of his subjects - unique and compelling characters in their own right - and he returns to them summer after summer, until tragedy finally prevents him. By turns hilarious and poignant, A Primate's Memoir is a magnum opus from one of our foremost science writers.

©2001 Robert M. Sapolsky (P)2013 Tantor

Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
Available on Audible
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South

1 rating

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On 8 August 1914, five days after the outbreak of World War One, the Endurance, a wooden-hulled, coal-fired icebreaker, set sail for the South Pole, in a bid to complete the first-ever trans-Antarctic expedition, which would cross the continent from the Weddell Sea to Scott's base at Cape Evans, via the Pole. However, despite the best planning, the ship succumbs to the ice floes of the Weddell Sea, and is subjected to months of uncontrollable drifting before its crew makes a scramble for Elephant Island, where they battle constant cold and starvation. Faced with the most fearsome terrain and extreme conditions, it is up to Ernest Shackleton, commander of the Endurance, to lead his men back to safety and save them from the horrors of the ice.

Public Domain (P)2019 Naxos Audiobooks

Narrator: Rupert Degas
Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
Available on Audible
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Arctic Homestead

25 ratings

Summary

In 1973, Norma Cobb, her husband Lester, and their five children pulled up stakes in the lower 48 and headed north to Alaska to follow a pioneer dream of claiming land under the Homestead Act. The only land available lay north of Fairbanks near the Arctic Circle where grizzlies outnumbered humans 20 to one.  In addition to fierce winters and predatory animals, the Alaskan frontier drew the more unsavory elements of society's fringes. From the beginning, the Cobbs found themselves pitted in a life or death feud with unscrupulous neighbors who would rob from new settlers, attempt to burn them out, shoot them, and jump their claim.  The Cobbs were chechakos, tenderfeet, in a lost land that consumed even toughened settlers. Everything, including their "civilized" past, conspired to defeat them. They constructed a cabin and the first snow collapsed the roof. They built too close to the creek and spring breakup threatened to flood them out. Bears prowled the nearby woods, stalking the children, and Lester Cobb would leave for months at a time in search of work. But through it all, they survived on the strength of Norma Cobb - a woman whose love for her family knew no bounds and whose courage in the face of mortal danger is an inspiration to us all. Arctic Homestead is her story.

©2000 Norma Cobb and Charles Sasser (P)2018 Tantor

Narrator: Emily Beresford
Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
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That Wild Country

17 ratings

Summary

From prominent outdoorsman and nature writer Mark Kenyon comes an engrossing reflection on the past and future battles over our most revered landscapes - America’s public lands. Every American is a public-land owner, inheritor to the largest public-land trust in the world. These vast expanses provide a home to wildlife populations, a vital source of clean air and water, and a haven for recreation.  Since its inception, however, America’s public land system has been embroiled in controversy - caught in the push and pull between the desire to develop the valuable resources the land holds or conserve them. Alarmed by rising tensions over the use of these lands, hunter, angler, and outdoor enthusiast Mark Kenyon set out to explore the spaces involved in this heated debate, and learn firsthand how they came to be and what their future might hold.  Part travelogue and part historical examination, That Wild Country invites listeners on an intimate tour of the wondrous wild and public places that are a uniquely profound and endangered part of the American landscape.

©2019 Mark Kenyon (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Narrator: Mark Kenyon
Author: Mark Kenyon
Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
Available on Audible
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Captain James Cook

Summary

"To boldly go where no man has gone before" was a phrase made popular by Gene Rodenberry in a science fiction setting, but it was certainly the creed of countless explorers during the Age of Discovery and afterwards. In fact, as recently as the mid-18th century, a young sailor named James Cook determined to go "farther than any man has been before me, but as far as I think it is possible for a man to go." And unlike so many others who tried, he did just that. Cook was a war veteran who participated in the French & Indian War, but he remains best known over 250 years later for sailing thousands of miles across much of the Pacific, mapping regions, naming new places, and making scientific discoveries. Indeed, there are plenty of similarities between Cook's three voyages and the famed "five year mission" of the Enterprise. Like Captain Picard, Cook's missions were supposed to be peaceful and focused primarily on scientific research. His first voyage, which took him to New Zealand, was meant to transport astronomers to study Venus, and his second voyage also carried several scientists tasked with "exploring strange new worlds" that Cook and his crew encountered. At the same time, Cook also seemed to run across many of the same problems faced by explorers across all centuries, even the fabled 23rd century.

©2016 Charles River Editors (P)2017 Charles River Editors

Narrator: Jim D. Johnston
Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
Available on Audible
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Into the Planet

11 ratings

Summary

From one of the world’s most renowned cave divers, a firsthand account of exploring the Earth’s final frontier: the hidden depths of our oceans and the sunken caves inside our planet. More people have died exploring underwater caves than climbing Mount Everest, and we know more about deep space than we do about the depths of our oceans. From one of the top cave divers working today - and one of the very few women in her field - Into the Planet blends science, adventure, and memoir to bring listeners face-to-face with the terror and beauty of Earth’s remaining unknowns and the extremes of human capability. Jill Heinerth - the first person in history to dive deep into an Antarctic iceberg and leader of a team that discovered the ancient watery remains of Mayan civilizations - has descended farther into the inner depths of our planet than any other woman. She takes us into the harrowing split-second decisions that determine whether a diver makes it back to safety, the prejudices that prevent women from pursuing careers underwater, and her endeavor to recover a fallen friend’s body from the confines of a cave. But there’s beauty beyond the danger of diving, and while Heinerth swims beneath our feet in the lifeblood of our planet, she works with biologists discovering new species, physicists tracking climate change, and hydrogeologists examining our finite freshwater reserves. Written with hair-raising intensity, Into the Planet is the first book to deliver an intimate account of cave diving, transporting listeners deep into inner space, where fear must be reconciled and a mission’s success balances between knowing one’s limits and pushing the envelope of human endurance.

©2019 Jill Heinerth (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Jill Heinerth
Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
Available on Audible
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The Last Englishman

12 ratings

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A real-life adventurer. A gruelling pan-American trek. Will one Englishman dare to face his fears? Shortlisted for Outdoor Book of the Year by The Great Outdoors magazine Born traveller Keith Foskett had thousands of miles of thru-hiking experience when he prepared for his toughest challenge yet: a gruelling 2,640-mile hike from Mexico to Canada. In a six-month journey along America’s Pacific Crest Trail, he crossed the arid expanses of California’s deserts, the towering peaks of Oregon’s volcanic landscape, and the dense forests of Washington. Battling phobias of bears, snakes, critters, and camping in the woods after dark, can Foskett find new ways to achieve his ultimate goal when the worst winter in years bears down on the trail? Shortlisted for The Great Outdoors magazine Outdoor Personality of the Year and Book of the Year multiple times, veteran storyteller Keith Foskett lets you join him for a trek across the greatest long-distance hiking trail on Earth. With witty humor, astute observations, and a delightful cast of characters, you’ll discover a compelling narrative that turns the travelogue formula on its head. The Last Englishman is an extraordinary travel memoir by an experienced long-distance hiker. If you believe there’s more to life than work, yearn for new horizons and challenges, and believe in overcoming adversity, then you’ll love Keith Foskett’s tale of exploration.  Discover The Last Englishman to embark on a journey of tenacity today! Reviews "The Pacific Crest Trail is one of the most beautiful and diverse long distance trails in the world. The Last Englishman allows you to experience this amazing trail through the eyes of a thru-hiker. If you cannot take the time to hike the trail, then you should definitely take the time to read about it." (Jennifer Pharr Davis, previous record holder for the fastest thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail) "It’s rare to find a book that captures the experience of long distance backpacking so well, and that is also fun to read. Fozzie’s account of his Pacific Crest Trail hike is educational, inspirational, and hilarious. A must-read for aspiring thru-hikers and outdoor adventure seekers." (Erik Asorson, The PCT Atlas)

©2018 Keith Foskett (P)2019 Keith Foskett

Narrator: Adam Stubbs
Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
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Free Outside

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A man walked into the woods, destined to spend eight months living in the wild. Exhausted and emotionally ruined living the fast-paced life of a successful young professional, it was all too easy to give up. The challenges came on the adventure of a lifetime. Months in the woods that would provide adversity, healing, and tranquility. Setting out to thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail, Appalachian Trail, and Continental Divide Trail in a single calendar year was an audacious goal but the 8,000 mile Calendar Year Triple Crown would be the story of a lifetime.  The journey was riddled with inclement weather, shady characters, wildlife attacks, and injuries. The trails crossed frozen rivers, were rerouted around wildfires, and packed with snow. The physical challenge was soon overshadowed by the mental toughness required. It became a mental battle.  Free Outside is a captivating story of strength and courage. Hiking through remote areas in America, Jeff is continually overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of strangers. Free Outside is the fascinating story of Jeff Garmire’s journey along the national scenic trails that define wild America. Narrated by the author: Jeff Garmire. Enjoy this story of hiking 8,000 miles along the triple crown trails of America.

©2019 Jeff Garmire (P)2020 Jeff Garmire

Narrator: Jeff Garmire
Author: Jeff Garmire
Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
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Erebus

109 ratings

Summary

Intrepid voyager, writer, and comedian Michael Palin follows the trail of two expeditions made by the Royal Navy's HMS Erebus to opposite ends of the globe, reliving the voyages and investigating the ship itself, lost on the final Franklin expedition and discovered with the help of Inuit knowledge in 2014.

The story of a ship begins after the defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo, when Great Britain had more bomb ships than it had enemies. The solid, reinforced hulls of HMS Erebus, and another bomb ship, HMS Terror, made them suitable for discovering what lay at the coldest ends of the earth.

In 1839, Erebus was chosen as the flagship of an expedition to penetrate south to explore Antarctica. Under the leadership of the charismatic James Clark Ross, she and HMS Terror sailed further south than anyone had been before. But Antarctica never captured the national imagination; what the British navy needed now was confirmation of its superiority by making the discovery, once and for all, of a route through the Northwest Passage.

Chosen to lead the mission was Sir John Franklin, at 59 someone many considered too old for such a hazardous journey. Nevertheless, he and his men confidently sailed away down the Thames in April 1845. Provisioned for three winters in the Arctic, Erebus and Terror and the 129 men of the Franklin expedition were seen heading west by two whalers in late July.

No one ever saw them again. 

Over the years there were many attempts to discover what might have happened - and eventually the first bodies were discovered in shallow graves, confirming that it had been the dreadful fate of the explorers to die of hunger and scurvy as they abandoned the ships in the ice.

For generations, the mystery of what had happened to the ships endured. Then, on September 9th, 2014, came the almost unbelievable news: HMS Erebus had been discovered 30 feet below the Arctic waters, by a Parks Canada exploration ship.

Palin looks at the Erebus story through the different motives of the two expeditions, one scientific and successful, the other nationalistic and disastrous. He examines the past by means of the extensive historical record and travels in the present day to those places where there is still an echo of Erebus herself, from the dockyard where she was built to Tasmania where the Antarctic voyage began and the Falkland Islands, then on to the Canadian Arctic, to get a sense of what the conditions must have been like for the starving, stumbling sailors as they abandoned their ships to the ice. And of course the story has a future. It lies 10 metres down in the waters of Nunavut's Queen Maud Gulf, where many secrets wait to be revealed.

©2018 Michael Palin (P)2018 Random House Canada

Narrator: Michael Palin
Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
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Fatal Forecast

Summary

Fatal Forecast chronicles a dramatic fight for survival aboard two small fishing boats that were ambushed by a horrific surprise storm just southeast of Cape Cod. Soon after the Fair Wind and the Sea Fever reached the fishing ground at Georges Bank, they were hit with hurricane-force winds and massive 90-foot waves that battered the boats for hours. The direction of the wind made it impossible to turn back. The Fair Wind soon capsized, drowning all but one of the crewmembers. The Sea Fever was nearly torn apart. Here is the hour-by-hour account of the struggles faced by the eight crewmembers of the Fair Wind and the Sea Fever, including the incredible ordeal of Ernie Hazard, who endured three days in a lifeboat in open water. The book also details the dramatic rescue attempts made by the Coast Guard, on a day in which it received more mayday calls than any other in New England history.

©2007 Michael Tougias (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

Narrator: Jeff Cummings
Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
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As Long as It's Fun, the Epic Voyages and Extraordinary Times of Lin and Larry Pardey

2 ratings

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To anyone interested in small-boat cruising and voyaging, the names Lin and Larry Pardey need no introduction. As world-girdling sailors who roamed the planet on a pair of small, engineless boats that they built themselves, the Pardeys established their hard-earned reputations by eloquently (and sometimes controversially) telling their stories through a series of best-selling books and manuals, and countless seminars and boat shows. They have been called the first couple of cruising and have remained true to their mantra: Go simple, go small, go now. And after 200,000 miles of cruising under sail, they ve demonstrated that the dream of voyaging over the horizon is not only attainable, it s affordable. The children of modest, middle-class families, their message of accessibility into the world of cruising of taking your own floating home anywhere has proved irresistible to tens of thousands of sailors. Lin and Larry Pardey became cruising royalty not solely due to their impressive deeds but also through their rare ability to share what they'd learned across multiple media. Seemingly every offshore cruiser knows who they are and what they represent. Or do they? In As Long as It's Fun, the biography of Lin and Larry Pardey, Herb McCormick recounts their remarkable sailing career from their early days in Southern California to their two circumnavigations to their current life in a quiet cove in New Zealand. Through interviews with their families, friends, and critics, McCormick delves deeply into the couple's often-controversial opinions, sometimes-tenuous marriage, and amazing list of accomplishments. As Long as It's Fun is as much a love story as it is a sea yarn, and, like all such stories, it s not without complications...which makes it not only a sailing tale but also a human one.

©2014 Herb McCormick (P)2014 New Street Communications, LLC

Narrator: Russell Stamets
Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
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Michael Palin: Full Circle

5 ratings

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The third and most ambitious of Michael Palin's adventures is a voyage of epic proportions - the circumnavigation of the Pacific Rim. He travels for almost a year through the 18 countries that border the world's largest ocean, and is forced to negotiate mountains, plunging gorges, cross glaciers and dodge icebergs. Volcanoes also mark Palin's journey. He climbs one which has freshly erupted and follows great rivers like the Yangtze and the Amazon to some of the most remote places on earth. He also eats maggots in Mexico and talks to head-hunters in Borneo. Full Circle is the record of a journey of several lifetimes and of the colourful and beautiful world that stretches around the Pacific Ocean.

©1997 Michael Palin (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Michael Palin
Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
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The Stowaway

2 ratings

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The spectacular true story of a scrappy teenager from New York's Lower East Side who stowed away on the Roaring Twenties' most remarkable feat of science and daring: an expedition to Antarctica. It was 1928: a time of illicit booze, of Gatsby and Babe Ruth, of freewheeling fun. The Great War was over, and American optimism was higher than the stock market. What better moment to launch an expedition to Antarctica, the planet's final frontier? This was the moon landing before the 1960s. Everyone wanted to join the adventure. Rockefellers and Vanderbilts begged to be taken along as mess boys, and newspapers across the globe covered the planning's every stage. The night before the expedition's flagship launched, Billy Gawronski - a skinny, first-generation New York City high schooler desperate to escape a dreary future in the family upholstery business - jumped into the Hudson River and snuck aboard. Could he get away with it? From the grimy streets of New York's Lower East Side to the rowdy dance halls of sultry Francophone Tahiti, all the way to Antarctica's blinding white and deadly freeze, Laurie Gwen Shapiro's The Stowaway takes you on the unforgettable voyage of a gutsy young stowaway who became an international celebrity, a mascot for an up-by-your-bootstraps age.

©1997 Philip Toshio Sudo. All rights reserved. (P)2018 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

Narrator: Jacques Roy
Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
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Queen of the Desert

Summary

In the shadow of every great man is a greater woman. T.E. Lawrence is often credited with bringing diplomacy to the Middle East; in the shadows of every great man, you will often find an even greater woman. In Lawrence’s case, that woman’s name was Gertrude Bell. In a time when women didn't go to school, Bell did; in a time when women didn't join the army, Bell secured a job at the Army Intelligence Headquarters in Cairo; she spoke Arabic, Persian, French, and German. She knew the Middle Eastern terrain and culture better than almost any Westerner of her time. In a male-driven world, Bell managed to become one of the greatest policymakers the world has ever known; without her, the Middle East might very well be a much different place, and her influence in the territory gave her the nickname "Queen of the Desert". This biography tells the extraordinary story of one of the most adventurous and fascinating women you will ever encounter.

©2021 Golgotha Press, Inc. (P)2021 Golgotha Press, Inc.

Narrator: Jason Sullivan
Author: Fergus Mason
Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
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Hell Before Breakfast

Summary

From the acclaimed author of The Pattons and Patriot Pirates: a book that celebrates America’s forgotten war correspondents, men who were legends in their time; who, between 1860 and 1910, between the Civil War and the Spanish-American War - when empires fell and dynasties flourished - led romantic, thrilling lives on the edgiest frontiers of time and place: seeing the world, breaking the stories, making news themselves during the time when newspapers made the most foreign of landscapes available, and the circulation wars were revolutionizing contemporary life, shaping global events, and making history. The first war correspondent, William H. Russell of The Times of London, described himself and his profession as "the miserable parent of a luckless tribe". Others saw it differently: the term war correspondent became the stuff of dreams and an urgent romantic calling. Now, in Hell Before Breakfast, the acclaimed historian Robert Patton writes of these fearless young correspondents: Henry Villard and John Russell Young of The New York Herald, and George Smalley and Holt White of The New York Tribune, among many others - correspondents who were center stage and who, in their on-the-spot reporting, captured large events as they were happening, and whose intrepid spirit and sense of adventure inspired generations of storytellers, explorers, artists, writers, statesmen, and politicians, even moviemakers, from Kipling and Churchill to Theodore Roosevelt, N. C. Wyeth, D. W. Griffith, and Cecil B. DeMille, each of whose adolescence was shaped during this spectacular age of war correspondence.

©2014 Robert H. Patton (P)2014 Audible Inc.

Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
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Salvador

1 rating

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El sábado 17 de noviembre de 2012 Salvador Alvarenga y su compañero Ezequiel Córdoba se hicieron a la mar para ir a pescar tiburones en su pequeña embarcación. Había aviso de tormenta pero Alvarenga era un experto pescador que no se amedrentaba por nada. Cuando les alcanzó el temporal se encontraban lejos de la costa y un fallo del motor acabó imposibilitando su regreso.  Catorce meses después, el 30 de enero de 2014, con el pelo largo, barba poblada y sin poder apenas hablar ni caminar, Salvador llegó a la playa del atolón Ebon en las Islas Marshall, a siete mil millas de donde partió con su bote.  Gracias a una dieta a base de pescado crudo, tortugas, pequeños pájaros, agua de lluvia y su propia orina, pudo sobrevivir en alta mar. Por su parte, Ezequiel, quien se negó a tomar esos alimentos, murió pocas semanas después de la tormenta que les convirtió en náufragos.  Fascinado por la historia, el periodista estadounidense Jonathan Franklin entrevistó en numerosas ocasiones al pescador y a todas las personas que fueron testigos de su aparición en las Islas Marshall, y también a aquellos que le acompañaron en los días posteriores, durante su hospitalización. De todas estas conversaciones surge este heroico relato sobre la resistencia humana, seguramente el más asombroso de nuestros días.  Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.  NOTA: Al comprar este título, el material de referencia estará disponible en su sección de Biblioteca junto con el audio.

©2015; 2016 Jonathan Franklin; Isabel Murillo (de la traducción), Centro Libros PAPF, S.L.U. (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Pau Ferrer
Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
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The Invention of Nature

22 ratings

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Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) was an intrepid explorer and the most famous scientist of his age. His restless life was packed with adventure and discovery, whether climbing the highest volcanoes in the world or racing through anthrax-infested Siberia. He came up with a radical vision of nature, that it was a complex and interconnected global force and did not exist for man's use alone. Ironically, his ideas have become so accepted and widespread that he has been nearly forgotten. Now Andrea Wulf brings the man and his achievements back into focus: his investigation of wild environments around the world; his discoveries of similarities between climate zones on different continents; his prediction of human-induced climate change; his remarkable ability to fashion poetic narrative out of scientific observation; and his relationships with iconic figures such as Simón Bolívar and Thomas Jefferson. Wulf examines how his writings inspired other naturalists and poets such as Wordsworth, Darwin, and Goethe, and she makes the compelling case that it was Humboldt's influence on John Muir that led him to his ideas of preservation and that shaped Thoreau's Walden. Humboldt was the most interdisciplinary of scientists and is the forgotten father of environmentalism. With this brilliantly researched and compellingly written audiobook, she makes clear the myriad, fundamental ways that Humboldt created our understanding of the natural world.

©2015 Andrea Wulf. Recorded by arrangement with Doubleday, an imprint of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. (P)2015 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

Narrator: David Drummond
Author: Andrea Wulf
Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
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Mud, Sweat, and Tears

17 ratings

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Already a number-one London Sunday Times best seller, Mud, Sweat, and Tears is the adrenaline-fueled autobiography of the mega-popular star of the hit survival series Man vs. Wild, adventurer Bear Grylls. A former British Special Forces commando, a man who has always sought the ultimate in dangerous challenges, Bear's true story reads like an outdoors action-and-adventure novel. But Bear's story is true - full of breathtaking escapes and remarkable exploits that would make any Jack London or H. Ryder Haggard hero proud.

©2012 Bear Grylls (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers

Author: Bear Grylls
Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
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A Land So Strange

2 ratings

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In 1528, a mission set out from Spain to colonize Florida. But the expedition went horribly wrong: Delayed by a hurricane, knocked off course by a colossal error of navigation, and ultimately doomed by a disastrous decision to separate the men from their ships, the mission quickly became a desperate journey of survival. Of the 300 men who had embarked on the journey, only four survived - three Spaniards and an African slave. This tiny band endured a horrific march through Florida, a harrowing raft passage across the Louisiana coast, and years of enslavement in the American Southwest. They journeyed for almost 10 years in search of the Pacific Ocean that would guide them home, and they were forever changed by their experience. The men lived with a variety of nomadic Indians and learned several indigenous languages. They saw lands, peoples, plants, and animals that no outsider had ever seen before. In this enthralling tale of four castaways wandering in an unknown land, Andres Resndez brings to life the vast, dynamic world of North America just a few years before European settlers would transform it forever. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2007 Andres Resendez (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Jonathan Davis
Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
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The Death by Bunjie Crossbow Story

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Narrated by the author, this is the tell-all tale of hunting with the same crossbow for a decade. Detailed exploits of Bunjie the crossbow and lessons learned by the hunter who carried him make this book an enjoyable and informative listening experience. You will be a better hunter if you listen to the author read this book! Well, at least you will be a happier one.  Although some of the stories in this book will be familiar to friends of Bunjie who follow the YouTube channel, Death by Bunjie, there are plenty of surprises in this book to make it a must-listen. Will you even learn how Bunjie got its name? There is only one way to find out. Listen to this book!

©2020 Richard A. Wilson, Esq. (P)2020 Richard A. Wilson, Esq.

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Walking Thru

6 ratings

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Bored and fed up with life, staring down a 50th birthday, Mike Tyler was looking for a change. Life had become routinized and unexciting. Maybe it was a mid-life crisis, or maybe just a yearning for one last big adventure. Mike decides to try hiking from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail, just to see what happens. Mike convinces his wife, Margo, to join him. Together, they embark on a five-month hike full of anticipation. They hike through some of the most stunning and remote places in the country on a trail full of unique, offbeat characters. But the trail had even more to offer than either of them had anticipated.

©2019 Michael Tyler (P)2019 Tantor

Narrator: William Sarris
Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
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Headhunters on My Doorstep

2 ratings

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Entertainment Weekly calls acclaimed author and essayist J. Maarten Troost a "funny, candid, and down-to-earth travel companion". Both witty and poignant, Headhunters on My Doorstep follows Troost as he retraces Robert Louis Stevenson’s path through the South Pacific. Somewhere between AA meetings in Tahiti and discovering how the Island of Merrymaking got its name, Troost reconnects with himself, his family, and the beauty of life.

©2013 J. Maarten Troost (P)2013 Recorded Books

Narrator: Simon Vance
Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
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Seul au monde

4 ratings

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"J'ai 52 ans, cinq enfants, et un bateau avec lequel j'ai fait le tour du monde. Pour participer à cette aventure du Vendée Globe, j'ai tout cédé, tout sacrifié, tout vendu. Aujourd'hui, je ne possède rien, ni carrière, ni chez-moi. Mais j'ai peut-être conquis le bien le plus précieux : ma liberté." Le livre de Sébastien Destremau n'est pas l'histoire d'une course, c'est l'histoire d'une vie. Dix-huitième et dernier à avoir franchi la ligne d'arrivée aux Sables-d'Olonne, le 11 mars 2017, celui qui n'avait jamais fait une course en solitaire a remporté une formidable victoire sur lui-même.

©2019 XO éditions (P)2019 Lizzie, un département d'Univers Poche, Paris

Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
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The Last Dive

6 ratings

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Chris and Chrissy Rouse, an experienced father-and-son scuba diving team, hoped to achieve widespread recognition for their outstanding but controversial diving skills. Obsessed and ambitious, they sought to solve the secrets of a mysterious, undocumented World War II German U-boat that lay under 230 feet of water, only a half day's mission from New York Harbor. In doing so they paid the ultimate price in their quest for fame. Bernie Chowdhury, himself an expert diver and a close friend of the Rouses, explores the thrill-seeking world of deep-sea diving, including its legendary figures, most celebrated triumphs, and gruesome tragedies. By examining the diver's psychology through the complex father-and-son dynamic, Chowdhury illuminates the extreme sport diver's push toward - and sometimes beyond - the limits of human endurance.

©2000 Bernie Chowdhury (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC

Narrator: L. J. Ganser
Length: 16 hrs and 42 mins
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The Storm

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It all begins in early 1984, when Chris, a 21-year-old UCLA English literature major, risks ostracism when he comes out of the closet to his fraternity brothers just as the AIDS pandemic is beginning to explode in gay communities across the United States. Soon afterward, Chris meets and falls in love with Stephen, a graduate of Yale University and Law School, and the two of them build a life together as their friends start to fall sick and die from the spreading storm of AIDS. Stephen begins showing symptoms of AIDS in early 1986, and Chris faces a difficult choice as he is certain that he, too, eventually will be stricken by the disease. He abandons his writing career and attends the UCLA business school so that he can earn enough money to pay for healthcare during Stephen's illness. The Storm is filled with heart, optimism, and love, interspersed with Los Angeles history, gay and lesbian history, AIDS history, and the backdrop of the 1980s and 1990s. It is an unflinching and, at times, raw memoir of perseverance, integrity, forgiveness, the power of love, spiritual growth, Carpe Diem, dreams, and, most of all, survival and ultimate triumph.

©2020 Christopher Zyda (P)2021 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

Narrator: Paul Boehmer
Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
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Company of Stone

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Say what you will, but the spirit of a place takes on an important role in the affairs of humans. In an old house, an empty theater, a cemetery, or where there was past conflict, a tangible energy haunts and can attach itself to a visitor in the present…. With yet-unhealed wounds from recent combat in southeast Asia, John Moore undertook an unexpected walking tour in the rugged Scottish Highlands. With a season of freezing rainstorms approaching, he took shelter in a remote monastery. This chance encounter would change his future, his beliefs about blind chance, and the unexpected courses by which the best in human nature can smuggle its way into the life of a stranger. He did not anticipate the brotherhood's easy hospitality or the surprising variety of personalities and guarded backgrounds that soon emerged in their silent community. Afterward, a chance conversation overheard in a village pub steered him to Canada, where he took a job as a rock drill operator in a large, industrial gold mine. He encountered dangers among the lost men in that dangerous other world, where secretive men sought permanent anonymity in the perils of work deep underground. A brutal kind of monasticism challenged both his endurance and his sense of humanity. With sensitivity and delightfully good humor, Moore explores the surprising lessons learned in these strangely rich fraternities of forgotten men: a brotherhood housed in crumbling medieval masonry and one shared in the unforgiving depths of the gold mine.

©2014 John Rixey Moore (P)2016 Bettie Youngs / Bettie Youngs Book Publishers

Narrator: Dan Orders
Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
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Braving It

26 ratings

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Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, home to only a handful of people, is a harsh and lonely place. So when James Campbell's cousin Heimo Korth asked him to spend a summer building a cabin in the rugged Interior, Campbell hesitated about inviting his 15-year-old daughter, Aidan, to join him. Would she be able to withstand clouds of mosquitoes, the threat of grizzlies, bathing in an ice-cold river, and hours of grueling labor peeling and hauling logs? But once there, Aidan embraced the wild. She even agreed to return a few months later to help the Korths work their traplines and hunt for caribou and moose. Despite windchills of 50 degrees below zero, father and daughter ventured out daily to track, hunt, and trap. Campbell knew that in traditional Eskimo cultures, some daughters earned a rite of passage usually reserved for young men. So he decided to take Aidan back to Alaska one final time before she left home. It would be their third and most ambitious trip. The journey would test them, and their relationship, in one of the planet's most remote places: a land of wolves, musk oxen, Dall sheep, golden eagles, and polar bears.

©2016 James Campbell (P)2017 Tantor

Narrator: Roger Wayne
Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
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Extreme Frontiers

2 ratings

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Charley Boorman is back on his bike exploring the world's second-largest country - home to some of the most stunning and challenging terrain known to man. Canada is a country of extremes, and Charley knows all about pushing the limits. He goes dirt biking in New Brunswick, dives through old shipwrecks in Tobermory and rides along Butch Cassidy's old Outlaw Trail. He also meets a fascinating mix of people on his journey. As he heads across Canada, he plays ice hockey with a legend of the game; spends a day as a Mountie cadet and nearly meets a ghost in Winnipeg.... Written with Charley's trademark enthusiasm and humour, Extreme Frontiers is fast-paced, hugely entertaining, and packed with adventure (and rather a lot of mosquitoes).

©2012 Biting Insects (P)2013 Hachette Digital

Narrator: David John
Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
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Long Way Round

11 ratings

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From London to New York, Ewan and Charley chased their shadows through Europe, the Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Russia, across the Pacific to Alaska, then down through Canada and America. But as the miles slipped beneath the tyres of their big BMWs, their troubles started. Exhaustion, injury and accidents tested their strength. Treacherous roads, unpredictable weather and turbulent politics challenged their stamina. They were chased by paparazzi in Kazakhstan, courted by men with very large guns in the Ukraine, hassled by the police, and given bulls' testicles for supper by Mongolian nomads.  And yet despite all these obstacles they managed to ride more than 20,000 miles in four months, changing their lives forever in the process. As they travelled they documented their trip, taking photographs, and writing diaries by the campfire. Long Way Round is the result of their adventures - a fascinating, frank and highly entertaining travel book about two friends riding round the world together and, against all the odds, realising their dream.

©2006 Ewan McGregor & Charley Boorman (P)2006 Hachette Audio

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La mort suspendue

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Joe Simpson et Simon Yates, deux jeunes alpinistes britanniques, tentent la première et ambitieuse ascension de la face ouest du Siula Grande dans les Andes du Pérou. Ils atteignent le sommet, mais c'est à la descente que se produit le drame. Dans la tempête, Joe tombe à travers une corniche de neige et se blesse gravement à la jambe. À 6000 mètres, sur cette montagne isolée du monde, il n'a aucune chance de s'en sortir. Il le sent. Et Simon sait qu'en voulant porter secours à son compagnon, il n'en réchappera pas non plus. Que se passe-t-il dans la tête d'un homme condamné à trancher la corde au bout de laquelle est suspendue la vie de son ami ? À quoi peut penser celui dont l'existence ne tient plus qu'à un fil ? Comment peut-on trouver la force de lutter encore, contre toute raison, alors que la mort semble déjà avoir gagné ? Cette expérience effroyable et exceptionnelle, Joe Simpson l'a racontée dans un livre ( Touching the Void), traduit en une quinzaine de langues et devenu un best-seller international. Son récit est d'une intensité dramatique exceptionnelle. Car au-delà du combat pour survivre qu'aucun romancier n'aurait osé imaginer, La mort suspendue est un témoignage bouleversant sur la souffrance, physique et psychique, mais aussi sur l'amitié. Cet ouvrage, Joe Simpson l'a rédigé avec une maîtrise littéraire étonnante. Le drame qui aurait dû lui coûter la vie lui a ainsi ouvert une carrière d'écrivain. En effet, il a depuis publié cinq autres ouvrages, tous traduits en plusieurs langues. >> Ce livre audio en version intégrale vous est proposé en exclusivité par Audible et est uniquement disponible en téléchargement.

©2004 Glénat / Jeff, affiche du film de Kevin MacDonald, distribué en France par Diaphana (P)2018 Audible Studios

Narrator: Christian Bobet
Author: Joe Simpson
Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
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The Impossible First

69 ratings

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Colin O’Brady’s awe-inspiring, New York Times best-selling memoir recounting his recovery from a tragic accident and his record-setting 932-mile solo crossing of Antarctica is a “jaw-dropping tale of passion and perseverance” (Angela Duckworth, New York Times best-selling author of Grit). Prior to December 2018, no individual had ever crossed the landmass of Antarctica alone, without support and completely human powered. Yet, Colin O’Brady was determined to do just that, even if, 10 years earlier, there was doubt that he’d ever walk again normally. From the depths of a tragic accident, he fought his way back. In a quest to unlock his potential and discover what was possible, he went on to set three mountaineering world records before turning to this historic Antarctic challenge. O’Brady’s pursuit of a goal that had eluded many others was made even more intense by a head-to-head battle that emerged with British polar explorer Captain Louis Rudd - also striving to be “the first”. Enduring Antarctica’s sub-zero temperatures and pulling a sled that initially weighed 375 pounds - in complete isolation and through a succession of whiteouts, storms, and a series of near disasters - O’Brady persevered. Alone with his thoughts for nearly two months in the vastness of the frozen continent - gripped by fear and doubt - he reflected on his past, seeking courage and inspiration in the relationships and experiences that had shaped his life. “Incredibly engaging and well-written” (The Wall Street Journal) - and set against the backdrop of some of the most extreme environments on earth, from Mt. Everest to Antarctica - this is “an unforgettable memoir of perseverance, survival, daring to dream big, and showing the world how to make the impossible possible” (Booklist, starred review).

©2020 Colin O'Brady (P)2020 Simon & Schuster Audio

Narrator: Colin O'Brady
Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
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Tracks

9 ratings

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"I experienced that sinking feeling you get when you know you have conned yourself into doing something difficult and there's no going back." So begins Robyn Davidson's perilous journey across 1,700 miles of hostile Australian desert to the sea, with only four camels and a dog for company. Enduring sweltering heat, fending off poisonous snakes and lecherous men, chasing her camels when they get skittish and nursing them when they are injured, Davidson emerges as an extraordinarily courageous heroine driven by a love of Australia's landscape, an empathy for its indigenous people, and a willingness to cast away the trappings of her former identity. Tracks is the compelling, candid story of her odyssey of discovery and transformation.

©1980, 2012 Robyn Davidson (P)2014 Audible Inc.

Narrator: Angie Milliken
Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
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The Boiling River

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In this exciting adventure mixed with amazing scientific study, a young, exuberant explorer and geoscientist journeys deep into the Amazon - where rivers boil and legends come to life. When Andrés Ruzo was just a small boy in Peru, his grandfather told him the story of a mysterious legend: There is a river, deep in the Amazon, that boils as if a fire burns below it. Twelve years later, Ruzo - now a geoscientist - hears his aunt mention that she herself had visited this strange river. Determined to discover if the boiling river is real, Ruzo sets out on a journey deep into the Amazon. What he finds astounds him: In this long, wide, and winding river, the waters run so hot that locals brew tea in them; small animals that fall in are instantly cooked. As he studies the river, Ruzo faces challenges more complex than he had ever imaged. The Boiling River follows this young explorer as he navigates a tangle of competing interests - local shamans, illegal cattle farmers and loggers, and oil companies. This true account reads like a modern-day adventure, complete with extraordinary characters, captivating plot twists, and jaw-dropping details - including a never-before-published account about this incredible natural wonder. Ultimately, though, The Boiling River is about a man trying to understand the moral obligation that comes with scientific discovery - to protect a sacred site from misuse, neglect, and even his own discovery.

©2016 Andrés Ruzo (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

Narrator: Andrés Ruzo
Author: Andrés Ruzo
Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
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Captain George Flavel

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Astoria, Oregon, owes its existence as much to a little-known ship captain as its namesake, John Jacob Astor. Captain George Flavel happened upon the ramshackle village at the mouth of the Columbia River in the fall of 1849, bringing goods during the California Gold Rush. As he subsequently captained and piloted three different ships along the Pacific coast, he learned that the perilous Columbia River Bar, the "graveyard of the Pacific", barred the entrance to most mariners. Hazards abounded. Powerful tides and currents merged with the river's flow, storms, and winds to produce towering waves and an ever-shifting bar - a living, breathing peril to lives, shipping, and cargo. But Flavel recognized that a wise and knowledgeable pilot could master this peril and possibly build a career, a future, and the town of Astoria at the river's mouth.

©2020 Jon Ellis Drury (P)2021 Jon Ellis Drury

Author: Jon Drury
Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
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Sieben Jahre in Tibet

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Der Tibetkenner Heinrich Harrer lebte als einziger Europäer am tibetanischen Königshof und wurde zum engem Vertrauten des Dalai Lama. Übersetzungen in mehr als vierzig Sprachen und Auflagen in Millionenhöhe ließen seine Erinnerungen zu einem Weltbestseller werden. Fünfzig Jahre nach der spektakulären Flucht Heinrich Harrers über den Hinmalaja nach Tibet kam das Abenteuer des Jahrhunderts in der Verfilmung von Jean-Jacques Annaud mit Brad Pitt in der Hauptrolle in die Kinos.

©2006 Ullstein Buchverlage GmbH, Berlin (P)2013 Der Hörverlag

Narrator: Markus Pfeiffer
Length: 16 hrs and 13 mins
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If I Live Until Morning

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Best Book Awards Finalist - Travel and Essays Category (Sponsored by the American Book Fest) An inspiring memoir about a courageous woman's survival and recovery from an adventure-induced trauma - and the power of her dreams to overcome tragedy and live life to the fullest. Her wilderness adventure turned into a nightmare. After skiing more than 200 miles along California's John Muir Trail, Jean faces death from a mountaineering accident on Mount Whitney. Broken and bleeding on the highest peak in the continental United States, she vows to realize her greatest dreams if she lives until morning. Her escape from the Sierra Nevada Mountains turns into an amazing five-day survival story. Jean's recovery is equally daunting. In this outdoor adventure memoir, her three-decade journey takes her from the depths of despair and chronic pain, to the heights of the Himalayas and on travels around the world. When the specter of Mount Whitney continues to shatter her life, Jean befriends Tibetan lamas. Their ancient wisdom guides her on a path beyond her wildest dreams.

©2018 Jean Muenchrath (P)2020 Jean Muenchrath

Narrator: Sarah Brands
Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
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Paris Letters

1 rating

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How much money does it take to quit your job? Exhausted and on the verge of burnout, Janice poses this question to herself as she doodles on a notepad at her desk. Surprisingly, the answer isn't as daunting as she expected. With a little math and a lot of determination, Janice cuts back, saves up, and buys herself two years of freedom in Europe. A few days into her stop in Paris, Janice meets Christophe, the cute butcher down the street - who doesn't speak English. Through a combination of sign language and Franglais, they embark on a whirlwind Paris romance. She soon realizes that she can never return to the world of 12-hour workdays and greasy corporate lingo. But her dwindling savings force her to find a way to fund her dreams again. So Janice turns to her three loves - words, art, and Christophe - to figure out a way to make her happily-ever-after in Paris last forever.

©2014 Janice MacLeod (P)2014 Tantor

Narrator: Tavia Gilbert
Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
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Michael Palin: Pole to Pole

3 ratings

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In Pole to Pole we join Michael Palin on the second of his epic challenges. Travelling from the North Pole to the South Pole, he experiences every extreme the globe has to offer. As he crosses 16 countries by train, truck, raft, Ski-Doo, barge, balloon, and bicycle, he meets a diverse range of fascinating characters and landscapes while his own endurance is tested to the limit. With his customary aplomb, he plunges himself into the local cultures, starring in a crayfish documentary in Novgorod, attending a baby-rolling ceremony at a Cypriot wedding, and consulting an Mpulugu witch-doctor. He samples the local cuisines, from goat stew in Kigoma to seal lasagne in Tromsø, and the local customs, beating himself with birch twigs in a Finnish sauna and enjoying a mud massage in Odessa. His incredible journey is a delight for anyone interested in our weird, wonderful world.

©1999 Michael Palin (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Michael Palin
Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
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Lewis & Clark

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The companion audiobook to Ken Burns's PBS documentary film. In the spring of 1804, at the behest of President Thomas Jefferson, a party of explorers called the Corps of Discovery crossed the Mississippi River and started up the Missouri, heading west into the newly acquired Louisiana Territory. The expedition, led by two remarkable and utterly different commanders - the brilliant but troubled Meriwether Lewis and his trustworthy, gregarious friend William Clark - was to be the United States' first exploration into unknown spaces. The unlikely crew came from every corner of the young nation: soldiers from New Hampshire and Pennsylvania and Kentucky, French Canadian boatmen, several sons of white fathers and Indian mothers, a slave named York, and eventually a Shoshone Indian woman, Sacagawea, who brought along her infant son. Together they would cross the continent, searching for the fabled Northwest Passage that had been the great dream of explorers since the time of Columbus. Along the way they would face incredible hardship, disappointment, and danger; record in their journals hundreds of animals and plants previously unknown to science; encounter a dizzying diversity of Indian cultures; and, most of all, share in one of America's most enduring adventures. Their story may have passed into national mythology, but never before has their experience been rendered as vividly, in words and pictures, as in this marvelous homage by Dayton Duncan. Plentiful excerpts from the journals kept by the two captains and four enlisted men convey the raw emotions, turbulent spirits, and constant surprises of the explorers, who each day confronted the unknown with fresh eyes. An elegant preface by Ken Burns, as well as contributions from Stephen E. Ambrose, William Least Heat-Moon, and Erica Funkhouser, enlarge upon important threads in Duncan's narrative, demonstrating the continued potency of events that took place almost two centuries ago. And a wealth of paintings, photographs, journal sketches, maps, and film images from the PBS documentary lends this historic, nation-redefining milestone a vibrancy and immediacy to which no American will be immune.

©2012 Dayton Duncan (P)2012 Random House

Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
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Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last - Second Edition

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Nearly everything the American public has seen, read, and heard in the media for nearly 80 years about the so-called Amelia Earhart mystery is intentionally false or inadvertently misleading. The widely accepted myth that the disappearance of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan during their ill-fated world-flight attempt in July 1937 is among the greatest aviation mysteries of the 20th century is an abject lie, the result of decades of government propaganda that continues unabated to this day. This second edition of Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last adds two sections, a new foreword, and the most recent discoveries and analysis to the mountain of overwhelming witness testimony and documentation presented in the first edition of "Truth at Last". The result is the most compelling, comprehensive presentation of the indisputable facts that reveal the stark truth about the Marshall Islands and Saipan presence and deaths of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan - a tragic story that American’s ruling class still doesn’t want the public to know, for reasons revealed in Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last. Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last dismantles and debunks the popular theories that Amelia Earhart's Electra crashed and sank off Howland Island on July 2, 1937, or landed at Gardner Island, now Nikumaroro, where the suddenly helpless fliers died of starvation on an island teeming with food sources. "The Truth at Last" presents many remarkable new findings, eyewitness accounts, and never published revelations from unimpeachable sources including three famous U.S. flag officers and iconic newsman and Earhart researcher Fred Goerner's files that reveal the truth about Amelia’s death on Saipan, as well as the sacred cow status of this matter within the US government and media establishment.

©2013 Sunbury Press, Inc. (P)2020 Beacon Audiobooks

Narrator: Bill Hemberger
Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
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Naked and Marooned

1 rating

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Ed Stafford - adventurer extraordinaire and Guinness World Record holder for walking the length of the Amazon River - likes a challenge. Casting about for an adventure that would top the extraordinary feat he recounts in Walking the Amazon, Stafford decides to maroon himself on an uninhabited island in the South Pacific. His mission: to survive for 60 days equipped with nothing - no food, water, or even clothing - except the video cameras he would use to document his time. Detailing Stafford's jaw-dropping sojourn on the island of Olourua, Naked and Marooned is a tale of unparalleled adventure and of one man's will to push himself to the outer limits-and survive.

©2014 Ed Stafford (P)2014 Tantor

Narrator: Jonathan Cowley
Author: Ed Stafford
Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
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Sons of the Waves

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A brilliant telling of the history of the common seaman in the age of sail and his role in Britain's trade, exploration, and warfare British maritime history in the age of sail is full of the deeds of officers like Nelson but has given little voice to plain, "illiterate" seamen. Now, Stephen Taylor draws on published and unpublished memoirs, letters, and naval records, including court-martials and petitions, to present these men in their own words.  In this exhilarating account, ordinary seamen are far from the hapless sufferers of the press gangs. Proud and spirited, learned in their own fashion, with robust opinions and the courage to challenge overweening authority, they stand out from their less adventurous compatriots. Taylor demonstrates how the sailor was the engine of British prosperity and expansion up to the Industrial Revolution. From exploring the South Seas with Cook to establishing the East India Company as a global corporation, from the sea battles that made Britain a superpower to the crisis of the 1797 mutinies, these "sons of the waves" held the nation's destiny in their calloused hands.

©2020 Stephen Taylor (P)2020 Tantor

Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
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The White Darkness

6 ratings

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By the number one New York Times best-selling author of Killers of the Flower Moon, a powerful true story of adventure and obsession in the Antarctic Henry Worsley was a devoted husband and father and a decorated British special forces officer who believed in honor and sacrifice. He was also a man obsessed. He spent his life idolizing Ernest Shackleton, the 19th-century polar explorer, who tried to become the first person to reach the South Pole, and later sought to cross Antarctica on foot. Shackleton never completed his journeys, but he repeatedly rescued his men from certain death, and emerged as one of the greatest leaders in history. Worsley felt an overpowering connection to those expeditions. He was related to one of Shackleton's men, Frank Worsley, and spent a fortune collecting artifacts from their epic treks across the continent. He modeled his military command on Shackleton's legendary skills and was determined to measure his own powers of endurance against them. He would succeed where Shackleton had failed, in the most brutal landscape in the world. In 2008, Worsley set out across Antarctica with two other descendants of Shackleton's crew, battling the freezing, desolate landscape, life-threatening physical exhaustion, and hidden crevasses. Yet when he returned home, he felt compelled to go back. On November 13, 2015, at age 55, Worsley bid farewell to his family and embarked on his most perilous quest: to walk across Antarctica alone. David Grann tells Worsley's remarkable story with the intensity and power that have led him to be called "simply the best narrative nonfiction writer working today." The White Darkness is both a gorgeous keepsake volume and a spellbinding story of courage, love, and a man pushing himself to the extremes of human capacity.

©2018 David Grann (P)2018 Random House Audio

Narrator: Will Patton
Author: David Grann
Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
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The Last Englishmen

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John Auden was a pioneering geologist of the Himalayas. Michael Spender was the first to draw a detailed map of the North Face of Mount Everest. While their younger brothers - W. H. Auden and Stephen Spender - achieved literary fame, they vied to be included on an expedition that would deliver Everest's summit to an Englishman, a quest that had become a metaphor for Britain's struggle to maintain power over India. To this rivalry was added another: In the summer of 1938, both men fell in love with a painter named Nancy Sharp. Her choice would determine where each man's wartime loyalties would lie. Set in Calcutta, London, the glacier-locked wilds of the Karakoram, and on Everest itself, The Last Englishmen is also the story of a generation. The cast of this exhilarating drama includes Indian and English writers and artists, explorers and Communist spies, Die Hards and Indian nationalists, political rogues and police informers. Key among them is a highborn Bengali poet named Sudhin Datta, a melancholy soul torn, like many of his generation, between hatred of the British Empire and a deep love of European literature, whose life would be upended by the arrival of war on his Calcutta doorstep.

©2018 Deborah Baker (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
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Before the Swarm

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Intrepid naturalist Mark Moffett is tracking an ant species on a march toward bug-world domination. What a controversial theory of insect society may tell us about our own. Mark Moffett doesn't just study ants, he travels among them. Moffet holds a Harvard Ph.D. in entomology and is an accomplished scientist, an award-winning author and journalist, and one of the best nature photographers of his generation. Years ago, this free-spirited naturalist left academia behind to plunge into the deepest jungles and observe insect societies up close. Now author Nicholas Griffin takes us inside Moffett's own world, to explore his death-cheating quest for discovery and his end-run around the scientific establishment. We'll follow Moffett into the rainforest as he chases a groundbreaking theory of ant superorganisms and supercolonies, one that may help us understand our own increasingly urbanized society. Along the way we'll meet a fascinating cast of battling army ants, farming leafcutter ants, and the insatiable Argentines: an ant species built to take over the world. Nicholas Griffin is the author of four novels and one work of nonfiction. He lives in New York City. His next book comes out in 2013.

©2011 The Atavist, Nicholas Griffin (P)2011 The Atavist, Nicholas Griffin

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Scott and Amundsen

2 ratings

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This is a brilliant dual biography charting British Robert Scott's and Norwegian Roald Amundsen's race to the South Pole during 1911-12. Huntuford's is the accepted, definitive account of the race and a reassessment of the two men. Thoroughly researched, revealing the adventures and misfortunes that befell them both, he describes the driving ambitions of the era, and the complex, often deeply flawed individuals who were charged with carrying them out.

©2006 CSA Telltapes Ltd. (P)2006 CSA Telltapes Ltd.

Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
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Aufbruch zum Mond

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Am 21. Juli 1969 hält die Welt den Atem an: Neil Armstrong setzt als erster Mensch seinen Fuß auf den Mond. So berühmt Armstrong dadurch wurde, so wortkarg und scheu trat er in der Öffentlichkeit auf. James Hansen gewährte er erstmals exklusiven Zugang zu privaten Dokumenten und persönlichen Quellen. Von Armstrongs Kindheit bis zum unfassbaren Ruhm durch die Apollo-11-Mission und Armstrongs Beteiligung an der Untersuchung der Challenger-Katastrophe - First Man erzählt das Leben eines Mannes, dessen "kleiner Schritt" Geschichte schrieb.

©2005 James R. Hansen / Heyne. Übersetzung von Elisabeth Schmalen (P)2018 Random House Audio

Narrator: Frank Arnold
Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
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The Gambler

23 ratings

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The rags-to-riches story of one of America's wealthiest and least-known financial giants, self-made billionaire Kirk Kerkorian - the daring aviator, movie mogul, risk taker, and business tycoon who transformed Las Vegas and Hollywood to become one of the leading financiers in American business. Kerkorian combined the courage of a World War II pilot, the fortitude of a scrappy boxer, the cunning of an inscrutable poker player, and an unmatched genius for making deals. He never put his name on a building, but when he died, he owned almost every major hotel and casino in Las Vegas. He envisioned and fostered a new industry - the leisure business. Three times he built the biggest resort hotel in the world. Three times he bought and sold the fabled MGM Studios, forever changing the way Hollywood does business. His early life began as far as possible from a place on the Forbes List of Billionaires when he and his Armenian immigrant family lost their farm to foreclosure. He was four. They arrived in Los Angeles penniless and moved often, staying one step ahead of more evictions. Young Kirk learned English on the streets of LA, made pennies hawking newspapers, and dropped out after eighth grade. How he went on to become one of the richest and most generous men in America - his net worth as much as $20 billion - is a story largely unknown to the world. That's because what Kerkorian valued most was his privacy. His very private life turned to tabloid fodder late in life when a former professional tennis player falsely claimed that the 85-year-old billionaire fathered her child. In this engrossing biography, investigative reporter William C. Rempel digs deep into Kerkorian's long-guarded history to introduce a man of contradictions - a poorly educated genius for deal-making, an extraordinarily shy man who made the boldest of business ventures, a careful and calculating investor who was willing to bet everything on a single roll of the dice. Unlike others of his status and importance, Kerkorian made few public appearances and strenuously avoided personal publicity. His friends and associates, however, were some of the biggest names in business, entertainment, and sports - among them Howard Hughes, Ted Turner, Steve Wynn, Michael Milken, Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Elvis Presley, Mike Tyson, and Andre Agassi. When he died in 2015, two years shy of the century mark, Kerkorian had outlived many of his closest friends and associates. Now, Rempel meticulously pieces together revealing fragments of Kerkorian's life, collected from diverse sources - war records, business archives, court documents, news clippings, and the recollections and recorded memories of longtime pals and relatives. In The Gambler, Rempel illuminates this unknown, self-made man and his inspiring legacy as never before.

©2017 William C. Rempel (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Fred Sanders
Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
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Jungle

44 ratings

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With foreword by Daniel Radcliffe. I heard the rustle again, too close and too real to ignore. I clutched the flashlight, stuck my head out of the mosquito net...and found myself face-to-face with a jaguar. Four travellers meet in Bolivia and set off into the Amazon rainforest on an expedition to find a hidden tribe and explore places tourists only dream of seeing. But what begins as the adventure of a lifetime quickly becomes a struggle for survival when they get lost in the wilds of the jungle. The group splits up after disagreements, and Yossi and his friend try to find their own way back without a guide. But when a terrible rafting accident separates them, Yossi is forced to survive for weeks alone in one of the most unpredictable environments on the planet. Stranded without a knife, map or survival training, he must improvise shelter and forage for wild fruit to survive. As his skin begins to rot from his feet during raging storms and he loses all sense of direction, he wonders if he will make it back alive. It's a story of friendship and of the teachings of the forest, and a terrifying true account that you won't be able to put down.

©2008 Yossi Ghinsberg (P)2016 Audible Studios

Narrator: Mark Meadows
Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
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Persistence of Light

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As one of six children of British medical missionaries, John Hoyte grew up in China till age 13. During World War ll, he and his siblings, separated from their parents, were interned by the Japanese for nearly four years. In his 20s, he led a British expedition over the Alps with an elephant to investigate which way Hannibal and his army of 30,000 men and 37 elephants had taken in 218 BC. Later, he founded a start-up corporation in Silicon Valley and was an inventor and entrepreneur. With each surprising twist and turn of his journey, John has built a fulfilling life, infused with purpose and creativity.

©2018 John Hoyte (P)2020 John Hoyte

Narrator: John Hoyte
Author: John Hoyte
Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
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World Wild Vet

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This program is read by Dr. Evan Antin. From Dr. Evan Antin, America’s most popular veterinarian, comes a wild look at our natural world. Perfect for fans of Steve Irwin, James Herriot, and Bear Grylls. Star of Animal Planet’s Evan Goes Wild, Dr. Evan Antin takes listeners beyond his viral Instagram posts right into the wild world with him. Millions follow Dr. Evan Antin and his wildlife adventures through social media and in his popular Animal Planet television show Evan Goes Wild. Now in his first audiobook, World Wild Vet, Evan takes us to the deep blue seas swimming with 40-foot whale sharks with “puppy dog eyes”, to jungles filled with venomous snakes (who are more afraid of you than you are of them), and a race across the savannah and against the clock to save rhinos from the clutches of poachers, all in the name of adventure and a deep love for the wild around us. Part memoir, travelogue, and conservation wake-up call, World Wild Vet is an unforgettable exploration of the world we all call home and a love letter to the creatures we share it with.  A Macmillan Audio production from Henry Holt and Company  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Evan Antin (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

Narrator: Evan Antin
Author: Evan Antin
Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
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Si esto es un hombre

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Si esto es un hombre, libro que inaugura la trilogía que Primo Levi dedicó  a los campos de exterminio nazis, surgió en la imaginación de su autor durante los días de horror en Auschwitz, cuando la principal preocupación de los prisioneros era que, de sobrevivir, nadie creería la atrocidad de la historia vivida.  Los campos de concentración y exterminio, más que resguardados por las alambradas y los guardias, lo estuvieron por su propia monstruosidad, que los hacía inconcebibles. Es la sobriedad del testimonio de Primo Levi, una víctima que no grita pero que arranca el grito de la garganta de su lector, lo que devuelve al horror su realidad y lo hace inteligible como una siniestra señal de peligro. Un libro conmovedor de un hombre con una indestructible fe en la razón. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©1976 Giulio Einaudi Editore (P)2019 Grup Editorial, 62, S.L.U., Ediciones Península

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The Ordinary Spaceman

3 ratings

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What's it like to travel at more than 850 MPH, riding in a supersonic T-38 twin turbojet engine airplane? What happens when the space station toilet breaks? How do astronauts "take out the trash" on a spacewalk, tightly encapsulated in a space suit with just a few layers of fabric and Kevlar between them and the unforgiving vacuum of outer space? The Ordinary Spaceman puts you in the flight suit of US astronaut Clayton C. Anderson and takes you on the journey of this small-town boy from Nebraska who spent 167 days living and working on the International Space Station, including more than 40 hours of space walks. Having applied to NASA 15 times over 15 years to become an astronaut before his ultimate selection, Anderson offers a unique perspective on his life as a veteran space flier, one characterized by humility and perseverance. From the application process to launch aboard the space shuttle Atlantis, from serving as a family escort for the ill-fated Columbia crew in 2003 to his own daily struggles - family separation, competitive battles to win coveted flight assignments, the stress of a highly visible job, and the ever-present risk of having to make the ultimate sacrifice - Anderson shares the full range of his experiences.

©2015 Clayton C. Anderson (P)2016 Redwood Audiobooks

Narrator: Aaron Killian
Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
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A Survival Guide for Life

6 ratings

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From the world-famous survival expert, learn how to make every day an unforgettable adventure. Life in the outdoors teaches us invaluable lessons. Encountering the wild forces us to plan and execute goals, face danger, push our "limits," and sharpen our instincts. But our most important adventures don't always happen in nature's extremes. Living a purpose-driven, meaningful life can often be an even greater challenge.... In A Survival Guide for Life, Bear Grylls, globally renowned adventurer and television host, shares the hard-earned wisdom he's gained in the harshest environments on earth, from the summit of Mt. Everest to the boot camps of the British Special Forces: What are the most important skills to learn if you really want to achieve your maximum potential? How do you keep going when all the odds are stacked against you? How can you motivate a team to follow you in spite of apparent risks? Filled with exclusive, never-before-told tales from Bear's globe-trekking expeditions, A Survival Guide for Life teaches every listener no matter your age or - experience - that we're all capable of living life more boldly, of achieving our most daring dreams, and of having more fun along the way. Here's to your own great adventure!

©2012 Bear Grylls Ventures (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

Author: Bear Grylls
Length: 3 hrs and 33 mins
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The Man Who Walked Backward

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From Pulitzer Prize finalist Ben Montgomery, the story of a Texas man who, during the Great Depression, walked around the world - backward.  Like most Americans at the time, Plennie Wingo was hit hard by the effects of the Great Depression. When the bank foreclosed on his small restaurant in Abilene, he found himself suddenly penniless with nowhere left to turn. After months of struggling to feed his family on wages he earned digging ditches in the Texas sun, Plennie decided it was time to do something extraordinary - something to resurrect the spirit of adventure and optimism he felt he'd lost. He decided to walk around the world - backward.  In The Man Who Walked Backward, Pulitzer Prize-finalist Ben Montgomery charts Plennie's backward trek across the America that gave rise to Woody Guthrie, John Steinbeck, and the New Deal. With the Dust Bowl and Great Depression as a backdrop, Montgomery follows Plennie across the Atlantic through Germany, Turkey, and beyond, detailing the daring physical feats, grueling hardships, comical misadventures, and hostile foreign police he encountered along the way.  A remarkable and quirky slice of Americana, The Man Who Walked Backward paints a rich and vibrant portrait of a jaw-dropping period of history. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2018 Ben Montgomery (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Macleod Andrews
Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
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La Grande Course

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Nicolas Vanier lâche son attelage. Devant lui, un défi immense : la Yukon Quest, la course de traîneaux à chiens la plus difficile au monde. 1600 kilomètres entre le Canada et l'Alaska, le long de la route de la ruée vers l'or. Des températures glaciales qui dépassent les - 50 degrés. Des vents qui vous renversent au premier relâchement. Un parcours accidenté exténuant. Avec ses chiens, la fusion est totale. Très vite, pourtant, épuisé par le froid et l'absence de sommeil, il doit se séparer de cinq de ses compagnons. Il pense même abandonner. Mais sa rage est plus forte ! Onze jours plus tard, l'aventurier entre dans le cercle très fermé des plus grands "mushers" du monde. Cet exploit, Nicolas Vanier le dédie à ses chiens, les vrais héros de cette aventure extrême.

©2015 XO éditions (P)2020 Lizzie, un département d’Univers Poche, Paris

Narrator: Yann Sundberg
Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
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Freshwater Passages: The Trade and Travels of Peter Pond

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Peter Pond, a fur trader, explorer, and amateur mapmaker, spent his life ranging much farther afield than Milford, Connecticut, where he was born and died (1740-1807). He traded around the Great Lakes, on the Mississippi and the Minnesota Rivers, and in the Canadian Northwest. He was also well-known as a partner in Montreal’s North West Company and as mentor to Alexander Mackenzie, who journeyed down the Mackenzie River to the Arctic Sea. Knowing 18th-century North America on a scale that few others did, Pond drew some of the earliest maps of western Canada. In this meticulous biography, David Chapin presents Pond’s life as part of a generation of traders who came of age between the Seven Years’ War and the American Revolution. Pond’s encounters with a plethora of distinct Native cultures over the course of his career shaped his life and defined his reputation. Whereas previous studies have caricatured Pond as quarrelsome and explosive, Chapin presents him as an intellectually curious, proud, talented, and ambitious man, living in a world that could often be quite violent. Chapin draws together a wide range of sources and information in presenting a deeper, more multidimensional portrait and understanding of Pond that has been hitherto unavailable. The text form of this audiobook is published by University of Nebraska Press. "Chapin's biography is wonderfully written and enjoyable." (Historical Quarterly) "This will be the definitive biography of the man for a long time to come." (Annals of Iowa) "An engaging contribution to understanding a global fur industry undergoing an intensive growing phase." (The Magazine of Western History)

©2014 Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska (P)2019 Redwood Audiobooks

Narrator: Alexander G.
Author: David Chapin
Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
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Kilimanjaro Diaries

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When expat blogger and mother of four Eva Melusine Thieme first harbors the idea of ringing out her three years in Africa on the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, it sounds easy. In fact, it has all the trappings of a dream vacation: no cooking, no fighting kids, and an army of porters to lug everything up the mountain. What can go wrong?  Tag along as Eva takes you on her journey up the slopes of Kilimanjaro together with her teenage son and a group of hilarious South African friends. From planning the trip to shopping for supplies to trudging uphill wishing with all her heart for an ice cold sip of water untainted by chlorination tablets, you will follow her step by step on her quest to scale the world's highest free-standing mountain. But the list of challenges is long: sub-zero temperatures, blistered feet, long drop toilets (of which, you may learn, the drops are not nearly as long as they had once been, if you get the drift), and the ever-threatening altitude sickness no one can quite escape from. Eva's climb turns into the most difficult test she has ever faced, and ultimately she must make a fateful decision on that mountain.  Thieme's debut travel memoir is equally poignant and laugh-out-loud funny. Part guide book, part travel memoir, and part history lesson, her story will keep you hooked - whether you're a seasoned hiker nodding your head in recognition, an aspiring Kilimanjaro trekker searching for tips, or an armchair traveler reveling in adventure stories from the comfort of your home.

©2014 Eva Melusine Thieme (P)2018 Tantor

Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
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Nansen og Johansen

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Med afsæt i virkelighedens begivenheder fortælles historien om Fridtjof Nansens ekspedition til Nordpolen i 1890'erne. Men fokus er sat på bondesønnen Hjalmar Johansen, som er Nansens eneste følgesvend på den skæbnesvangre tur. Da de to findes og reddes ud fra indlandsisen efter næsten at have nået deres mål, oplever de samfundets hyldest og får deres plads i historien. Lykken for Hjalmar lå imidlertid i de barske måneder sammen med forbilledet Nansen.

©2018 Gyldendal (P)2018 Gyldendal

Narrator: Jesper Dupont
Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
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Ranger Confidential

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The real stories behind the scenery of America’s national parks. For 12 years, Andrea Lankford lived in the biggest, most impressive national parks in the world, working a job she loved. She chaperoned baby sea turtles on their journey to sea. She pursued bad guys on her galloping patrol horse. She jumped into rescue helicopters bound for the heart of the Grand Canyon. She won arguments with bears. She slept with a few too many rattlesnakes. Hell yeah, it was the best job in the world! Fortunately, Andrea survived it. In this graphic and yet surprisingly funny account of her and others’ extraordinary careers, Lankford unveils a world in which park rangers struggle to maintain their idealism in the face of death, disillusionment, and the loss of a comrade killed while holding that thin green line between protecting the park from the people, the people from the park, and the people from each other. Ranger Confidential is the story behind the scenery of the nation’s crown jewels - Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Great Smokies, Denali. In these iconic landscapes, where nature and humanity constantly collide, scenery can be as cruel as it is redemptive.

©2010 Andrea Lankford (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Julia Motyka
Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
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Hernan Cortes: A Life from Beginning to End

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Discover the remarkable life of Hernan Cortes. Hernán Cortés, the famed Spanish conquistador, had always dreamed of becoming the next Christopher Columbus. Little did he suspect that he would surpass his hero as he settled various islands and marched into the heart of Mexico to conquer the Aztec empire for Spain. Cortés discovered more gold and riches than could be imagined in the New World, but greed soon became his driving passion. He killed his own men and thousands of native Americans in his quest for more. Although Cortés brought the mighty Montezuma II to his knees, even the king of Spain was unhappy with his cruelty. When Cortés demanded to be named governor of his settlement in New Spain, the king refused. At the time of his death, Cortés was wealthy but alone and forgotten. He had conquered the New World but had been defeated by his own avarice. Discover a plethora of topics such as: Dreams of Gold and a New World Wealth, Imprisonment, and a Wife in Cuba The Mighty Montezuma Pitting Native Against Native The Massacre at Cholula The Fall of the Aztec Empire And much more! So if you want a concise and informative audiobook on Hernan Cortes, simply scroll up and click the "Buy now" button for instant access!

©2020 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Narrator: Jason Zenobia
Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
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Different Natures

4 ratings

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Different Natures takes you on three journeys. Each gives an honest and passionate insight into the evolution of a compulsive traveler. Looking for direction with the wrong eyes spawned Graham’s lust for wandering. The miles cleared his vision, and the hunger for longer distance grows with an insatiable appetite for new experiences. Based on his diaries spanning a 12-year period of travel from the Arctic Circle to Mexico, Graham Field’s journeys are his life. Inevitably, these experiences increase his awareness as he passes through various natures of both a reluctant maturity and the extreme environments between his destinations. From midnight sun to darkest nights, there’s as much diversity in these tales as common threads.

©2015 Graham Field (P)2019 Graham Field

Narrator: Graham Field
Author: Graham Field
Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
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Driving Miss Norma: Sag Ja zum Leben

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Es ist nie zu spät, das wirklich Wichtige im Leben zu erfahren.

Als bei Miss Norma 2015 im Alter von 90 Jahren Gebärmutterkrebs diagnostiziert wurde, riet man ihr zu einer Operation, zu Bestrahlung und Chemotherapie. Doch Norma - nach sieben Ehejahrzehnten erst frisch verwitwet - dachte nicht daran, ihrem Ende in einem Krankenhausbett entgegen zu dämmern. Sie richtete sich zu ihrer vollen Größe von eineinhalb Metern auf und sagte ihrem Arzt: "Ich bin neunzig Jahre alt, ich gehe auf Reisen!" Sie packte das Nötigste und begab sich zusammen mit drei Vollzeitnomaden - ihrem pensionierten Sohn Tim, seiner Frau Ramie und ihrem Pudel Ringo - in einem zehn Meter langen Wohnmobil auf eine unvergessliche Reise.

Dieses Hörbuch voller Mut, Großzügigkeit und der Weisheit von einundneunzig Lebensjahren erinnert uns daran, wie schön und wertvoll das Leben sein kann und dass es nie zu spät ist für Familie, Freude und Selbsterkenntnis.

Andrea Sawatzki und Christian Berkel lesen Miss Normas Geschichte mit viel Gefühl, aber auch der richtigen Portion Humor.

©2017 Tim Bauernschmidt & Ramie Liddle / Wilhelm Heyne Verlag. Übersetzung von Teja Schwaner und Iris Hansen (P)2017 Random House Audio

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Brazil

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Shortlisted for: Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year – Specsavers National Book Awards 2012 Michael Palin journeys to a vast country of unimaginable contrasts - Brazil. An economic powerhouse, it is host to a staggering variety of peoples. He starts his journey in the north, in the remote mountains and forests on the border with Venezuela, and finishes in the south at the legendary Iguaçu Falls. He travels by river-boat, float-plane and foot to visit tribes deep in the jungle, samples life in the agricultural and mining heartland of Brazil, experiences the modernism of Brasília and the heady mix of Rio de Janeiro, and ventures into the favelas. He travels down the northeast coast with its African-inspired culture; to São Luís; Recife and Salvador, where Michael is swept up in Candomblé. He heads to São Paulo, where the super-rich commute by helicopter; tastes German beer served from a motorcycle sidecar, and tries his hand at being a cowboy before journey's end beneath one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world.

©2012 Michael Palin (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Michael Palin
Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
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The Fur Trade Gamble

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In an era of grand risk, fur moguls vied to command the northwest and China markets, gambling lives and capital on the price of beaver pelts, purchases of ships and trade goods, international commerce laws, and the effects of war.

©2016 Board of Regents of Washington State University (P)2017 Redwood Audiobooks

Narrator: Bill Nevitt
Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
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Apollo Pilot

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In October 1968 Donn Eisele flew with fellow astronauts Walt Cunningham and Wally Schirra into Earth orbit in Apollo 7. The first manned mission in the Apollo program and the first manned flight after a fire during a launch pad test killed three astronauts in early 1967, Apollo 7 helped restart NASA's manned-spaceflight program. Known to many as a goofy, lighthearted prankster, Eisele worked his way from the US Naval Academy to test pilot school and then into the select ranks of America's prestigious astronaut corps. He was originally on the crew of Apollo 1 before being replaced due to injury. After that crew died in a horrific fire, Eisele was on the crew selected to return Americans to space. Despite the success of Apollo 7, Eisele never flew in space again, as divorce and a testy crew commander led to the three astronauts being labeled as troublemakers. Unbeknownst to everyone, after his retirement as a technical assistant for manned spaceflight at NASA's Langley Research Center in 1972, Eisele wrote in detail about his years in the Air Force and his time in the Apollo program. Long after his death, Francis French discovered Eisele's unpublished memoir. Listeners can now experience an Apollo story they assumed would never be written as well as the story behind its discovery.

©2017 Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska (P)2016 Redwood Audiobooks

Narrator: Kevin Pierce
Author: Donn Eisele
Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
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Mother of God

2 ratings

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For fans of The Lost City of Z, Walking the Amazon, and Turn Right at Machu Picchu comes naturalist and explorer Paul Rosolie’s extraordinary adventure in the uncharted tributaries of the Western Amazon - a tale of discovery that vividly captures the awe, beauty, and isolation of this endangered land and presents an impassioned call to save it. In the Madre de Dios - Mother of God - region of Peru, where the Amazon River begins its massive flow, the Andean Mountain cloud forests fall into lowland Amazon Rainforest, creating the most biodiversity-rich place on the planet. In January 2006, when he was just a restless eighteen-year-old hungry for adventure, Paul Rosolie embarked on a journey to the west Amazon that would transform his life. Venturing alone into some of the most inaccessible reaches of the jungle, he encountered giant snakes, floating forests, isolated tribes untouched by outsiders, prowling jaguars, orphaned baby anteaters, poachers in the black market trade in endangered species, and much more. Yet today, the primordial forests of the Madre de Dios are in danger from developers, oil giants, and gold miners eager to exploit its natural resources. In Mother of God, this explorer and conservationist relives his amazing odyssey exploring the heart of this wildest place on earth. When he began delving deeper in his search for the secret Eden, spending extended periods in isolated solitude, he found things he never imagined could exist. “Alone and miniscule against a titanic landscape I have seen the depths of the Amazon, the guts of the jungle where no men go, Rosolie writes. “But as the legendary explorer Percy Fawcett warned, ‘the few remaining unknown places of the world exact a price for their secrets.’”

©2014 Paul Rosolie (P)2014 Audible Inc.

Narrator: Jonathan Yen
Author: Paul Rosolie
Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
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It's How You Finish

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Dive into the life and mind of a not-so-stereotypical African-American male. In this book, he describes the emotional struggles of an introverted man living in an extroverted world. Survival stories of being bullied and rejected as a child, lust, fears, pride, sexuality, insecurities, divorce, fatherhood, manhood, and the lifelong impact of living in a fatherless environment are all played out in the tale of this author’s life.  In this book, taboo subjects like men living on the "down-low" and the people who say they love them are discussed from the perspective of a black man who has a profound understanding of both those living in that glass house and the ones peering through the window, rocks in hand. Take a journey into the life and mind of a man who through perseverance and relentless ambition, emerged triumphant in spite of the many hurdles, hurts, and setbacks he was forced to face.  Many may still be running through the maze of life, reaching towards the light at the end of the tunnel; however life is not ultimately about how you start, it's how you finish.

©2018 Troy Taylor (P)2019 Troy Taylor

Narrator: Troy Taylor
Author: Troy Taylor
Length: 1 hr and 58 mins
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There Are Other Rivers

2 ratings

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Alastair Humphreys walked across India, from the Coromandel Coast to the Malabar Coast, following the course of a holy river. Walking alone and spending the nights sleeping under the stars, in the homes of welcoming strangers, or in small towns and villages, he experienced the dusty enchantment of ordinary, real India on the smallest of budgets.   There Are Other Rivers tells the story of the walk through an account of a single day as well as reflecting on the allure of difficult journeys and the eternal appeal of the open road.

©2011 Alastair Humphreys (P)2020 Alastair Humphreys

Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
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Thunder dog

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Den elfte september 2001 kom att för alltid förändra hur världen ser ut. Bilder från det fruktansvärda terrorangreppet mot World Trade Center i New York strömmade ut i världen samtidigt som det pågick, men vad hände egentligen inne i byggnaden? Michael var blind sedan födseln och tillsammans med sin trogna ledarhund Roselle tog han sig genom vardagen. Den elfe september gick inget brandlarm. Det Michael däremot hörde var jättelika smällar som följdes av ljudet av krossat glas och skrik. Han såg inget, men han hörde. Tillsammans med Roselle tar sig Michael helskinnad genom det brinnande infernot. Detta är den spännande och otroliga berättelsen om en blind mans, och hans hunds, öde mitt i en av historiens mest tumultartade ögonblick... Michael Hingson är en amerikansk konsult och offentlig talare. Han har varit blind sedan födseln och upplevde attacken mot World Trade Center på mycket nära håll. Susy Flory är en amerikansk författare. Utöver sitt litterära skrivande har hon även en bakgrund som journalist.

©2019 SAGA Egmont. Translated by Henrik Engholm (P)2019 SAGA Egmont

Narrator: Dan Bratt
Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
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Smokejumper

9 ratings

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A rare inside look at the thrilling world of smokejumpers, the airborne firefighters who parachute into the most remote and rugged areas of the United States, confronting the growing threat of nature's blazes. Forest and wildland fires are growing larger, more numerous, and deadlier every year - record drought conditions, decades of forestry mismanagement, and the increasing encroachment of residential housing into the wilderness have combined to create a powder keg that threatens millions of acres and thousands of lives every year. One select group of men and women are part of America's front-line defense: smokejumpers. The smokejumper program operates through both the US Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. Though they are tremendously skilled, and only highly experienced and able wildland firefighters are accepted into the training program, being a smokejumper remains an art that can be learned only on the job. Forest fires often behave in unpredictable ways: spreading almost instantaneously, shooting downhill behind a stiff tailwind, or even flowing like a liquid. In this extraordinarily rare memoir by an active-duty jumper, Jason Ramos takes listeners into his exhilarating and dangerous world, explores smokejumping's remarkable history, and explains why their services are more essential than ever before.

©2015 Jason A. Ramos (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Ned Vaughn
Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
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Ragnar Lothbrok

1 rating

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Ragnar Lothbrok was a legendary Viking warrior and king whose tales have survived more than 1,000 years. Though his true existence is still debated to this day, Ragnar has been the inspiration for many books, movies, and even a TV series: Vikings.    Inside this audiobook, you will discover who Ragnar Lothbrok was and what impact he had on the Viking culture. You will learn about his ruthless war tactics, his fearsome brutality, his lineage, and his legacy.   Also discussed in this audiobook is the fascinating Norse mythology that shaped the bulk of Ragnar's beliefs and motivations for living the way he did!

©2017 Ingram Publishing (P)2018 Ingram Publishing

Narrator: Tyler Rouse
Author: Adam West
Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
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Die Reise des Venezianers Marco Polo im 13. Jahrhundert

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Marco Polo (ca. 1254-1324) stammte aus Venedig und bereiste mit Vater und Onkel den Orient. Die älteren Polos hatten vom mongolischen Großkhan den Auftrag erhalten, eine Botschaft des Papstes sowie Öl aus der Grabeskirche nach Peking zu bringen. Ihre Reise führte sie von Palästina (Akko, Jerusalem) über Stationen in Persien (Isfahan, Kerman) und die Seidenstraße (Samarkand) bis nach China und Japan. Polo berichtet so Wundersames, dass mancher Kritikus auf die Idee kam, die Reise habe nie (oder nicht so) stattgefunden. Marco Polos Ruhm hat das bis heute nicht geschadet.

©gemeinfrei (P)2017 Audiobuch Verlag OHG / MDR

Narrator: Wolfgang Berger
Author: Marco Polo
Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
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When Force Meets Fate

2 ratings

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A memoir of a healthy young man who survives a fatal car crash only to be plagued by a mysterious illness that robs him of the ability to walk, talk, and eat solid food. When Force Meets Fate is a captivating, transcendent survival story that forces all of us to reckon with our mortality and the fragility of life.   At age 22, Jamison Hill was a fitness instructor who could lift more than 400 pounds. Five years later, after surviving a tragic car accident that killed the other driver, a rare disease left Jamison bedridden and too weak to hold a water glass. He spent every day lying motionless in bed, his body paralyzed by pain and fatigue, his mind hijacked by flashes of crunched metal, broken windshields, and exploding gas tanks.  After months of not being able to speak or eat, Jamison's health finally improved and he began to tell his story. When Force Meets Fate is an unflinching exploration of the human condition, notably how our strengths and limitations shape our identities and how unexpected events can inevitably alter our perceptions.  It's a story of perseverance - of sheer will and unrelenting fight - but also of overcoming life's toughest challenges through the power of vulnerability and how freeing it can be to surrender to the unpredictability of circumstances out of our control.

©2020 Jamison Hill (P)2020 Jamison Hill

Narrator: Chris McLinden
Author: Jamison Hill
Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
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The Broken Road

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The long-awaited final volume of the trilogy by Patrick Leigh Fermor. A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water were the first two volumes in a projected trilogy that would describe the walk that Patrick Leigh Fermor undertook at the age of 18 from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople. 'When are you going to finish Vol. III?' was the cry from his fans; but although he wished he could, the words refused to come. The curious thing was that he had not only written an early draft of the last part of the walk, but that it predated the other two. It remains unfinished but The Broken Road - edited and introduced by Colin Thubron and Artemis Cooper - completes an extraordinary journey.

©2013 The estate of Patrick Leigh Fermor (P)2014 John Murray Press

Narrator: Crispin Redman
Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
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Beyond the Hundredth Meridian

1 rating

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Pulitzer Prize winner Wallace Stegner recounts the remarkable career of Major John Wesley Powell, the distinguished ethnologist and geologist who explored the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon, and the homeland of the Southwest Indian tribes. This classic work is a penetrating and insightful study of the Powell’s career, from the beginning of the Powell Survey, in which Powell and his men famously became the first to descend the Colorado River, to his eventual expulsion from the Geological Survey. In masterful prose, Stegner details the expedition, as well as the philosophies and ideas that drove Powell.

©1954 Wallace E. Stegner (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Mark Bramhall
Length: 17 hrs and 5 mins
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Cierra los ojos que vamos a ver [Close Your Eyes Let's See]

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Cierra los ojos que vamos a ver es un libro autobiografico que relata la relacion de amistad entre la autora y una joven mexicana invidente llamada Lucero Marquez, a quien Menena Cottin conocio en Mexico cuando presentaba su premiada obra El libro negro de los colores, escrito en español y en braille, que habla de como un niño ciego percibe los colores. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2013 Menena Cottin (P)2016 Menena Cottin

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The Fire Line

1 rating

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“In Fernanda Santos’ expert hands, the story of 19 men and a raging wildfire unfolds as a riveting, pulse-pounding account of an American tragedy; and also as a meditation on manhood, brotherhood and family love. The Fire Line is a great and deeply moving book about courageous men and women.” (Héctor Tobar, author of Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine and the Miracle that Set Them Free) When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June of 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Granite Mountain Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. The Hotshots were loyal to one another and dedicated to the tough job they had. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. Impeccably researched, drawing upon more than a hundred hours of interviews with the firefighters’ families, colleagues, state and federal officials, and fire historians and researchers, New York Times Phoenix Bureau Chief Fernanda Santos has written a riveting, pulse-pounding narrative of an unthinkable disaster, a remarkable group of men and the raging wildfires that threaten our country’s treasured wild lands. The Fire Line is the winner of the 2017 Spur Award for Best First Nonfiction Book, and Spur Award Finalist for Best Western Contemporary Nonfiction. 

©2016 Fernanda Santos (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

Narrator: Ari Fliakos
Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
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Lone Rider

21 ratings

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In 1982, at the age of just 23 and halfway through her architecture studies, Elspeth Beard left her family and friends in London and set off on a 35,000-mile solo adventure around the world on her 1974 BMW R60/6.  Reeling from a recent breakup and with only limited savings from her pub job, a tent, a few clothes, and some tools, all packed on the back of her bike, she was determined to prove herself. She had ridden bikes since her teens and was well-traveled. But nothing could prepare her for what lay ahead.  When she returned to London nearly two-and-a-half years later she was stones lighter and decades wiser. She'd ridden through unforgiving landscapes and countries ravaged by war, witnessed civil uprisings that forced her to fake documents, and fended off sexual attacks, biker gangs, and corrupt police convinced she was trafficking drugs. She'd survived life-threatening illnesses, personal loss, and brutal accidents that had left permanent scars and a black hole in her memory. And she'd fallen in love with two very different men.  In an age before email, the internet, mobile phones, satnavs, and, in some parts of the world, readily available and reliable maps, Elspeth achieved something that would still seem remarkable today. Told with honesty and wit, this is the extraordinary and moving story of a unique and life-changing adventure.

©2018 Elspeth Beard (P)2019 Elspeth Beard

Narrator: Wendy Wolfson
Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
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Spirit Quest 1969

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Spirit Quest 1969: Tripping Through Lands of Enchantment, is the true tale of a disaffected suburban kid hitchhiking through western America to discover the counterculture communes in 1969. In 1969, when he was 17 years old, Ronald dropped out of high school near Chicago to explore the counterculture in the Rocky Mountains. After taking a huge dose of LSD, he wandered into the Navajo reservation seeking supernatural visions, meeting missionaries, and students of Indian lore. He joined a group marriage commune in Taos at the height of the Hippie-Chicano conflict. The domineering personalities he found in communal life disappointed him, but the concept of living together in non-monogamous families inspired him to continue working to improve the concept.  Low on cash, Ron decided to return to the city to earn enough money to continue exploring the street scene and New Left world in Chicago and New York, which will soon appear as a follow-up book.

©2020 Ronald J. Schulz (P)2020 Ronald J. Schulz

Narrator: Adam Trupp
Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
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Howard Hughes

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Considered to be one of the most financially successful people in the world when he was alive, Howard Hughes attracts attention even 40 years after his death. From being a business tycoon to an aerospace engineer and inventor to being a maverick filmmaker, Hughes seemed to have tried it all. It is probably very difficult to summarize his life and successes in a short audiobook, but here we try to present you with some interesting facts about his life. Without wasting any time, let's just get started!

©2016 J.D. Rockefeller (P)2016 J.D. Rockefeller

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Jungleland

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"I began to daydream about the jungle...." On April 6, 1940, explorer and future World War II spy Theodore Morde (who would one day attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler), anxious about the perilous journey that lay ahead of him, struggled to fall asleep at the Paris Hotel in La Ceiba, Honduras. Nearly seventy years later, in the same hotel, acclaimed journalist Christopher S. Stewart wonders what he's gotten himself into. Stewart and Morde seek the same answer on their quests: the solution to the riddle of the whereabouts of Ciudad Blanca, buried somewhere deep in the rain forest on the Mosquito Coast. Imagining an immense and immaculate El Dorado - like city made entirely of gold, explorers as far back as the Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés have tried to find the fabled White City. Others have gone looking for tall white cliffs and gigantic stone temples - no one found a trace. Legends, like the jungle, are dense and captivating. Many have sought their fortune or fame down the Río Patuca - from Christopher Columbus to present-day college professors - and many have died or disappeared. What begins as a passing interest slowly turns into an obsession as Stewart pieces together the whirlwind life and mysterious death of Morde, a man who had sailed around the world five times before he was thirty and claimed to have discovered what he called the Lost City of the Monkey God. Armed with Morde's personal notebooks and the enigmatic coordinates etched on his well-worn walking stick, Stewart sets out to test the jungle himself - and to test himself in the jungle. As we follow the parallel journeys of Morde and Stewart, the ultimate destination morphs with their every twist and turn. Are they walking in circles? Or are they running from their own shadows? Jungleland is part detective story, part classic tale of man versus wild in the tradition of The Lost City of Z and Lost in Shangri-La. A story of young fatherhood as well as the timeless call of adventure, this is an epic search for answers in a place where nothing is guaranteed, least of all survival.

©2013 Christopher S. Stewart (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

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This Is It

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"We are from Australia, we have cash, and we have jet-lag and a desperate stare in our eye. In short, we are mugs ready to be led down the path of nautical slavery. If you can't sell us a boat, there is something very wrong." The pull of the ocean was too strong to ignore any longer. Four years prior, they'd circumnavigated the globe on their 33-foot boat, Mariah. Now they wanted a new challenge. So they sold all their belongings and flew to America from New South Wales in search of a boat. Then Jackie and Noel set sail south, meeting descendants of the Bounty mutineers on Pitcairn, taking in the grand statues of Easter Island, and finally visiting the remotest inhabited island in the world. Along the way, they lost a friend and came nail-bitingly close to losing their new boat. But they gained so much more. This is a story of storms of emotions and oceans, travel, love, and relationships, and two people figuring out life and fulfilling their need to move and be challenged.

©2015 Jackie and Noel Parry (P)2016 New Street Communications, LLC

Author: Jackie Parry
Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
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Into the Storm

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“An intense, immersive deep dive into a wild, dangerous, and unknown world, written with the pace and appeal of a great thriller. This is nonfiction at its very best.” (Lee Child, New York Times best-selling author of the Jack Reacher novels) The true story of two doomed ships and a daring search-and-rescue operation that shines a light on the elite Coast Guard swimmers trained for the most dangerous ocean missions  In late September 2015, Hurricane Joaquin swept past the Bahamas and swallowed a pair of cargo vessels in its destructive path: El Faro, a 790-foot American behemoth with a crew of 33, and the Minouche, a 230-foot freighter with a dozen sailors aboard. From the parallel stories of these ships and their final journeys, Tristram Korten weaves a remarkable tale of two veteran sea captains from very different worlds, the harrowing ordeals of their desperate crews, and the Coast Guard’s extraordinary battle against a storm that defied prediction. When the Coast Guard received word from Captain Renelo Gelera that the Minouche was taking on water on the night of October 1, the servicemen on duty helicoptered through Joaquin to the sinking ship. Rescue swimmer Ben Cournia dropped into the sea - in the middle of a raging tropical cyclone, in the dark - and churned through the monstrous swells, loading survivors into a rescue basket dangling from the helicopter as its pilot struggled against the tempest. With pulsating narrative skill in the tradition of Sebastian Junger and Jon Krakauer, Korten recounts the heroic efforts by Cournia and his fellow guardsmen to haul the Minouche's crew to safety. Tragically, things would not go as well for Captain Michael Davidson and El Faro. Despite exhaustive searching by her would-be rescuers, the loss of the vessel became the largest US maritime disaster in decades. As Korten narrates the ships’ fates, with insights drawn from insider access to crew members, Coast Guard teams, and their families, he delivers a moving and propulsive story of men in peril, the international brotherhood of mariners, and the breathtaking power of nature.  “The story [Tristram] Korten tells is impressively multifaceted, exploring everything from timely issues such as climate change to timeless themes such as man’s struggle against the ocean’s fury.” (Miami New Times)  “Into the Storm is a triumph of reporting and you-are-there writing that becomes a deeper tale - with more implications about our own lives - with every chapter.” (Robert Kurson, New York Times best-selling author of Shadow Divers)

©2018 Tristram Korten (P)2018 Random House Audio

Narrator: Dan Woren
Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
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The Yellow Envelope

3 ratings

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After Kim and her husband, Brian, decide to quit their jobs to travel around the world, they're given a yellow envelope containing a check and instructions to give the money away. There are only three rules for the envelope: don't overthink it, share your experiences, and don't feel pressured to give it all away. Through Ecuador, Peru, Nepal, and beyond, Kim and Brian face obstacles, including major challenges to their relationship. As they distribute the money to people they encounter along the way, they learn that money does not have anything to do with the capacity to give but that it is the giving of ourselves that is transformational.

©2017 Kim Dinan (P)2017 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Author: Kim Dinan
Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
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Blood Rubber

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Blood Rubber: How the Amazon Died tells the extraordinary story of one of the blackest episodes in Amazonian history, known as the Putumayo Affair. In 1907 Walter Hardenburg, a young American explorer and engineer, was canoeing slowly down a meandering tributary of the great river, in deepest Amazonia, in search of adventure. The realm of Captain Kurtz’s Apocalypse Now seems tame by comparison with what he found through the mist up ahead. Hardenburg had entered the rubber domain of Julio César Arana, a rubber fiefdom gone mad - where the only law that counted was the ‘Winchester constitution’: the rifle made all the rules. The native people were routinely enslaved to work the rubber plantations and flogged, raped and tortured to death if they resisted. Something snapped inside the young, idealistic Hardenburg when he witnessed these scenes of horror: thousands of native people were being slaughtered to satisfy the West’s insatiable demand for rubber. The rubber extraction methods that produced car tires, rubber hoses and countless other products relied on an entrenched system of utter barbarism. Hardenburg vowed to seek justice for the thousands of victims of the Putumayo atrocities and to publicize the destruction of their lives and culture across the world. This is the story of how he did it. Blood Rubber is about the power of one versus the power of the machine...of utter evil versus improbable goodness. Adam Courtenay is an Australian adventurer and writer who canoed up the Amazon as part of his research for this book. He has trekked some of the world’s most enthralling and difficult trails: retraced Hannibal’s footsteps over the Alps; slogged over the Kokoda Trail in New Guinea; and walked the Aboriginal Larapinta ‘Dreamtime’ in the central Australian desert. As a journalist he has worked for the Financial Times and as a Sydney-based correspondent for the UK’s Sunday Times. He currently writes for The Sydney Morning Herald/Age and is the Australia correspondent for the online finance platform TradingFloor.com. His interest in Amazonian history goes back five years - he has explored the Amazon twice and written one ebook, Grand Mistresses of the Amazon. He is currently writing a larger nonfiction work on the entire history of the Amazon basin, which he plans to publish soon as Amazon Men.

©2015 Adam Courtenay (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: Richard I Moss
Length: 2 hrs and 39 mins
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By Any Means

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Four million captivated viewers watched Charley Boorman complete his last adventure - Long Way Down - which took him from John O'Groats to Cape Town. Along with Ewan McGregor he achieved not only this amazing feat, but also circumnavigated the globe on the Long Way Round. In between these two incredible journeys, he found the time to compete in the Dakar Rally, telling his story in his best-selling book Race to Dakar. Charley's passion for travel and adventure continues in his new challenge - By Any Means. Travelling from his home town in Co Wicklow all the way to Sydney, he will use any means he can to reach his destination, via transport as diverse as steam train, horse, boat, kayak, truck, and tuk-tuk. And of course his beloved motorbike!Whether crossing the Black Sea, trekking through Tibet, riding an elephant in India or hiking through the forests of Papua New Guinea, this will be a unique opportunity to meet fascinating people and explore extraordinary places. With trademark enthusiasm, dedication, and good humour, Charley's new trip is set to be his most challenging yet.

©2008 Charley Boorman (P)2008 Hachette Digital

Narrator: Rupert Degas
Length: 3 hrs and 14 mins
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Loss of Eden

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For the first time, Joyce Milton gives us the dual biography of the wonder couple, Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Their love prevailed against a horrifying kidnapping and murder splashed throughout the media, their careers, and even the criticism they underwent following their involvement in the America First movement as the U.S. entered World War II. With new information presented about their son's kidnapper, Bruno Hauptmann, and Charlie's own role in the case, Milton gives her readers a lot to think about. Thoroughly researched, Milton exposes a new understanding and view into the personalities and lives of both Charles, Anne, and the time they lived in.

©1993 Joyce Milton (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Gary Dikeos
Author: Joyce Milton
Length: 22 hrs and 56 mins
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Oh (weia) Kanada

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1997 erfüllte sich Katerina Jacob ihren Kindheitstraum, ausgelöst von den Romanen Jack Londons, und reiste in das Land der Bisons, Bären und Indianer. Dort fand sie nicht nur die Liebe ihres Lebens, sondern verliebte sich auch so sehr in dieses großartige Land, dass sie beschloss, das Abenteuer einer Auswanderung auf sich zu nehmen. Sie lässt uns teilhaben an ihrem Neustart in diesem wilden, weiten Land und zeigt uns mit gut beobachteten, witzigen, ungewöhnlichen und manchmal auch sehr berührenden Geschichten ein völlig neues Kanada. Sie erzählt von Indianern, Einheimischen, die ihr Leben in der einsamen Wildnis fristen, und Auswanderern aller Herren Länder, die den Absprung mal mehr, mal weniger erfolgreich geschafft haben, ebenso wie von ihren ganz privaten Abenteuern, ob im Boot, auf dem Pferderücken oder im Flugzeug. Lassen Sie sich von Katerina Jacob in dieses großartige Land entführen und machen Sie sich bereit für eine Reise, die garantiert Lust auf mehr weckt.

©2015 Münchner Verlagsgruppe GmbH (P)2015 Münchner Verlagsgruppe GmbH

Narrator: Katerina Jacob
Length: 4 hrs and 46 mins
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Bushmaster 

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The amazing story of one man's obsession with an enigmatic and deadly reptile. Raymond Ditmars (1876-1942), the first curator of reptiles at New York's famous Bronx Zoo, brought cold-blooded animals to public attention as never before. Through wildly successful books and movies, he inspired a generation of zoologists with his fascination for snakes, insects, and other misunderstood creatures. Ditmars was among the most celebrated naturalists in America. His reptile-collecting trips for the zoo spawned newspaper headlines across the world. Although a serpent lover, he was all too aware of the devastating effects of snakebites and was instrumental in the development of antivenin. His films and writings brought him fame, but he remained a devoted zoo employee, doing what he loved most: caring for animals. Bushmaster tells the story of this remarkable man and what became an obsession with the mysterious bushmaster of the South American rainforest. Measuring up to 13 feet in length, this is the world's largest viper, and its scientific name, Lachesis muta, translates as "silent fate." Despite numerous expeditions to jungles from Honduras to Brazil, Ditmars could never capture a bushmaster for himself. Now, British author Dan Eatherley follows in Ditmars's footsteps, revisiting his early haunts in the United States and South America. He attempts to do what Ditmars himself failed to achieve: to find a bushmaster in the wild. But 80 years later, will Dan have any more luck? Through the author's own quest, Bushmaster reveals the life of a pioneer herpetologist, wildlife filmmaker, and zoo curator.

©2015 Dan Eatherley (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
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The Sky Below

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An epic memoir from a man whose life is defined by exploration and innovation, The Sky Below re-creates some of the most unforgettable adventures of our time. From dramatic, high-risk spacewalks to author Scott Parazynski's death-defying quest to summit Mount Everest - his body ravaged by a career in space - listeners will experience the life of an elite athlete, physician, and explorer. This intimate, compelling account offers a rare portrait of space exploration from the inside. A global nomad raised in the shadow of NASA's Apollo missions, Parazynski never lost sight of his childhood dream to one day don a spacesuit and float outside the airlock. With deep passion, unbridled creativity, resilience, humility, and self-deprecation, Parazynski chases his dream of the ultimate adventure experience, again and again and again. In an era that transitioned from moon shots to the Space Shuttle, space station, and Mars research, Parazynski flies with John Glenn, tests jet packs, trains in Russia to become a cosmonaut, and flies five missions to outer space (including seven spacewalks) in his seventeen-year NASA career. An unparalleled, visceral opportunity to understand what it's like to train for - and deploy to - a home in zero gravity, The Sky Below also portrays an astronaut's engagement with the challenges of his life on Earth, including raising a beautiful autistic daughter and finding true love.

©2017 Scott Parazynski (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Follow Me to Alaska

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A retired law enforcement officer turned pilot and a former math teacher chose to leave their home in Texas for a cabin in the wilderness of Alaska. They left life as they knew it behind to start fresh in the land of the Last Frontier. Their cabin on Cub Lake was only accessible by bush plane in the summer or snow machine during the winter, making life challenging. They knew their learning curve would be steep. What they didn't realize was living on a homestead in the wilderness of Alaska would make them face obstacles they had never experienced before. This new chapter forced them to take every skill that they had learned in their lives to the next level. Hunting, fishing, gardening, and flying would all become key to thriving off the grid. Arctic temperatures and wild animals in the Alaska bush provided countless adventures. These tales may make you laugh, make you cry, and might possibly inspire you to follow your own dreams! While enjoying the majestic nature surrounding them, they also learned to work together like never before. The two of them have dealt with everything from crazy chickens to bears, and ultimately even looked death squarely in the eyes. Throughout it all, Ann knew there was no place she would rather be than with Shon when he suggested, "Follow me to Alaska".

©2020 Ann Parker (P)2020 Ann Parker

Narrator: Theresa Bakken
Author: Ann Parker
Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
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Entretiens avec Martin Gray

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Martin Gray est un survivant de l'holocauste, enfermé à 14 ans dans le ghetto de Varsovie, puis déporté à Treblinka, il s'évadera, s'engagera dans l'armée rouge et entrera dans Berlin en 1945 au nom des siens qu'il a vu périr dans les camps de la mort. Quinze ans plus tard, il réussit dans les affaires et fonde une famille, gage d'espoir, de reconstruction et d'amour. Le 3 octobre 1970, sa femme Dina, et ses quatre enfants lui sont arrachés dans un incendie de forêt. Apôtre du XXe siècle, Martin Gray défend une spiritualité de l'amour sans dogme, où la réalisation de l'individu prend son essence dans la conscience de faire partie d'un tout : l'humanité.
En 1985, Marguerite Marniquet des éditions Didakhé, pressentira que malgré le formidable témoignage que laisse cet homme au travers de son œuvre de papier et de l'adaptation au cinéma de sa vie Au nom de tous les miens, il était nécessaire de recueillir cette voix chaude, assurée et tranquille qui défend l'identité humaine, l'éducation, et un idéal d'humanité.

©1985 Frémeaux & Associés / DP (P)1985 Frémeaux & Associés / DP

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Natural Rivals

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This dynamic examination traces the lives of two of the most influential figures - and their dueling approaches - on America’s natural landscape.  John Muir, the most famous naturalist in American history, protected Yosemite, cofounded the Sierra Club, and is sometimes called the Father of the National Parks. A poor immigrant, self-taught, individualistic, and skeptical of institutions, he had an idealistic belief in the spiritual benefits of holistic natural systems that led him to a philosophy of preserving wilderness unimpaired.  Gifford Pinchot founded the US Forest Service and advised his friend Theodore Roosevelt on environmental policy. Raised in wealth, educated in privilege, and interested in how institutions and community can overcome failures in individual virtue, Pinchot’s pragmatic belief in professional management led him to a philosophy of sustainably conserving natural resources.  When these rivaling perspectives meet, what happens? For decades, the story of their relationship has been told as a split between the conservation and preservation philosophies, sparked by a proposal to dam a remote Yosemite valley called Hetch Hetchy. But a decade before that argument, Muir and Pinchot camped together alongside Montana’s jewel-like Lake McDonald in what was at the heart of a region not yet consecrated as Glacier National Park.  At stake in 1896 was the new idea that some landscapes should be collectively, permanently owned by a democratic government. Although many people today think of public lands as an American birthright, their very existence was then in doubt and dependent on a merger of the talents of these two men. Natural Rivals examines a time of environmental threat and political dysfunction not unlike our own and reveals the complex dynamic that gave birth to America’s rich public lands legacy.

©2019 John Clayton (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Richard Powers
Author: John Clayton
Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
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Adventures for a Lifetime

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An inspiring selection of hand-picked adventures, chosen by Ed Stafford. For those who don’t mind a bit of discomfort in order to experience the wilder side of our amazing planet. Open your mind and reboot your soul with these unforgettable adventures. Get a taste of total freedom as you soar like an eagle over mountains and lakes Come face to fin with ocean giants as you kayak spectacular coastlines Strap on your skis and head off for an adventure in the frozen wastes Experience jaw-dropping sights and lung-bursting trails from the seat of your saddle and more "Life is for going out into the open. Life is for exploring, for feeling cold and vulnerable, for finding new possibilities and new opportunities." (Ed Stafford)

©2018 Ed Stafford (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Survival Mentality: The Psychology of Staying Alive

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Have you ever wondered how you could possibly survive a physical assault or imagined what you would do if someone followed you in a dark parking lot? Most likely you have - it’s human nature to wonder. Most of us never get past those theoretical questions because we just don’t want to think about it. But what if we did? In Survival Mentality: The Psychology of Staying Alive, you’ll learn how to prepare now to give yourself the very best chance of surviving a life-threatening emergency.   When we hear about someone surviving a great challenge, we often hear that the person “rose to the occasion”. But in fact, psychologists find that people do not rise to the occasion. In moments of terror, people revert to their lowest level of training and preparation. Knowing that, the trick is to bring up your “lowest level” by continually improving your training and preparation, practicing for survival now, and building the resilience that will sustain you in times of adversity.    In this course, you’ll learn to identify and strengthen specific psychological factors to give yourself the best possible chance of survival, no matter what type of critical incident you face. Among other elements, Professor Zarse discusses the importance of internal locus of control, identifying and acting on instincts, managing emotions, and understanding the power of your capabilities.    In Survival Mentality: The Psychology of Staying Alive, you’ll not only explore survival skills and strategies, but you’ll also hear the stories of individuals who used those techniques to survive real-world situations. Through the details of their stories, Professor Zarse helps you identify the psychological factors that served them best.   Many of the survivors that are discussed in this course had no specific survival training, but their life experiences had helped them build significant psychological strengths. These survivors had what it took. In this course, you’ll learn that you, too, can build what it takes to survive in a crisis.  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2020 The Great Courses (P)2020 The Teaching Company, LLC

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Michael Palin: Sahara

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Michael Palin's epic voyages have seen him circumnavigate the globe, travel from the North to the South Pole, and circle the countries of the Pacific Ocean, but perhaps the greatest single challenge he has faced is his latest: a crossing of the vast and merciless Sahara Desert. As the journey unfolds, the Sahara reveals not only the emptiness of endless sand dunes, but a huge and diverse range of cultures and landscapes, and a long history of civilisation, trade, commerce, and conquest. He walks with nomadic herders and rides with a camel caravan through Niger, scales the Hoggar Mountains and flies into the oilfields of Algeria, before investigating Colonel Gaddafi's Libya and the stunning classical remains of Tunisia, where Life of Brian was filmed and Palin crucified. This is Michael Palin, explorer-adventurer, at his hard-pressed best.

©2002 Michael Palin (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Michael Palin
Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
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Admiral of the Ocean Sea

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Winner of the 1943 Pulitzer Prize for Biography Admiral of the Ocean Sea is Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison's classic biography of the greatest sailor of them all, Christopher Columbus. It is written with the insight, energy, and authority that only someone who had himself sailed in Columbus's path to the New World could muster. Morison undertook this expedition in a 147-foot schooner and a 47-foot ketch, the dimensions of these craft roughly matching those of Columbus's Santa Maria and Nina. The result is this vivid and definitive biography that accurately details the voyages that, for better or worse, changed the world. Samuel Eliot Morison, Rear Admiral, United States Naval Reserve (1887–1976), was an American historian noted for his works of history, especially maritime history, that were both authoritative and highly readable. At various times he held teaching positions at Berkeley, Oxford, and Harvard. A sailor as well as a scholar, he garnered numerous literary prizes, military honors, and national awards from both foreign countries and United States, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His Admiral of the Ocean Sea won the 1943 Pulitzer Prize for biography.

©1942 Samuel Eliot Morison; Renewed 1970 by Samuel Eliot Morison (P)1995 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Length: 25 hrs and 57 mins
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Getting Out Alive

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A true story.... A harrowing plane crash took the lives of two people and plunged 16-year-old Autumn Veatch into the middle of the rugged Cascade Mountains. Injured, alone, and lost, she defies all odds to make it out alive. This short story is a true account of a brave young woman's survival. Not only was Autumn the sole survivor of the crash, but she then hiked for nearly three days through some of the most unforgiving terrain in the country. Find out what it takes to be a survivor.

©2015 Autumn Veatch (P)2016 Tara Ellis

Narrator: Tara Ellis
Author: Tara Ellis
Length: 36 mins
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Ernest Hemingway

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A revelatory look into the life and work of Ernest Hemingway, considered in his time to be the greatest living American novelist and short story writer, winner of the 1953 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. Mary Dearborn's new biography gives the richest and most nuanced portrait to date of this complex, enigmatically unique American artist, whose same uncontrollable demons that inspired and drove him throughout his life undid him at the end and whose seven novels and six short story collections informed - and are still informing - fiction writing generations after his death.

©2017 Mary V. Dearborn (P)2017 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

Narrator: Tanya Eby
Length: 29 hrs and 40 mins
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Nel mare ci sono i coccodrilli

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Nava, a sud di Kabul. Gli uomini di un ricco mercante bussano alla porta: un gruppo di banditi ha rubato un camion e ucciso il guidatore e ora, come risarcimento per la merce perduta, pretendono il figlio Enaiatollah. Per salvare il ragazzino di nove anni, la madre compie la più dolorosa delle scelte: lo porta in Pakistan e lì lo abbandona. Qui ha inizio l'incredibile viaggio di Enaiatollah che lo porterà in Italia passando per l'Iran, la Turchia e la Grecia. Oggi Enaiatollah vive con una famiglia affidataria, lavora come mediatore e studia a Torino, la città dove ha conosciuto Fabio Geda con il quale ha ricostruito la storia della sua incredibile vicenda. Versione integrale.

©2010 Baldini Castoldi Dalai editore (P)2010 Emons Italia s.r.l.

Narrator: Paolo Briguglia
Author: Fabio Geda
Length: 4 hrs and 11 mins
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I Had to Survive

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On October 13, 1972, a Uruguayan Air Force plane carrying members of the Old Christians rugby team - and many of their friends and family members - crashed into the Andes Mountains. I Had to Survive offers a gripping and heartrending recollection of the harrowing, brink-of-death experience that propelled survivor Roberto Canessa to become one of the world's leading pediatric cardiologists. As he tended to his wounded teammates amid the devastating carnage of the wreck, rugby player Roberto Canessa, a second-year medical student at the time, realized that no one on Earth was luckier: He was alive - and for that, he should be eternally grateful. As the starving group struggled beyond the limits of what seemed possible, Canessa played a key role in safeguarding his fellow survivors, eventually trekking with a companion across the hostile mountain range for help. This fine line between life and death became the catalyst for the rest of his life. This uplifting tale of hope and determination, solidarity and ingenuity, gives vivid insight into a world-famous story. Canessa also draws a unique and fascinating parallel between his work as a doctor performing arduous heart surgeries on infants and unborn babies and the difficult life-changing decisions he was forced to make in the Andes. With grace and humanity, Canessa prompts us to ask ourselves, what do you do when all the odds are stacked against you?

©2016 Dr. Roberto Canessa (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Endeavour

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Endeavour is the story of a ship, an idea, and a way of looking at the world. It is grounded in the Enlightenment, an age of endeavors, with Britain consumed by the impulse for grand projects undertaken at speed. Endeavour was also the name given to a collier - a commonplace coal-carrying vessel - made of oak, bought by the Royal Navy in 1768. No one could have guessed it would go on to become the most significant ship in the chronicle of British exploration. As Charles Darwin wrote, Endeavour added an entire hemisphere to the civilized world when it carried Captain James Cook on his first major voyage, newly charting the existence of New Zealand and the eastern coast of Australia. 

Endeavour also had a role in American history. During the battles for control of New York in 1776, she witnessed the bloody birth of the republic. As well as carrying botanists, a Polynesian priest, and the remains of the first kangaroo to arrive in Britain, she transported Hessian soldiers to American shores as well as Newcastle coal. NASA ultimately named a space shuttle in her honor. But to others she was a toxic symbol of empire, responsible for dispossession and disruption. 

The first history of its kind, Peter Moore's Endeavour: The Ship That Changed the World is the epic telling of the ship's many lives. Using meticulous research, Moore tells the story of one of history's most defining sailing ships, and in turn shines new light on the ambition and consequences of the Enlightenment. 

Winner of the Mary Soames Award for History. A Sunday Times (London) best seller.

©2019 Peter Moore (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Ric Jerrom
Author: Peter Moore
Length: 19 hrs and 37 mins
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The Bad Room

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After years of physical and mental abuse, Jade thought her kindly foster mother would be the answer to her prayers. She was wrong....  This is her staggering true story.  ‘This must be what prison is like,’ I thought as another hour crawled by. In fact, prison would be better...at least you knew your sentence. You could tick off the days until you got out. In the Bad Room we had no idea how long we’d serve. After years of constant abuse, Jade thought her foster mother, Linda Black, would be the answer to her prayers. Loving and nurturing, she offered 10-year-old Jade a life free of fear.  But once the regular social-worker checks stopped, Linda turned, and over the next six years Jade and three other girls were kept prisoner in a bedroom they called the ‘bad room’.  Shut away for 16 hours at a time, they were starved, violently beaten, forbidden from speaking or using the toilet and routinely humiliated. Jade was left feeling broken and suicidal.  This is the powerful, true story of how one woman banished the ghosts of her past by taking dramatic action to protect the life of every vulnerable child in care.

©2020 Jade Kelly (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Narrator: Caro Clarke
Author: Jade Kelly
Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
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Lewis and Clark

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On May 14, 1804, a party of explorers dispatched by President Thomas Jefferson set off up the Missouri River into America's newly acquired Louisiana Territory. Under the leadership of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, the men of the Corps of Discovery would cross the continent and into history.

©2015 American Heritage (P)2017 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

Narrator: Joe Barrett
Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
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Gold!

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A riveting true account of gold rush fever in mid-19th-century America, rich with the thrilling exploits of daring fortune seekers and dangerous outlaws. America was never the same after January 24, 1848. It was on that day that a carpenter named James Marshall discovered a tiny nugget of gold while building a sawmill at Sutter's Fort, just east of Sacramento, California. Marshall's find ignited a fever the nation had never known before, drawing people from all over the country to the West Coast with high hopes of getting rich quick. Over the next six years, 300,000 prospectors raced to the California gold fields to make their fortunes, leaving their lands and families behind in order to chase a dream of easy wealth but all too often encountering a reality of lawlessness, disease, cruelty, and death. A former columnist for the New York Times, author Fred Rosen takes listeners back to the seminal moment when the American dream exploded. Chock full of fascinating details, unforgettable characters, and shocking real-life events, the captivating true story of the California gold rush brings an era of unparalleled change to breathtaking life. Rosen's enthralling history of the gold rush of 1848 demonstrates how this golden ideal was supplanted by a culture of selfishness and greed that endures in America to this very day.

©2005 Fred Rosen; This edition published in 2015 by Open Road Integrated Media, Inc. (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

Author: Fred Rosen
Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
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Conversation with the Mind

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Now is the time to clear your mind and set it on the right path! Throughout life, you experience so many emotions, decisions, people, and situations. It lies in your conscience to learn from life and handle it the right way. Afi Kingdom is an author, international podcaster, mindset coach, and an efficient educator. He tries to share his life's experiences through skills to shape and manipulate personalities, relationships, style, confidence, and other essential elements of living. His style of writing is truly captivating and makes the listeners lose themselves into his words only to find themselves in a better position. Through his intriguing and strategically effective communication skills, he brings out the following:  Puzzles and examples that excavates a deeper self Directions to find, reconstruct, and re-model your thoughts Bemusing truths about the real purpose of existence Knowing how to manipulate and control oneself and others The skills to win and lead in situations Reveals hidden emotions through purgation and catharsis Building the right ego, attitude, and confidence The hidden instincts of men and women Physical and mental desires of life and their meaning  Throughout this book, Afi talks to the mind so powerfully and persuasively that his presence is felt by the listeners in a rather disturbingly pleasant manner. His strong words make one constantly doubt and lose oneself to discover an enlightened stance in life. His questions, teachings, advice, and answers alter one's mind and soul to a path of wisdom. He communicates in a way where the listeners submit themselves to learn his lessons. Afi makes one open up their mind and heart to know the real hidden secrets and powers. This is a counseling experience of learning, aspiring, and developing into a self-aware individual in the journey of life.

©2020 Afi Kingdom (P)2020 Afi Kingdom

Narrator: Connor Heather
Author: Afi Kingdom
Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
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The Ice at the End of the World

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A riveting, urgent account of the explorers and scientists racing to understand the rapidly melting ice sheet in Greenland, a dramatic harbinger of climate change. “Jon Gertner takes readers to spots few journalists or even explorers have visited. The result is a gripping and important book.” (Elizabeth Kolbert, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sixth Extinction) Named One of the Best Books of the Year by The Washington Post • Christian Science Monitor • Library Journal Greenland: a remote, mysterious island five times the size of California but with a population of just 56,000. The ice sheet that covers it is 700 miles wide and 1,500 miles long, and is composed of nearly three quadrillion tons of ice. For the last 150 years, explorers and scientists have sought to understand Greenland - at first hoping that it would serve as a gateway to the North Pole, and later coming to realize that it contained essential information about our climate. Locked within this vast and frozen white desert are some of the most profound secrets about our planet and its future. Greenland’s ice doesn’t just tell us where we’ve been. More urgently, it tells us where we’re headed.  In The Ice at the End of the World, Jon Gertner explains how Greenland has evolved from one of earth’s last frontiers to its largest scientific laboratory. The history of Greenland’s ice begins with the explorers who arrived here at the turn of the 20th century - first on foot, then on skis, then on crude, motorized sleds - and embarked on grueling expeditions that took as long as a year and often ended in frostbitten tragedy. Their original goal was simple: to conquer Greenland’s seemingly infinite interior. Yet their efforts eventually gave way to scientists who built lonely encampments out on the ice and began drilling - one mile, two miles down. Their aim was to pull up ice cores that could reveal the deepest mysteries of earth’s past, going back hundreds of thousands of years.  Today, scientists from all over the world are deploying every technological tool available to uncover the secrets of this frozen island before it’s too late. As Greenland’s ice melts and runs off into the sea, it not only threatens to affect hundreds of millions of people who live in coastal areas. It will also have drastic effects on ocean currents, weather systems, economies, and migration patterns.  Gertner chronicles the unfathomable hardships, amazing discoveries, and scientific achievements of the Arctic’s explorers and researchers with a transporting, deeply intelligent style - and a keen sense of what this work means for the rest of us. The melting ice sheet in Greenland is, in a way, an analog for time. It contains the past. It reflects the present. It can also tell us how much time we might have left.

©2019 Jon Gertner (P)2019 Random House Audio

Author: Jon Gertner
Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
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From Pole to Pole

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Roald Amundsen was the most successful polar explorer of his era using sledges, dogs, skis, and ships. He is mainly remembered for being the first man to reach the South Pole on December 14, 1911. What is less often remembered is that he was also the first man to reach the North Pole on May 12, 1926, as the leader of the Amundsen-Ellsworth-Nobile expedition in the airship Norge. His involvement in aviation, from his experiments with man-lifting kites in 1909 to his death in 1928 while flying from Norway to Spitsbergen, has not been the subject of a detailed study - until now. From Pole to Pole explores Amundsen's enthusiasm for flight from the moment he read about Blriot's flight across the English Channel in an airplane. In June 1928 Amundsen and five companions took off in a search-and-rescue flight for the missing airship Italia and were never seen again. The only traces of the men and their aircraft were a tip float and an empty fuel tank that washed up on the coast of Northern Norway several months later. Searches of the seabed near Bear Island for the remains of the Latham 47 flying boat he was flying in took place in 2004 and 2009, and interest in the mystery of his disappearance remains high.

©2013 Garth James Cameron; First North American edition 2014; First Skyhorse Publishing edition 2014 (P)2015 Audible Inc.

Narrator: Stephen Hoye
Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
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On Call in the Arctic

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Imagine a young doctor, trained in the latest medical knowledge and state-of-the-art equipment, suddenly transported back to one of the world’s most isolated and unforgiving environments - Nome, Alaska. That’s what happen to Dr. Sims. His plans to become a pediatric surgeon were drastically changed when, on the eve of being drafted into the army to serve as a MASH surgeon in Vietnam, he was offered a commission in the US Public Health for assignment in Anchorage, Alaska, where he was scheduled to act as chief of pediatrics at the Alaska Native Medical Center.  But life changed along with his military orders when he learned he was being transferred from Anchorage to work as the only physician in Nome. There, he had the awesome responsibility of rendering medical care under archaic conditions to the population of this frontier town plus 13 Eskimo villages in the surrounding Norton Sound area. And he did it alone, with little help and support. All the while, he was pegged as both an “outsider” and an employee of the much-derided federal government.  In order to do his job, Dr. Sims had to overcome racism, cultural prejudices, and hostility from those who would have liked to see him sent packing. On Call in the Arctic reveals the thrills and the terrors of frontier medicine, showing how Dr. Sims had to rely upon his instincts, improvise, and persevere against all odds in order to help his patients on the icy shores of the Bering Sea.

©2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC (P)2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Narrator: Sean Pratt
Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
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Resta con me

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Giovani, innamorati e con un roseo futuro di fronte, Tami Oldham e il suo fidanzato Richard Sharp hanno trascorso alcuni mesi a visitare le isole polinesiane a bordo di una piccola barca a vela. Sono skipper provetti, e la proposta di portare l'Hazana, un modernissimo yacht a vela, fino al porto di San Diego è per loro un'occasione imperdibile che accettano con entusiasmo. Quando salpano da Tahiti il cielo è limpido e azzurro, ma a poco più di due settimane dalla partenza scoprono che un violento uragano sta facendo rotta su di loro, e avanza così velocemente che non c'è modo di sfuggirgli. È una delle tempeste più violente della storia, e i due giovani si ritrovano ad affrontare pioggia battente, onde alte come grattacieli e venti che soffiano a quasi 260 chilometri all'ora. Tami scende sotto coperta, e proprio mentre si sta assicurando con una cima sente Richard gridare. Un rumore assordante, e poi il buio. Tami rimane incosciente per ore. Quando si risveglia l'imbarcazione è semidistrutta. Non ci sono navi né terra in vista, solo una sconfinata distesa d'acqua tutto intorno. "Resta con me" è la storia di due giovani e di quarantun giorni trascorsi in alto mare su un'imbarcazione che è poco più di un relitto, senza motore né alberi, con la strumentazione di bordo in avaria e una riserva d'acqua e cibo limitata. Ma è soprattutto una storia che parla di sopravvivenza, di forza di volontà e di resilienza, e della straordinaria forza dell'amore.

©2018 HarperCollins Italia S.p.A. (P)2019 HarperCollins Italia S.p.A.

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Quer durch Afrika - Von Tripolis nach Murzuk in Libyen

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Der Norddeutsche Gerhard Rohlfs (1831-1896) ging 1856 als Fremdenlegionär nach Algerien und lernte Arabisch. In den nächsten Jahren unternahm er mehrere Expeditionen nach Timbuktu und erreichte als erster Europäer die Oase Tafilalet. Im Mai 1865 versuchte er von Tripolis aus die Sahara zu durchqueren, was ihm mit einigen Umwegen auch gelang. So musste er schon in Ghadames die Route wegen feindlicher Tuareg ändern und reiste stattdessen über Murzuk im Fessan zum Tschadsee und weiter über den Niger, bis er 1867 Lagos am Golf von Guinea erreichte.

©gemeinfrei (P)2017 Audiobuch Verlag OHG

Narrator: Frank Stieren
Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
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Christopher Columbus

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Did Christopher Columbus discover America or a route to the Far East? He was an Italian explorer, navigator, and colonist who had a singular goal toward which he was driven. His courage was astounding, as he and his three small ships set sail across the Atlantic Ocean. Columbus and his men took precarious and dangerous journeys toward a blue horizon. All they had to depend upon were nautical charts, an astrolabe, and a quadrant. The maps he used were developed by more ancient astronomers such as Ptolemy and Eratosthenes – men who had never sailed the great sea. Inside, you’ll read about: Birth of the dream Stumbling blocks The first voyage westward The first voyage home The second voyage The third voyage and the troubles The final voyage and death And much more! Do not hesitate. Order your copy now!

©2019 The History Hour (P)2020 The History Hour

Narrator: Delaine Daniels
Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
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Imperfect Union

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Steve Inskeep tells the riveting story of John and Jessie Frémont, the husband and wife team who in the 1800s were instrumental in the westward expansion of the United States, and thus became America's first great political couple. John C. Frémont, one of the United States' leading explorers of the 19th century, was relatively unknown in 1842, when he commanded the first of his expeditions to the uncharted West. But in only a few years, he was one of the most acclaimed people of the age - known as a wilderness explorer, best-selling writer, gallant army officer, and latter-day conquistador, who in 1846 began the United States' takeover of California from Mexico. He was not even 40 years old when Americans began naming mountains and towns after him. He had perfect timing, exploring the West just as it captured the nation’s attention. But the most important factor in his fame may have been the person who made it all possible: his wife, Jessie Benton Frémont. Jessie, the daughter of a United States senator who was deeply involved in the West, provided her husband with entrée to the highest levels of government and media, and his career reached new heights only a few months after their elopement. During a time when women were allowed to make few choices for themselves, Jessie - who herself aspired to roles in exploration and politics - threw her skill and passion into promoting her husband. She worked to carefully edit and publicize his accounts of his travels, attracted talented young men to his circle, and lashed out at his enemies. She became her husband’s political adviser, as well as a power player in her own right. In 1856, the famous couple strategized as John became the first-ever presidential nominee of the newly established Republican Party. With rare detail and in consummate style, Steve Inskeep tells the story of a couple whose joint ambitions and talents intertwined with those of the nascent United States itself. Taking advantage of expanding news media, aided by an increasingly literate public, the two linked their names to the three great national movements of the time - westward settlement, women’s rights, and opposition to slavery. Together, John and Jessie Frémont took parts in events that defined the country and gave rise to a new, more global America. Theirs is a surprisingly modern tale of ambition and fame; they lived in a time of social and technological disruption and divisive politics that foreshadowed our own. In Imperfect Union, as Inskeep navigates these deeply transformative years through Jessie and John’s own union, he reveals how the Frémonts’ adventures amount to nothing less than a tour of the early American soul.

©2020 Steve Inskeep (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Steve Inskeep
Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
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Trespassing Across America

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Told with sincerity, humor, and wit, Trespassing Across America is both a fascinating account of one man's remarkable journey along the Keystone XL pipeline and a meditation on climate change, the beauty of the natural world, and the extremes to which we can push ourselves - both physically and mentally. It started as a far-fetched idea - to hike the entire length of the proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline. But in the months that followed, it grew into something more for Ken Ilgunas. It became an irresistible adventure - an opportunity not only to draw attention to global warming but to explore his personal limits. So in September 2012, he strapped on his backpack, stuck out his thumb on the interstate just north of Denver, Colorado, and hitchhiked 1,500 miles to the Alberta tar sands. Once there, he turned around and began his 1,900-mile trek to the XL's endpoint on the Gulf Coast of Texas, a journey he would complete entirely on foot, almost exclusively walking across private property. Both a travel memoir and a reflection on climate change, Trespassing Across America is filled with colorful characters, harrowing physical trials, and strange encounters with the weather, terrain, and animals of America's plains. A tribute to the Great Plains and the people who live there, Ilgunas' memoir grapples with difficult questions about our place in the world: What is our personal responsibility as stewards of the land? As members of a rapidly warming planet? As mere individuals up against something as powerful as the fossil fuel industry? Ultimately, Trespassing Across America is a call to embrace the belief that a life lived not half wild is a life only half lived.

©2016 Ken Ilgunas (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Andrew Eiden
Author: Ken Ilgunas
Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
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Tidevand

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"Alvorsfuld tale til mennesker, der lytter. Til mennesker, der har et behov. Til mennesker, der tænker selv. Ikke til mennesker der kun lever i nuet. Hvor mange vil huske ordene? Vil nogen huske dem? Måske ikke denne gang, for de er allerede beskæftiget med så meget andet."Kai Karnøe arbejdede i mange år som praktiserende læge på vadehavsøen Mandø. Han har tidligere skrevet bøger om sine egne oplevelser, men bogen "Tidevand" er bygget på præsten Henrik Bruuns notater fra omkring 1806. Henrik Bruun levede fra 1766 til 1821, og hans notater giver et spændende indblik i livet på Mandø i slutningen af 1700-tallet. Kai Karnøe var dansk læge og forfatter. Han blev født i 1917 og har blandt andet udgivet erindringsbogen "Fra det største til det mindste", der fortæller om hans oplevelser som praktiserende læge i Grønland, Midtjylland, Vendsyssel og på Mandø.

©2019 Lindhardt og Ringhof (P)2019 Lindhardt og Ringhof

Narrator: Kjeld Høegh
Author: Kai Karnøe
Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
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Portrait of a Survivor

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Domestic violence is a real issue in our world that is not gender-specific (some men suffer as victims, too), nor is it something that is limited to a region. This is a worldwide problem. Sadly, not everyone who has become victims of domestic violence make it out alive. While many do get out, the question is, do they stay out?  Recidivism is not just a problem that fills up jails. It is a problem that has frustrated many who has tried to help the victim of abuse escape their abuser. Then, there is the unexpected turn of events wherein the victim changes face to become the abuser.  What every individual need to know, if they are victims themselves or if a family member or friend is a victim, is that it is possible to escape the bondage of abuse completely, never to return to it.  Portrait of a Survivor tells the story of how one woman's struggle to escape domestic violence turned into a determination to overcome it by rising above it and helping others find the strength to survive also. Buy the audiobook today!

©2019 Jodi Serino-Barbour (P)2019 Jodi Serino-Barbour

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Length: 1 hr and 1 min
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The Dawn Watch

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“Enlightening, compassionate, superb” (John Le Carré) Winner of the 2018 Cundhill History Prize. A New York Times Book Review notable book of 2017. One of the New York Times 100 notable books of 2017.  A visionary exploration of the life and times of Joseph Conrad, his turbulent age of globalization, and our own, from one of the most exciting young historians writing today. Migration, terrorism, the tensions between global capitalism and nationalism, and a communications revolution: These forces shaped Joseph Conrad's destiny at the dawn of the 20th century. In this brilliant new interpretation of one of the great voices in modern literature, Maya Jasanoff reveals Conrad as a prophet of globalization. As an immigrant from Poland to England, and in travels from Malaya to Congo to the Caribbean, Conrad navigated an interconnected world and captured it in a literary oeuvre of extraordinary depth. His life story delivers a history of globalization from the inside out and reflects powerfully on the aspirations and challenges of the modern world.  Joseph Conrad was born Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski in 1857, to Polish parents in the Russian Empire. At 16 he left the landlocked heart of Europe to become a sailor and for the next 20 years travelled the world's oceans before settling permanently in England as an author. He saw the surging, competitive "new imperialism" that planted a flag in almost every populated part of the globe. He got a close look, too, at the places "beyond the end of telegraph cables and mail-boat lines", and the hypocrisy of the West's most cherished ideals.  In a compelling blend of history, biography, and travelogue, Maya Jasanoff follows Conrad's routes and the stories of his four greatest works - The Secret Agent, Lord Jim, Heart of Darkness, and Nostromo. Genre-bending, intellectually thrilling, and deeply humane, The Dawn Watch embarks on a spellbinding expedition into the dark heart of Conrad's world - and through it to our own. 

©2017 Maya Jasanoff (P)2017 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Laurel Lekfow
Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
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Labyrinth of Kingdoms

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A true story that rivals the travels of Burton or Stanley for excitement, and surpasses them in scientific achievements. In 1849 Heinrich Barth joined a small British expedition into unexplored regions of Islamic North and Central Africa. One by one his companions died, but he carried on alone, eventually reaching the fabled city of gold, Timbuktu. His five-and-a-half-year, 10,000-mile adventure ranks among the greatest journeys in the annals of exploration, and his discoveries are considered indispensable by modern scholars of Africa. Yet because of shifting politics, European preconceptions about Africa, and his own thorny personality, Barth has been almost forgotten. The general public has never heard of him, his epic journey, or his still-pertinent observations about Africa and Islam; and his monumental five-volume Travels and Discoveries in North and Central Africa is rare even in libraries. Though he made his journey for the British government, he has never had a biography in English. Barth and his achievements have fallen through a crack in history.

©2012 Steve Kemper (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Ed Phillips
Author: Steve Kemper
Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
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The Fort of Young Saplings

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Vanessa Veselka grew up a child in motion. After her parents split, she'd lived in nine states by the age of seven, eventually landing with her mother in 1970s Greenwich Village. Along the way she became enthralled with a distant part of her identity: her father's ceremonial adoption into the Tlingit, an Alaskan native people of legendary martial prowess. As an adult her childhood memories of Tlingit warrior tales would transform into a quest to understand her own connection to a distant people and their history. In that history Veselka ultimately found a deeper mystery--that of the Tlingit's legendary battle against Russian colonizers. In 1804 sailors of the Russian Empire had orders to take Sitka, Alaska's strategic outpost protected by Tlingit warriors whose bird-beaked helmets and spears had already repelled several Russian expeditions. The Tlingit oral histories of the battle, passed down for hundreds of years, treated it as a victory. But when Veselka began researching it, she learned that the battle had been recorded in Western history as a Russian triumph. How could the two sides have such divergent accounts? And by understanding why, could Veselka find a new connection to the Tlingit herself? The Fort of Young Saplings is a genre-defying journey into the intersection of personal and geopolitical history, an exploration of how we're shaped by the stories we tell about ourselves--and what happens when those stories shift beneath our feet.

©2014 Vanessa Veselka, The Atavist (P)2014 Vanessa Veselka, The Atavist

Narrator: Vanessa Veselka
Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
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Ask an Astronaut

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What happens when you sneeze in space? Was it fun to do a space walk? How squashed were you in the capsule on the way back? What were your feelings as you looked down on Earth for the first time? Were you ever scared? Where to next - the moon, Mars, or beyond? Based on his historic mission to the International Space Station, Ask an Astronaut is Tim Peake's guide to life in space and his answers to the thousands of questions he has been asked since his return to Earth. With explanations ranging from the mundane (how do you wash your clothes or go to the bathroom while in orbit?) to the profound (do humans have a duty to explore the unknown?), all written in Tim's characteristically warm style, Tim shares his thoughts on every aspect of space exploration. From training for the mission to launch to his historic spacewalk to reentry, he reveals for listeners of all ages the cutting-edge science behind his groundbreaking experiments and the wonders of daily life onboard the International Space Station.

©2017 Tim Peake (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Author: Tim Peake
Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
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Wie ich Livingstone fand

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Der britisch-amerikanische Journalist Henry Morton Stanley (1841-1904) erhielt 1869 den Auftrag, den verschollenen David Livingstone zu suchen. Livingstone war Arzt, Missionar und ein berühmter Afrikaforscher, der 1866 zu den ostafrikanischen Seen aufgebrochen war. Stanley ließ sich mit der Erfüllung seines Auftrags viel Zeit, berichtete von der Eröffnung des Suezkanals und von Ausgrabungen in Jerusalem, bevor er 1871 aufbrach. Am 10.11.1871 traf er in der Nähe des Tanganjikasees auf den Verschollenen, den er mit der berühmten Frage begrüßte: "Doctor Livingstone, I presume?" ("Dr. Livingstone, wie ich vermute?")

©gemeinfrei (P)2017 Audiobuch Verlag OHG

Narrator: Wolfgang Berger
Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
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Blue Highways

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Hailed as a masterpiece of American travel writing, Blue Highways is an unforgettable journey along our nation's backroads. William Least Heat-Moon set out with little more than the need to put home behind him and a sense of curiosity about "those little towns that get on the map-if they get on at all-only because some cartographer has a blank space to fill: Remote, Oregon; Simplicity, Virginia; New Freedom, Pennsylvania; New Hope, Tennessee; Why, Arizona; Whynot, Mississippi." His adventures, his discoveries, and his recollections of the extraordinary people he encountered along the way amount to a revelation of the true American experience.

©1982 William Least Heat-Moon (P)2013 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Joe Barrett
Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
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Nat Love: The Life and Legacy of the Former Slave Who Became the Wild West's Most Famous Black Cowboy

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“Mounted on my horse my...lariat near my hand, and my trusty guns in my belt...I felt like I could defy the world.” (Nat Love) The American mountain man, with his myriad of practical skills, could endure isolation in a way most could not. He lived in constant peril from the extremes of nature and from the hostilities of cultures unlike his own. In an emergency, assistance was rarely available, and he rarely stayed in one place long enough to build even a simple shelter. Travel in the American West relied upon a specific calendar, and to ignore it could be fatal, as many discovered, to their misfortune. Winter in the mountainous regions of the Rocky Mountains and Cascades was lethally cold to explorer and settler alike, but desert areas and grass plains presented difficulties as well. The network of rivers flowing west of the Mississippi on both sides of the continental divide served as early highways to the Wyoming and Montana regions, the Oregon Territory, Utah and Colorado, and the California southwest. Some were placidly tranquil, while others raged through the extreme elevations, all but defying navigation.  Explorers, soldiers, and settlers of African-American heritage comprise an unfamiliar story to most students of American history. However, in the push westward, they were present in sufficient enough numbers to exert great influence on the nation’s development. Among the earliest accounts is that of Isabel de Olvera, who settled in New Mexico around the year of 1600, and it is estimated that by 1750, 25 percent of Albuquerque’s population shared discernible African ancestry. York, the well-known servant of Lewis and Clark, accompanied the legendary expedition under the auspices of the Jefferson administration, and Edward Rose traveled up the Missouri River in the same era. Within just a few years, Pio Pico became the governor of California, and George Bush became one of the first black men to travel the Oregon Trail, opening that route to a flood of settlers over a 10-year period. In parallel with these individuals came a number of black frontiersmen who participated in the exploration of the Western terrain, said to have numbered in the dozens. Seldom heard but notable names of black figures in the West include trick rodeo rider Jesse Stahl, stunt rider and castle rustler Ned Huddleston, and Bass Reeves, the first black deputy U.S. Marshal. Isom Dart and Willie Bill Pickett also garnered some fame in the era.  Needless to say, such a career was an unusual destiny for those who emerged from the system of slavery. Emancipation for an American slave generally involved a dangerous and illegal trek on foot toward the north, or through the Underground Railroad network operating between states east of the Mississippi. Given the illiteracy rates of the day, few tangible accounts of such journeys have survived, but one glaring exception is that of Nat Love, one of the most famous folk legends of the 19th century. In a journey spanning many decades, Love tried his hand at virtually every line of work related to Western life, and he is generally regarded as an emblematic all-around virtuoso of the cattle range, an environment demanding proficiency in numerous activities on a daily basis. His status is not only due in part to his highly developed skills, but also the fact that he wrote of his life in an extensive set of published memoirs.  Nat Love: The Life and Legacy of the Former Slave Who Became the Wild West’s Most Famous Black Cowboy chronicles the colorful life of Nat Love and the legends that sprung up around him over time. You will learn about Nat Love like never before.

©2019 Charles River Editors (P)2020 Charles River Editors

Narrator: Delaine Daniels
Length: 1 hr and 43 mins
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My 48 Years at Sea

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Completely revised and updated for 2020, My 48 Years at Sea provides the reader with a fascinating look at the life of a merchant seaman in the 20th century. His adventures include harrowing stories of survival on storm-tossed ships, funny anecdotes of unforgettable characters encountered on his journeys and the rescue of stranded Vietnamese refugees looking for a better life. Since the publication of the first edition of his story, Pedersen has been fortunate enough to reconnect with some of the people he helped those many years ago, and their stories are also included.

©2020 Georg Pedersen (P)2020 Georg Pedersen

Narrator: JaCee Voice
Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
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The Storied City

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To Westerners, the name Timbuktu long conjured a tantalizing paradise, an African El Dorado where even the slaves wore gold. Beginning in the late 18th century, a series of explorers gripped by the fever for "discovery" tried repeatedly to reach the fabled city. But one expedition after another went disastrously awry, succumbing to attack, the climate, and disease. Timbuktu was rich in another way, too. A medieval center of learning, it was home to tens of thousands - according to some, hundreds of thousands - of ancient manuscripts on subjects ranging from religion to poetry, law to history, pharmacology, and astronomy. When al-Qaeda-linked jihadists surged across Mali in 2012, threatening the existence of these precious documents, a remarkable thing happened: a team of librarians and archivists joined forces to spirit the manuscripts into hiding. Relying on extensive research and firsthand reporting, Charlie English expertly twines these two suspenseful strands into a fraught and fascinating account of one of the planet's extraordinary places and the myths from which it has become inseparable.

©2017 Charlie English (P)2017 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Enn Reitel
Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
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Carry On: Stan Zuray's Journey from Boston Greaser to Alaskan Homesteader

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In 1960s inner-city Boston, Stan Zuray had no future. As the Vietnam War took more and more of his friends, and many of those who returned sank further into drugs and despair, Stan looked for meaning and found nothing. His life's purpose lay 3,300 miles northwest, deep in the Tozitna River Valley in the heart of Alaska's frozen interior. Deadly cold, famine, grizzly bears, and one unruly sled dog with a grudge kept Stan on the knife's edge between survival and death. Humbled by the power of nature, the Boston greaser who was destined for prison found a new life in the wild, where one mistake can prove fatal. This is the true story of Stan Zuray's incredible journey, the reformation of a man's heart and mind in the forbidding darkness of Alaska's endless winter.

©2017 Tim Attewell (P)2017 Tim Attewell

Narrator: Andrew Tell
Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
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The Desert Blues

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Manny Ansar and Iyad Ag Ghali had little in common - one was a politically connected intellectual, the other a rebel waging war on behalf of his nomadic people in the middle of the Sahara. They did share one thing, though: a passion for Mali's desert blues, a haunting mix of traditional music infused with the influence of Elvis Presley, Bob Marley, and Jimi Hendrix. The Festival in the Desert was born out of that shared passion. A grand spectacle in Mali's desolate dunes, the festival attracted some of the most famous musicians in the world, including Bono, Jimmy Buffet, and Robert Plant. But as the music flourished, the friendship turned to enmity. Ghali, who once openly scoffed at religious piety, succumbed to the pull of radical Islam. Ansar, who couldn't fathom his friend's transformation, maintained the festival in the face of increasing threats of deadly violence. In The Desert Blues, veteran foreign correspondent Joshua Hammer lays bare the longing at the heart of Mali's legendary sound, and brings to life the jubilant possibility the festival represented and the deadly drama that ripped it all apart.

©2015 Joshua Hammer and The Atavist (P)2015 Joshua Hammer and The Atavist

Narrator: Joshua Hammer
Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
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Auf der kleinen Halbinsel O-Tahiti

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Der deutsche Naturforscher und Ethnologe Georg Forster (1754-1794) fühlte sich der Aufklärung verpflichtet. Er nahm an der zweiten Weltumsegelung von James Cook teil und fertigte großartige Zeichnungen der Tier- und Pflanzenwelt der Südsee an. Seine ethnologischen Studien zeichnen sich durch eine möglichst vorurteilsfreie Beschreibung der Ureinwohner des bereisten Gebietes aus. Er richtete sein Interesse besonders auf die Sitten und Gebräuche sowie die Religionen der Einheimischen. Forster gilt als Begründer der modernen Reiseliteratur.

©gemeinfrei (P)2017 Audiobuch Verlag OHG

Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
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We'll Always Have Paris

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How her daughter and her passport taught Jennifer to live like there's no tomorrow Jennifer Coburn has always been terrified of dying young. So she decides to save up and drop everything to travel with her daughter, Katie, on a whirlwind European adventure before it's too late. Even though her husband can't join them, even though she's nervous about the journey, and even though she's perfectly healthy, Jennifer is determined to jam her daughter's mental photo album with memories - just in case. From the cafés of Paris to the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Jennifer and Katie take on Europe one city at a time, united by their desire to see the world and spend precious time together. In this heartwarming generational love story, Jennifer reveals how their adventures helped vanquish her fear of dying - for the sake of living.

©2014 Jennifer Coburn (P)2014 Audible Inc.

Narrator: Kate McIntyre
Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
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Reise durch Nordamerika in den Jahren 1825 und 1826

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Herzog Bernhard zu Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach (1792-1862) ergriff als Zweitgeborener die militärische Laufbahn, daneben entwickelte er sich zu einem Mathematiker und Reiseschriftsteller. Er besuchte verschiedene Länder (u. a. Russland, Italien, England). Schon 1825/26 hielt er sich für 14 Monate in den Vereinigten Staaten auf. Seine Beschreibungen zeugen von großem Interesse an den unterschiedlichsten Gebieten. Aus Begeisterung für das Land spielte er mit dem Gedanken, sich dort niederzulassen. Benjamin Franklins Worte "Where liberty dwells, there is my country" wählte er zum persönlichen Leitspruch.

©gemeinfrei (P)2017 Audiobuch Verlag OHG

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The Great Nadar

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A dazzling, stylish biography of a fabled Parisian photographer, adventurer, and pioneer. A recent French biography begins, "Who doesn't know Nadar?" In France, that's a rhetorical question. Of all of the legendary figures who thrived in mid-19th-century Paris - a cohort that includes Victor Hugo, Baudelaire, Gustave Courbet, and Alexandre Dumas - Nadar was perhaps the most innovative, the most restless, the most modern. The first great portrait photographer, a pioneering balloonist, the first person to take an aerial photograph, and the prime mover behind the first airmail service, Nadar was one of the original celebrity artist-entrepreneurs. A kind of 19th-century Andy Warhol, he knew everyone worth knowing and photographed them all, conferring on posterity psychologically compelling portraits of Manet, Sarah Bernhardt, Delacroix, Daumier, and countless others - a priceless panorama of Parisian celebrity. Born Gaspard-Félix Tournachon, he adopted the pseudonym Nadar as a young bohemian, when he was a budding writer and cartoonist. Later he affixed the name Nadar to the façade of his opulent photographic studio in giant script, the illuminated letters 10 feet tall, the whole sign 50 feet long, a garish red beacon on the boulevard. Nadar became known to all of Europe and even across the Atlantic when he launched "The Giant", a gas balloon the size of a 12-story building, the largest of its time. With his daring exploits aboard his humongous balloon (including a catastrophic crash that made headlines around the world), he gave his friend Jules Verne the model for one of his most dynamic heroes. The Great Nadar is a brilliant biography of a larger-than-life figure, a visionary whose outsized talent and canny self-promotion put him way ahead of his time.

©2017 Adam Begley (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Mark Boyett
Author: Adam Begley
Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
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John Colter

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The time of the American mountain man was not to reach its peak until the mid-19th century, but the man who served as the prototype for the cultural genre hailed from an earlier age in which the new United States had scarcely established its most basic structural tenets. A member of the original Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery commissioned by Thomas Jefferson, John Colter’s multiple journeys to the northwest country of present-day Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho were first-time events in the development of the continent.  With Lewis and Clark, Colter was met with every challenge the North American wilderness had to offer, including “constant rain and plaguing insects”, a range of cultures never before explored, an extreme mountain climate at unfamiliar elevations, and teeming wildlife boasting its share of predators. Added to Colter’s skills as a woodsman was a developing talent for communicating with previously unknown indigenous societies. He was undoubtedly assisted in this essential function by the presence of Sacajawea, a Lehmhi Shoshoni woman of the Agaidika, or Salmon-Eaters. She was married to the French translator Toussaint Charbonneau in a non-consensual contract, purchased with a second woman to serve as a working wife.  Based on the experience gained from the Lewis and Clark expedition, Colter became a valued figure in future treks as part of the international trade for “plews”, the frontier word for beaver pelts. As one of the best hunters and trackers from the expedition, he was to be sent out on missions covering vast distances in his subsequent returns to the northwest. Although the precise routes of his solo journeys are difficult to confirm, Colter was likely the first explorer to witness the thermal marvels of the Yellowstone region and the Grand Tetons towering above present-day Jackson Hole. His accounts of the boiling geysers and bubbling pools of the northern Rockies remained the butt of frontier jokes until discovered by the next wave of surprised frontiersmen.  Compared to the fantasies of Paul Bunyan and Pecos Bill that entertained a fascinated public in the east, the hair-raising events of Colter’s time in the West were authentic and more than equal to popular fantasies of wilderness lore. His travels on foot were likened to the Aegean wanderings of Homer’s Odysseus, and in a comparison closer to home, he was often referred to as the Daniel Boone of the West. As the first mountain man, many factual considerations concerning his travels remain as matters of contention, and Colter never produced a written account, but the maps of William Clark and the recollections of the few who knew him have helped to clarify a story two centuries old. John Colter: The Life and Legacy of America’s First Mountain Man chronicles the remarkable story of the legendary explorer. You will learn about John Colter like never before.

©2018 Charles River Editors (P)2018 Charles River Editors

Narrator: Scott Clem
Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
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Beyond the Known

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From brilliant young polymath Andrew Rader - an MIT-credentialed scientist, popular podcast host, and SpaceX mission manager - an engaging” (Tim Marshall, New York Times best-selling author) chronicle showcasing our human desire to continually explore new and uncharted territory, from civilization’s earliest days to interstellar travel. For the first time in history, the human species has the technology to destroy itself. But having developed that power, humans are also able to leave Earth and voyage into the vastness of space. After millions of years of evolution, we’ve arrived at the point where we can settle other worlds and begin the process of becoming multi-planetary. How did we get here? What does the future hold for us? Divided into four accessible sections, Beyond the Known examines major periods of discovery and rediscovery, from Classical Times, when Phoenicians, Persians, and Greeks ventured forth; to The Age of European Exploration, which saw colonies sprout on nearly every continent; to The Era of Scientific Inquiry, when researchers developed new tools for mapping and traveling farther; to Our Spacefaring Future, which unveils plans currently underway for settling other planets and, eventually, traveling to the stars. A mission manager at SpaceX with a lively voice, Andrew Rader is at the forefront of space exploration. As a gifted historian, Rader, who has won global acclaim for his stunning breadth of knowledge, is singularly positioned to reveal the story of human exploration that is also the story of scientific achievement. Told with an infectious zeal for traveling seeking new horizons, Beyond the Known is “an astute - and highly flattering - view of human aspirations” (Kirkus Reviews). 

©2019 Andrew Rader (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

Narrator: Andrew Rader
Author: Andrew Rader
Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
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When Your Life Depends on It

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Antarctica - life-and-death decisions - the early 1900's. The only communication is as far as you can shout.     How Scott, Shackleton, Amundsen, and Mawson risked it all in their quest for the South Pole and beyond, and what we can learn from their situations to improve our modern-day decision making.  Grab a warm blanket. This audiobook puts you right into the action of the life-and-death decisions made by early Antarctic explorers. It is filled with unforgettable stories about the challenges and decisions they faced on the ice.  While we might not be pulling sledges across Antarctica in the early 1900s, this audiobook also reveals valuable lessons in leadership, teamwork, and sheer grit and determination that can help all of us make better decisions in our lives today.   In When Your Life Depends on It, you'll discover:  Eleven of the greatest survival stories in the history of exploration. How to make decisions quickly without feelings of doubt or guilt. How to improve your team and leadership skills, which are valuable in any profession. When it is right to take a big risk. How to succeed against all odds. Co-written by a decision scientist and an Antarctic historian, When Your Life Depends on It is filled with tales of resilience that resonate with people who love travel and adventure, as well as those seeking insights into human behavior. It reveals the mindset of the brave men who risked and in some cases gave their lives, for science, discovery, and exploration.   Buy When Your Life Depends on It today to learn about one of the most remarkable periods of history, and in the process learn new strategies to improve your own personal and business decision making. 

©2017 Brad Borkan and David Hirzel (P)2018 Brad Borkan and David Hirzel

Narrator: Dennis Kleinman
Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
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Hacia rutas salvajes [Into the Wild]

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¿Por qué un joven que acababa de graduarse decide cortar todos los lazos con su familia y perderse en una región inhóspita? Descúbrelo en este audiolibro En abril de 1992, Chris McCandless, de 24 años, se internó solo y apenas equipado en tierras de Alaska. Había regalado todo su dinero y abandonado su coche, y soñaba con una vida en estado salvaje. Cuatro meses más tarde, unos cazadores encontraron su cuerpo sin vida. Su historia, difundida en un reportaje de Jon Krakauer, suscitó una agitada polémica, para unos, era un intrépido idealista; para otros, un loco y un ingenuo sin el menor conocimiento de la naturaleza. Antes de desaparecer, Chris McCandless escribió a un amigo: "No eches raíces, no te establezcas. Cambia a menudo de lugar, lleva una vida nómada... No necesitas tener a alguien contigo para traer una nueva luz a tu vida. Está ahí fuera, sencillamente." El 18 de enero de 2008 se estrenó en España la película basada en este libro, dirigida por Sean Penn. Ahora puedes escuchar la historia en audiolibro Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©1996 Jon Krakauer (P)2019 Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, S.A.U.

Author: Jon Krakauer
Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
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Growing Up on an Alaskan Homestead

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True Alaskan personal stories about life on the last frontier, and growing up on a homestead six miles from the nearest dirt road, where hunting and fishing was not only a sport but an absolute necessity.

©2012, 2013, 2014 Melvin L Adkins (P)2014 Mel Adkins

Author: Mel Adkins
Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
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Davy Crockett: Ever Westward

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Growing up in Greene County, Tennessee, Davy Crockett was educated through the toil of hard labor. Working as a farm hand and wagon driver, he learned about the people and the land of the West - and he was captivated. The untamed wilderness, the sound of wild animals, and the roar of the river would be his destiny. One of America's best-known folk heroes, Crockett (1786-1836) served as a frontiersman, a scout, a soldier, and a politician in the US Congress. He died defending the Alamo, a steadfast citizen and heroic leader to the very end. Heroes of History is a unique biography series that brings the shaping of history to life with the remarkable true stories of fascinating men and women who changed the course of history. The stories of Heroes of History are told in an engaging narrative format, where related history, geography, government, and science topics come to life and make a lasting impression. This is a premier biography line for the entire family.

©2017 YWAM Publishing (P)2017 YWAM Publishing

Narrator: Tim Gregory
Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
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A Life Wild and Perilous

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If you have ever wondered what is was like to be an explorer in the unspoiled American West of the early 1800s, then this is the audiobook for you. Not only a groundbreaking work of American history by critically acclaimed author Robert M. Utley, A Life Wild and Perilous is also a dramatic story of innovation and survival. Here is your chance to live in the very heart of the American wilderness with legendary trappers and mountain men like Jim Bridger, Kit Carson, Tom Fitzpatrick, and Jedediah Smith. You will also see how these men played a major role in pushing our national frontier from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean, and fulfilling our nation’s ideal of Manifest Destiny. Breathtaking in scope, yet filled with the seemingly small decisions that changed the course of a nation, A Life Wild and Perilous is a compelling and fascinating piece of Americana. Travelogue buffs and historians alike will delight in Richard M. Davidson’s inspired telling of how the West was really won.

©1997 Robert M. Utley (P)1998 Recorded Books, LLC

Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
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Sonrisas de Bombay [Bombay Smiles]

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En el año 2003 Jaume Sanllorente es un joven periodista con una vida exitosa en Barcelona. Un buen día, una agencia de viajes le convence para pasar sus vacaciones en la India. Jaume queda impactado en aquel primer viaje al país de las vacas sagradas, en especial por la pobreza desgarradora que contempla en sus calles. Numerosas casualidades y hechos propiciados por el azar llevan a Jaume a tomar conciencia del mundo en el que vive y a pensar que puede hacer algo por arreglarlo.    Tras conocer un pequeño orfanato en Bombay que va a cerrar sus puertas, con sus cuarenta niños a punto de volver a los prostíbulos de la ciudad, Jaume toma la decisión que cambiará el resto de su vida. Y, como consecuencia, la de muchos más. Sobre las aceras de Bombay está escrito su Destino. En Sonrisas de Bombay. El viaje que cambió mi destino Jaume nos descubre, a través de su cuidado relato y su visión amorosa, las realidades de un país de grandes contrastes y nos desvela el secreto para ser más felices buscando la dicha de los demás. Una historia de soledades, rescates, peligros, injusticias, amenazas de muerte, y superaciones, que nos proporciona un ejemplo para seguir adelante a pesar de las adversidades. Una lección de amor sabio, entrega, sacrificio y esperanza que nos invita a recorrer el camino hacia un mundo mejor. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2007 Jaume Sanllorente, Plataforma Editorial (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Arturo López
Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
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James Cook: A Life from Beginning to End

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The association of the name James Cook with ideas of seafaring adventure and discovery is truly an indelible one. Even if you do not know the details of this extraordinary man’s life, you can probably avow that he left a unique stamp on history. In this audiobook, we will explore the life of James Cook from his birth in 1728 in a humble Yorkshire village all the way to his death on the newly discovered Sandwich Islands - today known as Hawaii - in 1779. You will gain insight into the character of this famous yet markedly private man, and explore the factors that might have contributed to this tragic downfall. James Cook’s legacy is by no means without controversy. While gifted, he was a complex and imperfect character. This book will immerse you in his life and help you imagine his adventures at sea in the 18th century.

©2017 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

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Wettlauf zum Pol

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Robert Falcon Scott war bereits zu seiner Forschungsreise in Richtung Antarktis aufgebrochen, als der Abenteurer Roald Amundsen ihm in einem Telegramm überraschend mitteilte, daß auch er eine Expedition unternehmen werde, um als erster Mensch den südlichsten Punkt der Erde zu erreichen. Das vielleicht dramatischste Rennen der Weltgeschichte hatte begonnen. Denn schon bald sollte sich aus dem Duell der Pioniere ein Wettlauf gegen die Zeit und den antarktischen Winter entwickeln. In dieser spannenden Lesung ausgewählter Passagen aus Scotts Tagebuch und Amundsens Reisebericht werden die Geschehnisse für den Hörer noch einmal lebendig.

©2011 Audiobuch (P)2011 Audiobuch

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River Fever: Adventures on the Mississippi, 1969-1972

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Beginning in the spring of 1969, Huckleberry Finn inspired a question: Could you build a raft, float down the Mississippi River to New Orleans, and on the way learn something about America and its peoples? Will Bagley, a vagrant longhair and future prize-winning western historian, and his friends could, and did. Now, a half century after the adventure, Bagley tells his story.

©2019 Signature Books and Will Bagley (P)2019 Signature Books

Narrator: Will Bagley
Author: Will Bagley
Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
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Island Adventures

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The true stories in this audiobook are about temporarily disconnecting from the ordinary life of a big-city lawyer to experience exotic islands, strange creatures, and different cultures. One tale is about an eye-to-eye encounter with a mother humpback whale and her calf in the isles of Tonga. It left the author shaking as if an electric current was pulsing through his body. Another is a gripping account of a too-close-for-comfort experience with a sperm whale that left the author with wet shorts.  After a harrowing search to find them, leaders of the outlaws of Kalalau share with the author why their commitment to living by the aloha spirit requires the rejection of materialistic society, technology, and the law. In another chapter, the author explains why the citizens of the tiny nation of Palau hold the title of the most litigious people in the world. Palauans have filed more lawsuits than there are people in Palau.   The audiobook begins with the tragic tale of Hurricane Mitch chasing down the sailing ship Fantome to kill all hands aboard. It ends with the author relating his own mystical experience when lost and alone at sea in a kayak at night and reflecting on whether salvation was or was not by the grace of God.  The stories are not so much a travelogue as a vicarious island-hopping adventure and spiritual journey. Listening to this little audiobook is intended to take the listener out of the busyness of daily life for awhile. It might also inspire a more adventurous and more consciously spiritual approach to life.

©2018 Jeff Rasley (P)2018 Jeff Rasley

Narrator: Scott Zdanis
Author: Jeff Rasley
Length: 2 hrs and 25 mins
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Hind Cartwheel

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In the summer of 1980, a maverick young doctor gave it all up, to hitchhike around the world. The first part of his odyssey took him through South America and up through Africa, accompanied by his mythical hunter companion, Orion. His vision quest continued around the second cartwheel of the European Grand Tour. In Hind Cartwheel, blessed by the living goddess on his thirtieth birthday, he spins the dharma wheel of the Indian subcontinent.

©2016 Lawrence Winkler (P)2016 Lawrence Winkler

Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
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Captain James Cook

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From Sailor to Legend - the story of Captain James Cook.  

Captain James Cook is one of the greatest maritime explorers of all time. Over three remarkable voyages of discovery into the Pacific in the latter part of the 18th century, Cook unravelled the oldest mystery surrounding the existence of Terra Australis Incognita - the Great South Land. He became the first explorer to circumnavigate New Zealand and establish that it was two main islands; discover the Hawaiian Islands for the British Empire; and left an enduring legacy.  

Rob Mundle introduces us to an unlikely sailor in a teenage Cook, who through the combination of hard-won skills as a seafarer, the talents of a self-taught navigator and surveyor, and an exceptional ability to lead and care for his men, climbed the ranks of the Royal Navy to achieve legendary status among all who sailed and mapped the world.

©2013 Rob Mundle (P)2017 Bolinda

Narrator: Paul English
Author: Rob Mundle
Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
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Ich besteige den Riffelberg

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Der aus Amerika stammende Schriftsteller Mark Twain (1835-1910) bereiste Europa ausführlich und mehrfach. Mit scharfem Blick nahm er dabei nicht nur die Eigenheiten der deutschen Sprache ins Visier (nachzulesen im Essay "The Awful German Language"), sondern auch die Begeisterung seiner Zeitgenossen für Alpenbesteigungen. Insbesondere die Berichte des Briten Edward Whymper über seine Erstbesteigung des Matterhorns (1865 von Zermatt aus) hatten es dem Schriftsteller so angetan, dass er beschloss: "Ich will den Riffelberg besteigen!"

©gemeinfrei (P)2017 Audiobuch Verlag OHG

Narrator: Johannes Steck
Author: Mark Twain
Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
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Across America by Motor-Cycle

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A veteran of World War I, British RAF Captain C.K. Shepherd arrived in New York in June 1919, bought a top-of-the-line Henderson four-cylinder motorcycle, and headed west on a solo cross-country adventure to see America. He set off on his adventures, arriving in San Francisco two months later. Having completed his voyage, he sold his beloved motorcycle, dubbed “Lizzie”, on the street in San Francisco and then made his way back to his home in Birmingham, England.  Three years later, he wrote Across America by Motor-Cycle - a memoir and travelogue that has become a motorcycle history classic. The 1922 book is now in the public domain and has been reprinted and made electronically available by others besides me. However, this is the first known production of the book in audio format. The entire recording has been painstakingly made by reference to a digital copy of the book newly scanned from an original print of the hardcover book as published in 1922.  All words in the original book are spoken in a voice selected to most closely represent that of C.K. Shepherd as well as all of the "characters" about whom C.K. wrote. This audiobook will provide listeners with a new way to appreciate this wonderful adventure. Enjoy! PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

Public Domain (P)2019 Mark L. Hunnibell

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Open Mic Night in Moscow

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The raucous and surprisingly poignant story of a young, Russia-obsessed American writer and comedian who embarked on a solo tour of the former Soviet Republics, never imagining that it would involve kidnappers, garbage bags of money, and encounters with the weird and wonderful from Mongolia to Tajikistan. Kazakhstan, Belarus, and Siberia are not the typical tourist destinations of a 20-something, nor the places one usually goes to eat, pray, and/or love. But the mix of imperial Russian opulence and Soviet decay, and the allure of emotionally unavailable Russian men proved strangely irresistible to comedian Audrey Murray. At age 28, while her friends were settling into corporate jobs and serious relationships, Audrey was on a one-way flight to Kazakhstan, the first leg of a nine-month solo voyage through the former USSR. A blend of memoir and offbeat travel guide (black markets in Uzbekistan: five stars; getting kidnapped in Turkmenistan: one star) this thoughtful, hilarious catalog of a young comedian’s adventures is also a diary of her emotional discoveries about home, love, patriotism, loneliness, and independence. Sometimes surprising, often disconcerting, and always entertaining, Open Mic Night in Moscow will inspire you to take the leap and embark on your own journey into the unknown. And, if you want to visit Chernobyl by way of an insane-asylum-themed bar in Kiev, Audrey can assure you that there’s no other guidebook out there. (She’s looked.)

©2018 Audrey Murray (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
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Of a Fire on the Moon

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For many, the moon landing was the defining event of the twentieth century. So it seems only fitting that Norman Mailer - the literary provocateur who altered the landscape of American nonfiction - wrote the most wide-ranging, far-seeing chronicle of the Apollo 11 mission. A classic chronicle of America's reach for greatness in the midst of the Cold War, Of a Fire on the Moon compiles the reportage Mailer published between 1969 and 1970 in Life magazine: gripping firsthand dispatches from inside NASA's clandestine operations in Houston and Cape Kennedy; technical insights into the magnitude of their awe-inspiring feat; and prescient meditations that place the event in human context as only Mailer could.

©1969, 1970 Norman Mailer. (P)2016 Brilliance Publishing, all rights reserved.

Narrator: Macleod Andrews
Length: 17 hrs and 32 mins
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American Hippopotamus

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In 1910, the United States - its population exploding, its frontier all but exhausted - was in the throes of a serious meat shortage. But a small and industrious group of thinkers stepped forward with an answer, a bold idea being endorsed by the likes of Theodore Roosevelt and The New York Times. Their plan: To import hippopotamuses to the swamps of Louisiana and convince Americans to eat them. The only thing stranger than the hippo idea itself was the partnership promoting it. At its center were two hard-bitten spies: Frederick Russell Burnham, a superhumanly competent frontiersman, freelance adventurer, and fervent optimist about America's future-Burnham would be the inspiration for both the Boy Scouts and Indiana Jones-and Fritz Duquesne, a.k.a. the Black Panther, a virtuoso con man and cynical saboteur who believed only in his own glorification and revenge. Burnham and Duquesne had very recently been sworn enemies under orders to assassinate each other. They'd soon be enemies again. But for one brief and shining moment they joined behind a common cause: Transforming America into a nation of hippopotamus ranchers. In American Hippopotamus, Jon Mooallem brings to life a historical saga too preposterous to be fiction-a bracing and eccentric epic of espionage and hippos, but also of a conflicted nation on the threshold of a bewildering new century, deciding what kind of country it would be, and what beasts it would eat.

©2013 Jon Mooallem, The Atavist (P)2013 Jon Mooallem, The Atavist

Narrator: Jon Mooallem
Author: Jon Mooallem
Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
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Into the Storm

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Reed Timmer is one of the most successful and most extreme storm chasers in the world. His is a job that requires science and bravado, knowledge and instinct just to survive, never mind excel. It's a job some people would kill for. But most prefer to let Timmer take the risks while they watch from the safety of their homes. Reed Timmer is a star of Storm Chasers, one of the Discovery Channel's top-rated shows. Into the Storm is Timmer's dramatic account of his extraordinary profession. Each chapter features the story of one of the 300-plus extreme tornadoes, hurricanes, or blizzards that Timmer has intercepted over the last decade - storms that include the killer F5 tornado that struck Moore, Oklahoma, in May 1999; the unprecedented, devastating storm surge of Hurricane Katrina; and the little-studied but enormously powerful storm systems in places like Canada and Argentina, including a recent trip in which Timmer realized he was the only storm chaser in South America and was able to intercept super cells in the most prolific hail-producing region in the world. As a Ph.D. candidate in meteorology, Timmer is after more than just an adrenaline rush - his stories feature fascinating insights into the science of storms and how the data he is collecting will someday save lives. With a firsthand perspective on the storm-chasing community, Timmer also takes listeners inside this world, examining his controversial obsession and the ethical debates it sparks. Featuring the same you-are-there immediacy that attracts more than 100,000 visitors to Timmer's Web site every month, Into the Storm is one wild - and informative - ride.

©2010 Reed Timmer (P)2010 Tantor

Narrator: Joshua Swanson
Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
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Mit 50 Euro um die Welt

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Vier Jahre, 45 Länder, 100.000 Kilometer - und ein Überraschungserfolg! Christopher Schacht ist erst 19 Jahre alt und hat gerade sein Abi in der Tasche, als er eine verrückte Idee in die Tat umsetzt: Mit nur 50 Euro "Urlaubsgeld" reist er allein um die Welt. Nur mit Freundlichkeit, Flexibilität, Charme und Arbeitswillen ausgestattet, ohne Flugzeug, ohne Hotel, ohne Kreditkarte. Humorvoll und mitreißend erzählt Christopher Schacht von seinen unglaublichen Erlebnissen und verrät, was er unterwegs über das Leben, die Liebe und Gott gelernt hat. Eine faszinierende Story, die Lust macht, Neues zu wagen und seine Träume zu leben! Ein echter Pageturner fürs nächste Reisegepäck.

©2019 HarperCollins bei Lübbe Audio (P)2019 HarperCollins bei Lübbe Audio

Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
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Impossible Beyond This Point

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The true story of one family's struggle and triumph creating a self-sufficient life in the wilderness. Join the Horn family on the adventure of a lifetime. Learn how a couple from the city moved to the wilderness with three small boys and carved out a life in the middle of nowhere that has endured for nearly 50 years. 

Impossible Beyond This Point is a compelling must-listen for anyone interested in (or contemplating) getting away from it all.

©2013 Joel Horn (P)2018 Joel Horn

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Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
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Cartas a Antonia [Letters to Antonia]

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"Muchas veces se le oyó hablar de este texto, lo hizo no como uno más de sus veinte y tantos libros, sino como el mejor regalo que le habría hecho a esa niña que tanto amó. De todos sus libros es el más profundo, autobiográfico y universal". (Alfredo Molano Jimeno)  Este es el libro inédito que Alfredo Molano Bravo le escribió a su nieta durante más de una década, en el que reúne sus historias y pensamientos más íntimos para explicarle el país en el que nació, y le relata muchos de los viajes que lo llevaron a recorrer casi 14.000 kilómetros del territorio colombiano, a pie, subido en sus Converse de colores. Este libro incluye el diario que Molano llevó hasta pocos días antes de morir, donde narra los detalles de su lucha contra el cáncer con la rigurosidad de cronista que lo caracterizó y que lo llevó a convertirse en uno de los escritores más destacados de la historia reciente del país. Un libro imperdible para entender a Colombia y convencerse de la importancia de vivir con intensidad.  "Lo de los perros fue una metáfora que nos permitió volver a hablar de los miedos. Esos mismos que por la noche, cuando ya todo está en silencio y las luces se han apagado, saltan sobre mi cama y mi almohada, me cercan, me paralizan y se llevan mi sueño entre sus fauces. Al miedo, le decía yo a Antonia, hay que mirarle la cara. A los perros hay que mirarlos a los ojos, a la muerte también". (Alfredo Molano Bravo)  Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish. 

©2020 Alfredo Molano Bravo y Herederos Alfredo Molano Bravo (P)2021 Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, S.A

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Steppenrutenpflanze

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"Steppenrutenpflanze" ist die Erinnerung einer Kindheit in einem kurdischen Gebiet der Türkei. Auf Streifzügen durch den dörflichen Alltag und durch die Jahreszeiten, die das ländliche Leben prägen, tritt dem Hörer die facettenreiche Kultur dieses Volkes entgegen. Vermittelt durch den unverstellt-kindlichen Blick bleiben aber auch die Benachteiligungen der Kurden durch die türkische Verwaltung, die sprachliche Diskriminierung und politische Verfolgung nicht verborgen. Für die eigenen Lebensbedingungen stehen sinnbildlich die Märchen und Geschichten, die man den Kindern erzählt und die gleichzeitig von der großen kurdischen Erzähltradition zeugen. Zusammengesetzt aus kleinen Episoden, die der Autor mit Leichtigkeit, Witz und Ironie schildert, entsteht Stück für Stück ein Bild kurdischer Lebenswelt, die mit dem Ende jener Kindheit selbst langsam Vergangenheit wird. 1964 in der türkischen Provinz Konya geboren, beschäftigt sich der deutschsprachige Autor und Filmemacher Yusuf Yesilöz, der seit 1987 in der Schweiz lebt und arbeitet, hauptsächlich mit der Hin- und Hergerissenheit zwischen zwei Kulturen. Viele seiner - teilweise autobiografischen - Werke schildern ein Leben zwischen Schweizer Staatsangehörigkeit und kurdischer Volksangehörigkeit. Für sein Werk wurde Yesilöz mehrfach ausgezeichnet.

©2018 SAGA Egmont (P)2018 SAGA Egmont

Narrator: Astrid Posner
Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
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Off the Edge of the Map

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From the #1 bestselling author of History's Greatest Generals comes an exciting new book on the greatest explorers in history and how their discoveries shaped the modern world. Whether it is Rabban Bar Sauma, the 13th-century Chinese monk commissioned by the Mongols to travel West form a military alliance against the Islam; Marco Polo, who opened a window to the East for Europe; or Captain James Cook, whose maritime voyages of discovery created the global economy of the 21st century, each of these explorers had an indelible impact on the modern world. This audiobook will look at the 11 greatest explorers in history. Some travelled for religious piety, such as Ibn Battuta, who travelled from North Africa to Indonesia in the 1300s, visiting every Islamic pilgrimage site between - and becoming counselor to over 30 heads of state. Others travelled for profit, such as Ferdinand Magellan, who wanted to consolidate Spain's holdings on the spice trade. Still others travelled for discovery, such as Ernest Shackleton, who led two dozen men to the bottom of the world in an attempt to cross Antarctica on foot. Whatever their reason for discovery, these explorers still inspire us today to push the limits of human achievement - and discover something about ourselves in the process.

©2014 Michael Rank (P)2014 Michael Rank

Narrator: Kevin Pierce
Author: Michael Rank
Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
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The Art of Fully Living

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Master the art of fully living, one life goal at a time.

Do you want to experience your one life - your whole life - to its fullest measure?

In this stirring book, author, blogger, and lifestyle entrepreneur Tal Gur offers his own transformational journey as an inspiring example and practical guide to implementing the art of fully living to its fullest potential. You'll learn how to actualize your potential by forging all aspects of your life through the process built into your life goals.

Once you discover "the art of fully living", there is no going back; it will feel unacceptable to settle for less than your dreams - and what's more, you'll dream even more wildly, aspiring to action with greater clarity of purpose, broader horizons of possibility, and holistic vision across all areas of your life.

The very structure of this book models Tal's immersive approach to goal-driven living: each chapter of The Art of Fully Living is dedicated to a year of focus - socializing, fitness, freedom, contribution, love, adventure, wealth, relationship, spirituality, and creativity - and follows Tal's endeavors as he works toward fulfilling 100 life goals in only 10 years.

This daunting ambition, springing from one late-night conversation among friends and a gnawing discontentment within the typical "success" story, becomes extremely relatable through Tal's bold storytelling; what's more, the deep lessons learned become immediately applicable for your own purposes as Tal thoughtfully extracts the actionable wisdom from his own experiences to articulate the principles and techniques of "the art of fully living".

The Art of Fully Living takes you along the exhilarating ride of Tal's journey while illuminating your own possible life-goal trajectory.

©2017 Tal Gur (P)2017 Tal Gur

Narrator: Matt Weight
Author: Tal Gur
Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
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Dream Take Flight

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A shy girl breaks the rules. Refusing to follow the traditional career path for girls, Lisa Turner sets out to fulfill a promise she makes to her dying mother, disrupting the status quo every step of the way. When Lisa decides to build an airplane in the garage at the age of 45, her family thinks she has gone too far.... Everyone has a story. Everyone has a book in them. Stories are what make us wonderfully human. In the telling, we remind others that they are not alone, and we remind ourselves that we can experience great leaps of insight reaching for a goal. Lisa started writing Dream Take Flight in 1998. It began as a book about the joy of building and flying a home-built aircraft and piloting it on an epic solo flight. But she soon realized that it wasn't complete without the backstory of an unconventional childhood and a promise to her mother. Growing up in a neighborhood of boys, Lisa never understood why she couldn't take shop class, be a mechanic, or build an airplane. In the 1960s these were not expected activities for a girl. It took guts and persistence for a shy girl to break out of the norms and participate in non-traditional pursuits. The entire journey was life changing. Lisa wrote Dream Take Flight hoping that others would be inspired to pursue their own big goal. To that end, the last several chapters take the listener through a step-by-step process to achieve their dream, with hints, tips, and tricks to get there. Why you'll love this audiobook: It’s a fun, inspirational story about the pursuit of confidence and happiness The audiobook breaks with convention by including a how-to section on goal setting Lisa offers a companion guide and other free materials on her web site, Dream Take Flight If you enjoy entertaining and inspiring real-life adventure stories, you'll love Dream Take Flight.

©2019 Lisa Turner (P)2019 Lisa Turner

Narrator: Mandy Michaels
Author: Lisa Turner
Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
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Finding North

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In 1844, George Michelsen Foy's great-great grandfather, captain of a Norwegian cargo ship, perished at sea after getting lost in a snowstorm. Foy decides to unravel the mystery surrounding Halvor Michelsen's death - and the roots of his own obsession with navigation - by re-creating his ancestor's trip using only period instruments. Beforehand, he meets a colorful cast of characters to learn whether men really have better directional skills than women; how cells, eels, and spaceships navigate; and how tragedy results from GPS glitches. He interviews a cabby who has memorized every street in London, sails on a Haitian cargo sloop, and visits the site of a secret navigational cult in Greece. At the heart of Foy's story is this fact: Navigation and the brain's memory centers are inextricably linked. As Foy unravels the secret behind Halvor's death, he also discovers why forsaking our navigation skills in favor of GPS may lead not only to Alzheimer's and other diseases of memory but to losing a key part of what makes us human.

©2016 George Michelsen Foy (P)2016 Tantor

Narrator: Tom Zingarelli
Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
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Finding Everett Ruess

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Finding Everett Ruess is the definitive biography of the artist, writer, and eloquent celebrator of the wilderness whose bold solo explorations of the American West and mysterious disappearance in the Utah desert at age 20 have earned him a large and devoted cult following. More than 75 years after his vanishing, Ruess stirs the kinds of passion and speculation accorded such legendary doomed American adventurers as Into the Wild’s Chris McCandless and Amelia Earhart. “I have not tired of the wilderness; rather I enjoy its beauty and the vagrant life I lead, more keenly all the time. I prefer the saddle to the street car and the star sprinkled sky to a roof, the obscure and difficult trail, leading into the unknown, to any paved highway, and the deep peace of the wild to the discontent bred by cities.” So Everett Ruess wrote in his last letter to his brother. And earlier, in a valedictory poem, ”Say that I starved; that I was lost and weary; That I was burned and blinded by the desert sun; Footsore, thirsty, sick with strange diseases; Lonely and wet and cold . . . but that I kept my dream!" Wandering alone with burros and pack horses through California and the Southwest for five years in the early 1930s, on voyages lasting as long as ten months, Ruess also became friends with photographers Edward Weston and Dorothea Lange, swapped prints with Ansel Adams, took part in a Hopi ceremony, learned to speak Navajo, and was among the first "outsiders" to venture deeply into what was then (and to some extent still is) largely a little-known wilderness. When he vanished without a trace in November 1934, Ruess left behind thousands of pages of journals, letters, and poems, as well as more than a hundred watercolor paintings and blockprint engravings. A Ruess mystique, initiated by his parents but soon enlarged by readers and critics who, struck by his remarkable connection to the wild, likened him to a fledgling John Muir. Today, the Ruess cult has more adherents—and more passionate ones—than at any time in the seven-plus decades since his disappearance. By now, Everett Ruess is hailed as a paragon of solo exploration, while the mystery of his death remains one of the greatest riddles in the annals of American adventure. David Roberts began probing the life and death of Everett Ruess for National Geographic Adventure magazine in 1998. Finding Everett Ruess is the result of his personal journeys into the remote areas explored by Ruess, his interviews with oldtimers who encountered the young vagabond and with Ruess’s closest living relatives, and his deep immersion in Ruess’s writings and artwork. It is an epic narrative of a driven and acutely perceptive young adventurer’s expeditions into the wildernesses of landscape and self-discovery, as well as an absorbing investigation of the continuing mystery of his disappearance. In this definitive account of Ruess's extraordinary life and the enigma of his vanishing, David Roberts eloquently captures Ruess's tragic genius and ongoing fascination.

©2011 David Roberts (P)2011 Random House

Narrator: Arthur Morey
Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
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Without a Trace

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It started as just another interview. Young journalist Danielle Nadler agreed to call an old man who had lived 50 years in the wilderness of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Through their weekly conversations, the mountaineer boasts of his decades of outdoor survival only to eventually reveal his personal tragedies that drove him to life in the wild. Without a Trace drops listeners into the California mountain town of Bishop alongside the man locals call Sierra Phantom just as he surrenders to life with an address, searches for a renewed purpose and a community with which to share it.

©2016 Danielle Nadler (P)2017 Danielle Nadler

Narrator: Avery Clyde
Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
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Alone

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Alone is an intense audiobook that will push listeners to face their deepest fears and realize the human capacity for survival.  In April 2013, 50-year-old Brett Archibald was onboard a surf-charter boat, making a nighttime crossing of the remote Mentawai Strait off Sumatra, Indonesia. In the middle of a storm, ill with severe food poisoning, he blacked out. When he came to, he found himself in the raging sea, 60 miles from shore. As Brett saw the lights of his boat disappearing into the darkness, it became clear that no one had seen him fall and that no one would hear his shouts for help. He was alone in the ocean.  It would be eight hours before his friends realized he was missing. At that point, a frantic search began for a single man somewhere in thousands of square miles of heaving waves. The rough weather meant that no planes or helicopters could assist in the search. According to the experts, he should have died within 10 to 14 hours.  Instead, Brett battled Portuguese man o' wars and jellyfish, sharks, seagulls, and the stormy seas for more than 28 hours. Alone is the remarkable tale of his miraculous survival and rescue. It is also the story of what it takes to defy extraordinary odds and the incredible power of the human spirit. 

©2016 Brett Archibald (P)2016 Little, Brown Book Group

Narrator: Byron Mandahl
Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
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