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American Buffalo

386 ratings

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From the host of the Travel Channel’s The Wild Within. A hunt for the American buffalo - an adventurous, fascinating examination of an animal that has haunted the American imagination.  In 2005, Steven Rinella won a lottery permit to hunt for a wild buffalo, or American bison, in the Alaskan wilderness. Despite the odds - there’s only a two percent chance of drawing the permit, and fewer than 20 percent of those hunters are successful - Rinella managed to kill a buffalo on a snow-covered mountainside and then raft the meat back to civilization while being trailed by grizzly bears and suffering from hypothermia. Throughout these adventures, Rinella found himself contemplating his own place among the 14,000 years’ worth of buffalo hunters in North America, as well as the buffalo’s place in the American experience. At the time of the Revolutionary War, North America was home to approximately 40 million buffalo, the largest herd of big mammals on the planet, but by the mid-1890s only a few hundred remained. Now that the buffalo is on the verge of a dramatic ecological recovery across the West, Americans are faced with the challenge of how, and if, we can dare to share our land with a beast that is the embodiment of the American wilderness.  American Buffalo is a narrative tale of Rinella’s hunt. But beyond that, it is the story of the many ways in which the buffalo has shaped our national identity. Rinella takes us across the continent in search of the buffalo’s past, present, and future: to the Bering Land Bridge, where scientists search for buffalo bones amid artifacts of the New World’s earliest human inhabitants; to buffalo jumps where Native Americans once ran buffalo over cliffs by the thousands; to the Detroit Carbon works, a “bone charcoal” plant that made fortunes in the late 1800s by turning millions of tons of buffalo bones into bone meal, black dye, and fine china; and even to an abattoir turned fashion mecca in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, where a depressed buffalo named Black Diamond met his fate after serving as the model for the American nickel.   Rinella’s erudition and exuberance, combined with his gift for storytelling, make him the perfect guide for a book that combines outdoor adventure with a quirky blend of facts and observations about history, biology, and the natural world. Both a captivating narrative and a book of environmental and historical significance, American Buffalo tells us as much about ourselves as Americans as it does about the creature who perhaps best of all embodies the American ethos.

©2008, 2009 Steven Rinella (P)2019 Random House Audio

Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
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How to Think Like a Fish

4 ratings

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The star of the Discovery Channel's River Monsters and author of the best-selling River Monsters shares a meditation on fishing - and life. In his best-selling first book, Jeremy Wade, the star of the hit TV series River Monsters, memorably recounted his adventures on six continents in pursuit of fish of staggering proportions and terrifying demeanor. Now "the greatest angling explorer of his generation" (Independent on Sunday) returns to delight listeners with a book of an entirely different sort, the book he was always destined to write - the distillation of a life spent fishing. Thoughtful and funny, brimming with wisdom and above all, adventure, these are pitch-perfect reflections that anyone who has ever fished will identify with, for ultimately it touches on what fishing teaches us all about life.

©2019 Jeremy Wade (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
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Still Life with Brook Trout

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Brilliant, witty, perceptive essays about fly-fishing, the natural world, and life in general by the acknowledged master of fishing writers In Still Life with Brook Trout, John Gierach demonstrates once again that fishing, when done right, is as much a philosophical pursuit as a sport. Gierach travels to Wyoming and Maine and points in between, searching out new fly-fishing adventures and savoring familiar waters with old friends. Along the way he meditates on the importance of good guides ("really, the only thing a psychiatrist can do that a good guide can't is write prescriptions"), the challenge of salmon fishing ("salmon prowl - if they're not here now, they could be here in half an hour...or tomorrow...or next month"), and the zen of fishing alone ("I also enjoy where my mind goes when I'm fishing alone, which is usually nowhere in particular and by a predictable route"). On a more serious note, he ponders the damaging effects of disasters both natural and man-made: drought, wildfires, and the politics of dam-building, among others. Reflecting on a trip to a small creek near his home, Gierach writes, "In my brightest moments, I think slowing down...has opened huge new vistas on my old home water. It's like a friendship that not only lasts, but gets better against the odds." Similarly, Still Life with Brook Trout proves that Gierach, like fly-fishing itself, becomes deeper and richer with time.

©2005 John Gierach (P)2018 Tantor

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Kiss or Kill

10 ratings

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Sit back and join the ride with this collection of edge-of-your-seat climbing stories by Mark Twight, aka Dr. Doom. "Somewhere out there somebody understands these words and knows they matter. They were written in blood, learned by heart." (Mark Twight) Mark Twight is a BANFF award-winner, an extreme climber, an extreme writer, and an extreme personality. No matter what he's doing, Mark Twight takes a definite, and often controversial , stand. Anyone who knows climbing knows Twight's name, and anyone who knows Twight's name will want to listen to this audiobook. Each story is told in Twight's taut, in-your-face style. Brand-new epilogues bring each piece full circle, providing updated information and fresh, hindsight perspectives.

©2001 Mark Twight (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
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The Best Hunting Stories Ever Told

10 ratings

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Top hunters and writers contribute to this exciting new adventure series! Follow the trails of hunters - the original storytellers - as they interpret signs, examine tracks, and chase and catch their prey (or fail to). Listeners can curl up with the best authentic hunting fiction and non-fiction, bringing the great Mount Kenya and the prairies of the American Bison into your living room. From Theodore Roosevelt and Gene Hill to Rick Bass and Charles Dickens, remember classic hunting tales and discover new stories of hunters’ luck, camaraderie, and use of smarts on the trail. The thrill of the chase and the passion for outdoor living are elegantly brought together in this exquisite volume, certain to delight both hunters and short-story aficionados. With work by more than 100 of the world’s most eminent authors and hunters, including: Theodore Roosevelt Zane Grey Ted Nugent Aldo Leopold Rick Bass Philip Caputo Geoffrey Norman Gene Hill And many more!

©2010 Jay Cassell (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Length: 32 hrs and 45 mins
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Survive!

8 ratings

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An up-to-the-minute survival guide from the creator of Survivorman explores how to stay alive in the wild, in the jungle, in the desert, and in urban disasters. From the sun-scorched sands of the Kalahari to the snake-infested jungles of the Amazon, Les Stroud has made a life of surviving in the harshest - and most remote - regions on Earth.  Now, the creator, producer, and host of the hit television program Survivorman transfers his decades of knowledge and experience to the audiobook Survive!, a practical guide that gives everyday listeners a no-nonsense look at the real world of survival.  Stroud offers listeners the essential skills and tactics necessary to endure in any corner of the globe, along with a wealth of insider information born of his own experiences in the outdoors and unavailable in any other book. Listeners will learn:  How to make a survival shelter and why a lean-to is largely a waste of time.  Why survival kits are important and why you should make your own.  Where to find water and why drinking contaminated water is sometimes warranted.  How to locate and trap small animals and why the notion of tracking and hunting large game is largely a pipe dream.  Whether seasoned in the outdoor arts or new to adventuring, all listeners will learn something from Survive! Stroud's many colorful anecdotes and cut-to-the-chase philosophy not only make for an entertaining listen, but also enhance anyone's ability to focus on the main goal when everything else has gone wrong - survival.   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. 

©2009 Les Stroud (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
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The Last Great Mountain

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The Last Great Mountain tells the story of the first ascent of Kangchenjunga the third highest but reputedly the hardest mountain in the world. It was an astonishing achievement for a British team led by Everest veteran Charles Evans. Drawing on interviews, diaries and unpublished accounts, Mick Conefrey begins his story in 1905 with the disastrous first attempt on the mountain by a team led by Aleister Crowley, explores the three dramatic German expeditions of the the late 1920s and brings it all to a climax 50 years later with the first ascent by Joe Brown and George Band. The Last Great Mountain is the final instalment of Mick Conefrey's acclaimed high-altitude trilogy.

©2020 Mick Conefrey (P)2021 Audible, Ltd

Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
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A Fly Rod of Your Own

6 ratings

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John Gierach is known for his witty, trenchant observations about fly-fishing. In A Fly Rod of Your Own, Gierach once again takes us into his world and scrutinizes the art of fly-fishing. He travels to remote fishing locations where the airport is not much bigger than a garage and a flight might be held up because a passenger is running late. He sings the praises of the skilled pilots who fly to remote fishing lodges in tricky locations and bad weather. He explains why even the most veteran fisherman seems to muff his cast whenever he's being filmed or photographed. He describes the all-but-impassable roads that fishermen always seem to encounter at the best fishing spots and why fishermen discuss four-wheel drive vehicles almost as passionately and frequently as they discuss fly rods and flies. And while he's on that subject, he explains why even the most conscientious fisherman always seems to accumulate more rods and flies than he could ever need. From Alaska to the Rockies and across the continent to Maine and the Canadian Maritimes, A Fly Rod of Your Own is an ode to those who fish.

©2017 John Gierach (P)2017 Tantor

Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
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No Shortage of Good Days

1 rating

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In No Shortage of Good Days John Gierach takes listeners from the Smokies in Tennessee to his home waters in Colorado, from the Canadian Maritimes to Mexico - saltwater or fresh, it's all fishing and all irresistible. As always he writes perceptively about a wide range of subjects: the charm of familiar waters, the etiquette of working with new fishing guides, night fishing when the trout and the mosquitoes are both biting, and fishing snobbery, a pitfall he seems to have largely avoided. "A friend and I recently realized that making fly-fishing a way of life instead of a hobby has made us a couple of pretty one-dimensional characters. On the other hand, we agreed we're two of the happiest people we know, albeit in a simple-minded sort of way." Gierach again demonstrates the wit, eloquence, and insight that have become his trademarks. No Shortage of Good Days is the next best thing to a day of fishing.

©2011 John Gierach (P)2017 Tantor

Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
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The Calling

35 ratings

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With heart-pounding descriptions of avalanches and treacherous ascents, Barry Blanchard chronicles his transformation from a poor Native American/white kid from the wrong side of the tracks to one of the most respected alpinists in the world. At 13 he learned to rappel when he joined the 1292 Lord Strathcone's Horse Army Cadets. Soon kicked out for insubordination, he was already hooked on climbing and saw alpinism as a way to make his single mother proud and end his family's cycle of poverty. He describes early climbs attempted with nothing to guide him but written trail descriptions and the cajones of youth. He slowly acquired the skills, equipment and partners necessary to tackle more and more difficult climbs, farther and farther afield: throughout the Canadian Rockies, into Alaska and the French Alps and on to Everest, Peru, and the challenging mountains in Pakistan. From each he learned lessons that only nature and extreme endeavor can teach. This is the story of the culture of climbing in the days of punk rock, spurred on by the rhythm of adrenaline and the arrogance of youth. It is also a portrait of the power of the mountains to lift us.

©2014 Barry Blanchard (P)2017 Random House Audio

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Crow Planet

Summary

There are more crows now than ever. Their abundance is both an indicator of ecological imbalance and a generous opportunity to connect with the animal world. Crow Planet reminds us that we do not need to head to faraway places to encounter "nature". Rather, even in the suburbs and cities where we live we are surrounded by wild life such as crows, and through observing them we can enhance our appreciation of the world's natural order. Crow Planet richly weaves Haupt's own "crow stories" as well as scientific and scholarly research and the history and mythology of crows, culminating in a book that is sure to make readers see the world around them in a very different way.

©2009, 2011 Lyanda Lynn Haupt (P)2020 Little, Brown & Company

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Training for the Uphill Athlete

4 ratings

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Dovetailing on the success of Training for the New Alpinism and Patagonia's own emphasis on all mountain use, Training for the Uphill Athlete translates theory into methodology to allow you to write your own training plans and coach yourself to endurance goals.   Steve House, one of the best mountaineers, and his coach Scott Johnston, an Olympic-level cross country ski coach, along with Kilian Jornet, hands down best endurance athlete at this time, present training principles for the multisport mountain athlete who regularly participates in a mix of distance running, ski mountaineering, and other endurance sports that require optimum fitness and customized strength.   This is an authoritative but accessible training manual for athletes and coaches who feel most alive in the mountains or pushing the uphill ascent. Distance running, ski mountaineering, skimo, and skyrunning are becoming increasingly popular all over the world, and are often undertaken by the same person during a single year. This book collects the scientifically backed and athlete-tested wisdom and experience of three of the best uphill athletes and coaches and extrapolates both to educate outdoor athletes of all stripes to perform their best.

©2019 Patagonia Works (P)2020 Tantor

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A Walk in the Woods

101 ratings

Summary

The Appalachian Trail covers 14 states, and over 2,000 miles. It stretches along the East Coast of the United States, from Maine in the north to Georgia in the south. It is famous for being the longest continuous footpath in the world. (Compare this with the Pennine Way, which is a mere 250 miles long.) It snakes through some of the wildest and most spectacular landscapes in America, as well as through some of its most poverty-stricken and primitive backwoods areas - 'redneck' country - Moonshine, Lil’ Abner, 'There’s bears in them thar hills.' Remember the film Deliverance? God only knows what possessed Bill Bryson, a reluctant adventurer if ever there was one, to undertake this gruelling hike. Perhaps it was just a long-held ambition to lose weight: he has lost two stone so far. As he recently wrote from the trail to his publisher: ‘Speaking of vigorous exercise, boy have I just had some. Maine was a bitch. I want you to come back and walk it with me so that when you die if you go to hell you will be able to say: “Call this hell? Try walking across Maine in August.'" Reared in the tradition of Mark Twain, James Thurber, and S.J. Perelman, Bryson used his many years in Britain to soak up a peculiarly English sense of irony and humour and to hone a laugh-out-loud style that is uniquely, hilariously, his own.

©2004 Bill Bryson (P)2004 Random House Audiobooks

Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
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Journeys North

3 ratings

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In Journeys North, legendary trail angel, thru hiker, and former PCTA board member Barney Scout Mann spins a compelling tale of six hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail in 2007 as they walk from Mexico to Canada. This ensemble story unfolds as these half-dozen hikers - including Barney and his wife, Sandy - trod north, slowly forming relationships and revealing their deepest secrets and aspirations. They face a once-in-a-generation drought and early severe winter storms that test their will in this bare-knuckled adventure. In fact, only a third of all the hikers who set out on the trail that year would finish. As the group approaches Canada, a storm rages. How will these very different hikers, ranging in age, gender, and background, respond to the hardship and suffering ahead of them? Can they all make the final 60-mile push through freezing temperatures, sleet, and snow, or will some reach their breaking point? Journeys North is a story of grit, compassion, and the relationships people forge when they strive toward a common goal.

©2020 Barney Scout Mann (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
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Sinning Across Spain

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Pilgrim seeks sinners for mutually beneficial arrangement. Tireless. Result-oriented. Reliable. Seven Deadlies a specialty. On her 1,300 kilometre pilgrimage from Granada to Galicia, Ailsa Piper carried an unusual cargo. Walking in the tradition of medieval believers who paid others to carry their sins, Ailsa lugged a swag of confessions from friends, colleagues and strangers. Although some days her load weighed heavy, Ailsa's story celebrates impossible kindnesses, the wonders of Spain and the simple but profound act of putting one foot in front of another for as long as it takes. Praying with her feet... Audio exclusive: Ailsa Piper in conversation with Tony Doherty, coauthor of The Attachment: Letters from a Most Unlikely Friendship.

©2012, Ailsa Piper (P)2017 W.F. Howes Ltd

Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
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The Genius of Birds

35 ratings

Summary

Birds are astonishingly intelligent creatures. In fact, according to revolutionary new research, some birds rival primates and even humans in their remarkable forms of intelligence. Like humans, many birds have enormous brains relative to their size. Although small, bird brains are packed with neurons that allow them to punch well above their weight.

©2016 Jennifer Ackerman. (P)2016 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
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The Land Beyond

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There are many reasons why it might seem unwise to walk, mostly alone, through the Middle East. That, in part, is exactly why Leon McCarron did it. From Jerusalem, McCarron followed a series of wild hiking trails that trace ancient trading and pilgrimage routes and traverse some of the most contested landscapes in the world. In the West Bank, he met families struggling to lead normal lives amidst political turmoil and had a surreal encounter with the world's oldest and smallest religious sect. In Jordan, he visited the ruins of Hellenic citadels and trekked through the legendary Wadi Rum. His journey culminated in the vast deserts of the Sinai, home to Bedouin tribes and haunted by the ghosts of Biblical history. The Land Beyond is a journey through time, from the quagmire of current geopolitics to the original ideals of the faithful, through the layers of history, culture and religion that have shaped the Holy Land. But at its heart, it is the story of people, not politics and of the connections that can bridge seemingly insurmountable barriers.

©2020 Leon McCarron (P)2020 Leon McCarron

Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
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Call of the American Wild

25 ratings

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A man, an axe, and a dog named Fuzzy.... Let the adventure begin! Trapped in a job he hated and up to his neck in debt, Guy Grieve’s life was going nowhere. But with a stroke of luck, his dream of escaping it all to live in remote Alaska suddenly came true. Miles from the nearest human being and armed with only the most basic equipment, Guy built a log cabin from scratch and began carving a life for himself through fishing, hunting, and diligently avoiding bears. Packed with adventure, humor, and insight, this is the gripping story of an ordinary man learning the ways of the wild.

©2012 Guy Grieve (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
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Magdalena

7 ratings

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A captivating new book from Wade Davis - award-winning, best-selling author and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence for more than a decade - that brings vividly to life the story of the great Río Magdalena, illuminating Colombia's complex past, present, and future. Travelers often become enchanted with the first country that captures their hearts and gives them license to be free. For Wade Davis, it was Colombia. Now in a masterly new book, Davis tells of his travels on the mighty Magdalena, the river that made possible the nation. Along the way, he finds a people who have overcome years of conflict precisely because of their character, informed by an enduring spirit of place, and a deep love of a land that is home to the greatest ecological and geographical diversity on the planet. As Gabriel García Márquez once wrote during his own pilgrimage on the river: "The only reason I would like to be young again would be the chance to travel again on a freighter going up the Magdalena". Only in Colombia can a traveler wash ashore in a coastal desert, follow waterways through wetlands as wide as the sky, ascend narrow tracks through dense tropical forests, and reach verdant Andean valleys rising to soaring ice-clad summits. This rugged and impossible geography finds its perfect coefficient in the topography of the Colombian spirit: restive, potent, at times placid and calm, in moments explosive and wild.  Both a corridor of commerce and a fountain of culture, the wellspring of Colombian music, literature, poetry, and prayer, the Magdalena has served in dark times as the graveyard of the nation. And yet, always, it returns as a river of life.  At once an absorbing adventure and an inspiring tale of hope and redemption, Magdalena gives us a rare, kaleidoscopic picture of a nation on the verge of a new period of peace. Braiding together memoir, history, and journalism, Wade Davis tells the story of the country's most magnificent river, and in doing so, tells the epic story of Colombia.

©2020 Wade Davis (P)2020 Random House Audio

Author: Wade Davis
Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
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Beyond Possible

25 ratings

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An SBS Gurkha soldier's account of how his tough Nepali upbringing and the lessons learned in his army life enabled his record-breaking conquest of all 14 of the world's 8,000m peaks in under seven months. What happens when ambition meets limitless imagination?  Enter Project Possible: a seemingly unreachable goal to climb all 14 'death zone' mountains in record time. The previous record was seven years, 10 months and six days.  I did it in six months.  This is the inside story of my incredible adventure. As a kid in Nepal, barefoot in the mountains, I developed the resilience I needed to later join the Gurkhas, one of the most fearless forces in the British Army. Then in the Special Boat Service I served in some of the world's most dangerous warzones.  But my next challenge was even more of a test.  In Beyond Possible I reveal how I conquered the world's most dangerous peaks, breaking several world records in the process. With my elite training, I was able to adapt quickly to the lethal conditions, rarely phased by the lung-burning temperatures or brutal winds. Fear became irrelevant because I had belief.  In the death zone, I came alive. But even after facing countless challenges, right at the peak of my achievements, my world fell apart when my mother was hospitalised.   But I survived and ultimately conquered the most deadly and hostile mountains on the planet. Beyond Possible is my story. 

©2020 Nimsdai Purja (P)2020 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
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The Twenty-Ninth Day

49 ratings

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A 600-mile canoe trip in the Canadian wilderness is a 17-year-old's dream adventure, but after he is mauled by a grizzly bear, it's all about staying alive.  This true-life wilderness survival epic recounts 17-year-old Alex Messenger's near-lethal encounter with a grizzly bear during a canoe trip in the Canadian tundra. The story follows Alex and his five companions as they paddle north through harrowing rapids and stunning terrain. Twenty-nine days into the trip, while out hiking alone, Alex is attacked by a barren-ground grizzly. Left for dead, he wakes to find that his summer adventure has become a struggle to stay alive. Over the next hours and days, Alex and his companions tend his wounds and use their resilience, ingenuity, and dogged perseverance to reach help at a remote village a thousand miles north of the US-Canadian border.  The Twenty-Ninth Day is a coming-of-age story like no other, filled with inspiring subarctic landscapes, thrilling riverine paddling, and a trial by fire of the human spirit.

©2019 Alex Messenger (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Alex Messenger
Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
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Lost in the Wild

26 ratings

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In the wilderness, one false step can make the difference between a delightful respite and a brush with death. On a beautiful summer afternoon in 1998, Dan Stephens, a 22-year-old canoeist, was leading a trip deep into Ontario's Quetico Provincial Park. He stepped into a gap among cedar trees to look for the next portage - and did not return. More than four hours later, Dan awakened from a fall with a lump on his head and stumbled deeper into the woods, confused. Three years later, Jason Rasmussen, a third-year medical student who loved the forest's solitude, walked alone into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness on a crisp fall day. After a two-day trek into a remote area of the woods, he stepped away from his campsite and made a series of seemingly trivial mistakes that left him separated from his supplies, wet, and lost, as cold darkness fell. Enduring days without food or shelter, these men faced the full harsh force of wilderness, the place that they had sought out for tranquil refuge from city life. Lost in the Wild takes listeners with them as they enter realms of pain, fear, and courage, as they suffer dizzying confusion and unending frustration, and as they overcome seemingly insurmountable hurdles in a race to survive.

©2006 Cary J. Griffith (P)2018 Tantor

Narrator: Roger Wayne
Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
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Touching the Void

28 ratings

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Joe Simpson, with just his partner, Simon Yates, tackled the unclimbed West Face of the remote 21,000-foot Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in June of 1995. But before they reached the summit, disaster struck. A few days later, Simon staggered into Base Camp, exhausted and frostbitten, to tell their non-climbing companion that Joe was dead. For three days he wrestled with guilt as they prepared to return home. Then a cry in the night took them out with torches, where they found Joe, badly injured, crawling through the snowstorm in a delirium. Far from causing Joe's death, Simon had paradoxically saved his friend's life. What happened, and how they dealt with the psychological traumas that resulted when Simon was forced into the appalling decision to cut the rope, makes not only an epic of survival but a compelling testament of friendship.

©1988 Joe Simpson (P)2012 Random House Audiobooks

Author: Joe Simpson
Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
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Thousand-Miler

Summary

In 36 thrilling days, Melanie Radzicki McManus hiked 1,100 miles around Wisconsin, landing her in the elite group of Ice Age Trail thru-hikers known as the Thousand-Milers. In prose that's alternately harrowing and humorous, Thousand-Miler takes you with her through Wisconsin's forests, prairies, wetlands, and farms, past the geologic wonders carved by long-ago glaciers, and into the neighborhood bars and gathering places of far-flung small towns. Follow along as she worries about wildlife encounters, wonders if her injured feet will ever recover, and searches for an elusive fellow hiker known as Papa Bear. Woven throughout her account are details of the history of the still-developing Ice Age Trail - one of just 11 National Scenic Trails - and helpful insight and strategies for undertaking a successful thru-hike. In addition to chronicling McManus's hike, Thousand-Miler also includes the little-told story of the Ice Age Trail's first-ever thru-hiker Jim Staudacher, an account of the record-breaking thru-run of ultrarunner Jason Dorgan, the experiences of a young combat veteran who embarked on her thru-hike as a way to ease back into civilian life, and other fascinating tales from the trail.

©2017 The State Historical Society of Wisconsin (P)2017 Tantor

Narrator: Sarah Zimmerman
Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
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Fisherman's Summer

1 rating

Summary

An end to Roderick L. Haig-Brown’s seasons cycle, Fisherman’s Summer is a book that can be listened to again and again, for both knowledge and pleasure. In this installment, he focuses again on the rivers of his native British Columbia such as the Campbell, the Columbia, and the Nimpkish. Among his vast wealth of knowledge concerning fly fishing, listeners are also exposed to his wise reflections. His discussions of the past fishermen of these rivers, including Native Americans and pioneers, and his hope that the future of these rivers will remain abundant and full of life, will touch the hearts of fishers and non-fishers alike. Chapters included are:Summer DefinedThe Indian and MeThe Beginning of ChangeThe Dry Fly and Very Fast WaterStandard-BearerArctic Fish DerbiesThe Great DestroyersThe BeachesTableRiverBlackholeAnd many more Within these pages are the exciting angling stories of an expert flyfisherman, laced with thoughtful reflections and musings, all of which showcase Haig-Brown as the excellent writer and flyfisherman that he was.

©1959, 1975 Roderick L.Haig-Brown (P)2014 Audible Inc.

Narrator: David Zarbock
Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
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How to Read Nature

2 ratings

Summary

Nobody wakes up in the morning and decides to shut down their senses and stumble through each day in an oblivious bubble, and yet some people end up having much richer experiences than others. In this guidebook, natural navigator Tristan Gooley strives to reawaken our senses to help us understand and deepen our personal experience of nature. His message is to connect - however we can and to whatever draws us in. Some listeners will find they have a knack for predicting rain or, after 10 minutes of trying to draw a tree, that they will never look at trees the same way again. For others, the landscape will come to life once they see everything from butterflies to bears as locked in a Darwinian struggle for survival. By pairing his philosophy - that there's much more to nature than meets the eye if we know where and how to look - with 15 simple get-out-the-door exercises, Gooley invites listeners who have shared his previous adventures to go out and make their own discoveries.

©2017 Tristan Gooley (P)2017 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Narrator: Qarie Marshall
Length: 3 hrs and 14 mins
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Training for the New Alpinism

6 ratings

Summary

In Training for the New Alpinism, Steve House, world-class climber and Patagonia ambassador, and Scott Johnston, coach of US national champions and World Cup Nordic skiers, translate training theory into practice to allow you to coach yourself to any mountaineering goal. Applying training practices from other endurance sports, House and Johnston demonstrate that following a carefully designed regimen is as effective for alpinism as it is for any other endurance sport and leads to better performance. They deliver detailed instruction on how to plan and execute training tailored to your individual circumstances.  Whether you work as a banker or a mountain guide, live in the city or the country, are an ice climber, a mountaineer heading to Denali, or a veteran of 8,000-meter peaks, your understanding of how to achieve your goals grows exponentially as you work with this audiobook. Chapters cover endurance and strength-training theory and methodology, application, and planning, nutrition, altitude, mental fitness, and assessing your goals and your strengths.  Chapters are augmented with inspiring essays by world-renowned climbers, including Ueli Steck, Mark Twight, Peter Habeler, Voytek Kurtyka, and Will Gadd.  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2014 Patagonia Books (P)2019 Tantor

Narrator: Roger Wayne
Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
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Meat Eater

54 ratings

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“Revelatory.... With every chapter, you get a history lesson, a hunting lesson, a nature lesson and a cooking lesson.... Meat Eater offers an overabundance to savor.” (The New York Times Book Review) Steven Rinella grew up in Twin Lake, Michigan, the son of a hunter who taught his three sons to love the natural world the way he did. As a child, Rinella devoured stories of the American wilderness, especially the exploits of his hero, Daniel Boone. He began fishing at the age of three and shot his first squirrel at eight and his first deer at 13. He chose the colleges he went to by their proximity to good hunting ground, and he experimented with living solely off wild meat. As an adult, he feeds his family from the food he hunts.  Meat Eater chronicles Rinella’s lifelong relationship with nature and hunting through the lens of 10 hunts, beginning when he was an aspiring mountain man at age 10 and ending as a 37-year-old Brooklyn father who hunts in the remotest corners of North America. He tells of having a struggling career as a fur trapper just as fur prices were falling; of a dalliance with catch-and-release steelhead fishing; of canoeing in the Missouri Breaks in search of mule deer just as the Missouri River was freezing up one November; and of hunting the elusive Dall sheep in the glaciated mountains of Alaska.  Through each story, Rinella grapples with themes such as the role of the hunter in shaping America, the vanishing frontier, the ethics of killing, the allure of hunting trophies, the responsibilities that human predators have to their prey, and the disappearance of the hunter himself as Americans lose their connection with the way their food finds its way to their tables. Hunting, he argues, is intimately connected with our humanity; assuming responsibility for acquiring the meat that we eat, rather than entrusting it to proxy executioners, processors, packagers, and distributors, is one of the most respectful and exhilarating things a meat eater can do.  A thrilling storyteller with boundless interesting facts and historical information about the land, the natural world, and the history of hunting, Rinella also includes after each chapter a section of “Tasting Notes” that draws from his 30-plus years of eating and cooking wild game, both at home and over a campfire. In Meat Eater, he paints a loving portrait of a way of life that is part of who we are as humans and as Americans.  “Full of empathy and intelligence.... In some sections of the book, the author’s prose is so engrossing, so riveting, that it matches, punch for punch, the best sports writing.” (The Wall Street Journal) “Rinella’s writing is unerringly smart, direct, and sharply detailed.” (The Boston Globe)  “A unique and valuable alternate view of where our food comes from.” (Anthony Bourdain)

©2012 Steven Rinella (P)2020 Random House Audio

Narrator: Jeffrey Kafer
Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
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Alive

35 ratings

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On October 12, 1972, a plane carrying a team of young rugby players crashed into the remote, snow-peaked Andes. Out of the 45 original passengers and crew, only 16 made it off the mountain alive. For 10 excruciating weeks, they suffered deprivations beyond imagining, confronting nature head-on at its most furious and inhospitable. And to survive, these men and women not only had to keep their faith; they had to make an impossible decision: Should they eat the flesh of their dead friends? A remarkable story of endurance and determination, Alive is the dramatic best-selling account of one of the most harrowing quests for survival in modern times.

©2002 Piers Paul Read (P)2017 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Narrator: Paul Ansdell
Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
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Into Thin Air

46 ratings

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When Jon Krakauer reached the summit of Mt. Everest in the early afternoon of May 10, 1996, he hadn't slept in 57 hours and was reeling from the brain-altering effects of oxygen depletion. As he turned to begin his long, dangerous descent from 29,028 feet, 20 other climbers were still pushing doggedly toward the top. No one had noticed that the sky had begun to fill with clouds. Six hours later and 3,000 feet lower, in 70-knot winds and blinding snow, Krakauer collapsed in his tent, freezing, hallucinating from exhaustion and hypoxia, but safe. The following morning, he learned that six of his fellow climbers hadn't made it back to their camp and were desperately struggling for their lives. When the storm finally passed, five of them would be dead, and the sixth so horribly frostbitten that his right hand would have to be amputated. Into Thin Air is the definitive account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed journalist and author of the best seller Into the Wild. On assignment for Outside magazine to report on the growing commercialization of the mountain, Krakauer, an accomplished climber, went to the Himalayas as a client of Rob Hall, the most respected high-altitude guide in the world. A rangy, 35-year-old New Zealander, Hall had summited Everest four times between 1990 and 1995 and had led 39 climbers to the top. Ascending the mountain in close proximity to Hall's team was a guided expedition led by Scott Fischer, a 40-year-old American with legendary strength and drive who had climbed the peak without supplemental oxygen in 1994. But neither Hall nor Fischer survived the rogue storm that struck in May 1996. Krakauer examines what it is about Everest that has compelled so many people - including himself - to throw caution to the wind, ignore the concerns of loved ones, and willingly subject themselves to such risk, hardship, and expense. Written with emotional clarity and supported by his unimpeachable reporting, Krakauer's eyewitness account of what happened on the roof of the world is a singular achievement.

©1997 Jon Krakauer (P)1997 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House Inc.

Narrator: Jon Krakauer
Author: Jon Krakauer
Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
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Just Passin' Thru

2 ratings

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Like a well-crafted stage play, Just Passin' Thru delivers one suspenseful scene after another. But in this historic setting a store on the Appalachian Trail called Mountain Crossings the characters who show up are no fictional creations. They are the real-life stars of the author’s new life as a backpack-purging, canteen-selling, hostel-running, bandage-taping, lost-child finding, argument-settling, romance-fixing, chili-making man of many faces. Like any good drama, there are the good guys (and gals) and the weirdos, too. Some show up once (and that’s enough), and some appear again and again. Some are friends, and some dangerous. But all are united by two things: the author’s story-capturing talent, and whatever it is that lures them to attempt (or conquer) a 2,200-mile path that climbs and plummets from Georgia to Maine.

©2009 Winton Porter (P)2013 Audible Inc.

Narrator: Jones Allen
Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
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438 Days

79 ratings

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438 Days is the miraculous account of the man who survived alone and adrift at sea longer than anyone in recorded history - as told to journalist Jonathan Franklin in dozens of exclusive interviews.

On November 17, 2012, Salvador Alvarenga left the coast of Mexico for a two-day fishing trip. A vicious storm killed his engine, and the current dragged his boat out to sea. The storm picked up and blasted him west. When he washed ashore on January 29, 2014, he had arrived in the Marshall Islands, 9,000 miles away - equivalent to traveling from New York to Moscow round trip.

For 14 months, Alvarenga survived constant shark attacks. He learned to catch fish with his bare hands. He built a fish net from a pair of empty plastic bottles. Taking apart the outboard motor, he fashioned a huge fishhook. Using fish vertebrae as needles, he stitched together his own clothes.

He considered suicide on multiple occasions - including offering himself up to a pack of sharks. But Alvarenga never failed to invent an alternative reality. He imagined a method of survival that kept his body and mind intact long enough for the Pacific Ocean to toss him up on a remote, palm-studded island, where he was saved by a local couple living alone in their own Pacific Island paradise.

Based on dozens of hours of interviews with Alvarenga and interviews with his colleagues, search and rescue officials, the medical team that saved his life, and the remote islanders who nursed him back to health, this is an epic tale of survival, an all-true version of the fictional Life of Pi. 438 Days is a study of the resilience, will, ingenuity, and determination required for one man to survive 14 months lost at sea.

©2015 Jonathan Franklin (P)2015 Simon & Schuster

Narrator: George Newbern
Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
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K2

9 ratings

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A thrilling chronicle of the tragedy-ridden history of climbing K2, the world's most difficult and unpredictable mountain, by the best-selling author of No Shortcuts to the Top. At 28,251 feet, the world's second-tallest mountain, K2 thrusts skyward out of the Karakoram Range of northern Pakistan. Climbers regard it as the ultimate achievement in mountaineering, with good reason. Four times as deadly as Everest, K2 has claimed the lives of 77 climbers since 1954. In August 2008, 11 climbers died in a single 36-hour period on K2 - the worst single-event tragedy in the mountain's history and the second-worst in the long chronicle of mountaineering in the Himalaya and Karakoram ranges. Yet summiting K2 remains a cherished goal for climbers from all over the globe. Before he faced the challenge of K2 himself, Ed Viesturs, one of the world's premier high-altitude mountaineers, thought of it as "the holy grail of mountaineering". In K2: Life and Death on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain, Viesturs explores the remarkable history of the mountain and of those who have attempted to conquer it. At the same time he probes K2's most memorable sagas in an attempt to illustrate the lessons learned by confronting the fundamental questions raised by mountaineering - questions of risk, ambition, loyalty to one's teammates, self-sacrifice, and the price of glory. Viesturs knows the mountain firsthand. He and renowned alpinist Scott Fischer climbed it in 1992 and were nearly killed in an avalanche that sent them sliding to almost certain death. Fortunately, Ed managed to get into a self-arrest position with his ice ax and stop both his fall and Scott's. Focusing on seven of the mountain's most dramatic campaigns, from his own troubled ascent to the 2008 tragedy, Viesturs crafts an edge-of-your-seat narrative that climbers and armchair travelers alike will find unforgettably compelling. With photographs from Viesturs's personal colle...

©2009 Ed Viesturs and David Roberts (P)2009 Random House

Narrator: Fred Sanders
Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
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No Shortcuts to the Top

30 ratings

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This gripping and triumphant memoir follows a living legend of extreme mountaineering as he makes his assault on history, one 8,000-meter summit at a time. For 18 years, Ed Viesturs pursued climbing's holy grail: to stand atop the world's 14 8,000-meter peaks, without the aid of bottled oxygen. But No Shortcuts to the Top is as much about the man who would become the first American to achieve that goal as it is about his stunning quest. As Viesturs recounts the stories of his most harrowing climbs, he reveals a man torn between the flat, safe world he and his loved ones share and the majestic and deadly places where only he can go. A preternaturally cautious climber who once turned back 300 feet from the top of Everest but who would not shrink from a peak (Annapurna) known to claim the life of one climber for every two who reached its summit, Viesturs lives by an unyielding motto: "Reaching the summit is optional. Getting down is mandatory." It is with this philosophy that he vividly describes fatal errors in judgment made by his fellow climbers, as well as a few of his own close calls and gallant rescues. And, for the first time, he details his own pivotal and heroic role in the 1996 Everest disaster made famous in Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air. No Shortcuts to the Top is more than the first full account of one of the staggering accomplishments of our time; it is a portrait of a brave and devoted family man and the beliefs that shaped this most perilous and magnificent pursuit.

©2006 Ed Viesturs and David Roberts (P)2006 Books on Tape

Narrator: Stephen Hoye
Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
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Eiger Dreams

2 ratings

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No one writes about mountaineering and its attendant hardships and victories more brilliantly than Jon Krakauer. In this collection of his finest work from such magazines as Outside and Smithsonian, Krakauer explores the subject from the unique and memorable perspective of one who has himself battled peaks like K2, Denali, Everest, and, of course, Eiger - always with a keen eye, an open heart, and a hunger for the ultimate experience.

©1997 Jon Krakauer (P)1997 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, a division of Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc.

Narrator: Jon Krakauer
Author: Jon Krakauer
Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
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Fisherman's Fall

3 ratings

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Originally published in 1964, Fisherman's Fall brings a unique perspective to the world of fall fishing. In the preface, Robert L. Haig-Brown ruminates on the attempts to preserve the salmon and trout in the rivers of British Columbia. What we know could save them, yet what we do contradicts that knowledge. Gaining the knowledge in this book will help fishers learn the nature of the fish and might even inspire some to contribute to their preservation. Fisherman's Fall gives fishers all the tools to become adept at fishing the rivers of British Columbia as well as firsthand knowledge of the fish of those rivers and their habits. Listeners will discover the unique fishing facts and techniques that accompany the fall season, differences between salmon in salt water and fresh water, the ocean years of salmon, the nature of estuaries, steelhead mysteries, and what makes an ideal stream. Besides gathering wise information, listeners get to glimpse the inner thoughts of a fisherman in the chapters describing Haig-Brown's own thoughts while fishing. These wise words will speak to any fisher, and they will even speak to those who have never been on a river. Combining angling advice and inner reflection, this audiobook is a must-have for fishermen and fisherwomen of all ages.

©1964, 2013 Roderick L. Haig-Brown (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: John McLain
Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
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No Shortcuts to the Top

5 ratings

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This gripping and triumphant memoir follows a living legend of extreme mountaineering as he makes his assault on history, one 8,000-meter summit at a time. For 18 years, Ed Viesturs pursued climbing's holy grail: to stand atop the world's 14 8,000-meter peaks, without the aid of bottled oxygen. But No Shortcuts to the Top is as much about the man who would become the first American to achieve that goal as it is about his stunning quest. As Viesturs recounts the stories of his most harrowing climbs, he reveals a man torn between the flat, safe world he and his loved ones share and the majestic and deadly places where only he can go. A preternaturally cautious climber who once turned back 300 feet from the top of Everest but who would not shrink from a peak (Annapurna) known to claim the life of one climber for every two who reached its summit, Viesturs lives by an unyielding motto: "Reaching the summit is optional. Getting down is mandatory." It is with this philosophy that he vividly describes fatal errors in judgment made by his fellow climbers, as well as a few of his own close calls and gallant rescues. And, for the first time, he details his own pivotal and heroic role in the 1996 Everest disaster made famous in Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air. No Shortcuts to the Top is more than the first full account of one of the staggering accomplishments of our time; it is a portrait of a brave and devoted family man and the beliefs that shaped this most perilous and magnificent pursuit.

©2006 Ed Viesturs and David Roberts (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

Narrator: Ed Viesturs
Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
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Everest 1953

4 ratings

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On the morning of 2 June 1953, the day of Queen Elizabeth's coronation, the first news ebbed through to the British public of a magnificent achievement: Everest had finally been conquered. Drawing on first-hand interviews and unprecedented access to archives, this is a groundbreaking new account of that extraordinary first ascent. In a thrilling tale of adventure and courage, Mick Conefrey reveals that what has gone down in history as a supremely well-planned attempt was actually beset by crisis and controversy, both on and off the mountain. From funding panics to Sherpa rebellions, hostile press to menacing weather, John Hunt and his team had to draw on unimaginable skill and determination, as well as sheer British ingenuity, to succeed. An intimate insight into the forgotten personalities behind the ascent including Eric Shipton, the enigmatic Mr Everest, and Tom Bourdillon and Charles Evans, who came within 100 metres of being first to the summit. Everest 1953 recounts a bygone age of self-sacrifice and heroism, using letters and personal diaries to reveal the immense stress and heartache the climbers often hid from their fellow team members.

©2012 Mick Conefrey (P)2013 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Barnaby Edwards
Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
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Into Thin Air

277 ratings

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One of the inspirations for the major motion picture Everest, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Keira Knightley. This is the true story of a 24-hour period on Everest when members of three separate expeditions were caught in a storm and faced a battle against hurricane-force winds, exposure, and the effects of altitude, which ended the worst single-season death toll in the peak's history. In March 1996, Outside magazine sent veteran journalist and seasoned climber Jon Krakauer on an expedition led by celebrated Everest guide Rob Hall. Despite the expertise of Hall and the other leaders, by the end of summit day eight people were dead. Krakauer's audiobook is at once the story of the ill-fated adventure and an analysis of the factors leading up to its tragic end. Written within months of the events it chronicles, Into Thin Air clearly evokes the majestic Everest landscape. As the journey up the mountain progresses, Krakauer puts it in context by recalling the triumphs and perils of other Everest trips throughout history. The author's own anguish over what happened on the mountain is palpable as he leads his listeners to ponder timeless questions.

©2011 Jon Krakauer (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: Philip Franklin
Author: Jon Krakauer
Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
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The Trail Provides

2 ratings

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Disillusioned by the corporate lifestyle, David finds himself unemployed and desperate for change. Bradley, his older, more adventurous, and slightly-wreckless college fraternity brother presents an enticing offer. Just a few weeks later, the two inexperienced hopefuls abandon society and plunge into a soul-searching sojourn to thru-hike the Pacific Crest trail, a 2,650-mile Mexico-to-Canada footpath - barefoot. At the trail’s mercy from day one, the two hikers face the endless pains of walking, rising tensions, and falling behind to the coming winter. The Trail Provides is a thru-hiking memoir filled with stories about companionship, lessons learned, dreams and reality, and leaving everything behind for the desire of transformation, insight, and self-discovery. Now, let’s begin the journey....

©2018 David Smart (P)2019 David Smart

Narrator: David Smart
Author: David Smart
Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
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Climbing with Mollie

3 ratings

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2016 Pulitzer Prize-winning memoirist of Barbarian Days William Finnegan had devoted his days to chasing waves as a lifelong surfer. When his adolescent daughter, Mollie, proves to be a natural-born climber, Finnegan follows his newfound passion toward rock climbing. It’s an arduous apprenticeship, and it turns the parent-child dynamic on its head, as Mollie slips into the role of coach and mentor, while her father has to push his limits to keep pace. Finnegan takes listeners deep into the world of climbing–indoors and out, from climbing gyms to rock faces in Central Park, Mexico and Canada. Mollie, a wry and gentle soul who had shown no previous interest in sports, grows into a ferociously gifted climber, and she leads the way. What begins as a hobby for the father-daughter duo becomes an obsession, as they start taking every opportunity to slip on their climbing shoes, chalk up their hands, and attack problems, climber-speak for routes. They learn a new language of specialized moves and rock types, they seek tougher climbs and forge new memories–not just muscle memories. Through it all, they add a new dimension to their relationship.  As he and Mollie start climbing outdoors, tackling harder and higher climbs, the endeavor increasingly takes on another aspect: danger, which climbers call exposure. Finnegan offers a candid and gripping look at risk, fear, and humility in the pursuit of a perilous hobby. While he navigates the boundaries of trust and adventure, as well as the far edge of his physical limits, he reminds listeners that to fall is to be human. This Audible Original includes an additional interview Finnegan did with his daughter, Mollie, for the story. 

©2019 William Finnegan (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
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The Habit of Rivers

3 ratings

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Originally published in 1994, this book was a fly-fishing phenomenon in the way Howell Raines' Fly Fishing Through the Mid-Life Crisis was. Taking his fishing hobby to near metaphysical levels, Ted Leeson tells about his passions: rivers, trout, and fly fishing. With wry humor and rare insight, he explores questions that engage most fishermen: What is it about rivers that draws us so irresistibly, and why does fly fishing seem such an aptly suited response? Above all, The Habit of Rivers is about ways of seeing the wonderfully textured world that emanates from a river.

©1994 Ted Leeson (P)2014 Audible Inc.

Narrator: Allan Robertson
Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
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Bliss(ters)

40 ratings

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Just before her 40th birthday, Gail Francis quit her perfectly good job and set out to hike one of the great trails of the world. Carrying everything she needed on her back, Francis spent five months walking from Mexico to Canada along the Pacific Crest Trail. Along the way, she lost her pack scrambling over scree in the desert, struggled to navigate high mountain passes, and wore the soles off her boots trekking across lava fields - all within some of the most pristine wilderness in the nation. Though she set out alone, her story includes an eclectic cast of characters. From the man walking the entire 2,700 miles in a series of 26 wedding dresses, to the woman making the journey in the company of her pet mouse, Francis learned to count on her fellow hikers for entertainment as well as a few important life lessons.

©2017 Gail M. Francis (P)2019 Tantor

Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
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Standing in a River Waving a Stick

1 rating

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Brilliant, witty, perceptive essays about fly-fishing, the natural world, and life in general by the acknowledged master of fishing writers With his inimitable combination of wit and wisdom, John Gierach once again celebrates the fly-fishing life in Standing in a River Waving a Stick and notes its benefits as a sport, philosophical pursuit, even therapy: "The solution to any problem-work, love, money, whatever-is to go fishing, and the worse the problem, the longer the trip should be." After all, fly-fishing does teach important life lessons, says Gierach-about solitude, patience, perspective, humor, and the sublime coffee break. Recounting both memorable fishing spots and memorable fish, Gierach discusses what makes a good fly pattern, the ethics of writing about undiscovered trout waters, the dread of getting skunked, and the camaraderie of fellow fishermen who can end almost any conversation with "Well, it's sort of like fishing, isn't it?" Reflecting on a lifetime of lessons learned at the end of a fly rod, Gierach concludes, "The one inscription you don't want carved on your tombstone is 'The Poor Son of a Bitch Didn't Fish Enough.'" Fortunately for Gierach fans, this is not likely to happen.

©1999 John Gierach (P)2019 Tantor

Narrator: David Colacci
Author: John Gierach
Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
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Left for Dead

11 ratings

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In 1996, Beck Weathers and a climbing team pushed toward the summit of Mount Everest. Then a storm exploded on the mountain, ripping the team to shreds, forcing brave men to scratch and crawl for their lives. Rescuers who reached Weathers saw that he was dying and left him. Twelve hours later, the inexplicable occurred. Weathers appeared, blinded, gloveless, and caked with ice - walking down the mountain. In this powerful memoir, now featuring a new preface, Weathers describes not only his escape from hypothermia and the murderous storm that killed eight climbers but the journey of his life. This is the story of a man's route to a dangerous sport and a fateful expedition, as well as the road of recovery he has traveled since; of survival in the face of certain death, the reclaiming of a family and a life; and of the most extraordinary adventure of all: finding the courage to say yes when life offers us a second chance.

©2000 S. Beck Weathers (P)2018 Tantor

Narrator: Roger Wayne
Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
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See You at the Campground

Summary

A family-friendly guide for camping with kids and infants - because the best memories are the ones made around the campfire. Road trips with kids aren't easy, but new parents of twins Stephanie and Jeremy Puglisi became experts at creating lasting family memories without breaking the bank. Whether you're new to camping or a seasoned pro, hit the road with Stephanie and Jeremy, hosts of the popular the RV Atlas podcast, as they show you the different ways that camping can lead to a happier, healthier family. From hiking with infants to navigating RV camping in state parks and camping in national parks - these outdoor lovers have tried it all, and See You at the Campground is packed with personal anecdotes, packing lists, site recommendations, and recipes that will help you create a one-of-a-kind vacation on a family-friendly budget. The perfect resource for parents - and a great gift for campers at any level - this is the ultimate family vacation book to bring the family closer every time you set up camp - whether it's in a cabin, tent, or RV.

©2020 Stephanie Puglisi, Jeremy Puglisi (P)2021 Tantor

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Dark Summit

13 ratings

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In early May 2006, a young British climber named David Sharp lay dying near the top of Mount Everest while forty other climbers walked past him on their way to the summit. A week later, Lincoln Hall, a seasoned Australian climber, was left for dead near the same spot. Hall's death was reported around the world, but the next day he was found alive after spending the night on the upper mountain with no food and no shelter. If David Sharp's death was shocking, it was not singular: despite unusually good weather, ten others died attempting to reach the summit that year. In this meticulous inquiry into what went wrong, Nick Heil tells the full story of the deadliest year on Everest since the infamous season of 1996. He introduces Russell Brice, the outfitter who has done more than anyone to provide access to the summit via the mountain's north side---and who some believe was partially responsible for Sharp's death. As more climbers attempt the summit each year, Heil shows how increasingly risky expeditions and unscrupulous outfitters threaten to turn Everest into a deadly circus. Written by an experienced climber and outdoor writer, Dark Summit is both a riveting account of a notorious climbing season and a troubling investigation into whether the pursuit of the ultimate mountaineering prize has spiraled out of control.

©2008 Nick Heil (P)2008 Tantor

Narrator: David Drummond
Author: Nick Heil
Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
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Master Coyote Hunting

2 ratings

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Both veterans and novices will become better coyote hunters after reading this book written by the award-winning author and expert coyote hunting guide, Michael Huff. This is the most detailed and comprehensive coyote hunting book ever written, its chapters include everything needed to master the difficult art of locating and luring coyotes to a gun or camera. Included, is information on how to find and gain access to productive properties, select the ideal caliber and firearm, effective use of field shooting supports, successful techniques to use electronic and mouth calls, proper operation of lights for night hunting, organizing a vehicle, creating perfect setups to bring in coyotes, advanced hunting strategies and techniques, making long-range shots, selling pelts for profit, field care, and taxidermy. The expertise shared by this award-winning author, speaker, and popular professional guide will shave years off your learning curve. This is the author’s second book and further authenticates his well-earned reputation as a coyote expert, a reputation formed from years of pursuing scholarly research and hunting and guiding for coyotes across the United States of America. His first book is the award-winning Understanding Coyotes: The Comprehensive Guide for Hunters, Photographers, and Wildlife Observers.

©2019 Michael Huff MPH-LLC (P)2019 Michael Huff MPH-LLC

Narrator: Lee Goettl
Author: Michael Huff
Length: 3 hrs and 47 mins
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The Push

89 ratings

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A New York Times Bestseller A dramatic, inspiring memoir by legendary rock climber Tommy Caldwell, the first person to free climb the Dawn Wall of Yosemite’s El Capitan  “The rarest of adventure reads: It thrills with colorful details of courage and perseverance, but it enriches readers with an absolutely captivating glimpse into how a simple yet unwavering resolve can turn adversity into reward.” (The Denver Post) A finalist for the Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature On January 14, 2015, Tommy Caldwell, along with his partner, Kevin Jorgeson, summited what is widely regarded as the hardest climb in history - Yosemite’s nearly vertical 3,000-foot Dawn Wall, after 19 days on the route. Caldwell’s odds-defying feat - the subject of the documentary film The Dawn Wall to be released nationwide in September - was the culmination of an entire lifetime of pushing himself to his limits as an athlete.  This engrossing memoir chronicles the journey of a boy with a fanatical mountain-guide father who was determined to instill toughness in his son to a teen whose obsessive nature drove him to the top of the sport-climbing circuit. Caldwell’s affinity for adventure then led him to the vertigo-inducing and little understood world of big wall free climbing. But his evolution as a climber was not without challenges; in his early 20s, he was held hostage by militants in a harrowing ordeal in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan. Soon after, he lost his left index finger in an accident. Later his wife, and main climbing partner, left him. Caldwell emerged from these hardships with a renewed sense of purpose and determination. He set his sights on free climbing El Capitan’s biggest, steepest, blankest face - the Dawn Wall. This epic assault took more than seven years, during which time Caldwell redefined the sport, found love again, and became a father.  The Push is an arresting story of focus, drive, motivation, endurance, and transformation, a book that will appeal to anyone seeking to overcome fear and doubt, cultivate perseverance, turn failure into growth, and find connection with family and with the natural world.

©2017 Tommy Caldwell (P)2017 Penguin Audio

Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
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Mind of the Raven

6 ratings

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Bernd Heinrich involves us in his quest to get inside the mind of the raven. But as animals can be spied on only by getting quite close, Heinrich adopts ravens, thereby becoming a "raven father", as well as observing them in their natural habitat. He studies their daily routines and, in the process, paints a vivid picture of the ravens' world. At the heart of this book are Heinrich's love and respect for these complex and engaging creatures, and through his keen observation and analysis we become their intimates, too. Heinrich's passion for ravens has led him around the world in his research. Mind of the Raven follows an exotic journey - from New England to Germany, and from Montana to Baffin Island in the High Arctic - offering dazzling accounts of how science works in the field, filtered through the eyes of a passionate observer of nature. Each new discovery and insight into raven behavior is thrilling, at once lyrical and scientific.

©1999 Bernd Heinrich (P)2016 Tantor

Narrator: Norman Dietz
Length: 16 hrs and 46 mins
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Almost Somewhere

2 ratings

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Day One, and already she was lying in her journal. It was 1993, Suzanne Roberts had just finished college, and when her friend suggested they hike California's John Muir Trail, the adventure sounded like the perfect distraction from a difficult home life and thoughts about the future. But she never imagined that the 28-day hike would change her life. Part memoir, part nature writing, part travelogue, Almost Somewhere is Roberts's account of that hike. John Muir had written of the Sierra Nevada as a "vast range of light", and this was exactly what Roberts was looking for. But traveling with two girlfriends, one experienced and unflappable and the other inexperienced and bulimic, she quickly discovered that she needed a new frame of reference. Her story of a month in the backcountry - confronting bears, snowy passes, broken equipment, injuries, and strange men - is as much about finding a woman's way into outdoor experience as it is about the natural world she so eloquently describes. Candid and funny and, finally, wise, Almost Somewhere is not just the whimsical coming-of-age story of a young woman ill-prepared for a month in the mountains but also the reflection of a distinctly feminine view of nature.

©2012 The Board of Regents of the Universityof Nebraska (P)2017 Tantor

Narrator: Virginia Wolf
Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
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A River Never Sleeps

3 ratings

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Few books have captured the haunting world of music and rivers and of the sport they provide as well as A River Never Sleeps. Roderick L. Haig-Brown writes of fishing not just as a sport, but also as an art. He knows moving water and the life within it - its subtlest mysteries and perpetual delights. He is a man who knows fish lore as few people ever will, and the legends and history of a great sport. Month by month, he takes you from river to river, down at last to the saltwater and the sea: in January, searching for the steelhead in the dark, cold water; in May, fishing for bright, sea-run cutthroats; and on to the chilly days of October and the majestic run of spawning salmon. All the great joy of angling is here: the thrill of fishing during a thunderstorm, the sight of a river in freshet or a river calm and hushed, the suspense of a skillful campaign to capture some half-glimpsed trout or salmon of extraordinary size, and the excitement of playing and landing a momentous fish. A River Never Sleeps is one of the enduring classics of angling. It will provide a rich listening experience for all who love fishing or rivers.

©2012 Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Phil Williams
Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
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All Fishermen Are Liars

5 ratings

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For John Gierach, "the master of fly-fishing" (Sacramento Bee), fishing is always the answer - even when it's not clear what the question is. In All Fishermen Are Liars, Gierach travels around North America seeking out quintessential fishing experiences, whether it's at a busy stream or a secluded lake hidden amid snow-capped mountains. He talks about the art of fly-tying and the quest for the perfect steelhead fly ("The Nuclear Option"), about fishing in the Presidential Pools previously fished by the elder George Bush ("I wondered briefly if I'd done something karmically disastrous and was now fated to spend the rest of my life breathing the exhaust of this elderly Republican"), and the importance of traveling with like-minded companions when caught in a soaking rain ("At this point someone is required to say, 'You know, there are people who wouldn't think this is fun'"). And though Gierach loses some fish along the way, he never loses his passion and sense of humor. Wry, contemplative, and lively - that is to say, pure Gierach - All Fishermen Are Liars is a joy to listen to-and, as always, the next best thing to fishing itself.

©2014 John Gierach (P)2017 Tantor

Author: John Gierach
Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
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Journal of a Trapper

4 ratings

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In 1834, Osborne Russell joined an expedition from Boston, which proceeded to the Rocky Mountains to capitalize on the lucrative salmon and fur trade. Beginning at the age of 20, he detailed the life of a trapper in his journal and recorded his adventures through treacherous terrain, encounters with dangerous wildlife, and confrontations with the natives of the Rockies. Osbourne would remain there - hunting, trapping, and living off the land - for the next nine years. Journal of a Trapper is his remarkable account as he developed into an experienced trapper and a seasoned mountain man of the Rockies.

Public Domain (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: John Lescault
Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
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For the Birds

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One in five people in the United States is a birdwatcher, yet the popular understanding of birders reduces them to comical stereotypes, obsessives who only have eyes for their favorite rare species. In real life, however, birders are paying equally close attention to the world around them, observing the devastating effects of climate change and mass extinction, while discovering small pockets of biodiversity in unexpected places. For the Birds offers listeners a glimpse behind the binoculars and reveals birders to be important allies in the larger environmental conservation movement. With a wealth of data from in-depth interviews and over three years of observing birders in the field, environmental sociologist Elizabeth Cherry argues that birders learn to watch wildlife in ways that make an invaluable contribution to contemporary conservation efforts. She investigates how birders develop a “naturalist gaze” that enables them to understand the shared ecosystem that intertwines humans and wild animals, an appreciation that motivates them to participate in citizen science projects and wildlife conservation. The book is published by Rutgers University Press. The audiobook is published by University Press Audiobooks. 2020 Award for Distinguished Book from the Animals & Society Section of the American Sociological Association "A major contribution." (Social Forces) "Extremely readable, lively and accessible." (Lisa Jean Moore, author of Buzz: Urban Beekeeping and the Power of the Bee)

©2019 Elizabeth Cherry (P)2021 Redwood Audiobooks

Narrator: Colleen Patrick
Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
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The Ogre

1 rating

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Some mountains are high; some mountains are hard. Few are both.  On the afternoon of July 13, 1977, having become the first climbers to reach the summit of the Ogre, Doug Scott and Chris Bonington began their long descent. In the minutes that followed, any feeling of success from their achievement would be overwhelmed by the start of a desperate fight for survival. And things would only get worse.  Rising to more than 7,000 meters in the center of the Karakoram, the Ogre - Baintha Brakk - is notorious in mountaineering circles as one of the most difficult mountains to climb. First summited by Scott and Bonington in 1977 - on expedition with Paul "Tut" Braithwaite, Nick Estcourt, Clive Rowland, and Mo Anthoine - it waited almost 24 years for a second ascent and a further 11 years for a third.  The Ogre, by legendary mountaineer Doug Scott, is a two-part biography of this enigmatic peak: In the first part, Scott has painstakingly researched the geography and history of the mountain; part two is the long-overdue and very personal account of his and Bonington's first ascent and their dramatic weeklong descent on which Scott suffered two broken legs and Bonington smashed ribs.  Using newly discovered diaries, letters, and audio tapes, it tells of the heroic and selfless roles played by Clive Rowland and Mo Anthoine. When the desperate climbers finally made it back to base camp, they were to find it abandoned - and themselves still a long way from safety.  The Ogre is undoubtedly one of the greatest adventure stories of all time.

©2017 Doug Scott (P)2018 Vertebrate Publishing

Author: Doug Scott
Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
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Skywalker

4 ratings

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The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT )is the perfect place for an average person to do something extraordinary. Bill Walker ("Skywalker"), who stands 6'11", might seem like anything but average. Yet in a brutally honest tone, he lays to bare all his considerable weaknesses and fears. Among these are crushing weight loss and fatigue, along with a fear of getting lost or a bear stealing his food. Nonetheless, he is bound and determined to hike the PCT which - at 2,663 miles - runs all the way from Mexico to Canada. The PCT's calling card is its stunning beauty. It has a diversity of geography unequaled by any footpath in the world. Haunting and beckoning the PCT hiker are the implacable desert, the towering majesty of the so-called High Sierra, and the ruggedly bleak, northern Cascade range. Indeed, the PCT hiker faces much greater extremes of terrain and climate than on the famed Appalachian Trail. Completing this demanding challenge calls for overwhelming clarity of purpose. Walker's signature characteristic as a writer is his real talent in capturing people. Obviously, he is a people person because he runs into and vividly describes a truly colorful cast of characters from seemingly all walks of American life. Among these are Uber Bitch, Shit Bag, and Serial Killer; the listener learns how these hikers ended up with their names (hint: blunders).The listener need not worry that Walker is a bully. Throughout this irreverent narrative, he turns his considerable supply of humor back on himself in ruthlessly self-deprecating fashion. It all makes for a delightful experience.

©2010 Bill Walker (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Bill Walker
Author: Bill Walker
Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
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Alone on the Wall (Expanded Edition)

24 ratings

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Includes two new chapters on Alex Honnold's free solo ascent of the iconic 3,000-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park On June 3rd, 2017, Alex Honnold became the first person to free solo Yosemite's El Capitan - to scale the wall without rope, a partner, or any protective gear - completing what was described as "the greatest feat of pure rock climbing in the history of the sport" (National Geographic) and "one of the great athletic feats of any kind, ever" (New York Times). Already one of the most famous adventure athletes in the world, Honnold has now been hailed as "the greatest climber of all time" (Vertical magazine). Alone on the Wall recounts the most astonishing achievements of Honnold's extraordinary life and career, brimming with lessons on living fearlessly, taking risks, and maintaining focus even in the face of extreme danger. Now Honnold tells, for the first time and in his own words, the story of his three hours and 56 minutes on the sheer face of El Cap, which Outside called "the moon landing of free soloing.... A generation-defining climb. Bad ass and beyond words.... One of the pinnacle sporting moments of all time."

©2018 Alex Honnold (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
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Touching the Void

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A Radio 4 Book Club Selection. Joe Simpson, with just his partner Simon Yates, tackled the unclimbed west face of the remote 21,000 foot Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in June of 1995. But before they reached the summit, disaster struck. A few days later, Simon staggered into base camp, exhausted and frostbitten, to tell their non-climbing companion that Joe was dead. For three days he wrestled with guilt as they prepared to return home. Then a cry in the night took them out with torches, where they found Joe, badly injured, crawling through the snowstorm in a delirium. Far from causing Joe's death, Simon had paradoxically saved his friend's life. What happened, and how they dealt with the psychological trauma that resulted when Simon was forced into the appalling decision to cut the rope, makes not only an epic of survival but a compelling testament of friendship.

©2004 Joe Simpson (P)2004 Random House Audiobooks

Author: Joe Simpson
Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
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Above the Clouds

13 ratings

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"Kilian Jornet is the most dominating endurance athlete of his generation." (New York Times)  "Inspiring and humbling." (Alex Honnold)  The most accomplished mountain runner of all time contemplates his record-breaking climbs of Mount Everest in this profound memoir - an intellectual and spiritual journey that moves from the earth’s highest peak to the soul’s deepest reaches. Kilian Jornet has broken nearly every mountaineering record in the world and twice been named National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. In 2018 he summitted Mount Everest twice in one week - without the help of bottled oxygen or ropes.  As he recounts a life spent studying and ascending the greatest peaks on earth, Jornet ruminates on what he has found in nature - simplicity, freedom, and spiritual joy - and offers a poetic yet clearheaded assessment of his relationship to the mountain...at times his opponent, at others, his greatest inspiration.

©2020 Kilian Jornet (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Steven Brand
Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
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Dumb Luck and the Kindness of Strangers

5 ratings

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In his latest fresh and original collection, Gierach shows us why fly-fishing is the perfect antidote to everything that is wrong with the world. In Dumb Luck and the Kindness of Strangers, Gierach looks back to the long-ago day when he bought his first resident fishing license in Colorado, where the fishing season never ends, and just knew he was in the right place. And he succinctly sums up part of the appeal of his sport when he writes that it is "[A]n acquired taste that reintroduces the chaos of uncertainty back into our well-regulated lives". Lifelong fisherman though he is, Gierach can write with self-deprecating humor about his own fishing misadventures, confessing that despite all his experience, he is still capable of blowing a strike by a fish "[I]n the usual amateur way". He offers witty, trenchant observations not just about fly-fishing itself, but also about how one's love of fly-fishing shapes the world that we choose to make for ourselves.

©2020 John Gierach (P)2020 Tantor

Narrator: David Colacci
Author: John Gierach
Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
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Lines on the Water

2 ratings

Summary

Writing with the same mastery that has won him praise for his fiction, Richards takes us - even those unfamiliar with days spent in chilly waters - on an unforgettable journey to the famed Miramichi River. Casting new light on the mysterious and elegant world of fly fishing, it teems with lore and wisdom, humor, and most of all, passion.

©1999 David Adams Richards (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Bob Brewster
Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
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Buried in the Sky

40 ratings

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When Edmund Hillary first conquered Mt. Everest, Sherpa Tenzing Norgay was at his side. Indeed, for as long as Westerners have been climbing the Himalaya, Sherpas have been the unsung heroes in the background. In August 2008, when eleven climbers lost their lives on K2, the world’s most dangerous peak, two Sherpas survived. They had emerged from poverty and political turmoil to become two of the most skillful mountaineers on earth. Based on unprecedented access and interviews, Buried in the Sky reveals their astonishing story for the first time. Peter Zuckerman and Amanda Padoan explore the intersecting lives of Chhiring Dorje Sherpa and Pasang Lama, following them from their villages high in the Himalaya to the slums of Kathmandu, across the glaciers of Pakistan to K2 Base Camp. When disaster strikes in the Death Zone, Chhiring finds Pasang stranded on an ice wall, without an axe, waiting to die. The rescue that follows has become the stuff of mountaineering legend. At once a gripping, white-knuckled adventure and a rich exploration of Sherpa customs and culture, Buried in the Sky re-creates one of the most dramatic catastrophes in alpine history from a fascinating new perspective.

©2012 Peter Zuckerman and Amanda Padoan (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: David Doersch
Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
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Mrs Moreau's Warbler

Summary

Swallow and starling, puffin and peregrine, blue tit and blackcap. We use these names so often that few of us ever pause to wonder about their origins. What do they mean? Where did they come from? And who created them? The words we use to name birds are some of the most lyrical and evocative in the English language. They also tell incredible stories: of epic expeditions, fierce battles between rival ornithologists, momentous historical events and touching romantic gestures. Through fascinating encounters with birds and the rich cast of characters who came up with their names, in Mrs Moreau's Warbler Stephen Moss takes us on a remarkable journey through time. From when humans and birds first shared the earth to our fraught present-day coexistence, Moss shows how these names reveal as much about ourselves and our relationship with the natural world as about the creatures they describe.

©2019 Stephen Moss (P)2019 Faber Audio

Narrator: Stephen Moss
Author: Stephen Moss
Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
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Girl in the Woods

12 ratings

Summary

Girl in the Woods is Aspen Matis' exhilarating true-life adventure of hiking from Mexico to Canada - a coming-of-age story, a survival story, and a triumphant story of overcoming emotional devastation. On her second night of college, Aspen was raped by a fellow student. Overprotected by her parents who discouraged her from telling of the attack, Aspen was confused and ashamed. Dealing with a problem that has sadly become all too common on college campuses around the country, she stumbled through her first semester - a challenging time made even harder by the coldness of her college's "conflict mediation" process. Her desperation growing, she made a bold decision: She would seek healing in the freedom of the wild, on the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail leading from Mexico to Canada. In this inspiring memoir, Aspen chronicles her journey, a five-month trek that was ambitious, dangerous, and transformative. A 19-year-old girl alone and lost, she conquered desolate mountain passes and met rattlesnakes, bears, and fellow desert pilgrims. Exhausted after each 30-mile day, at times on the verge of starvation, Aspen was forced to confront her numbness, coming to terms with the sexual assault and her parents' disappointing reaction. On the trail and on her own, she found that survival is predicated on persistent self-reliance. She found her strength. After a thousand miles of solitude, she found a man who helped her learn to love and trust again - and heal. Told with elegance and suspense, Girl in the Woods is a beautifully rendered story of eroding emotional and physical boundaries to reveal the truths that lie beyond the edges of the map.

©2015 Aspen Matis (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

Author: Aspen Matis
Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
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The Fear Bubble

1 rating

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The brilliant, inspirational next book by the author of the incredible number one best seller First Man In. Without fear, there's no challenge. Without challenge, there's no growth. Without growth, there's no life. Ant Middleton is no stranger to fear: as a point man in the Special Forces, he confronted fear on a daily basis, never knowing what lay behind the next corner or the next closed door. In prison, he was thrust into the unknown, cut off from friends and family, isolated with thoughts of failure and dread for his future. And at the top of Everest, in desperate, life-threatening conditions, he was forced to face up to his greatest fear, of leaving his children and wife without a father and husband. But fear is not his enemy. It is the energy that propels him. Thanks to the revolutionary concept of the 'Fear Bubble', Ant has learned to harness the power of fear and understands the positive force that it can become. Fear gives Ant his edge, allowing him to seek out life's challenges, whether that is at home, pushing himself every day to be the best father he can be, or stuck in the death zone on top of the world in a 90mph blizzard. In his groundbreaking new book, Ant Middleton thrillingly retells the story of his death-defying climb of Everest and reveals the concept of the 'Fear Bubble', showing how it can be used in our lives to help us break through our limits. Powerful, unflinching and an inspirational call to action, The Fear Bubble is essential listening for anyone who wants to push themselves further, harness their fears and conquer their own personal Everests.

©2019 Ant Middleton (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Narrator: Ant Middleton
Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
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The Climb

9 ratings

Summary

Anatoli Boukreev’s first-hand account of the worst human disaster in the history of Mt. Everest will hold listeners spellbound. A top-rated guide and high altitude climber, Boukreev dictated the raw and powerful details of this ill-fated trek from memories and notes recorded just five days after the catastrophe. In May of 1996, 33 people went up the mountain, but only 28 returned. As two commercial expeditions climbed the world’s highest peak, poor planning, miscommunication, and an unpredictable blizzard conspired to defeat them. Although the author made it back to the safety of his tent, he defied his own pain and exhaustion to go back up the mountain. His rescue attempt saved the lives of three climbers. The events of those two fateful days prompted researchers at MIT to develop new technology that could prevent the recurrence of such a disaster. Narrators Richard M. Davidson and Nelson Runger sensitively convey the full scope of a drama and a tragedy the world hopes never to see again.

©1997 Anatoli Boukreev and G. Weston DeWalt (P)1998 Recorded Books, LLC

Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
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Alone in the Fortress of the Bears

3 ratings

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On the last day of June, my bush pilot left me alone and without food in a wilderness rain forest of Southeast Alaska. He would return in September. 

For the next 10 weeks my survival would depend on foraging, hunting, and fishing on an island I would share with 1,600 brown bears. 

This is my story of hunger and solitude, salmon fishing and stormy seas, torrential rains and mountain sunsets, giant halibut and deer hunting, campfires and killer whales.

©2015 Bruce L. "Buck" Nelson (P)2019 Bruce L. "Buck" Nelson

Author: Bruce Nelson
Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
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How the Wild Effect Turned Me into a Hiker at 69: An Appalachian Trail Adventure

4 ratings

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This is a terrific audiobook. It's interesting, well-written, and timely. It's the story of a textbook editor who retires, reads the popular book The Wild Effect and decides to hike the Appalachian Trail - and have an unexpected adventure! 

The tone is wry humor, tongue in cheek - the author has a great sense of humor, is perky, and as she learns in this adventure, is often in over her head! She is a very likeable character.

©2018 Jane E. Congdon (P)2018 Bettie Youngs Book Publishers

Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
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Papa Goose

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“Anyone who has ever loved will relate to this book as I did. I read it through the night, twice.” (Stacey O’Brien, author of Wesley the Owl) The charming true story of one man’s journey to raise seven goslings in the name of science. In Papa Goose, Michael Quetting shares the hilarious and moving true story of how he became a father to seven rambunctious goslings - and the surprising things he learned along the way. Starting right at the beginning, with the eggs, his journey takes him from the incubator all the way to the airstrip, where he must attempt to teach the geese to fly as part of an ambitious scientific research initiative for the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, which tracks animal migrations around the world. For the next 11 months, we follow the newly minted dad as he takes the goslings on daily swims in the lake, tracks them down when they go astray, and watches their personalities develop: feisty, churlish, and lovable. Packed with charm and humor, Papa Goose quickly draws us into the adventure as Gloria, Nemo, and the rest of the crew conquer land, water, and air.

©2017; 2018 Ludwig Verlag, München, in the Random House GmbH publishing group; English translation by Jane Billinghurst (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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The Fishing Life

Summary

Both novice and experienced anglers will appreciate this amusing collection of stories and thoughts from an expert fisherman. The Fishing Life is an entertaining anthology of fishing anecdotes and well-researched articles from across Paul Schullery’s research and fishing career. The author offers up stories, essays, farces, daydreams, and ruminations that will engage listeners of all kinds. Of course, being a fisherman and living the fishing life goes beyond just those days spent with rod and reel in hand. It is something that occupies your mind and your heart, not just your hands. As such, this collection is not only about intense fishing moments, but also “a book about those long stretches of thinking, hoping, daydreaming, and otherwise getting ready that occupy fishermen between those moments.” It is truly a way of life. Whether you’re looking for informal advice or deep reflections related to the sport and art of fishing, The Fishing Life is sure to catch your fancy - and give you plenty to dream about, when you can’t be on the water.

©2013 Paul Schullery (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
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Eiger Dreams

20 ratings

Summary

No one writes about mountaineering and its attendant victories and hardships more brilliantly than Jon Krakauer. In this collection of his finest essays and reporting, Krakauer writes of mountains from the memorable perspective of one who has himself struggled with solo madness to scale Alaska's notorious Devils Thumb. In Pakistan, the fearsome K2 kills 13 of the world's most experienced mountain climbers in one horrific summer. In Valdez, Alaska, two men scale a frozen waterfall over a 400-foot drop. In France, a hip international crowd of rock climbers, bungee jumpers, and paragliders figure out new ways to risk their lives on the towering peaks of Mont Blanc. Why do they do it? How do they do it? In this extraordinary book, Krakauer presents an unusual fraternity of daredevils, athletes, and misfits stretching the limits of the possible. From the paranoid confines of a snowbound tent to the thunderous, suffocating terror of a whiteout on Mount McKinley, Eiger Dreams spins tales of driven lives, sudden deaths, and incredible victories. This is a stirring, vivid book about one of the most compelling and dangerous of all human pursuits.

©2017 Jon Krakauer (P)2017 Random House Audio

Narrator: Philip Franklin
Author: Jon Krakauer
Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
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At the Grave of the Unknown Fisherman

2 ratings

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Brilliant, witty, perceptive essays about fly-fishing, the natural world, and life in general by the acknowledged master of fishing writers.   Proving that fishing is not just a part-time pursuit, At the Grave of the Unknown Fisherman takes us through a year with America's favorite fishing scribe, John Gierach, who dedicates himself to his passion despite his belief that "In the long run, fishing usually amounts to a lifetime of pratfalls punctuated by rare moments of perfection."   Beginning with an early spring expedition to barely thawed Wyoming waters and ending with a New Year's Eve trip to the Frying Pan River in Colorado, Gierach's travels find him fishing for trout, carp, and grayling; considering the pros and cons of learning fishing from videos ("video fishing seems a little like movie sex: fun to watch, but a long way from the real thing"); pondering the ethics of sharing secret spots; and debunking the myth of the unflappable outdoorsman ("masters of stillness on the outside, festering s***holes of uncertainty just under the surface").    With an appreciation of the highs, the lows, and all points between, Gierach writes about the fishing life with wisdom, grace, and the well-timed wisecrack. As he says, "The season never does officially end here, but it ends effectively, which means you can fish if you want to and if you can stand it, but you don't have to." As any Gierach fan knows, want to and have to are never very far apart.

©2003 John Gierach (P)2019 Tantor

Narrator: David Colacci
Author: John Gierach
Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
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AWOL on the Appalachian Trail

23 ratings

Summary

In 2003, software engineer David Miller left his job, family, and friends to hike 2,172 miles of the Appalachian Trail. AWOL on the Appalachian Trail is Miller’s account of this thru-hike from Georgia to Maine. Listeners are treated to rich descriptions of the Appalachian Mountains, the isolation and reverie, the inspiration that fueled his quest, and the rewards of taking a less conventional path through life. While this book abounds with introspection and perseverance, it also provides useful passages about hiking gear and planning. This is not merely a travel guide; it is a beautifully written and highly personal view into one man’s journey and the insights gained by abandoning what is comfortable and routine.

©2011 David Miller (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Author: David Miller
Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
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6 Grad mehr

Summary

In seinem Hörbuch spielt der Wissenschaftsjournalist Mark Lynas durch, was passieren wird, wenn die Erde sich weiter global erwärmt. In sechs Kapiteln erklärt er unter Zuhilfenahme aller vorhandenen Studien und wissenschaftlichen Zukunftsmodelle, was bei einer graduellen Erhöhung der Erdtemperatur von 1 bis 6 Grad geschehen wird. Er beschreibt Dürren, ausbleichende Korallen, Verwüstungen durch schmelzende Gletscher, zunächst geografische Verschiebungen, später das Verschwinden von fruchtbarem Land und ultimativ die Gefahr, dass alles Leben auf der Erde endet. 6 Grad mehr ist ein drastischer Weckruf, der zeigt, welche fatalen Folgen es haben wird, wenn die großen Industrienationen weiterhin ihre Klimaziele verfehlen.   >> Diese ungekürzte Hörbuch-Fassung genießt du exklusiv nur bei Audible.

©2021 Rowohlt Verlag GmbH. Übersetzung von Barbara Steckhan, Carolin Schiml und Karola Bartsch (P)2021 Audible Studios

Narrator: Heiko Grauel
Author: Mark Lynas
Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
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The Impossible Climb

26 ratings

Summary

Instant National Best Seller New York Times Monthly Best Seller One of the 10 Best Books of March - Paste Magazine A deeply reported insider perspective of Alex Honnold’s historic achievement and the culture and history of climbing. “One of the most compelling accounts of a climb and the climbing ethos that I've ever read.” (Sebastian Junger) In Mark Synnott’s unique window on the ethos of climbing, his friend Alex Honnold’s astonishing “free solo” ascent of El Capitan’s 3,000 feet of sheer granite is the central act. When Honnold topped out at 9:28 a.m. on June 3, 2017, having spent fewer than four hours on his historic ascent, the world gave a collective gasp. The New York Times described it as “one of the great athletic feats of any kind, ever.”  Synnott’s personal history of his own obsession with climbing since he was a teenager - through professional climbing triumphs and defeats and the dilemmas they render - makes this a  deeply reported, enchanting revelation about living life to the fullest. What are we doing if not an impossible climb? Synnott delves into a raggedy culture that emerged decades earlier during Yosemite’s Golden Age, when pioneering climbers like Royal Robbins and Warren Harding invented the sport that Honnold would turn on its ear. Painting an authentic, wry portrait of climbing history and profiling Yosemite heroes and the harlequin tribes of climbers known as the Stonemasters and the Stone Monkeys, Synnott weaves in his own experiences with poignant insight and wit: Tensions burst on the mile-high northwest face of Pakistan’s Great Trango Tower; fellow climber Jimmy Chin miraculously persuades an official in the Borneo jungle to allow Honnold’s first foreign expedition, led by Synnott, to continue; armed bandits accost the same trio at the foot of a tower in the Chad desert.... The Impossible Climb is an emotional drama driven by people exploring the limits of human potential and seeking a perfect, choreographed dance with nature. Honnold dared far beyond the ordinary, beyond any climber in history. But this story of sublime heights is really about all of us. Who doesn’t need to face down fear and make the most of the time we have?

©2019 Mark Synnott (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Mark Deakins
Author: Mark Synnott
Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
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Dances with Trout

1 rating

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Brilliant, witty, perceptive essays about fly-fishing, the natural world, and life in general by the acknowledged master of fishing writers.  With the wry humor and wit that have become his trademark, John Gierach writes about his travels in search of good fishing and even better fish stories. In this new collection of essays on fishing - and hunting - Gierach discusses fishing for trout in Alaska, for salmon in Scotland, and for almost anything in Texas. He offers his perceptive observations on the subject of ice-fishing, getting lost, fishing at night, tournaments, and the fine art of tying flies. Gierach also shares his hunting technique, which involves reading a good book and looking up occasionally to see if any deer have wandered by.  Always entertaining, often irreverent, and illuminating, Gierach invites listeners into his enviable way of life, and effortlessly sweeps them along. As he writes in Dances with Trout, "Fly-fishing is solitary, contemplative, misanthropic, scientific in some hands, poetic in others, and laced with conflicting aesthetic considerations. It's not even clear if catching fish is actually the point."

©1994 John Gierach (P)2019 Tantor

Narrator: David Colacci
Author: John Gierach
Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
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One Day as a Tiger

1 rating

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"The wall was the ambition, the style became the obsession." In the autumn of 1982, a single stone fell from high on the south face of Annapurna and struck Alex MacIntyre on the head, killing him instantly and robbing the climbing world of one of its greatest talents. Although only 28 years old, Alex was already one of the leading figures of British mountaineering's most successful era. His ascents included hard new routes on Himalayan giants like Dhaulagiri and Changabang and a glittering record of firsts in the Alps and Andes.  Yet how Alex climbed was as important as what he climbed. He was a mountaineering prophet, sharing with a handful of contemporaries - including his climbing partner Voytek Kurtyka - the vision of a purer form of alpinism on the world's highest peaks.  One Day as a Tiger, John Porter's revelatory and poignant memoir of his friend Alex MacIntyre, shows mountaineering at its extraordinary best and tragic worst - and draws an unforgettable picture of a dazzling, argumentative and exuberant legend.

©2014 John Porter (P)2019 Vertebrate Publishing

Narrator: Stewart Crank
Author: John Porter
Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
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Into Thin Air

66 ratings

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When Jon Krakauer reached the summit of Mt. Everest in the early afternoon of May 10, 1996, he hadn't slept in 57 hours and was reeling from the brain-altering effects of oxygen depletion. As he turned to begin his long, dangerous descent from 29,028 feet, 20 other climbers were still pushing doggedly toward the top. No one had noticed that the sky had begun to fill with clouds.  Six hours later and 3,000 feet lower, in 70-knot winds and blinding snow, Krakauer collapsed in his tent, freezing, hallucinating from exhaustion and hypoxia, but safe. The following morning, he learned that six of his fellow climbers hadn't made it back to their camp and were desperately struggling for their lives. When the storm finally passed, five of them would be dead, and the sixth so horribly frostbitten that his right hand would have to be amputated.  Into Thin Air is the definitive account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed journalist and author of the best seller Into the Wild. On assignment for Outside Magazine to report on the growing commercialization of the mountain, Krakauer, an accomplished climber, went to the Himalayas as a client of Rob Hall, the most respected high-altitude guide in the world.   A rangy, 35-year-old New Zealander, Hall had summited Everest four times between 1990 and 1995 and had led 39 climbers to the top. Ascending the mountain in close proximity to Hall's team was a guided expedition led by Scott Fischer, a 40-year-old American with legendary strength and drive who had climbed the peak without supplemental oxygen in 1994. But neither Hall nor Fischer survived the rogue storm that struck in May 1996.  Krakauer examines what it is about Everest that has compelled so many people - including himself - to throw caution to the wind, ignore the concerns of loved ones, and willingly subject themselves to such risk, hardship, and expense.  Written with emotional clarity and supported by his unimpeachable reporting, Krakauer's eyewitness account of what happened on the roof of the world is a singular achievement. Into the Wild is available on audio, read by actor Campbell Scott. 

©1997 Jon Krakauer (P)1997 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House Inc.

Narrator: Philip Franklin
Author: Jon Krakauer
Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
Available on Audible
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Falcon

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Before best-selling author Helen Macdonald told the story of the goshawk in H Is for Hawk, she told the story of the falcon, in a cultural history of the masterful creature that can "cut the sky in two" with the "perfectly aerodynamic profile of a raindrop", as she so incisively puts it. In talon-sharp prose she explores the spell the falcon has had over her and, by extension, all of us, whether we've seen them "through binoculars, framed on gallery walls, versified by poets, flown as hunting birds, through Manhattan windows, sewn on flags, stamped on badges, or winnowing through the clouds over abandoned arctic radar stations."  Macdonald dives through centuries and careens around the globe to tell the story of the falcon as it has flown in the wild skies of the natural world and those of our imagination. Mixing history, myth, and legend, she explores the long history of the sport of falconry in many human cultures - from Japan to Abu Dhabi to Oxford; she analyzes the falcon's talismanic power as a symbol in art, politics, and business; and she addresses the ways we have both endangered and protected it. Along the way we discover how falcons were mobilized in secret military projects; their links with espionage, the Third Reich, the Holy Roman Empire, and space programs; and how they have figured in countless stories of heroism and, of course, the erotic.  Best of all, Macdonald has given us something fresh: a new introduction that draws on all her experience to even further invigorate her cherished subject. The result is a deeply informed book written with the same astonishing lyrical grace that has captivated listeners and had everyone talking about this writer-cum-falconer.

©2006 Helen Macdonald (P)2018 Recorded Books

Narrator: Helen Macdonald
Length: 4 hrs and 5 mins
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Edmund Hillary - A Biography

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Edmund Hillary - A Biography is the story of the New Zealand beekeeper who climbed Mount Everest. A man who, against expedition orders, drove his tractor to the South Pole; a man honored around the world for his pioneering climbs, yet who collapsed on more than one occasion on a mountain, and a man who gave so much to Nepal yet lost his family to its mountains. The author Michael Gill was a close friend of Hillary for nearly 50 years, accompanying him on many expeditions and becoming heavily involved in Hillary’s aid work, building schools and hospitals in the Himalayan region. Gill was granted access to a large archive of private papers and photos that were deposited in the Auckland museum after Hillary’s death in 2008. Building on this unpublished material, as well as his extensive personal experience, Michael Gill profiles a man whose life was shaped by both triumph and tragedy. Gill describes the uncertainties of the first 33 years of Hillary’s life, during which time he served in the Royal New Zealand Air Force during the Second World War, as well as the background to the first ascent of Mount Everest in 1953, when Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers to reach the summit - a feat that brought the pair instant worldwide fame. He reveals the loving relationship Hillary had with his wife, Louise, in part, through their touching letters to each other. Her importance to him during their 22 years of marriage only underlines the horror of her death, along with that of their youngest daughter, Belinda, in a plane crash in 1975. Hillary eventually pulled out of his subsequent depression to continue his life’s work in the Himalayas. Affectionate, but scrupulously fair, Michael Gill has gone further than anyone before to reveal the humanity of this remarkable man in Edmund Hillary - A Biography.

©2017 Michael Gill (P)2019 Audiobooks NZ

Narrator: Bruce Hopkins
Author: Michael Gill
Length: 16 hrs and 20 mins
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Salmon

9 ratings

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In what he says is the most important piece of environmental writing in his long and award-winning career, Mark Kurlansky, best-selling author of Salt and Cod, The Big Oyster, 1968, and Milk, among many others, employs his signature multi-century storytelling and compelling attention to detail to chronicle the harrowing yet awe-inspiring life cycle of salmon. During his research, Kurlansky traveled widely and observed salmon and those who both pursue and protect them in the Pacific and the Atlantic, in Ireland, Norway, Iceland, Japan, and even the robust but not as frequently visited Kamchatka Peninsula. This world tour reveals an eras-long history of man's misdirected attempts to manipulate salmon and its environments for his own benefit and gain, whether for entertainment or to harvest food. In addition, Kurlansky's research shows that all over the world these fish, uniquely connected to both marine and terrestrial ecology as well as fresh and salt water, are a natural barometer for the health of the planet. He documents that for centuries man's greatest assaults on nature, from overfishing to dams, from hatcheries to fish farms, from industrial pollution to the ravages of climate change, are evidenced in the sensitive life cycle of salmon. Kurlansky's insightful conclusion is that the only way to save salmon is to save the planet and, at the same time, the only way to save the planet is to save the mighty, heroic salmon.

©2020 Mark Kurlansky (P)2020 Random House Audio

Narrator: Mark Kurlansky
Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
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Supervivencia [Survival]

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¿Estás cansado de llevar mochilas extensas a los viajes de campamento en el desierto? ¿Tienes miedo de morir de hambre? ¿Evita visitar el desierto porque cree que se perderá y pasará hambre? ¿Quieres aprender a comer en el desierto? ¿Quieres aprender habilidades primitivas pero extremadamente útiles, como buscar comida, cazar y recolectar? ¿Quieres formar una conexión física y espiritual con la madre naturaleza? ¿Está interesado en el bushcraft pero no sabe por dónde empezar? Si la respuesta a cualquiera de las preguntas anteriores es sí, entonces ha elegido el libro correcto.  Bushcraft se está convirtiendo rápidamente en una opción de estilo de vida para muchos. Es una excelente manera de conectarse con la naturaleza y disfrutar de sus dones. Vivir y sobrevivir en la naturaleza puede enseñarte muchas cosas. Hay muchas cosas que debe considerar mientras vive en el desierto. El agua, el refugio y la comida siempre deben ser sus prioridades en la naturaleza. Si bien los dos primeros se pueden encontrar con facilidad, puede ser bastante difícil identificar y encontrar alimentos comestibles y no venenosos en el desierto. Este libro contiene varios consejos, orientación y técnicas que lo ayudarán a encontrar, cosechar, forrajear, cazar, atrapar, recolectar y recolectar alimentos en el desierto. También incluye capítulos extensos sobre cómo cocinar y conservar estos alimentos.  El libro contiene capítulos sobre una variedad de temas relacionados con la ganadería y la alimentación en la naturaleza. Si sigue de cerca las instrucciones y descripciones que se dan en este libro, siempre podrá encontrar algunas plantas o animales comestibles en el desierto.  En el transcurso de este libro, aprenderá sobre:  Los conceptos básicos de bushcraft Los conceptos básicos de la búsqueda de alimentos Identificación de varias plantas comestibles Cómo cosechar plantas Conceptos básicos de caza y captura Engranajes y armas de Bushcraft Búsqueda de caracoles y babosas Carnicería Cocinar en la naturaleza Alimentos poco comunes ¡Y mucho más! ¿Entonces, Qué esperas? Aprenda a sobrevivir en cualquier lugar con esta guía fácil de seguir. Haga clic en el botón Comprar ahora y obtenga su copia hoy. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2020 Branda Nurt (P)2020 Branda Nurt

Narrator: Keymer Roa
Author: Branda Nurt
Length: 4 hrs
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Alone on the Wall

35 ratings

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Only a few years ago, Alex Honnold was little known beyond a small circle of hardcore climbers. Today, at the age of 30, he is probably the most famous adventure athlete in the world. In that short time, he has proven his expertise in many styles of climbing and has shattered speed records, pioneered routes, and won awards within each discipline. More spectacularly still, he has pushed the most extreme and dangerous form of climbing far beyond the limits of what anyone thought was possible. Free soloing, Honnold's specialty, is a type of climbing performed without a rope, a partner, or hardware - such as pitons, nuts, or cams - for aid or protection. The results of climbing this way are breathtaking, but the stakes are ultimate: If you fall, you die. In Alone on the Wall, Honnold recounts the seven most astonishing climbing achievements so far in his still-evolving career. He narrates the drama of each climb along with reflective passages that illuminate the inner workings of his highly perceptive and discerning mind. We share in the jitters and excitements he feels waking in his van (where he lives full time) before a climb; we see him self-criticize in his climbing journal (a veritable Bible for students of the sport); and we learn his secrets to managing fear. Veteran climber and award-winning author David Roberts writes part of each chapter in his own voice, and he calls on other climbers and the sport's storied past to put Alex's tremendous accomplishments in perspective. Whenever Honnold speaks in public, he is asked the same two questions: "Aren't you afraid you're going to die?" and "why do you do this?" Alone on the Wall takes us around the world and through the highs and lows in the life of a climbing superstar to answer those fascinating questions.

©2016 Alex Honnold and David Roberts (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
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The Living Mountain

5 ratings

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In this masterpiece of nature writing, beautifully narrated by Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton, Nan Shepherd describes her journeys into the Cairngorm mountains of Scotland. There she encounters a world that can be breathtakingly beautiful at times and shockingly harsh at others. Her intense, poetic prose explores and records the rocks, rivers, creatures and hidden aspects of this remarkable landscape. Shepherd spent a lifetime in search of the ‘essential nature’ of the Cairngorms; her quest led her to write this classic meditation on the magnificence of mountains, and on our imaginative relationship with the wild world around us. Composed during the Second World War, the manuscript of The Living Mountain lay untouched for more than 30 years before it was finally published.

©2019 Nan Shepherd (P)2019 Canongate Books Ltd

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Shook

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Dave Hahn, a local of Taos, New Mexico, is a legendary figure in mountaineering. Elite members of the climbing community have likened him to the Michael Jordan, Cal Ripkin, or Michael Phelps of the climbing world. The 2015 expedition he would lead came just one short year after the notorious Khumbu Icefall avalanche claimed the lives of 16 Sherpas. Dave and his team - Sherpa sirdar Chhering Dorjee, assistant guide JJ Justman, base-camp manager Mark Tucker, and the eight clients who had trained for the privilege to attempt to summit with Dave Hahn - spent weeks honing the techniques that would help keep them alive through the Icefall and the Death Zone. None of this could have prepared them for the earthquake that shook Everest and all of their lives on the morning of April 25, 2015. Shook tells their story of resilience, nerve, and survival on the deadliest day on Everest.

©2020 Jennifer Hull (P)2021 Tantor

Narrator: Adam Verner
Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
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Up: My Life’s Journey to the Top of Everest

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My eyes lifted to the horizon and the unmistakable snowy outline of Everest.  Everest, the mountain of my childhood dreams. A mountain that has haunted me my whole life. A mountain I have seen hundreds of times in photographs and films but never in real life.  In April 2018, seasoned adventurer Ben Fogle and Olympic cycling gold medallist Victoria Pendleton, along with mountaineer Kenton Cool, took on their most exhausting challenge yet – climbing Everest for the British Red Cross to highlight the environmental challenges mountains face. It would be harrowing and exhilarating in equal measure as they walked the fine line between life and death 8,000 metres above sea level. For Ben, the seven-week expedition into the death zone was to become the adventure of a lifetime, as well as a humbling and enlightening journey. For his wife Marina, holding the family together at home, it was an agonising wait for news. Together, they dedicated the experience to their son, Willem Fogle, stillborn at eight months. Cradling little Willem to say goodbye, Ben and Marina made a promise to live brightly. To embrace every day. To always smile. To be positive and to inspire. And from the depths of their grief and dedication, Ben’s Everest dream was born. Up, from here the only way was Up. Part memoir, part thrilling adventure, Ben and Marina’s account of his ascent to the roof of the world is told with their signature humour and warmth, as well as with profound compassion.

©2018 Ben Fogle (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Author: Ben Fogle
Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
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Becoming Odyssa

4 ratings

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After graduating from college, Jennifer isn't sure what she wants to do with her life. She is drawn to the Appalachian Trail, a 2,175-mile footpath that stretches from Georgia to Maine. Though her friends and family think she's crazy, she sets out alone to hike the trail, hoping it will give her time to think about what she wants to do next. The next four months are the most physically and emotionally challenging of her life. She quickly discovers that thru-hiking is harder than she had imagined: coping with blisters and aching shoulders from the 30-pound pack she carries; sleeping on the hard wooden floors of trail shelters; hiking through endless torrents of rain and even a blizzard.  With every step she takes, Jennifer transitions from an over-confident college graduate to a student of the trail, braving situations she never imagined before her thru-hike. The trail is full of unexpected kindness, generosity, and humor. And when tragedy strikes, she learns that she can depend on other people to help her in times of need.

©2010 Jennifer Pharr Davis (P)2020 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
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Trout Eyes

2 ratings

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Fly fishermen everywhere will enjoy these varied, witty, and engaging adventures by one of America’s finest outdoor writers. There is a long section on trout fishing called "Brookies, Browns, and Bows", and another on the challenges and excitement of saltwater fly fishing, and an exciting group of memoirs about fishing near home and in far-flung and often exotic places - like the Minipi, Bighorn, and Norfolk rivers, where the trout can beggar the imagination, and where frustration can be the occupational hazard. Trout Eyes is a love letter to the fish we pursue and insects they eat and the waters in which they live.

©2007 William G. Tapply (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Donald Corren
Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
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unPHILtered

2 ratings

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The beloved patriarch of A&E’s® Duck Dynasty series, Phil Robertson, shares his thoughtful - and opinionated - philosophy on life. In Phil Robertson’s number-one New York Times best seller, Happy, Happy, Happy, we learned about Phil’s colorful past and the wild road to becoming the beloved patriarch of A&E’s smash hit show, Duck Dynasty. Now, he returns to share his philosophy on life, which can be summed up in five short words. Love God, love your neighbor. In this inspirational and entertaining audiobook, you will learn what makes Phil Robertson tick. Robertson shares his views on faith - and how it has totally changed his way of life and how he treats others; family - how he raised his kids and is raising grandkids while teaching them the life principles he lives by; ducks - and the business principles that started the Duck Commander empire; marriage - including what he’s learned from his own marriage; and of course, his opinions on controversial topics like gun control, taxes, prayer in school, and the government. UnPHILtered is the ultimate guide to everything Phil Robertson believes in. Balancing his sometimes off-the-wall comments with his strong focus on home and family life, it is sure to spark discussion, laughs, and a sincere appreciation for Phil’s unique approach to life.

©2014 Phil Robertson. All rights reserved (P)2014 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved

Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
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Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail: Mexico to Canada

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One April morning I left the Mexico border and walked north on the Pacific Crest Trail. For five months I hiked through the California desert, the snows of the Sierra Nevada, and the Cascade Mountains of Oregon and Washington. My goal was to succeed in an epic challenge: to hike 2,650 miles and reach Canada before the October snows. It was an unforgettable summer of sunrises, river crossings, and high mountain passes; of physical and mental challenges and peaceful wilderness camps under the stars. In the fall colors of September I reached the border of Canada. This is the story of my thru-hike.

©2018 Bruce "Buck" Nelson (P)2019 Bruce "Buck" Nelson

Author: Bruce Nelson
Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
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Sleeping Bags to S'mores

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From choosing a destination and staying safe to what to cook and doing it on a budget, this guide provides fun advice for tent camping, car camping, and backpacking. Ever wanted to go camping, but had no idea where to start? Need to unplug, but not sure what to do? Do you have childhood memories of camping bliss, but no idea how to do it on your own? Sleeping Bags to S'mores has you covered! From two expert writers on camping and backpacking, this book covers everything you need to know about how to go camping. From picking a destination and what to pack to how to deal with wildlife (including kids), sporty guides Heather and Will Rochfort will show you the way. Sleeping Bags to S'mores is everything you need to know to have the relaxing, fun-filled camping experience you're looking for, and it includes 100 entertaining full-color illustrations.

©2020 Heather Balogh Rochfort and William Rochfort (P)2020 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company

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The Unreasonable Virtue of Fly Fishing

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Bloomsbury presents The Unreasonable Virtue of Fly Fishing by Mark Kurlansky, read by Mark Kurlansky. From the award-winning, best-selling author of Cod - the irresistible story of the science, history art and culture of the least efficient way to catch a fish. Fly fishing, historian Mark Kurlansky has found, is a battle of wits, fly fisher vs. fish - and the fly fisher does not always (or often) win. The targets - salmon, trout and char; and for some, bass, tarpon, tuna, bonefish and even marlin - are highly intelligent, wily, strong and athletic animals. The allure, Kurlansky learns, is that fly fishing makes catching a fish as difficult as possible. There is an art, too, in the crafting of flies. Beautiful and intricate, some are made with more than two dozen pieces of feather and fur from a wide range of animals. The cast as well is a matter of grace and rhythm, with different casts and rods yielding varying results. Kurlansky is known for his deep dives into the history of specific subjects, from cod to oysters to salt. But he spent his boyhood days on the shore of a shallow pond. Here, where tiny fish weaved under a rocky waterfall, he first tied string to a branch, dangled a worm into the water and unleashed his passion for fishing.  Since then, a lifelong love of the sport has led him around the world to many countries, coasts and rivers - from the wilds of Alaska to Basque country, from the Catskills in New York to Oregon's Columbia River, from Ireland and Norway to Russia and Japan. And, in true Kurlansky fashion, he absorbed every fact, detail and anecdote along the way. The Unreasonable Virtue of Fly Fishing marries Kurlansky's signature wide-ranging reach with a subject that has captivated him for a lifetime - combining history, craft and personal memoir to show listeners, devotees of the sport or not, the necessity of experiencing nature’s balm first-hand.

©2021 Mark Kurlansky (P)2021 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Narrator: Mark Kurlansky
Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
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How to Hike the Appalachian Trail

2 ratings

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If you are planning on (or just thinking about) hiking the Appalachian Trail, this book is for you. Planning an Appalachian Trail thru-hike is overwhelming. I know. I spent months researching every question I could think of before starting the six-month journey. Even after all of that research, there were countless mistakes I made. This book is everything I wish I would have known before starting. Inside is a step-by-step guide to efficiently plan for a successful thru-hike. Complete with personal tips and experiences. The goal of this guide is to help you complete the 2,185 mile long adventure, feel confident in your preparation, and have a great time every step of the way. Learn how to budget wisely, save money, and not waste cash. Know how to carve out six months from your family, job, and home. Master a massive gear guide on everything from your spork to your tent. Understand clothing, layering, and materials. Hear about what life is really like on the trail. Know which direction to go, when, and why. Familiarize yourself with a state by state breakdown of the trail. Learn how to mentally prepare for the "I-wanna-quit-days" Understand the physical demands and methods to prevent injury. Prepare for the nutritional needs with favorite meals and food ideas. Know the real dangers on the AT. (Ladies) hear from AT record-holder Heather Anderson on "Female Needs". And a whole lot more.... Hope you enjoy!

©2017 Christopher Cage (P)2017 Christopher Cage

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Author: Chris Cage
Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
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Forward, Upward, Onward

Summary

We all have mountains to conquer and in the process of climbing them, we find that we're really conquering ourselves. By stepping beyond my comfort zone to discover what I was made of, I learned some valuable lessons about habits, discipline, mindfulness, friendship, challenges, attitude, mindset, comfort, mental strength, and my perceived physical limitations. Listening to this audiobook, you’ll learn a lot about them as well! Hiking the 48, 4000-foot peaks of New Hampshire's White Mountains changed my life forever. It taught me more than I could ever imagine, and my quest can teach you a lot too. Have you ever wanted to embark on a life-changing adventure, but felt too scared to do it? I decided to embrace the unknown and took on the enormous challenge, the difficult and rewarding journey, and the exciting venture. I’m forever glad I did. Take a walk with me as I climb mountain by mountain, and experience the lessons and takeaways learned from each peak I summited.

©2017 Matt Landry (P)2020 Matt Landry

Narrator: Josh Berndt
Author: Matt Landry
Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
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Good Call

4 ratings

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The closer we look at the Robertson family, the more we discover the substance and authenticity below the surface of these well-known TV characters. In this enlightening audiobook, Jase Robertson gives us a deep look behind his funnyman exterior. In addition to stories of life in the Robertson family and epic tales of hunting of all kinds, listeners will get an inside look at Jase’s personal faith in the Creator of the outdoors he so dearly loves: "My first thoughts about God came in a duck blind as I gazed upon the diversity and beauty of creation. There is nothing in nature that can be reproduced or equaled by humans. None of our computers, microchips, or cell phones can duplicate what God has put forth. Viewing the details of this magnificent Earth is better than any sermon from any preacher I have heard about the evidence of God." More than a behind-the-scenes look at this beloved Duck Dynasty character, listeners will be inspired and encouraged to implement Jase’s "good call" reflections on faith, family, and fowl into their own lives.

©2014 Jase Robertson. Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, New International Version(R), NIV(R) (c)1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica, Inc.(R). Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. (P)2014 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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RV Living, Vol 2

Summary

Have you already taken the plunge and dove straight into the exciting life of full-time RV travel, but are now looking for more advanced information? One thing that remains true, no matter what lifestyle you choose to live, is that problems will arise over time. Absolutely nothing stays the same, and that has never been truer when talking about the RV lifestyle. RV’s break down, whether because of age, make, or even external reasons. Campgrounds can be poorly managed, or close unexpectedly. In volume 1 of this exciting series, you learned everything you needed to know to get started living the RV lifestyle, now in volume 2, you will learn from the authors expert first-hand knowledge how to master it. Because if there's one thing you can guarantee about life on the road is that problems will arise, but luckily this audiobook can teach you how to handle them. What will you learn in this audiobook?: What to do if your RV breaks down How to handle campground closures How to deal with bad neighbors How to deal with problems on the road And so much more! A lot of the RV lifestyle is about staying calm under pressure and making sure that no matter what happens, you do not panic. After all, the RV lifestyle is one that is supposed to help elevate stress from whatever you were facing before. The techniques and advice in this audiobook use real-life examples to explain what you should do in every situation to make sure you do not lose your mind while living an action-packed life on the road. If you loved the first volume of this series, then you need to get volume 2 so that you too can become an expert on RV living and gain the knowledge you need to face every problem head-on as they happen!

©2020 David Paul Mills (P)2020 David Paul Mills

Narrator: Layce Gardner
Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
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Hikertrash: Life on the Pacific Crest Trail

2 ratings

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Teetering awkwardly on the brink of insanity, unable to handle life in snowy, cold, ultra-conservative North Idaho, Carl and Erin sold their house and set out in search of a new place to call home. Suddenly finding themselves completely free of responsibilities, jobless, and with a little spare cash in the bank, it didn't take long before their serious search for a new life took some unexpected twists and turns. "What do you think we should do when we return to the States?" Erin asked Carl, as they sat outside a tiny café sipping coffee. It was a question that had been plaguing her for weeks as they budget-traveled across South East Asia in an attempt to avoid winter (and reality). "I've been thinking about it, and I think we should thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail", was Carl's totally unexpected reply. Spend months on end traipsing through the wilderness, petting bunnies, and chasing rainbows, as they hiked 2,660 miles from Mexico to Canada? How could Erin possibly say no? Life rule number one: Never, ever, turn down an adventure. Friends wagered they wouldn't last a week, but before they knew it, days turned into months as they made their way across America at three miles an hour. As Carl and Erin morphed into Bearclaw and Hummingbird, they found that being hikertrash suited them. Though they will both admit the trail was life-altering, there were no great epiphanies, no magic answers to all of life's burning questions, no "ah-ha!" moments when suddenly life made sense. This is not a tale of personal growth. Through blisters and shin splints, jaw-dropping landscapes, and craptastically unspectacular forests, searing heat and pouring rain, complete hilarity and utter exhaustion, this is the story of what day-to-day life is really like on one of America's greatest trails. As told through Hummingbird's journal entries, this is the story of life on the trail - the people you meet, the things you see, and how, mile by mile, you eventually become Hikertrash.

©2014 Erin Miller (P)2020 Erin Miller

Narrator: Tracy Fawns
Author: Erin Miller
Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
Available on Audible
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RV Camping Everything I Wish I Knew Earlier

Summary

When we started camping, we knew nothing. As a result, we made a lot of mistakes. Over the past 20 years of trial and error, we have found tricks and tips that make our RV camping vacations much easier and more enjoyable. This book provides tips that are not found in the common RV guide. What you find in this audio will make the difference for those who want a great camping experience. This book is written for both beginners who want to fast forward their practical RV camping knowledge and experts, who are looking for some secret tips and tricks to improve their next trip. This book will share our best and most useful secrets, such as: An easy communication trick when parking the RV, How to prepare an efficient outdoor kitchen that works, The secret knob that controls your fridge temperature, The item saves you 80 percent on your propane costs, How to pack clothes for small spaces, The laundry trick that prevents moldy dirty clothes, How to refill the water tanks without moving your trailer, How to maximize your small space, How to organize your toiletries, How to extend your grey water tanks when dry camping (and a key feature often overlooked), The key items you need to remember to bring. The overlooked item needed for electronics. How to unhitch the trailer when it is stuck on the ball, Plus a bonus of easy camping recipes and meal ideas.... AND MUCH MORE. If you want to improve your next RV camping vacation with family and friends and make RV camping for a weekend or a month look easy, this book is for you. So scroll up and BUY! Let’s get started!

©2019, 2020 Sara Bowton (P)2021 Sara Bowton

Narrator: Samantha Simone
Author: Sara Bowton
Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
Available on Audible
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A Bad Birdwatcher's Companion

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Simon Barnes is one of Britain's leading bird writers and humorists. His weekly column in The Times (London), his essays for the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) magazine, and his two books on bad bird-watching have made him one of the characters of the bird world. Here, he reads his own illuminating introductions to the 50 main birds of Britain, supported by the distinguishing bird song of each species. He not only gives helpful identifying features, but enriches them with whimsical observations on their characters and tendencies. It is a delightful text, superbly presented by the author himself.

©2007 Naxos Audiobooks (P)2007 Naxos Audiobooks

Narrator: Simon Barnes
Author: Simon Barnes
Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
Available on Audible
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Mountains of the Mind

1 rating

Summary

The basis for the documentary film Mountain: A Breathtaking Voyage into the Extreme.   Combining accounts of legendary mountain ascents with vivid descriptions of his own forays into wild, high landscapes, Robert Macfarlane reveals how the mystery of the world's highest places has come to grip the Western imagination - and perennially draws legions of adventurers up the most perilous slopes.  His story begins three centuries ago, when mountains were feared as the forbidding abodes of dragons and other mysterious beasts. In the mid-1700s the attentions of both science and poetry sparked a passion for mountains; Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Lord Byron extolled the sublime experiences to be had on high; and by 1924 the death on Mount Everest of an Englishman named George Mallory came to symbolize the heroic ideals of his day. Macfarlane also reflects on fear, risk, and the shattering beauty of ice and snow, the competition and contemplation of the climb, and the strange alternate reality of high altitude, magically enveloping us in the allure of mountains at every level.

©2003 Robert Macfarlane (P)2019 Tantor

Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
Available on Audible
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Kayak Fishing

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Interested in catching fish from the convenience of your kayak? Learn the ropes for safe deep-sea kayak fishing with simple tips from an expert. Want to learn to fish from your kayak, but don’t have a clue where to begin? Concerned that catching "the big one" will capsize your hopes for a tasty dinner? Author and expert kayaker Scott Parsons was born with a love for water-based adventure, and now Parsons’ skilled kayak fishing techniques will land you that massive fish on your very next trip. In Kayak Fishing: A Practical Sea Angler’s Guide for Catching Your Favorite Big Fish from a Kayak, Parsons has collected all of his extensive kayak fishing knowledge in one easy-to-use reference. You’ll discover the best equipment to buy, how to reduce the cost of getting started, and how to stay safe in your kayak while fishing. You’ll learn the best sea kayaking fishing tricks and techniques to catch your fill every time.  In Kayak Fishing, you’ll discover: The best, most cost-effective kayaks for fishing How to land a big fish while kayaking The perfect bait to use for your favorite fish Essential kayaking seamanship advice including using how to use navigation devices and radio An extensive kayak fishing checklist and much, much more! Kayak Fishing is a comprehensive, expert guide for combining your favorite recreational hobbies on the water. If you like tricks of the trade, valuable fishing insights, and practical techniques, then you’ll love Parsons’ incredible resource. Buy Kayak Fishing to reel in a whopper today! PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Scott Parsons (P)2020 Scott Parsons

Narrator: Sherry Granader
Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
Available on Audible
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Buen Camino: El Camino de Santiago [The Good Way: Santiago's Way]

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En este pequeño audiolibro cuento cómo he preparado y llevado a cabo el tramo del camino portugués que va desde Tui a Santiago. En esta ocasión lo realizo en bicicleta en compañía de un buen amigo. He realizado ya varios caminos tanto a pie como en bicicleta, incluso este mismo ya lo había hecho a pie. Me permito al final del audiolibro dar algunos consejos que al menos a mí me han resultado de utilidad y quizás puedan servirles a otros caminantes, en este caso ciclistas. Este camino lo divido en cuatro etapas y en este libro te cuento el desarrollo de cada una de ellas. "Buen Camino". Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2019 Alfonso Sales (P)2019 Alfonso Sales

Narrator: Alfonso Sales
Length: 17 mins
Available on Audible
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Casting Your Troubles into the Grand Canyon

Summary

Is the Grand Canyon big enough to handle all of your worries? I wanted to know that answer, so I walked to the bottom to find out. For years, nature has taught us so many important lessons. The most important may be that we're a part of nature itself. Hiking has a way of bringing us closer to nature. Healing us. Reminding us of what's important and where our priorities are and should be. It makes us feel small, yet a bigger part of the universe around us. In this short memoir, I reflect upon the mental healing that occurred in me through being a part of something much bigger than myself. The trails, the mountains, and the Grand Canyon.

©2020 Matt Landry (P)2020 Matt Landry

Narrator: John Mo
Author: Matt Landry
Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
Available on Audible
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Deer Hunting for Beginners

2 ratings

Summary

Looking to become an expert deer hunter? What I aim for in this book is to help keep you from sounding like an idiot when you go hunting for your first time and to keep you from shooting yourself in the foot or your neighbor in his backside. Hopefully, after listening to this, you'll also be able to best pick the people you want to hunt with and the ones you want to avoid being around while they have guns. Maybe you're wondering if hunting deer is right for you, and if that's the case in the next chapter I want to talk a little about the sport and some other aspects of it. Learn how to hunt like a pro and shoot like a sniper! Also, you'll discover... How to track deer effectively Packing tips to save you time and energy How to be a better shooter And much more! Table of Contents Introduction to Deer Hunting - Are you infected with the incurable madness? Hmmm...< Deer Meat - It's tasty and it's healthy, but there's something else you should know Hunter Safety - If you're not safe, you could shoot your eye out, or Uncle Bob's rear end could be hurting. Regulations and Sportsmanship - Don't get arrested, and don't be "that guy." Preparing Your Body for Hunting - If you can't see your toes, we need to talk. Learning Your Weapon - This is my rifle! There are many like it, but this one is mine.... Essential Equipment and Tools - Forget any of these and you could be in for a world of hurt. Ideal Hunting Times - We know the early bird gets the worm, but does it get the deer also? Preparing for the Hunt - Let's get down to business.... My First Hunting Trip - Lessons for the newbie

©2015 Jason T. Clark (P)2015 Little Rock Publishing

Narrator: Juan G Molinari
Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
Available on Audible
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Footnotes: A Journey Round Britain in the Company of Great Writers

Summary

Every journey has its stories. Beginning with Enid Blyton and childhood in the Isle of Purbeck, Peter Fiennes embarks on a unique exploration of Britain. He follows in the footsteps of some our greatest writers, tracing the paths recorded in their books, journals and diaries, and looks for the country they knew. How much has time changed us? And has it been for better, or worse? Are we trapped in the past? From 12th-century Wales in the company of the scheming priest Gerald, to the ‘endless process of construction and destruction’ Beryl Bainbridge witnessed almost 800 years later, Footnotes is a lyrical foray into our past and present, and a mesmerising quest to picture these isles anew.

©2019 Peter Fiennes (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

Narrator: Peter Fiennes
Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
Available on Audible
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Beyond the Mountain

19 ratings

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What does it take to be one of the world's best high-altitude mountain climbers? A lot of fundraising; traveling in some of the world's most dangerous countries; enduring cold bivouacs, searing lungs, and a cloudy mind when you can least afford one. It means learning the hard lessons the mountains teach. Steve House built his reputation on ascents throughout the Alps, Canada, Alaska, the Karakoram, and the Himalaya that have expanded possibilities of style, speed, and difficulty. In 2005 Steve and alpinist Vince Anderson pioneered a direct new route on the Rupal Face of 26,600-foot Nanga Parbat, which had never before been climbed in alpine style. It was the third ascent of the face and the achievement earned Steve and Vince the first Piolet d'or (Golden Ice Axe) awarded to North Americans. Steve is an accomplished and spellbinding storyteller in the tradition of Maurice Herzog and Lionel Terray. Beyond the Mountain is a gripping listen, destined to be a mountain classic. And it addresses many issues common to nonclimbing life - mentorship, trust, failure success, goal setting, heroes, partnership - as well as the mountaineer's heightened experience of risk and the deaths of friends. Beyond the Mountain is a window into the process of a man working to be the best he can be.

©2013 Steve House (P)2017 Random House Audio

Narrator: Steve House
Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
Available on Audible
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How to Shoot like a Navy SEAL

5 ratings

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Each year in America, two million criminals break into homes just like yours. Is your aim good enough to guarantee your family's safety? How to Shoot like a Navy SEAL teaches gun owners and their families the same deadly, effective techniques the author used to create the world's deadliest snipers. The book is designed to give you the most powerful methods in easy-to-follow instructions.  A retired US Navy SEAL and best-selling author, Chris Sajnog was hand selected to develop the entire US Navy SEAL sniper training program. Now you can use these world-class techniques to master your weapon and protect your family.  Here's what you'll learn:  How to find the right positions for you - not the cookie-cutter methods that work for only some people - so you can maximize your aim with as little effort as possible  Simple training exercises you can do right now, at home, without having to spend thousands of dollars at the shooting range  How to boost your accuracy by up to 95 percent, using the "Navy SEAL focus" technique that you can master in minutes  Chris Sajnog's "SEAL 7": seven super simple steps that'll completely change the way you shoot, so you can hit your mark every time  The SEAL sniper trick that you can start using today, allowing you to instantly hit targets at twice the distance  Why the aiming technique you were taught is completely wrong and how you can fix it instantly  How to do all of this safely without risking harm to your family 

©2013 Center Mass Group, LLC (P)2015 Center Mass Group, LLC

Narrator: Chris Abell
Author: Chris Sajnog
Length: 2 hrs and 10 mins
Available on Audible
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Walking to Listen

2 ratings

Summary

At 23, Andrew Forsthoefel headed out the back door of his home in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, with a backpack, an audio recorder, his copies of Whitman and Rilke, and a sign that read "Walking to Listen". He had just graduated from Middlebury College and was ready to begin his adult life, but he didn't know how. So he decided to take a cross-country quest for guidance, one where everyone he met would be his guide. In the year that followed, he faced an Appalachian winter and a Mojave summer. He met beasts inside: fear, loneliness, doubt. But he also encountered incredible kindness from strangers.  Thousands shared their stories with him, sometimes confiding their prejudices, too. Often he didn't know how to respond. How to find unity in diversity? How to stay connected, even as fear works to tear us apart? He listened for answers to these questions, and to the existential questions every human must face, and began to find that the answer might be in listening itself. Ultimately, it's the stories of others living all along the roads of America that carry this journey and sing out in a hopeful, heartfelt book about how a life is made, and how our nation defines itself on the most human level.

©2017 Andrew Forsthoefel (P)2018 Tantor

Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
Available on Audible
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The Peregrine

5 ratings

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The nation's greatest voice, David Attenborough, reads J. A. Baker's extraordinary classic of British nature writing, The Peregrine. J. A. Baker's classic of British nature writing was first published in 1967. Greeted with acclaim, it went on to win the Duff Cooper Prize, the pre-eminent literary prize of the time. Luminaries such as Ted Hughes, Barry Lopez and Andrew Motion have cited it as one of the most important books in 20th-century nature writing. Despite the association of peregrines with the wild, outer reaches of the British Isles, The Peregrine is set on the flat marshes of the Essex coast, where J. A. Baker spent long winters looking and writing about the visitors from the uplands peregrines that spend the winter hunting the huge flocks of pigeons and waders that share the desolate landscape with them.

©1967 J. A. Baker (P)1967 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Author: J. A. Baker
Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
Available on Audible
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Lords of the Fly

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In the late 1970s and early 1980s, something unique happened in the quiet little town on the west coast of Florida known as Homosassa. The best fly anglers in the world all gathered together to chase the same holy grail - the world record for the most glamorous and coveted fly-rod species, the tarpon. In Lords of the Fly, Monte Burke, an obsessed tarpon fly angler himself, delves into this seminal moment and the growing popularity of the amazing tarpon, a 50-million-year-old species that can live to 80 years old and can grow to 300 pounds. Lords of the Fly ties together the lives of the biggest names in angling - Ted Williams, Stu Apte, Lefty Kreh, Flip Pallot, Thomas McGuane, Billy Pate, Tom Evans, and Steve Huff - as well as present-day stars like Andy Mill, David Mangum, and Nathaniel Linville. Alongside the story of the world-record pursuit, Burke also chronicles the heartbreaking destruction of the fishery brought on by greed, environmental degradation, and the shenanigans of a notorious Miami gangster - and how all of it has shaped contemporary tarpon fishing. Filled with larger-than-life characters and vivid prose, Lords of the Fly is not only a must-listen for anglers of all stripes, but also for those interested in the desperate yearning of the human condition.

©2020 Monte Burke (P)2021 Tantor

Author: Monte Burke
Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
Available on Audible
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The Wonder of Birds

1 rating

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Birds, Jim Robbins posits, are our most vital connection to nature. They compel us to look to the skies, both literally and metaphorically, draw us out into nature to seek their beauty, and let us experience vicariously what it is like to be weightless. Birds have helped us in so many of our human endeavors: learning to fly, providing clothing and food, and helping us better understand the human brain and body. The Wonder of Birds illuminates qualities unique to birds that demonstrate just how invaluable they are to humankind - both ecologically and spiritually. The wings of turkey buzzards influenced the Wright brothers' flight design; the chickadee's song is considered by scientists to be the most sophisticated language in the animal world; and the quietly powerful presence of eagles in the disadvantaged neighborhood of Anacostia proved to be an effective method for rehabilitating the troubled young people placed in charge of their care. Exploring both cutting-edge scientific research and our oldest cultural beliefs, Robbins moves these astonishing creatures from the background of our lives to the foreground.

©2017 Jim Robbins (P)2017 Tantor

Narrator: Danny Campbell
Author: Jim Robbins
Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
Available on Audible
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The Rural Ranger

Summary

The modern-day survival primer for solving modern-day survival problems!  This audiobook will teach you the techniques to not just survive, but to use ingenuity and household items to solve your problems scientifically with a bit of primitive know-how thrown in. A complete and detailed section covers thoroughly the topic of survival trapping using modern snares, deadfalls, conibear traps, and primitive snares.  This book is dedicated for long term survival in the country or the suburbs to insure you survive and thrive! Build a solar oven or pasteurize water; it's all in here! Catch your dinner, then cook it or preserve it, too! Food procurement is the name of the game, along with purified water, in a survival or disaster situation. Are you ready?  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2004 Ron Foster (P)2015 Ron Foster

Narrator: Phil Williams
Author: Ron Foster
Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
Available on Audible
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Body of Water

3 ratings

Summary

Chris Dombrowski was playing a numbers game: two passions - poetry and fly-fishing; two children, one of them in utero; and an income hovering perilously close to zero. Enter, at this particularly challenging moment, a miraculous email: can't go, it's all paid for, just book a flight to Miami. Thus began a journey that would lead to the Bahamas and to David Pinder, a legendary bonefishing guide. Bonefish are prized for their elusiveness and their tenacity. And no one was better at hunting them than Pinder, a Bahamian whose accuracy and patience were virtuosic. He knows what the fish think, said one fisherman, before they think it. By the time Dombrowski meets Pinder, however, he has been abandoned by the industry he helped build. With cataracts from a lifetime of staring at the water and a tiny severance package after 40 years of service, he watches as the world of his beloved bonefish is degraded by tourists he himself did so much to attract. But as Pinder's stories unfold, Dombrowski discovers a profound integrity and wisdom in the guide's life.

©2016 Chris Dombrowski (P)2017 Tantor

Narrator: David Drummond
Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
Available on Audible
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Where's the Next Shelter?

2 ratings

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Where's the Next Shelter? is the true story of three travelers on the Appalachian Trail, a 2,000-mile hike that stretches from Georgia to Maine, told from the perspective of Gary Sizer, a seasoned backpacker and former marine who quickly finds himself humbled by the endeavor. He teams up with Megan, a sassy college grad whose indomitable spirit eclipses her lack of experience; and Lemmy, a cartoonist from overseas whose off-kilter commentary on the wonders and frustrations of the trail keeps everyone laughing. Sprawling through the woods and towns of the Appalachian Mountains, the trail carries the trio through real and fanciful ups and downs ranging from hilarious to perilous. Much more than an orderly account of mountaintops and meals, this book is an adventure about friends figuring things out as they go. It's about screwups and solutions, awe and inspiration. If you long for the horizon or to sleep under the stars, then come along for the hike of a lifetime. All you have to do is take the first step.

©2015 Gary L Sizer II (P)2016 Gary L Sizer II

Narrator: Gary Sizer
Author: Gary Sizer
Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
Available on Audible
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Woodcock Shooting

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Lazy days spent in the uplands inevitably bring a closer connection with nature. Especially when your sport is seeking that game little bird, the woodcock. For the woodcock reassures us that the brooks are still dancing merrily through the woods and are on their way to sweet-scented meadows. So it is, the woodcock brings joy to the lovers of forest, cover, and stream. Woodcock Shooting was first published in 1908 and in an effort to continue to bring classic upland hunting books to a wider audience than could possibly be reached by access only to those remaining copies of originally published works, Project Upland is proud to make it available in audiobook.

Public Domain (P)2020 Northwoods Collective, LLC

Narrator: Justin Spencer
Length: 2 hrs and 43 mins
Available on Audible
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RV Camping for Beginners

Summary

Live the nomadic life you’ve always wanted the safe and sustainable way with this complete beginner’s guide to RV camping. Do you often dream of traveling but can’t afford airline tickets, hotel rooms, and places to eat? Do you want to go backpacking but hesitate because you can’t bring the comforts of home with you? Do you wish there was some way that you can have the nomadic lifestyle you want while on a budget? The answer you’re looking for is simple: Try out RV camping. RV camping has mushroomed in popularity over the years, and for good reason - people who want to travel in comfort can now do so on a budget! In this book, Frank Laws will teach beginners like you everything you need to know to get started. Get ready to take on your dream road trip with all the expert-approved tips and tricks you can find here! Here’s what you’ll get: What to learn about campgrounds, including where to camp, what clothes to bring, and which equipment to prepare All the camping best practices All types of recreational vehicles you can use The different ways to make money while on the road, including freelance writing, as well as online sites you can make money from Cooking supplies for car campers and RVers How to buy or rent RVs What to eat in your RV lifestyle The top RV apps to use And so much more! Living a nomadic life use to be reserved for the financially privileged. Now, even on a budget, you can live the life you’ve always wanted in a safe, sustainable way! Scroll up and click on “Buy Now” today!

©2020 Frank Laws (P)2020 Frank Laws

Narrator: Angela Clark
Author: Frank Laws
Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
Available on Audible
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The American Fisherman

Summary

From the Duck Dynasty star and New York Times best-selling author comes a rollicking popular history of fishing in America. American Fisherman traces the impact fishing has had in shaping America's history and reveals the influential role it has played in defining our lives. Willie Robertson persuasively argues that America became what it is today in no small part because of the anglers that call it home. From harvesting New England cod to fly fishing for Yellowstone trout to raising Pacific Northwest salmon, the fishing industry has long played an essential role in the establishment of many of the nation's earliest ports, most notably along the East Coast. Robertson explores how fishing has informed our culture in literature, movies, and television, from classics like The Old Man and the Sea, A River Runs Through It, and Moby-Dick to The Perfect Storm, In the Heart of the Sea, and The Deadliest Catch to popular local television fishing programs from coast to coast. Robertson also analyzes the economics of this $50 billion annual business, which supports a host of industries, including tourism and manufacturing as well as conservationism. Told in Robertson's charming down-home voice, American Fisherman is a spirited and unique look at America and its people.

©2016 Willie Robertson & William Doyle (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Nick Sullivan
Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
Available on Audible
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I Hike

2 ratings

Summary

"I never set out to hike 10,000 miles. It just sort of happened over the course of a decade." And so goes Lawton Grinter's compelling collection of short stories that have been over ten years and 10,000 trail miles in the making. I Hike brings the reader trailside with blissful moments on the highest mountain ridges to the mental lows of mosquito hell and into some peculiar situations that even seasoned hikers may find unbelievable. Between jobs and in search of something more, Lawton Grinter spent the better part of a decade hiking America's longest trails. In doing so he came face to face with things that go bump in the night, the kindness of strangers, a close encounter with hypothermia and the absurd rights of passage common to the eccentric people that call themselves long-distance hikers. Anyone who's ever stepped off the pavement will appreciate these humorous and sometimes agonizing accounts of trail life. I Hike will make you laugh, cry, cringe and leave you wanting to read more!

©2012 Lawton Grinter (P)2014 Lawton Grinter

Narrator: Lawton Grinter
Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
Available on Audible
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Marksmanship Fundamentals

3 ratings

Summary

Marksmanship Fundamentals is an audiobook written by an active-service Tier 1 operator and covers the fundamentals of long-range marksmanship. The book was primarily written for beginner and intermediate-level shooters; however, even experienced shooters may benefit from the book. The fact is, if you are very good at the basics (the fundamentals), long-range shooting becomes relatively easy. The marksmanship fundamentals are the foundation of accuracy and precision and their mastery should be a focus of your training. Some of what is covered in this audiobook: Achieving accuracy and precision Influencing factors: environmental, ammunition, rifle, optic/scope, shooter ability/marksmanship The fundamentals Shooting position checklist Conventional shooting positions Unconventional shooting positions Recoil reduction Dry firing Live firing Target options Rifle setup  

©2017 eBookIt.com (P)2017 eBookIt.com

Narrator: Joe Farinacci
Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
Available on Audible
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A Practical Guide to Full-Time RV Living

Summary

A Practical Guide to Full-Time RV Living: Motorhome & RV Retirement Startup Exactly six years ago, my spouse Shirley and I both retired from our previous careers, leaving us with quite a lot of extra time in a mostly empty house throughout the day. That’s when we decided we wanted to travel. The only problem was we did not know what the best way was to get from point A to point B. Needless to say, we needed to find a way that was comfortable for the two of us, given our conditions; we did not want our sense of adventure to be limited by something as unimportant as physical pain, after all. That is when we spoke to our neighbors, old family friends who had just returned from an RV camping trip with another couple. The more we learned about traveling in an RV, the more my wife and I were convinced that was the solution to our conundrum. We had some savings, we had the time, and we had the ability to go wherever we wanted in the world with the safety aspect of carrying a piece of home with you. Thus we decided to start our new life in an RV on the road. We have been living the RV life for the last five years now, and I must admit that these five years are the best years of our life so far. I also must admit that not everything has been glorious and fun. Yes, we have faced our fair share of problems and hiccups on various fronts, but looking back, they all were great learning experiences. However, RV living isn’t just for retirees; it can be for anyone who wants to enjoy the freedom of living on the road, although this doesn’t mean that full-time RV living is for everyone. Whether you are retiring soon and want some adventure, have been retired for a while and want a change of scenery, or simply want to change your way of life to something simpler, living full-time out of an RV can be your answer. In this book, we are going to show you what is involved in RV living, how you can get started, and what you need to do to live an affordable full-time life on the road while enjoying the wonderful sights. Hopefully, this book will help you avoid the rookie mistakes we had made when we started out and make your transition smoother and more enjoyable. Here is a quick glimpse of what we covered in this guide: How to decide if RV living is right for you Pros and cons of full-time RV living The cost to full-time RV living Affordability of RV living lifestyle How to prepare for full-time life on the road Five-step transition process How to pick and buy the right RV for you Various types of RV’s and their estimated price Factors to consider when choosing a new or used RV Used RV buying checklist How everything works in an RV Best way to insure and protect your investment Highway system, signs, and parking Learning to drive an RV, best practices, tips and tricks How and what to pack for full-time RV living Utility sources Internet, cell phones, mail, banking, state residency, etc. Health insurance and emergency How to make your RV more livable Best way to cook, clean, and protect your RV Best way to handle sewer tank How to stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer Safety in RV life How to be prepared for emergency and severe weather Traveling with your pets How to pick the best places to stay (boondocking, RV parks, and campgrounds) How to perform simple, easy maintenance and repairs List of tools you should have How to save money and live comfortably So let’s get started and take a look at whether or not this lifestyle is right for you.

©2019 Parma Books (P)2020 Parma Books

Narrator: Jimmy Pearson
Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
Available on Audible
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How to Hunt Deer Like a Pro

1 rating

Summary

How do you know if the land you hunt has a trophy deer on it? Wildlife manager Bob Zaiglin, of Uvalde, Texas and Jim Crumley, the father of modern-day hunting camouflage, tells you how to find out. GPS can make finding and taking that trophy buck easier. This hunting guide will teach you how to hunt big bucks where no one else can find them, how to call deer, and how to become versatile as a deer hunter, so that if one deer tactic doesn't work, another one will. Dr. Keith Causey, retired professor of Wildlife Science at Auburn University, says, "Deer of both sexes and all ages leave a wide variety and a large amount of information for other deer in their geological locations at scrapes. Although most people believe that dominant bucks in an area utilize these signposting regions, other deer use these signposts too for information." In the chapter, "How to find Bucks at Scrape," Causey describes the best way to hunt a scrape. Brad Harrison of Neosho, Missouri, is a nationally-known videographer, professional deer hunter and master at calling deer. Another master is Will Primos of Primos Game Calls. These two experts will tell the best deer calls and when to use them in this book. One question that's mystified deer hunters for many years, is how to know when bucks move. And for over 20 years, Bo Pitman, lodge manager of White Oak Plantation, has been studying deer movement patterns. He explains what types of conditions are best for predicting deer movement. How do you hunt deer in the snow? Norm LeBrun, of Quebec, Canada, a guide at Anticosti Island, hunts deer in the snow almost all year long and provides timely insights on how and where to take big bucks under these conditions. Eddie Salter lives in Alabama and Mark Drury in Mississippi, and these two master deer hunters give you hunting tips for when the weather is hot and for hunting in swamps.

©2012 John E. Phillips (P)2017 John E. Phillips

Narrator: John Davenport
Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
Available on Audible
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Home Is Forward

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Have you ever wanted to visit Machu Picchu, or witness the Northern Lights? To explore remote landscapes where no boot has tread, no shutter ever snapped? You can.... Before he became Green Giant on the Appalachian Trail, Gary Sizer was a Marine, a computer nerd, and a guy with a problem. No matter how much time he spends outside, it's never enough. Whether being thrashed by drill instructors at Parris Island or drenched by a squall in a high tundra, the same calming thought always prevailed: It's good to be outside. Home is Forward is much more than a collection of travel stories. It answers the question of how someone can go from having a (somewhat) normal life to casting it all aside and wanting to go live in the woods. Hilarious, poetic and often thoughtful, Home Is Forward is also a story about people. From ancient ruins to frozen volcanos, lessons are learned, friendships are forged, and on top of it all, love blooms. So if you yearn to visit far-off lands, or simply love a well spun tale, you're in the right place.

©2017 Gary Sizer (P)2017 Gary Sizer

Narrator: Gary Sizer
Author: Gary Sizer
Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
Available on Audible
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Aftershock

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When the worst earthquake to hit Nepal in living memory strikes on 25 April 2015, Jules Mountain is shivering in his tent at Base Camp. To reach the summit of Everest has been a life-long dream, one which he is more determined than ever to realise, having won his battle with cancer two years earlier. The climbers are faced with an impossible set of decisions: to get to a safe zone as quickly as possible? To try to be of assistance in the relief effort? To push on despite everything? All three options have huge implications - moral and logistical - and Julian’s unique situation sets him apart from the rest.  This is the true story of one man's ordeal during the most deadly disaster in the history of mountaineering on Everest, which would leave over 8,000 dead and thousands more missing and injured; how logic, compassion and risk assessment are affected by altitude, vested interests and the stress of extreme circumstances.  While very few of us will ever find ourselves in Jules’ boots, Aftershock throws up questions which transfer surprisingly well back to everyday modern life.

©2018 Eye Books (P)2021 Eye Books

Narrator: Peter Silverly
Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
Available on Audible
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High Exposure

4 ratings

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The story of the famed large format cinematographer, adventurer, and mountaineer whose terrifying experiences on Mount Everest during the deadly 1996 season became the defining moment of his life. By 1995, David Breashears had already twice reached Mt. Everest's summit. Then he faced the greatest challenge of his life: to scale the 29,028-foot peak, hauling the giant IMAX® camera to film the large format film, Everest. In this extraordinary memoir, Breashears takes that perilous climb, during which 9 would tragically perish, and uses it as the linchpin of his life. As his fans will discover, there is an inextricable link between this enigmatic man's troubled childhood, his brilliant successes as a climber and cinematographer, and his courage and honor in the face of disaster.

©1999 by David Breashears (P)1999 NewStar Media Inc.

Narrator: Michael Gross
Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
Available on Audible
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RV Living

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Have you been trying to turn your passion for RVing into a full-time lifestyle? People all around the world have turned away from conventional standards of living and embraced the call of the open road - living and exploring full time in their RV's all without changing their standard of living. And now with this book, you can, too! Often referred to as the bible of RVing, this book contains everything that you need to know about RVing full time. No matter what part of your RV journey that you are on, this book has information that will help you and will give you the answers that you need. What's in this book: How to set a budget for the road How to find the RV that's right for you The nitty-gritty details about campgrounds that you need to know How to manage your finances on the road to maintain a high standard of living Basic amenities that your RV needs to have How to plan your trips What foods you should take How to plan for emergencies How to pack your RV for long term travel  And so much more! This is the ultimate reference book for RVing! This book will guide you through every step of the RVing process, from picking the perfect RV, to planning your trip, finding the right campground, all the way to dealing with emergencies that may pop up on the road. RVing doesn't have to be stressful. In fact, it should be an exciting and enjoyable experience. Luckily, this book takes the guessing out of planning your new life on the road, so all you have to do is follow the advice inside and get out on the road.  Written by an expert who's been living the RV life for more than a decade, this book an essential reference bible for anyone who's planning to take their life out on the open road. If you're serious about living the RVing lifestyle, then you need to get this book and get out on the open road today!

©2020 David Paul Mills (P)2020 David Paul Mills

Narrator: Layce Gardner
Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
Available on Audible
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Hunting

4 ratings

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Have you ever wondered what a successful hunting session feels like? Nowadays, there are very few activities that can successfully take us back to feeling "primal" again. Practicing hunting can be an immensely satisfying hobby when done practiced safely and responsibly. Here's some of what you can expect to learn inside this audiobook:  Discover exactly which should be the first steps to take if you're a complete beginner. How to select the best equipment for your hunting goals and avoid buying costly unnecessary gear. Learn about different hunting styles and how to apply them depending on the situation and your objectives. Important survival techniques to ensure your safety whenever you're out in the wilderness. Quick and effective methods on how to preserve, butcher and cook game. Other than following the advice inside this guide, no previous skill or specific knowledge is required to get started. Hunting can be a tricky sport for beginners without the right guidance since there are many things that need to be responsibly covered before stepping in the wilderness for the first time. This guide attempts to take out all the guesswork and make this activity fun and relaxing all the way through. There is no better time to start this primal, yet fulfilling activity.

©2017 Liam S. Parker (P)2017 Liam S. Parker

Narrator:
Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
Available on Audible
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Found

1 rating

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Mountain search-and-rescue volunteer Bree Loewen's to-do list isn't quite the same as most people's. On any given day, it might include: Go grocery shopping Bake pie seen on Pinterest Figure out what to do with my life Rescue climbers caught in avalanche on Chair Peak Pick up Vivi at Mom's A former Mount Rainier climbing ranger and trained leader in mountain search-and-rescue, Bree shares the drama and the camaraderie of this work, as well as the challenges of trying to fit her other roles as wife and mother into what is still largely a masculine environment. In a fearless voice - disarming yet laced with dark humor - Bree guides us through intense recoveries, vivid wilderness landscapes, and the warmth she discovers in motherhood, community, and purpose.

©2017 Bree Loewen (P)2020 Tantor

Narrator: Rachel Perry
Author: Bree Loewen
Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
Available on Audible
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The Pursuit of Endurance

10 ratings

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Record-holding endurance hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis explores what makes women uniquely successful in the growing sport of endurance hiking and how those lessons can allow women to push themselves past their limits and to challenge their body, mind, and life. Unlike many sports, endurance and extreme sports record-holders are not separated by sex; there is no record-setting male and record-setting female - there is only a single record-holder. The more the sport requires endurance, the less significant the gap between women's capabilities and men's capabilities becomes. What is it about women's bodies and minds that gives them an advantage in endurance sports that they don't have in other areas? And how can women harness the power of that endurance and use it to excel in all areas of their lives? Jennifer Pharr Davis, the former record holder of the FKT (or Fastest Known Time) on the Appalachian Trail, tells the story of her meteoric rise in the world of endurance hiking and, in doing so, unpacks key traits that make women uniquely suited to endurance. With a storyteller's ear for fascinating detail and description, she takes us with her as she sets the record on the Appalachian Trail and introduces us to the mentors who helped her to identify and unlock different facets of her endurance capabilities. She reveals and investigates just what it is that gives women the ability to excel at endurance sports in ways that men cannot. She empowers women to delve deep into their minds and bodies to find the variables that will unlock phenomenal endurance in each individual, and inspires listeners to take that new-found endurance and use it to hit new personal records in everything from sports to the boardroom.

©2018 Jennifer Pharr Davis (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
Available on Audible
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High Crimes

3 ratings

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In the years following the publication of Into Thin Air, much has changed on Mount Everest. Among all the books documenting the glorious adventures on mountains around the world, and the unique perils and challenges of Mount Everest, none details how the recent infusion of wealth into the mountains is reacting with the age-old lust for glory to draw crime to the highest places on the planet - how a mountain's ability to reduce climbers to their essential selves is revealing villains as well as heroes, greed as well as selflessness. This audiobook will take listeners on a harrowing tour of the criminal underworld on the slopes and peaks of the world's most majestic mountain. Some of the stories included here are the tragic story of Nils Antezana, a climber who died on Everest after he was abandoned by his guide. Also included is the author's own summit story, as he participated in the Connecticut Everest Expedition, which would never have followed George Dijjmarescu and Lhakpa Sherap to the Himalya had news of the couple's climb with the Romanian team the previous year made it to the United States. But as they neared the frigid peril of Everest, the charming couple turned increasingly hostile. Women on the team held little power and were instead threatened, stalked, and harassed before a final assault. Those that tried to stand against the violence, theft, and intimidation found the worst of the peril they encountered on Everest had followed them home to Connecticut. Beatings, thefts, drugs, prostitution, coercion, threats, and abandonment on the highest slopes of Everest and other mountains have become the rule rather than the exception. Kodas describes many of these experiences and explores the larger issues these stories raise with thriller-like intensity. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2008 Michael Kodas (P)2008 Hyperion

Narrator: Holter Graham
Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
Available on Audible
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Vanabode

Summary

This revolutionary new travel book shows everyone how to travel forever on $20 a day including food, gas and lodging. Author Jason Odom and his wife, Kelly, have traveled 700,000 miles in 19 years enjoying the sumptuous beauty of pristine national parks and the exciting nightlife of big cities like San Francisco and Las Vegas. Special offer! Simply email your receipt for this audio book to the author and you will receive the $27 full color PDF version of this book with hundreds of live links to important resources for free. Vanabode shows you how to earn a living working in some of the most exciting places in the United States, like national parks and state recreational areas (if you need income); how to sleep safely and comfortably in your own bed every night; how to eat better than you ever have; how to cook for free without electricity, fire or fuel; how to get rid of all our current debt and regain your freedom; and most importantly - how you can do it forever if you want, starting now! Do you want to travel for 3 months? How about 3 years? Vanabode shows you how, down to the tiniest detail, and you do not need to make any expensive purchases to make it happen. Vanabode shows you how to safely travel anywhere in the United States, sleep in your own luxurious, clean bed every night, have a hot bath every day, eat fresh delicious meals, and experience incredible adventures for $20 a day (food, lodging, and transportation). You will never feel neglected, bored or uncomfortable. You will sleep better than you ever have, reclaim your time to relax or pursue your favorite hobby, eat healthier, and travel to new exciting destinations of your choosing; for as long as you like.

©2010, 2011, 2013, 2014 Jason Odom (P)2014 Jason Odom

Narrator: Dave Wright
Author: Jason Odom
Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
Available on Audible
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My Life as an Indian: The Story of a Red Woman and a White Man in the Lodges of the Blackfeet

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First published in 1907, My Life as an Indian is the memoir of James Willard Schultz and tells the story of his first year living with the Pikuni tribe in Montana. It includes accounts of religious customs and ceremonies, hunting, raids, food preparation, child-rearing and more, and is thus of great interest to anthropologists and students of Native American history.

Public Domain (P)2019 Museum Audiobooks

Length: 16 hrs and 24 mins
Available on Audible
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Skywalker: Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail

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Why would a middle-aged businessman who had never even spent the night outdoors, attempt to hike the entire Appalachian Trail? Bill Walker, a former commodities trader in Chicago and London, and an avid walker, had developed a virtual obsession to hike this historic 2,175 mile footpath in one hiking season. In the spring of 2005 he set off from his home state of Georgia, hoping to make it to Mount Katahdin in northern Maine before the arrival of winter. Immediately, he realized he had plunged into a whole new world. For starters, the Appalachian Trail has some ferociously difficult terrain, winding through dramatically diverse geography and covering the East's highest peaks. Walker's 6'11" height earned him the trail name, "Skywalker", and drew envious attention from his fellow hikers. However, the height made him more susceptible to weight loss, cold weather, and crushing fatigue. An elemental fear of bears and snakes, as well as getting lost, also loomed large. Skywalker was especially struck by the rich culture this jewel of a trail has developed over the years. Included is a history of how the Appalachian Trail has become such a stunning American success story over the decades. It is a model public-private partnership. As many as 4,000,000 people hike some part of it each year. Mortals are compelled - or perhaps cursed - to relive their lifetime adventure. This is Bill Walker's unforgettable version, leavened with ruthlessly self-deprecating humor. Some have joked that the book is as much about what not to do, as what to do. Skywalker couldn't agree more!

©2008 Indigo Publishing Group (P)2014 Audible Inc.

Narrator: Bill Walker
Author: Bill Walker
Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
Available on Audible
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The Way of Love

Summary

There must be easier ways to heal and grow than walking 500 miles across Spain. But it’s hard to imagine one filled with more adventure, laughter, and excitement. The author sets off armed with idealistic expectations and a backpack. But then things quickly get real on the Camino, and she soon learns a thing or two about humility, vulnerability, and letting go.  This many-faceted journey forces her to confront her fears of walking alone in a foreign country. The luxury of time allows her to take a long, hard look at some of her cherished beliefs. Then ultimately, she makes a surprising discovery.  For pictures to enhance your enjoyment of The Way of Love, visit the Facebook page The Way of Love - on the Camino de Santiago.

©2018 Angela Leslee (P)2020 Angela Leslee

Narrator: Angela Leslee
Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
Available on Audible
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Alaskan Retreater's Notebook

Summary

In the fall of 1978, Ray Ordorica packed everything he thought he would need into his Toyota LandCruiser and drove north to Alaska. He came to a land he had never seen, to find something he wasn't even sure existed: a wilderness cabin he could use for a year or more to live, think, relax, read, and write. Ordorica found his cabin, fixed it up, and, although it was just an un-insulated 12- by 16-foot one-room log structure, he spent three winters in it in relative comfort. Ordorica's life in that cabin fulfilled a dream he had had for more than 10 years. During his long winters in Alaska, it occurred to him that there must be many others who have put off an extended wilderness visit out of ignorance or fear. They have as many questions about Alaska as he had before he arrived: How do you cope with 40 below? How do you get water? Is it totally dark in mid-winter? These questions and many more gave Ordorica the idea to write the Alaskan Retreater's Notebook, an epic memoir about one man's journey into the Alaskan wilderness. With his wisdom, you will learn how to live with the country, and not against it.

©2016 Ray Ordorica (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

Author: Ray Ordorica
Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
Available on Audible
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Raising Chickens

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Uncover the best homesteading methods to help you raise healthy chickens and enjoy fresh eggs with this practical guide to modern chicken-rearing methods. Do you want to get started in raising your chickens naturally and providing fresh, organic poultry products for yourself and your family, but don't know where to begin? If yes, then this guide might just be what you need. Raising chickens can be difficult, especially if you've never had experience doing it before. In this guide, Jason Howard hands you the blueprint you will need to raise healthy chickens with tips ranging from coop-building and selecting the best chicken breed to making your own custom chicken feed. Here's a preview of what you're going to learn in Raising Chickens: 3 essential steps you must take before you begin raising chickens 7 surefire tips to help you protect your chickens from predators 6 important questions to ask yourself before choosing to buy a coop or build one yourself 20 critical features your chicken coop must have if you want to raise healthy, robust chickens The 5-step technique to help you choose the best chicken breed for your budget and needs 9 easy and effective ways to check the health of the chicken before purchasing it 15 necessary tools you need to help you take care of your chickens All the tasks you need to carry out to keep your chicken healthy and in top shape including daily, weekly, monthly, and semi-yearly tasks 3 things you can add to a chicken's diet to help you get that bright orange yolk in your eggs How to make your own chicken feed without breaking a sweat And tons more! Filled with deep insights into this wildly popular and commercially useful avian species, this guide will show you everything you need to know to raise healthy chickens from the comfort of your own backyard! Get the audiobook now to get started today!

©2019 Jason Howard (P)2020 Jason Howard

Narrator: Matyas J.
Author: Jason Howard
Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
Available on Audible
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PhD Whitetails

Summary

To become a "PhD Whitetail", a whitetail deer has to have gone to school on hunters. He knows when to move, where to move, and how to move to avoid detection. Most deer hunters rely on luck to occasionally have the opportunity to see a PhD buck. But the professional hunters in this book have spent their lifetimes finding these bucks-with-doctorates and putting themselves in position to take these monster bucks using hunting strategies that few of us employ. Let's face it, getting-up before daylight, taking a shower, and washing yourself with Scent-A-Way hair and body soap, washing your clothes every night with Scent-A-Way detergent, putting those clothes in a scent-free bag and not putting on your Scent-a-way Tech 4 base layer, as well as your other hunting clothes, until you get to your hunting site, is a major hassle. Using deer lures, cover scents and deer calls requires more time than most hunters want to spend. Carrying a decoy to the stand and properly positioning it to be most effective is another hassle. However, because the men in this book perform these rituals every day, they consistently take the PhD bucks about which most of us only dream. The men who have learned their lesson from the PhD deer are videographers, producers, TV hosts, and/or professional hunters. They have earned their PhDs in taking trophy deer from the unique animals they hunt.

©2013 John E. Phillips (P)2020 John E. Phillips

Narrator: John Davenport
Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
Available on Audible
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Facing the Hunter

Summary

David Adams Richards takes us behind his gun and into the Canadian forest for his most powerful work of non-fiction yet. In his brilliant non-fiction, David Adams Richards - first and foremost one of Canada's greatest and best-beloved novelists - has been writing a kind of memoir by other means. Like his previous titles Lines on Water, about his pursuit of angling, and Hockey Dreams, about the game his disabled body prevented him from playing, Facing the Hunter explores the meaning of a sport and the way in which it touches lives, not least that of the author. And as with God Is, his recent book about his faith, it is also an impassioned defense of a set of values and a way of life that Richards believes are under attack. Lovers of David Adams Richards' novels will be fascinated and enlightened to note the interplay between his former life as a keen hunter - he hunts less and less these days, as he explains - and the narratives and characters of his fiction. But this is also a perfect starting point for anyone coming new to Richards. The storytelling in this book, the evocation of the Canadian wild and those who venture into it, the sheer power of the prose, show a great writer at the height of his powers.

©2011 David Adams Richards (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Ken Maxon
Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins
Available on Audible
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Bass Pros' Season by Season Tactics

Summary

"Do what I say, and you'll be what I am," is what my outdoor writer mentor told me many years ago when I just was getting started in my outdoor-writing career. Hearing those words and following that advice produced an outdoor writing career far bigger and better than I ever could have dreamed.  "If you want black and white photography like I produce, do what I say, and the how and the why don't matter," Leonard LaRue, one of the greatest outdoor photographers who ever lived, told me. He was absolutely right because during his time he sold more outdoors photography than any other man alive and helped me sell more photography due to his advice. This same philosophy is true of successful bass fishing and life. If you want to become the best you can be, find someone who's already become the best at what you want to do and follow his or her instructions. This is what I've done in my new book, Bass Pros' Season by Season Tactics.  In this book, I've chosen some of the best bass fishermen to give you advice on how to find and catch bass during each period of a bass fish's life, including professionals like Kevin VanDam, Denny Brauer, David Fritts, Rick Clunn, Larry Nixon, George Cochran, Mark Davis, Woo Daves, Gary Klein, Davy Hite, Michael Iaconelli, Skeet Reese, Mark Rose, and Shaw Grigsby. My hope is that this book will help you find and catch more bass at every time of the year and each day you're on the water. The men included in this book are some of the best mentors I know of for successful bass fishing anywhere in the nation.

©2018 John E. Phillips (P)2018 John E. Phillips

Narrator: John Davenport
Length: 4 hrs and 16 mins
Available on Audible
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Full-Time RV Living

Summary

Start your adventure on the open road and reignite your zest for life with this complete guide to full-time RV living. Back in 2018, the RV Industry Association, or RVIA, announced that an estimated one million Americans have ditched houses for the open road...and they have never been happier! These people are part of a movement wherein people ditched their traditional “sticks and bricks” homes and embraced a life of minimalism, freelance work, and travel. Indeed, life on the road does present challenges, but the benefits significantly outweigh them. In this book, Frank Laws has created the complete guide to a full-time RV retirement and nomadic life, so you can learn how to start your adventure on the open road all around the world! Here’s what you’ll get: Everything you need to know about RV boondocking, including tips on how to make the most out of dry camping The pros and cons to living full-time in an RV versus a traditional house Steps to find the right type of RV Ways to overcome the emotional part of engaging on the full-time RV lifestyle All the safety and first aid precautions to consider All the essentials Steps to get ready for adventure Planning for retirement and live in an RV The cost of RV retirement And so much more! Sure, the nomadic life does has its downsides. While the traditional home provides a sense of security and structure, RV homes present multiple opportunities to experience life. Join the RV movement and free yourself from social norms and daily existential struggles! Scroll up and click on “Buy Now” today!

©2020 Frank Laws (P)2020 Frank Laws

Narrator: Angela Clark
Author: Frank Laws
Length: 4 hrs and 5 mins
Available on Audible
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Navy SEAL Shooting

4 ratings

Summary

Imagine if you could learn to shoot safely and effectively at home saving you time and money you don't have. Well, now you can! Navy SEAL Shooting teaches you the groundbreaking training method developed by one of the most respected firearms instructors in the world, retired Navy SEAL Chris Sajnog. With easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions and 385 illustrations, this book covers everything you need to know to make effective shots in any high-stress situation. You will learn to plan your training, improve your accuracy and speed, shoot while moving, and clear malfunctions. Plus discover every manipulation needed for any semi-automatic pistol or rifle. Whether in combat, competition or just safely and confidently protecting yourself or your family, this book will help you dominate any opponent. Register your audiobook purchase at navysealshooting.com to receive access to all the images from the print version as well as receive free additional training from the author.

©2015 Center Mass Group, LLC (P)2016 Center Mass Group, LLC

Narrator: Chris Abell
Author: Chris Sajnog
Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
Available on Audible
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F*ck It All & Go Camping

Summary

Sometimes, life is more than we can handle. From chasing kids and carpooling to business meetings and emails, adulting becomes something from which we wish we could get away. That is why we should all just say f--k it all and go camping.  We are here to tell you that camping isn't difficult. It is something that can do - even if you have never done it before.   If you have ever wanted to escape to somewhere it will be impossible to find you, then this is the audiobook for you. If you have ever wanted to find a mountaintop and scream into the wind, this is the audiobook for you.   What's holding you back? There is no reason to fear! Just get out in nature and rediscover who you are. We created the most detailed guide ever.  In this audiobook, you will find:  What you need to pack  How to pick a tent  Which sleeping bag features to look for  Twenty easy camping recipes  How to find a camping spot  What equipment you need  What to do if you get lost  Tips to take your dog with you  Games to play with your kids  How to handle rain  What to do if you come across an animal How to handle emergency situations

©2019 Karen Kauffmann (P)2019 Karen Kauffmann

Narrator: Leanne Thompson
Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
Available on Audible
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RV Living, Book 1

Summary

Have you always dreamed about living the RV lifestyle?  Every day more and more people are leaving the rat race and downsizing their homes so that they can travel the world and live the life of adventure. And while many of these people make it look easy, there's actually quite a lot more to living the RV lifestyle then just buying an RV. In fact there's a lot more to it.  RV living can be the most rewarding decision that you make  Changing your current lifestyle can be difficult, but for many a life on the road, one that brings new adventures and daily discoveries, can be one of the most rewarding decisions most people can make. Imagine waking up every single day in a new place. If that sounds like something that you’d like then RV living is probably for you.  What will I learn from this book?  Everything you ever wanted to know about campgrounds How to get started RV living Making the choice to get an RV Buying an RV  Figuring out your budget for the road How to manage your finances while traveling How to save money and live comfortably in your RV Basic amenities that you need for your RV Maybe you already own an RV, but if not and you are looking to get one the first thing that you will learn is what kind of RV that you need. That’s right there are many different kinds of RVs and you will need to find the one that is right for you.  But, there is more to it than that. There is a lot things that come with RV living things that you might not think about, such as insurance and even where to park your RV and the different kinds of campsites that are usually available to RVers.  If that sounds like a lot, don’t worry, this book guides you step by step through the process so that you will be ready to tackle everything that comes with this lifestyle head on. RVing does not have to be hard, and if you listen to and learn from the lessons in this book you will be able to master everything you need to know before you even hit the road, which will help you to avoid many of the pitfalls that first time RVers fall into.

©2019 David Paul Mills (P)2020 David Paul Mills

Narrator: Layce Gardner
Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
Available on Audible
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Miracle in the Andes

Summary

In the first hours there was nothing, no fear or sadness, just a black and perfect silence.   Nando Parrado was unconscious for three days before he woke to discover that the plane carrying his rugby team, as well as their family members and supporters, to an exhibition game in Chile had crashed somewhere deep in the Andes. He soon learned that many were dead or dying - among them his own mother and sister. Those who remained were stranded on a lifeless glacier at nearly 12,000 feet above sea level, with no supplies and no means of summoning help. They struggled to endure freezing temperatures, deadly avalanches, and then the devastating news that the search for them had been called off. As time passed and Nando's thoughts turned increasingly to his father, who he knew must be consumed with grief, Nando resolved that he must get home or die trying. He would challenge the Andes, even though he was certain the effort would kill him, telling himself that even if he failed he would die that much closer to his father. It was a desperate decision, but it was also his only chance. So Nando, an ordinary young man with no disposition for leadership or heroism, led an expedition up the treacherous slopes of a snow-capped mountain and across 45 miles of frozen wilderness in an attempt to find help. Thirty years after the disaster Nando tells his story with remarkable candor and depth of feeling. Miracle in the Andes - a first-person account of the crash and its aftermath - is more than a riveting tale of true-life adventure: It is a revealing look at life at the edge of death and a meditation on the limitless redemptive power of love.

©2006 Nando Parrado (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
Available on Audible
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How to Hunt Deer up Close

Summary

To be more successful as a deer hunter, learn all you can about the animal, the wind, the temperature and the techniques required to get in close. In this book, you'll hear about some of the best hunters in the nation who know how to hunt deer close, including one of the greatest archers who ever lived, Howard Hill. John E. Phillips shares his own deer stories and hunting tips from 50 years of experience.

©2013 John E. Phillips (P)2016 John E. Phillips

Narrator: John Davenport
Length: 4 hrs and 6 mins
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Complete Hiking & Backpacking Guide

2 ratings

Summary

I was diagnosed with high blood pressure, borderline diabetes, obesity, and being overweight. I lived a busy life, and I didn't have a lot of money. Taking the time to follow a strict diet and exercise routine or paying out a lot of money for a gym membership or personal training was out of the question. At first, I tried training for a marathon as my younger brother Bobby was a cross country marathon runner. But after the second day with him, I realized that my body was not fit for marathon practice. Bobby's coach then told me about hiking, and since he was an avid hiker himself, he took me on two hiking trips, and I was hooked. That was 12 years ago. Fast forward to the present, I now am an experienced long-distance hiker. I have traveled and hiked in over 17 countries. I no longer have diabetes or high blood pressure. I am also a certified hiking coach for people with diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity. I teach and promote family hiking where a family with kids of any ages can go for a hike as a mini-camping trip and have a fun time. I wrote this guide for people who are looking to get into shape while enjoying their time outdoors, especially with their family and kids. Think of hiking as a mini-camping trip where you get to enjoy the beautiful nature while getting into shape and spending quality time with your family.

©2016 CSB Academy Publishing Company (P)2017 CSB Academy Publishing Company

Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
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New Instructor Survival Guide: Things a Instructor Should Know Before Starting a Training Business

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Almost anyone can find a certification course and spend a few hundred dollars and a weekend and become a certified instructor, however, a two-day class does not prepare you to teach or to run a business teaching. Veteran instructor David Nash shares some of the hard won knowledge he has gained over 15 years teaching firearm and other use of force classes. This book is geared toward combative's instructors, however, the content can be applied to anyone in the business of teaching. It is divided into two parts; the Mechanics of Instruction for Adult Learners and the Business of Instructing. Over the years David Nash has taken thousands of hours of T4T (Training for Training) classes. He holds or has held certifications in Homeland Security terrorism response, active shooter response, radiological safety, firearms, chemical agent, baton, defensive tactics, taser, simunitions, basic corrections, emergency management, and armed security. He runs his own training company and still teaches privately. This book is the culmination of all those instructor courses and his own personal experience.

©2019 David Nash (P)2019 David Nash

Narrator: J. Sampson
Author: David Nash
Length: 1 hr and 42 mins
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The Birds Our Teachers

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In this volume the author expands on Martin Luther's exhortation from the Sermon on the Mount, "Let the little birds be your theologians". He reveals lessons on faith from the feeding of ravens, on repentance from the migration of storks, on freedom from the flight of the eagle. He combines information about birds with biblical truths and personal anecdotes.

©1999 John Stott (P)2017 John Stott

Length: 2 hrs and 41 mins
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The Climb

6 ratings

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The Climb is a true, gripping, and thought-provoking account of the worst disaster in the history of Mt. Everest: On May 10, 1996, two commercial expeditions headed by experienced leaders attempted to climb the highest mountain in the world, but things went terribly wrong. Crowded conditions on the mountain, miscommunications, unexplainable delays, poor leadership, bad decisions, and a blinding storm conspired to kill. Twenty-three men and women, disoriented and out of oxygen, struggled to find their way down the southern side of the mountain. In the dark, battered by snow driven by hurricane-force winds, some of the climbers became hopelessly lost and resigned themselves to death. Anatoli Boukreev, the head climbing guide for the West Seattle-based Mountain Madness expedition, refused to give up hope. Solo, climbing blind in the maw of a storm that continually threatened his life, Boukreev brought climbers back from the edge of certain death.

©1997 by Anatoli Boukreev and G. Weston DeWalt (P)1998 by Blackstone Audiobooks

Narrator: Lloyd James
Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
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Wild Camping

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Wild camping - the perfect outdoor activity for a healthy mind and body! Wild camping is on course to be more popular than ever before, as many individuals, groups, and families will venture out to spend time away to enjoy the fresh air and nature. We want to show you how to camp safely and securely and to leave your campsite just as you found it, if not better. Take in new experiences to satisfy your physical and spiritual self and enjoy the relative freedom to choose a camping location that suits your needs. Wild Camping will take you on a step-by-step journey to acquaint you with all aspects of this thrilling pursuit. You will learn how to plan, pack the things you will need, locate the ideal campsite, stay healthy, and ensure safety and security. Erect your tent, prepare a fire and cooking, and much more. We include advice for backpackers, cycle tourists, campervan travelers, and those who want a more stealthy experience. The perfect camping travel companion as well as a great gift for friends and loved ones who are planning their wild camping adventure to help keep them safe and make their adventure even more enjoyable!

©2021 Adventure Crazy (P)2021 Adventure Crazy

Narrator: Shelley Salter
Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins
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Fool's Paradise

4 ratings

Summary

If John Gierach is living in a fool's paradise, then it's a paradise that his regular listeners will recognize and new fans will delight in discovering. Laced with the inimitable blend of wit and wisdom that have made him fly-fishing's foremost scribe, Fool's Paradise chronicles the fishing life in all its glory (catching your biggest fish ever) and squalor (being stranded in a tent during a soaking rainstorm). In Gierach's world, both experiences are valuable, and perhaps inevitable. Fishermen everywhere will understand Gierach's quest to discover and explore new waters, the unlikely appeal of winter fly-fishing, or his dismay at encroaching development. Braving trips on small prop planes and down "oh-my-God" roads, Gierach and his fishing buddies pursue bull trout in British Columbia, steelhead in the Rocky Mountains, and pike so fierce that a wise fisherman wears Kevlar gloves for the obligatory trophy photo. Equal parts fishing lore, philosophy, and great fish stories, Fool's Paradise may not be a perfect substitute for actually being out on the water, but it's surely the next best thing.

©2008 John Gierach (P)2017 Tantor

Author: John Gierach
Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
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The Last of His Kind

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“Stunning and stirring.”  - Boston Globe In The Last of His Kind, renowned adventure writer David Roberts gives readers a spellbinding history of mountain climbing in the twentieth century as told through the biography of Brad Washburn, legendary mountaineering pioneer and photographer. Jon Krakauer, author of Into Thin Air, has praised David Roberts, saying, “Nobody alive writes better about mountaineering” - and nowhere is that truth more evident than in this breathtaking account of the life and exploits of America’s greatest mountain climber. 

©2009 David Roberts. (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Narrator: David de Vries
Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
Available on Audible
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Fly Fishing for Beginners

Summary

Ever wanted to go fishing but just didn't know how? This audiobook Fly Fishing for Beginners will provide you a step-by-step guide to master fly fishing in three hours.

©2019 Optimo Media (P)2020 Optimo Media

Narrator: Cole Hanke
Author: Jack Smith
Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
Available on Audible
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The RV Lifestyle Manual: Living as a Boondocking Expert - How to Swap Your Day Job for Travel and Adventure on the Open Road

Summary

Want more freedom and travel in your life? Read on to discover an increasingly popular lifestyle that’s surprisingly affordable. In the words of Bob Dylan, "The Times They Are a-Changin'." And while this sentiment will always be true, right now it means some pretty exciting things are happening. They have the potential to revolutionize lifestyle and dramatically increase your quality of life. Ubiquitous technologies and flexible societal structures have created opportunities that were previously unimaginable. For example, remote and freelance work has become incredibly common and highly popular given its desirable flexibility and convenience. The RV lifestyle takes these ideals a step further. Living entirely in an RV, you untether completely from a traditional home base and start having a new experience of life. Despite what you might think, the RV lifestyle isn’t just for the wealthy or the retired. While it’s an alternative living arrangement, you can still continue to work, have a place to come home to every night, and raise a family. Nine million families in the US currently own an RV. Of those, nearly half a million live in theirs full time. This trend is only increasing. It’s a fantastic opportunity to get out of the daily grind with more... Freedom Travel Connection to nature and outdoor activities Focus on experiences and relationships (rather than stuff) ...and adventure. It just takes some preparation, adjustment, and investment to get everything in place and in the swing of things. Though there’s upfront effort and expenses, you´ll end up saving time and more than $5,000 a year in the long run. The RV Lifestyle Manual helps you see if this is for you, get everything up and running, and plan while on the road. In the audiobook, you’ll discover: Tons of details and requirements covering every aspect of the RV lifestyle that most people don’t think of until they’re on the road Answers the riddle of how to live comfortably on the open road (easier than you think) Key requirements for earning an income while traveling Baby steps to downsizing your life and making money in the process RV purchasing guide - what to look for in an RV based on your situation, intended use, and budget Unexpected things that come up regularly and how to deal with them like it’s no big deal How to change things up to make RVing work with children and pets Surprisingly simple things you can do to make a small space feel bigger and homey Planning your route with lesser-known campgrounds to save money and delight your soul Frequently asked questions and concerns resolved And much more Some people resist the idea of an RV lifestyle because it’s different than conventional living. While the benefits are extraordinary, the apprehension about change and costs is understandable. By first learning about everything that’s involved with the RV lifestyle, you can make an informed choice. Further, you can stagger the changes you’re making so everything doesn’t come all once. For instance, you can transition to working remotely, downsizing to a smaller fixed living arrangement, or renting an RV to experience it for a limited time. These baby steps give you a firsthand experience that helps you see the RV lifestyle is for you without needing to fully commit. And from there, you can move forward with the entire plan. If you want to upgrade to a lifestyle that gives you more of what you’re looking for in life, listen to this audiobook.

©2019 Jeremy Frost (P)2020 Jeremy Frost

Narrator: KC Wayman
Author: Jeremy Frost
Length: 3 hrs and 21 mins
Available on Audible
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Guns Danger & Safety 2nd Edition

1 rating

Summary

Perhaps you're a woman or a new firearm user in search of that first handgun for self-defense. Maybe you need further assistance or advice about guns. You haven't experienced shooting or even holding a gun, and decided you'll have one. Don't worry, this book is for you. Whether you are a new gun owner or a skillful hunter with experience with guns, this book will still be of use to you. You have a family with kid, and you worry about them? Eliminate that fear; the way to childproof your guns is also here. We provide the following: Basic gun facts Things to remember when handling guns and ammunition Which gun is right for you Gun loading, shooting, storage, and safety measures

©2014 Andreas P (P)2015 Andreas P

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Length: 1 hr and 1 min
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Camp Cooking

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Are you a complete camp cooking newbie? Is making s’mores or roasting marshmallows over a campfire the only kind of campfire cooking you’ve ever done? Or are you looking to refine your campfire cooking skills and expand your repertoire of recipes? In any case, you can count on this book to provide the information and guidance you need to meet your cooking goals. When I’m camping, I’m outdoors, I’m active, and I’m hungry. Food is the best part of camping, but camp cooking can be intimidating if you’ve never done it before. Campfire cooking is easy to learn but difficult to master. You might use similar ingredients, but it's not like cooking at home. You don't have the convenience of a refrigerator or an oven with ready-made heat. Unless you had a boy scout or a parent to teach you how to build a contained fire, you will need to know the proper methods of creating that essential flame. Building the ideal cooking fire depends on what you're cooking. Since you won't have your 20-piece knife set, your colander, waffle iron, and all your other kitchen luxuries, you'll need to know what cooking equipment to buy and bring for your camping trip. To go along with your new equipment, you'll need to learn the proper campfire cooking techniques that can help you prepare a variety of foods over a fire. Camp Cooking is your go-to guide to the world of campfire cooking. It compiles everything you need to know to master all the camp-cooking skills, from dutch oven to foil packet techniques. Inside you will discover: How to plan your next camping trip Lots of safety tips for camp cooking How to build the perfect cooking fire How to build your own cooking pit All the necessary campfire cooking equipment Over 100 delicious recipes Lots and lots of dutch oven recipes Lots and lots of grill recipes Lots and lots of foil packet recipes Lots and lots of stick recipes 10 campfire cooking hacks that will blow your mind And much more! Sure, a s’more can be fun, and a packet of tuna fills the tank, but there’s nothing better than making a delicious meal outside. Saddled up to the car at the campground or miles into the backcountry, dinner should be something you look forward to. Say goodbye to charred hot dogs. It’s time to take your camp cooking to the next level!

©2019 Noah Campbell (P)2019 Noah Campbell

Narrator: Edwin Andrews
Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
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How to Hunt and Take Big Buck Deer on Small Properties

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In this book, you'll hear about 14 different hunters who either have gained permission or leased properties as small as six acres to as much as 250 acres, and they consistently take older-age-class bucks off these little lands. Thanks to some new types of maps available, often you can find the properties you want to hunt and then lease or obtain permission to hunt them without leaving home. If you're tired of paying high prices to join leases where you see few if any older-age-class bucks, if you want to have small family hunting spots for you and your family members, and if you want to become a trophy deer hunter who consistently bags big bucks every season, this book is for you!

©2014 John E. Phillips (P)2016 John E. Phillips

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Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
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Walking the Himalayas

1 rating

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Following his trek along the length of the Nile River, explorer Levison Wood takes on his greatest challenge yet - navigating the treacherous foothills of the Himalayas, the world's highest mountain range. Praised by Bear Grylls, Levison Wood has been called "the toughest man on TV" (The Times UK). Now, following in the footsteps of the great explorers, Levison recounts the beauty and danger he found along the Silk Road route of Afghanistan, the Line of Control between Pakistan and India, the disputed territories of Kashmir, and the earthquake-ravaged lands of Nepal. Over the course of six months, Wood and his trusted guides trekked 1,700 grueling miles across the roof of the world. Packed with action and emotion, Walking the Himalayas is the story of one intrepid man's travels in a world poised on the edge of tremendous change.

©2016 Levison Wood (P)2016 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Levison Wood
Author: Levison Wood
Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
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The Will to Climb

6 ratings

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The best-selling author of No Shortcuts to the Top and K2 chronicles his three attempts to climb the world's tenth-highest and statistically deadliest peak, Annapurna in the Himalaya, while exploring the dramatic and tragic history of others who have made - or attempted - the ascent, and what these exploits teach us about facing life's greatest challenges. As a high-school student in the flatlands of Rockford, Illinois, where the highest objects on the horizon were water towers, Ed Viesturs read and was captivated by the French climber Maurice Herzog's famous and grisly account of the first ascent of Annapurna in 1950. When he began his own campaign to climb the world's 14 highest peaks in the late 1980s, Viesturs looked forward with trepidation to undertaking Annapurna himself. Two failures to summit in 2000 and 2002 made Annapurna his nemesis. His successful 2005 ascent was the triumphant capstone of his climbing quest. In The Will To Climb, Viesturs brings the extraordinary challenges of Annapurna to vivid life through edge-of-your-seat accounts of the greatest climbs in the mountain’s history, and of his own failed attempts and eventual success. In the process, he ponders what Annapurna reveals about some of our most fundamental moral and spiritual questions - questions, he believes, that we need to answer to lead our lives well. "Of all fourteen of the world's highest mountains, which I climbed between 1989 and 2005," writes Viesturs, "the one that came the closest to defeating my best efforts was Annapurna." Although it was the first 8,000-meter peak to be climbed, Annapurna is not as well known as the world's highest mountain, Everest, or second highest, K2. But as Viesturs argues, Annapurna, while not technically the most difficult of the 8,000ers, is the most daunting because it has no route - no ridge or face on any side of the mountain - that is relatively free of what climbers call "objective danger": the threat of avalanches, above all, but also of collapsing seracs (huge ice blocks), falling rocks, and crevasses. Since its first ascent in 1950, Annapurna has been climbed by more than 130 people, but 53 have died trying. This high fatality rate makes Annapurna the most dangerous of the 8,000-meter peaks. Viesturs and co-author David Roberts chronicle Ed's three attempts to climb Annapurna, as well as the attempts of others, from the two French climbers who made the landmark first ascent of Annapurna on June 3, 1950, through the daring and tragic campaigns of such world-class mountaineers as Reinhold Messner and Anatoli Boukreev. Viesturs' accounts and analyses of these extraordinary adventures serve as a point of departure for his exploration of themes vividly illustrated by Annapurna expeditions, including obsession and commitment, fear and fulfillment, failure and triumph - issues that have been neglected in the otherwise very rich literature of mountaineering, and that can inform the lives and actions of everyone.

©2011 David Roberts, Ed Viesturs (P)2011 Random House

Narrator: Fred Sanders
Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
Available on Audible
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Reflections on Mountaineering

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Presented as 73 narrative-style poems, some of which are rhyming and others in prose or blank verse, Reflections on Mountaineering, A Revised and Expanded Edition: A Journey Through Life as Experienced in the Mountains summarizes much of what the author, Alan V. Goldman, learned in his more than 30 years of climbing. Many of the same moral issues that confront us in everyday life are present in the high mountains, only to a sharper degree.  Musing on topics such as awe and wonder, fear and how to confront it, the lure of the big mountains, as well as the role of luck, fate, and chance, Mr. Goldman makes accessible to the general public the otherwise “hidden” truths that mountaineers often experience. Further, many of the poems address the human perception of reality in the context of the meaning of life itself, and of how climbers impart meaning to the mountains by the very act of climbing them.  Of course, the poems deal with the feelings evoked by striving for success in the mountains, but also cope with the trauma of defeat. Above all, there is meaning to be found in the very preparation and discipline required for mountaineering, as well as in experiencing the elation of conquest, of both the mountains and of ourselves. Mr. Goldman is a graduate of The Horace Mann School, 1975; Harvard College, 1979; and Harvard Law School, 1982. In addition to his mountaineering adventures as his avid avocation, he practiced law for many years, and is now retired.

©2020 Alan V. Goldman (P)2020 Alan V. Goldman

Narrator: Alan V. Goldman
Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
Available on Audible
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The Great Hunt for Beginners

3 ratings

Summary

If you are a neophyte hunter and this is your first time to traverse mountainous areas, icy forests, or grassy plains, search no further because I will cover all the pertinent information that you need to find the best game in your area. In The Great Hunt for Beginners, you will learn about useful tips and tricks regarding the following topics: How to choose the right pieces of equipment for your hunting adventure Regulations to follow when hunting Understanding animal senses Effective tactics for pursuing a big game How to track an animal Setting up traps Whether you are hunting for food or you want a bigger animal for your taxidermy hobby, this book will surely help you master the skills needed to become an efficient hunter. Here Is a Preview of What You'll Learn... Important Hunting and Tracking Gears Safety Tips, Hunting Regulations, and Handling Firearms Safety Tips, Hunting Regulations, and Handling Firearms Animal Habitat and Habits Hunting Tactics Following the Animal's Trail Much, much more!

©2014 Andreas Pylarinos (P)2014 Andreas Pylarinos

Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
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Tweet of the Day

Summary

Imagine a jazz musician, improvising on a theme. Then imagine that he is able to play half a dozen instruments - not one after another, but almost simultaneously, switching effortlessly between instruments and musical styles with hardly a pause for breath. If you can countenance that, you are halfway towards appreciating the extraordinary song of the nightingale.... Wherever we are, there are birds. And wherever there are birds, there is birdsong. It's always a pleasure (and a relief) to hear sounds that prove the world's still spinning: whether it's the sighing of migrating redwings on a damp October night, the twitter of swallows fresh in from South Africa in April, or the call of the cuckoo in May. Based on the scripts of BBC Radio 4's beloved year-long series, and distilling two lifetimes' knowledge, insight, and enthusiasm into this recording, Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss take you month by month through the year, and the changing lives of our favourite birds. From peregrines swapping sea-cliffs for skyscrapers to swifts spending almost their entire lives on the wing; from charms of goldfinches to murmurations of starlings; from ptarmigans thriving in the Highland snow to the bright-green parakeets thronging London's parks; this audiobook is packed full of extraordinary insights and memorable facts. Tweet of the Day is a book for everyone who loves Britain's birds, and this audiobook contains over 150 birdsong recordings to bring them to life. Produced by arrangement with the BBC. Birdsong recordings copyright Geoff Sample and Wildsong. This is the audio version of the expanded book of Tweet of the Day read by the authors, not the radio series itself. This audio book contains 193 birdsong recordings.

©2014 Brett Westwood & Stephen Moss (P)2014 John Murray Press

Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
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Beautiful Bird Songs from Around the World

Summary

This download showcases some of the most exquisite sounds that can be heard in the natural world, from the rich, melodious songs of the Blackbird, Pied Butcherbird and Nightingale that are full of complexity, ingenuity and perfectly arranged phrases, to the breathtaking compositions of the Skylark, Albert's Lyrebird and White-rumped Shama, and the rhythmical variations on a theme from the Chiming Wedgebill and White-browed Robin-chat. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2008 The British Library Board (P)2008 The British Library Board

Narrator: uncredited
Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins
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Up and About

Summary

At dusk on 24 September 1975, Doug Scott and Dougal Haston became the first Britons to reach the summit of Everest as lead climbers on Chris Bonington's epic expedition to the mountain's immense south-west face. As darkness fell, Scott and Haston scraped a small cave in the snow 100 metres below the summit and survived the highest bivouac ever - without bottled oxygen, sleeping bags and, as it turned out, frostbite. For Doug Scott, it was the fulfilment of a fortune-teller's prophecy given to his mother: that her eldest son would be in danger in a high place with the whole world watching. Scott and Haston returned home national heroes with their image splashed across the front pages. Scott went on to become one of Britain's greatest ever mountaineers, pioneering new climbs in the remotest corners of the globe. His career spans the golden age of British climbing from the 1960s boom in outdoor adventure to the new wave of lightweight alpinism throughout the 1970s and 1980s. In Up and About, the first volume of his autobiography, Scott tells his story from his birth in Nottingham during the darkest days of war to the summit of the world. Surviving the unplanned bivouac without oxygen near the summit of Everest widened the range of what and how he would climb in the future. In fact, Scott established more climbs on the high mountains of the world after his ascent of Everest than before. Those climbs will be covered in the second volume of his life and times.

©2015 Doug Scott (P)2019 Vertebrate Publishing

Author: Doug Scott
Length: 15 hrs and 13 mins
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Ron Fawcett - Rock Athlete: The Story of a Climbing Legend

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Ron Fawcett is a natural-born climber. In 1969, while still at school in his native Yorkshire, he tied into a climbing rope for the first time and was instantly hooked. From that moment on, it seemed nothing else in his life mattered nearly as much as his next vertical fix. Ten years later, Fawcett was the most famous rock climber in Britain and among the best in the world, part of a new wave whose dedication to training transformed the sport, pushing standards further and faster than ever before - or since. His legacy of new climbs ranks him alongside the very best in the history of the sport. He was also the first to style himself a professional rock climber, starring in the landmark television documentary Rock Athlete, and appearing on the covers of magazines around the world. But far from enjoying the fame, Fawcett found the pressures of the limelight too much to bear, and at the end of the 1980s he faded from view. Now, for the first time, he tells his extraordinary story, of how his love of nature and the outdoors developed into a passion for climbing that took him to the top - and almost consumed him. Winner of the 2010 Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature.

©2011 Ron Fawcett (P)2019 Vertebrate Publishing

Narrator: Dan Bottomley
Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
Available on Audible
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In the Company of Crows and Ravens

Summary

From the cave walls at Lascaux to the last painting by Van Gogh, from the works of Shakespeare to those of Mark Twain, there is clear evidence that crows and ravens influence human culture. Yet this influence is not unidirectional, say the authors of this fascinating book: people profoundly influence crow culture, ecology, and evolution as well.   John Marzluff and Tony Angell examine the often surprising ways that crows and humans interact. The authors contend that those interactions reflect a process of "cultural coevolution." They offer a challenging new view of the human-crow dynamic - a view that may change our thinking not only about crows but also about ourselves.   In the Company of Crows and Ravens takes a close look at the influences people have had on the lives of crows throughout history and at the significant ways crows have altered human lives. This book illuminates the entwined histories of crows and people and concludes with an intriguing discussion of the crow-human relationship and how our attitudes toward crows may affect our cultural trajectory.

©2005 Yale University (P)2020 Tantor

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A Traditional Bowhunter's Path

3 ratings

Summary

This guide to traditional bowhunting with a longbow or recurve combines the best of both worlds for beginners and veteran bowhunters. How-to chapters share hard-earned wisdom that will help you perfect your skills and get close to game, while engaging stories tell of the author’s experiences hunting white-tailed deer in the east, chasing big game in the American West, and trekking to South Africa in search of Greater Kudu and other plains game. Throughout, the author highlights archery’s traditional spirit by exploring the history and craft of bowhunting and chronicles the challenges faced by today’s bowhunters in continuing their important role as hunter-conservationists. As a professional wildlife biologist, Ron Rohrbaugh Jr. also provides valuable information on wildlife ecology and behavior that is instructive for all those interested in increasing their success with archery tackle. A Traditional Bowhunter's Path includes: Specific shooting techniques for hunting situations, ways to set up effective ambush sites for big game, and dealing with the stresses of “buck fever” The latest information on equipment and arrows, including the pros and cons of various bow styles and arrow shaft materials Advice on using the wind, hunting bedding areas, creating effective scent trails, and understanding why and how deer move Discussion of controversial topics, such as baiting and trophy hunting

©2016 Stackpole Books (P)2019 Ron Rohrbaugh

Narrator: Tyler Boss
Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
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Bird Song and Behavior

Summary

A classic work examining bird song as both a means of identification and study of behavior. This recording cites 72 species and 51 songs.

©1989 Dover Publications (P)2013 Dover Publications

Narrator: uncredited
Length: 52 mins
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On Target: Shooting with Confidence

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A sports psychiatrist teams up with an expert competitive marksman and hunter to strengthen hunting and shooting skills. On Target: Shooting with Confidence promotes the mental and physical training of shooting and the responsible, safe use of firearms.     Dr. Fuller, a nearly normal psychiatrist, turns his psychotherapy talent to getting the best performance from hunters and other sharpshooters. Trey Lanier is an expert competitive marksman and hunter. Sharpshooters benefit from finding their best mental zone.    Dr. Fuller’s reflex conditioning technique creates a focused, uncluttered, dynamic mindset for shooting enthusiasts. Firing a shotgun at flying targets started as an off-season training tool to simulate shooting at wild birds. Later target shooting morphed into dozens of competitive shooting sports. Recent research documents that fewer people hunt, while the number of non-hunting recreational shooters is increasing. This popular pastime is a hit for an amazing 50 million recreational shooters.   The authors live in the heart of traditional southern quail hunting, south Georgia. Known for its abundant wildlife and land conservation, the red hills region fosters fascination with outdoor sportsmanship. To many area residents, wild Bobwhite quail is royalty and the hunt priceless.

©2019 A. Kenneth Fuller, M.D. and Trey Lanier (P)2019 Nick Sarando and A. Kenneth Fuller, M.D.

Narrator: Nick Sarando
Length: 23 mins
Available on Audible
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Four Years in the Rockies

Summary

James Marsh's Four Years in the Rockies gives brilliant insight into the life of Isaac P. Rose, a man who forged his own path in the wilderness of the far west. This thrilling account of one mountain man's life at the height of the 19th-century fur industry follows Rose as he overcomes adversity, learns from those around him, and becomes one of the most successful trappers of the Rockies. During the course of these years, Rose survives perilous weather conditions, fends off some of the most dangerous animals in North America, and nearly loses an arm during a skirmish with a group of Native Americans. Four Years in the Rockies is essential listening for anyone interested in the 19th-century fur trade and the adventurers who risked their lives to be part of it.

Public Domain (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Traber Burns
Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
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The World Beneath Their Feet

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Winner of the 2020 National Outdoor Book Award for Best History/Biography  A saga of survival, technological innovation, and breathtaking human physical achievement - all set against the backdrop of a world headed toward war - that became one of the most compelling international dramas of the 20th century. While tension steadily rose between European powers in the 1930s, a different kind of battle was raging across the Himalayas. Contingents from Great Britain, Nazi Germany, and the United States had set up rival camps at the base of the mountains, all hoping to become recognized as the fastest, strongest, and bravest climbers in the world. Carried on across nearly the entire sweep of the Himalayas, this contest involved not only the greatest mountain climbers of the era, but statesmen and millionaires, world-class athletes and bona fide eccentrics, scientists and generals, obscure villagers and national heroes. Centered in the 1930s, with one brief, shining postwar coda, the contest was a struggle between hidebound traditionalists and unknown innovators, one that featured new techniques and equipment, unbelievable courage and physical achievement, and unparalleled valor. And death. One Himalayan peak alone, Nanga Parbat in Kashmir, claimed 25 lives in less than three years. Climbing the Himalayas was the Greatest Generation's moonshot - one shrouded in the onset of war, interrupted by it, and then fully accomplished. A gritty, fascinating history sure to enrapture fans of Hampton Sides, Jon Krakauer, and Laura Hillenbrand, The World Beneath Their Feet brings this forgotten story back to life. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Scott Ellsworth (P)2020 Little, Brown & Company

Narrator: Scott Ellsworth
Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
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Birdsong in a Time of Silence

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Brought to you by Penguin. Birdsong in a Time of Silence is the story of a man rediscovering his passion for birdsong and nature. Narrated against the backdrop of the current pandemic, the book opens by acknowledging the new awareness of birds and birdsong that was made possible by the coincidence of spring and the experience of lockdown.  Starting with a portrait of the blackbird - most prominent and articulate of the early spring singers - the book proceeds through 10 chapters to explore how birds sing, the variety of singing birds (including the arrival of summer migrants), the science behind their choice of song and nest-sites, and the varied meanings that people have brought to and taken from birdsong - ultimately demonstrating that natural history and human history cannot be separated. In closing, the book reflects on the collective reawakening brought on by this strangest of springs. 

©2021 Steven Lovatt (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Nicholas Khan
Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
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A Speck in the Sea

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In the dead of night on July 24, 2013, John Aldridge was thrown off the back of the Anna Mary while his fishing partner, Anthony Sosinski, slept below. As desperate hours ticked by, Sosinski, the families, the local fishing community, and the US Coast Guard in three states mobilized in an unprecedented search effort that culminated in a rare and exhilarating success. A tale of survival, perseverance, and community, A Speck in the Sea tells of one man's struggle to survive as friends and strangers work separately and together to bring him home. Aldridge's wrenching first-person account intertwines with the narrative of the massive, constantly evolving rescue operation designed to save him. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 John Aldridge and Anthony Sosinski (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
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Points North

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This audiobook has been a labor of love that spans many years. The love is for Michigan's Upper Peninsula (UP), its places, and people. I've spent many years exploring the wilderness of the UP, and one thing has become apparent. No matter what part you find yourself in, fascinating sights are around every corner. There are parks, wilderness areas, and museums. There are ghost towns and places named after legends. There are trails to be walked and waterways to be paddled. In the UP, life is meant to be lived to the fullest. In this audiobook, I've listed 40 destinations from every corner of the UP that have places of interest. Some reflect rich history, while others highlight natural wonders that abound across the peninsula. So many sights exist, in fact, that after a lifetime of exploration, I'm still discovering new and fascinating places that I've never seen or heard of. So, join in the adventures. The Upper Peninsula is an open book - the one that's in your hand. Learn more at www.PointsNorthBooks.com From Modern History Press - www.ModernHistoryPress.com

©2019 Mikel B. Classen (P)2021 Mikel B. Classen

Narrator: Brandy Thomas
Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
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The Big Year

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Every year on January 1, a quirky crowd of adventurers storms out across North America for a spectacularly competitive event called a Big Year: a grand, grueling, expensive, and occasionally vicious, "extreme" 365-day marathon of birdwatching. For three men in particular, 1998 would be a whirlwind, a winner-takes-nothing battle for a new North American birding record. In frenetic pilgrimages for once-in-a-lifetime rarities that can make or break their lead, the birders race each other from Del Rio, Texas, in search of the rufous-capped warbler, to Gibsons, British Columbia, on a quest for Xantus's hummingbird, to Cape May, New Jersey, seeking the offshore great skua. Bouncing from coast to coast on their potholed road to glory, they brave broiling deserts, roiling oceans, bug-infested swamps, a charge by a disgruntled mountain lion, and some of the lumpiest motel mattresses known to man. The unprecedented year of beat-the-clock adventures ultimately leads one man to a new record, one so gigantic that it is unlikely ever to be bested: finding and identifying an extraordinary 745 different species by official year-end count. Prize-winning journalist Mark Obmascik creates a rollicking, dazzling narrative of the 275,000-mile odyssey of these three obsessives as they fight to the finish to claim the title in the greatest, or maybe the worst, birding contest of all time.

©2004 Mark Obmascik (P)2004 Random House, Inc., Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
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On the Nose

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Hans Florine is a big-wall climbing legend in his own time. He holds the speed record on the Nose route of El Capitan, a 3,000-foot granite cliff in Yosemite Valley that's considered the Everest of the rock-climbing world. Ascending the Nose takes most climbers anywhere from 12 to 96 hours. Florine, along with climbing partner Alex Honnold, does it in an astounding two and a half hours. But Florine's story is not one of super-human athletic prowess; it's one of persistence and dogged determination. In 30 years of climbing, he's ascended the Nose a mind-blowing, death-defying 100 times, more than anyone else ever has, and most likely ever will. In On the Nose, Florine describes the most dangerous, pivotal, and inspirational of those climbs, providing a rare look inside the adrenaline-charged world of competitive climbing in Yosemite Valley. He tells of his very first attempt on the Nose, which ended in failure after 14 hours, his friendships (and rivalries) with climbing's most colorful personalities, and his battle with Dean Potter to secure the definitive speed record on the Nose - an endeavor that's been called the wildest competition known to man. Perhaps most interestingly, Florine attempts to answer the question why. Why would anyone undertake one of the greatest adventure epics on earth 100 times? His answers provide unique insights on how to live a satisfying life, how to achieve big goals, and how an otherwise ordinary guy can become a rock star.

©2017 Hans Florine (P)2017 Made for Success Publishing

Narrator: Hans Florine
Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
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Upland Autumn

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Tales of New England bird hunting by an acclaimed novelist and sportsman. In this collection of original stories, highly acclaimed novelist and outdoor writer William Tapply shares his finest stories of bird hunting in the Northeast country. Every season for over 30 years, Tapply has hunted the fields and backcountry of New England. Tapply’s warmth and knack for evoking the subtle, telling details of the places and hunts that he loves will stir a new appreciation and excitement in every listener. With his dog Burt, Tapply takes the listener out to his best spots. These are hard-charging tales of success and disappointment, anticipation, and triumph - familiar feelings to any experienced hunter. Tapply combines passion, wisdom, and wit in the nearly twenty stories presented in Upland Autumn. With rich prose and Tapply’s strong eye for detail, this book is a fine testament to bird hunting, bird hunters, and the rugged country that they tread each and every season. For those who love to hunt and those who simply love great outdoor writing, this is Upland Autumn.

©2009 William G. Tapply (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Clay Teunis
Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
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Just for the Love of It

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At 8:00 a.m. on May 29, 1999, Cathy O'Dowd, a 30-year-old mountaineer from South Africa, stepped onto the summit of Everest and into history. She had become the first woman to climb the highest mountain in the world from both its south (Edmund Hillary) and north (George Mallory) sides. To achieve this, Cathy has had to face the ultimate risks of Everest. During her first ascent from the south in 1996, she and her team were trapped in the killer storm described in Jon Krakauer's best seller Into Thin Air. They finally reached the summit, only to have the thrill of success snatched away when a team member disappeared on the descent. In 1998, Cathy, attempting the north side of Everest, stopped only a few hundred meters from the summit to try and help a dying American climber. The woman's first words were "don't leave me". Yet Cathy eventually had to leave her to save her own life. Now Cathy has captured the drama of her Everest climbs, her passion for the challenge of climbing mountains, and her love for wild places in this story of her four attempts on the mountain. Cathy tries to answer the question of why, if climbing Everest can be so dangerous, people still want to do it. This is a book of challenge, adventure, love, and life and death. This is about Everest, the world's highest mountain, climbed "just for the love of it".

©1999 Cathy O'Dowd (P)2015 Crux Publishing

Author: Cathy O'Dowd
Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
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The Hummingbirds' Gift

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From the beloved New York Times best-selling author of the “fascinating...entertaining” (The Daily Beast) National Book Award finalist The Soul of an Octopus, a charmingly perfect gem of a book about the most exquisite and extraordinary of winged creatures - hummingbirds. As one of the most beautiful and intriguing birds found in nature, hummingbirds fascinate people around the world. The lightest birds in the sky, hummingbirds are capable of incredible feats, such as flying backwards, diving at speeds of 61 MPH, and beating their wings more than 60 times a second. Miraculous creatures, they are also incredibly vulnerable when they first emerge from their eggs. That’s where Brenda Sherburn comes in. With tenderness and patience, she rescues abandoned hummingbirds and nurses them back to health until they can fly away and live in the wild. In The Hummingbird’s Gift, the extraordinary care that Brenda provides her peanut-sized patients is revealed and, in the process, shows us just how truly amazing hummingbirds are. With Sy Montgomery’s signature “joyful passion” (Library Journal), and including 16 pages of gorgeous color photos, this inspiring little book celebrates the profound gift that hummingbirds are to our planet and is the ultimate gift for nature lovers and bird watchers everywhere.

©2021 Sy Montgomery (P)2021 Simon & Schuster Audio

Narrator: Sy Montgomery
Length: 2 hrs
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Songs of Eastern Birds

Summary

Outstanding field recordings of songs and calls of 60 species most common to the eastern U.S.: Warblers, Woodpeckers, Flycatchers, Thrushes, Larks, many more.

©1984 Dover Publications (P)2013 Dover Publications

Narrator: uncredited
Length: 52 mins
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RV Camping

Summary

Are you tired of living in the same place all the time? Do you want to know how to visit the most beautiful places and live the best experiences of your life with your RV? Did you know that more and more people are deciding to embrace a new way of life, to go on holiday, or even to enjoy their retirement? The world of RV is amazing, often not very well known, but it is able to give you back that freedom that you have always sought. Every night you can decide to fall asleep under a starry sky and every morning you can wake up in the most unspoiled nature. Until a few years ago, camping, boondocking, and RV living were only practiced by experts, or by people with a lot of money who did not need to work, but today it is no longer so. This guide is aimed both at beginners, who want to introduce themselves to the world of RV, and experts, who will certainly find useful tips and cues to improve their outdoor experience. Chapter 1 addresses buying a rig; Chapter 2 brings attention to the technical side RVing; Chapter 3 supplies a thorough discussion on the equipment you are going to need; Chapter 4 turns your attention to your voyage; Chapter 5 serves up the meat-and-potatoes of the lifestyle: day-to-day RVing; Chapter 6 draws attention to the last step of setting out: planning the trip itself. Whether you want to live in an RV or simply have a holiday with your family, your children, or your friends, experiencing a sense of freedom that you have never experienced in your life, this practical guide is definitely for you!

Public Domain (P)2019 James Heberd

Author: James Heberd
Length: 3 hrs
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A Higher Calling

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National best seller • ECPA best seller • The husband and wife behind the popular Earls Family Vlogs share their inspiring love story of how an expedition to climb Mount Everest deepened their faith, strengthened their commitment, and sharpened their vision to make a difference in the world. As a senior at West Point, Harold Earls dreamed of summiting Mount Everest after graduation and bringing awareness to the issue of PTSD in soldiers and veterans. But as a novice mountain climber and newlywed, could he really leave his wife, Rachel, on the other side of the world to pursue such a dangerous quest? After all, Rachel’s dream was to be a wife and mother. She knew that her husband’s audacious goal might lead to her to give up everything. A Higher Calling takes us on a beautiful journey through the ups and downs of their relationship, from their unlikely introduction and whirlwind romance to their fairy tale wedding and the dreams they shared. Dreams that required tremendous sacrifice and faith - in each other and in God. As their dreams are realized, witness how Harold and Rachel used their powerful bond of love to overcome obstacles and learn that life is about doing versus having, serving versus getting, being versus wanting. A Higher Calling shows each of us that when God's purpose and our passion meet, we can transcend any sacrifice we make on the mountains of adversity. And as we approach life with an attitude of thanksgiving, we realize that being joyful and living in love is worth it. Every time.

©2020 Harold Earls and Rachel Earls (P)2020 Random House Audio

Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
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Pure Survival

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Embrace the past, and make it your future. Discover what made our ancestors such great survivalists. Bushcraft is as old as the first human to ever roam the earth.  Yet, as we’ve moved into towns and cities, embracing the concepts of society and task division, fewer people have found it necessary to learn what used to be very basic skills. Whether you want to become the architect and engineer of your own shelter, track and snare your next meal, or forage the forest for wild medicinal plants, learning and perfecting the skills our ancestors possessed will reveal the true meaning of being an independent, self-sufficient survivalist. In Pure Survival, you will discover: In-depth guidance to not only survive in the wild, but also thrive and make the best out of your experience Exactly how to begin your preparations, as well as all the tools you must have in order to be prepared for any potential challenge How to make your own primitive tools from natural resources to understand better how our ancestors used to live From tracking, setting traps, hunting, fishing, and cooking your game - all you need to know to not starve in a primitive environment Step-by-step instruction to find, gather, and purify water to make it drinkable, no matter your environment Every imaginable way to start a fire from the most basic resources available in your surroundings A comprehensive emergency preparedness walkthrough to deal with every possible setback that may come your way And much more Bushcrafting is the ultimate weapon to train your mind to think and plan ahead, all while nurturing your creative problem-solving skills, enhancing your basic instincts, and reinforcing your part in nature. Discover what makes primitive ways of life so rewarding!

©2020 German Banuelos (P)2020 German Banuelos

Narrator: John Nason
Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
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Hunting Camp 52: Tales from a North Woods Deer Camp

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Meet the Jolly Boys - five men from northern Wisconsin who built a deer hunting shack in 1955 and established a tradition that has now lasted over six decades. Hunting Camp 52, affectionately known as Blue Heaven, is a place where every trail, rock, and ravine has its own nickname; every kill is recorded by hand on a window shade; every hunter happily croons along during evening songfests; and every rowdy poker game lasts late into the night. The outhouse is always cold, the porcupines are always a problem, and the vehicles are always getting stuck in the mud, but there’s nowhere else these men would rather be. In Hunting Camp 52: Tales from a North Woods Deer Camp, John Marvin Hanson - the son of one of the original Jolly Boys - recounts the sidesplitting antics, the memorable hunts, and the profound camaraderie that has developed over almost 60 seasons at Blue Heaven. Hanson also includes more than 20 recipes for gourmet comfort foods prepared each year at camp, from pickled venison hearts to Norwegian meatballs to the treasured recipe for Reali Spaghetti. As the Jolly Boys age and younger generations take up the mantle of Blue Heaven, Hanson comes to appreciate that hunting camp is not about bagging a trophy buck as much as it is about spending time with the friends and family members who matter most.

©2016 John Marvin Hanson (P)2019 Wisconsin Historical Society Press

Narrator: Kevin Meyer
Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
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The Reasonable Art of Fly Fishing

7 ratings

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"One of the best acid tests of an introductory book...is that the text allows the reader to learn an important skill independent of the illustrations. Fly casting is very difficult to teach in person, and even more so in print, yet this book contains the best, the most interesting, and the most effective introduction to fly casting I have ever read. I think Terry puts the emphasis in the right places...he doesn't neglect entomology, but he devotes twice as many words to trout behavior, a far more interesting and useful pastime if you must introduce a scientific bent into your fishing. If this is your first fly fishing book, you are very fortunate, you're starting off on the right track. If you've read others before, I think you'll agree with me that you wish this had been your first." - Tom Rosenbauer.

©1998 Terry Mort (P)2006 Books in Motion

Narrator: Michael Taylor
Author: Terry Mort
Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
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Annapurna

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In August 1978, 13 women left San Francisco for the Nepal Himalayas to make history as the first Americans - and the first women - to scale the treacherous slopes of Annapurna I, the world's 10th highest peak. Expedition leader Arlene Blum here tells their dramatic story: the logistical problems, storms, and hazardous ice climbing; the conflicts and reconciliations within the team; the terror of avalanches that threatened to sweep away camps and climbers. On October 15, two women and two Sherpas at last stood on the summit - but the celebration was cut short, for two days later, the two women of the second summit team fell to their deaths. Never before has such an account of mountaineering triumph and tragedy been told from a woman's point of view. By proving that women had the skill, strength, and courage necessary to make this difficult and dangerous climb, the 1978 Women's Himalayan Expedition's accomplishment had a positive impact around the world, changing perceptions about women's abilities in sports and other arenas. And Annapurna: A Woman's Place has become an acknowledged classic in the annals of women's achievements - a story of challenge and commitment told with passion, humor, and unflinching honesty.

©1980, 1998, 2018 Arlene Blum (P)2018 Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Eileen Stevens
Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
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Something's Fishy

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Well-known nature and conservation writer Ted Williams is an avid fisherman who has devoted many years to writing about the sport and advocating the preservation of bodies of water and species of fish. Here, he brings together his love of angling with his profound sense of responsibility for the environment. Most of the work in this anthology is adapted from articles originally published in Audubon and Fly Rod & Reel (where Williams is conservation editor), and these lively, perceptive pieces take readers across the United States and around the world: trout fishing in Patagonia; bonefishing on South Andros Island in the Bahamas; and tuna fishing off the coast of Massachusetts. Williams’ passion and commitment will inspire fishermen everywhere.

©2007 Ted Williams. Foreword Copyright 2007 by Paul Guernsey (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Dennis Holland
Author: Ted Williams
Length: 17 hrs and 7 mins
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Whitetail Deer and the Hunters Who Take Big Bucks

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I’ve enjoyed writing this book as much, if not more, than any book I've ever written on deer and deer hunting.  I've learned so much on how hunters find trophy bucks, what they do to put themselves into positions to take those trophy bucks, and which hunters have the best chances of taking older, mature bucks.  This audiobook is a celebration of the men and women who’ve taken their bucks of a lifetime.

©2016 John E. Phillips (P)2019 John E. Phillips

Narrator: John Davenport
Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
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Relapse

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As featured on Deadliest Catch A fourth-generation fisherman, Jake Anderson, grew up in the rich fishing environment of Anacortes, Washington. At age 17, Jake began salmon fishing in Bristol Bay, Alaska, and by the age of 25 he was crab fishing in the heart of the Bering Sea. Soon after, Jake became a deckhand on the F/V Northwestern and joined the popular television series Deadliest Catch. As an integral part of the show, Jake is known for his hardworking nature that has allowed him to evolve from greenhorn to licensed captain. Aside from fishing, Jake has a harrowing story that has yet to be told. As an avid skateboarder, Jake aspired to become a professional until he was sidelined by injury, addiction, and homelessness. After relentlessly battling back, he was then confronted with the untimely losses of his sister, father, and mentor, Phil Harris. But with depth and maturity, Jake persevered. In his debut book, Relapse, Jake serves as an inspiration as he candidly shares his private journey to overcome tragedy.

©2014 Coventry House Publishing (P)2018 Coventry House Publishing

Length: 2 hrs and 40 mins
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Rising Wolf, the White Blackfoot

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J. W. Schultz (1859-1947) was an author, explorer, and historian who lived among the Blackfeet as a fur trader. In his famous book Rising Wolf, Schultz tells the story of Hugh Monroe who came to the Blackfoot country when he was 16 and was adopted into the Blackfeet tribe. He accompanied war parties, took part in buffalo hunts, and helped to make peace between the Crows and Blackfeet.  The author claims to have been intimately acquainted with Hugh Munroe, and that this story of his first experiences upon the Saskatchewan-Missouri River plains is related just as it was told to him around the lodge fires of long ago. A masterpiece of adventure that makes history come alive.

Public Domain (P)2020 Museum Audiobooks

Narrator: Brian Richy
Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
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One Man's Climb

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A deeply moving story of the beauty and brutality of life, and death, on the world's most unpredictable and perilous mountain.   Sitting just lower than Everest at 8,611 meters above sea level on the China-Pakistan border, the Savage Mountain claims the lives of even the most experienced climbers. Alongside severe altitude, the weather is notoriously volatile and the climb relentlessly steep. A staggering one in four attempts result in death on the mountain.   In One Man's Climb, Adrian Hayes details an intensely personal account of his attempts to climb K2 - first in 2013 and again in 2014. Absorbing and self-reflective, his journey is as much a story of climbing a mountain as it is a testament to the human spirit's ability to endure.

©2020 Adrian Hayes (P)2020 Pen and Sword

Narrator: Adrian Hayes
Author: Adrian Hayes
Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
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The Climb Up to Hell

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In the heart of the Swiss Alps stand the three majestic peaks of the Bernese Oberland, Europe's most famous mountain range. The highest, at 13,638 feet, is the Jungfrau. Next is the Mönch at 13,465 feet. But it is the smallest, the Eiger, rising 13,038 feet above sea level, that is by far the deadliest. Called a "living" mountain for its constantly changing conditions--unpredictable weather, disintegrating limestone surfaces, and continuously falling rock and ice--its mile-high north wall is perhaps the most dangerous climb in the world. And that may be just what beckons elite Alpinists to scale the treacherous peak against the odds. In 1957, nearly 40 years before the well-known Mount Everest tragedy, two teams of confident climbers set out to summit the north wall of Eiger Mountain. Not long into their journey, onlookers could tell the four men were headed for disaster. Soon rescue teams from all over Europe raced toward Eiger--yet only one of the four climbers survived to face unfounded international accusations. In a story as fascinating as any novel, Jack Olsen creates a riveting account of daring adventure, heroic rescue, and one of the most baffling mysteries in the history of mountain climbing.

©2014 Jack Olsen (P)2015 Gregg Olsen

Author: Jack Olsen
Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
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Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing

6 ratings

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Join these two comedy greats and lifelong friends on their journey from recuperation to riverbank in this hilarious and heart-warming audiobook that gives you a front-row seat at an exclusive Bob and Paul production. Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse have been friends for 30 years, but when life intervened, what was once a joyous and spontaneous friendship dwindled to the odd phone call or occasional catch up. Then, Glory Be! They were both diagnosed with heart disease and realised that time is short. They'd better spend it fishing....  So they dusted off their kits, chucked on their waders and ventured into the achingly beautiful British countryside to fish, rediscover the joys of their friendship and ruminate on some of life's most profound questions, such as: How did we get so old? Where are all the fish? What are your favourite pocket meats? What should we do if we find a corpse? Following the success of the BBC's Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing series, this wonderful audiobook by two lifelong friends is a love letter to the joys of angling, the thrill of the catch and the virtue of having a right daft laff with your mates. On the fish, the equipment, the food, and the locations, Gone Fishing is the perfect audiobook for fans of Bob Mortimer, Paul Whitehouse and for anyone who wants to listen to a brilliantly written and endlessly funny joint memoir on life, friendship and joys of fishing. Audio edition includes an exclusive fishing trip with Bob and Paul.

©2019 Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse (P)2019 Bonnier Books UK

Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
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Everest: It's Not About the Summit

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In 2014, Mount Everest was closed to all climbers after a devastating avalanche claimed the lives of 16 Nepali mountain workers ferrying loads up through the Khumbu Icefall on the mountain's southern approach through Nepal. Almost a year to the day later, in late April 2015, the mountain was once more rocked to its core after a large earthquake struck Nepal, sending shock waves rippling across the Himalayas. These ripples left a trail of devastation in their path causing, yet again, another avalanche to wreak havoc on the mountain. This time, 22 people lost their lives, in what would become the deadliest day in the mountain's history. Back in 2013, Ellis J. Stewart, a then 40-year-old from the UK, had but one goal: to climb the mountain. Something he had targeted achieving for over 20 years. This book is the author’s story of those endeavors during the two most devastating years in the history of attempts on Everest. Not every climber who goes to Everest succeeds; not every climber returns to tell the tale, but to return unscathed after such a large loss of life is a story to be told. This is that story. Everest: It’s Not About the Summit is a very honest account of a lifelong dream shattered in tragic circumstances. From the streets of northern England through to the valleys and high mountains of Nepal, Stewart shared his story with thousands of followers on social media, winning over the hearts and minds of many. A groundswell of support sent Ellis to achieve his dream, not once but twice. Nobody could have anticipated the events that would follow. Events that would define Stewart in ways he couldn't possibly have imagined. This book invites you into an intoxicating world - one where the margin between success and failure is brutally slim. This is a moving book with tragedy and commitment to a cause as a very central theme. It is a real story about real people. Whether it’s your usual genre of book or not doesn't matter, as it's basically a fantastic story. You don’t need to be a climber to enjoy this book, at all. It has universal appeal, and is a true inspirational cliff-hanger for all. This book should be in the audiobook collection of all - active and armchair mountaineers, alike.  

©2016 Ellis James Stewart (P)2019 Ellis James Stewart

Narrator: John Weston
Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
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Mule Deer Hunters' Bible

Summary

A mule deer hunter never can know everything about hunting these animals because they live in over 18 states, Canada, and Mexico, and all types of terrains, including the mountains, the plains, and in deserts and creek bottoms. They’re hunted with bows, rifles, sniper rifles, and black-powder rifles. This audiobook tells how more than 30 mule-deer hunting disciples find and take mule deer at different times of the seasons. Mule-deer hunting is for all people - the young, the old, the physically challenged, and the extremely athletic. Let this bible be your guide to a wide variety of hunting techniques for mule deer, including long-range shooting.

©2019 John E. Phillips (P)2019 John E. Phillips

Narrator: John Davenport
Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
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The Impossible Climb

1 rating

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An intimate account of Alex Honnold's unprecedented, almost unimaginable feat: a 3,000-foot vertical climb up El Capitan in Yosemite, without a rope.  

One slip, one false move, one missed toehold and you're dead.  

On June 3rd 2017 veteran adventure journalist and professional climber Mark Synnott was in Yosemite to witness something that only a handful of people knew was about to occur: the most famous climber in the world, Alex Honnold, was going to attempt to summit one of the world's most challenging ascents, a route called Freerider on the notorious rock formation El Capitan. 

It is a climb extraordinarily dangerous and difficult, and yet Honnold was going to do it 'free solo'. Meaning no help. No climbing partner. No equipment. No rope. Where a single small mistake would mean certain death. To most, it would be an insane proposition. But most are not Alex Honnold, and few know this better than Mark Synnott, which is why National Geographic sent him there to cover the story.  

Indeed, to summit El Cap free solo was a feat likened to Neil Armstrong first walking on the moon. In The Impossible Climb, Mark Synnott uses his own career as a professional climber, its intersection with that of Alex Honnold and the lead-up to Honnold's historic ascent to paint an insider portrait of the elite climbing community, exploring what motivates them, the paradoxical drive to keep the sport pure and at the same time to fund climbs, and the role that awareness of mortality plays in the endeavour. We watch through Mark's eyes as Alex plots, trains and attempts his heart-stopping free-solo ascent. Ultimately this is a story not only about climbing but about what makes us human, how we respond to fear and our drive to transcend the inevitability of death.

©2019 Mark Synnott (P)2019 Penguin Random House audio

Narrator: Mark Deakins
Author: Mark Synnott
Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
Available on Audible
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Backpacking with the Saints

Summary

Carrying only basic camping equipment and a collection of the world's great spiritual writings, Belden C. Lane embarks on solitary spiritual treks through the Ozarks and across the American Southwest. For companions, he has only such teachers as Rumi, John of the Cross, Hildegard of Bingen, Dag Hammarskjöld, and Thomas Merton, and as he walks, he engages their writings with the natural wonders he encounters, demonstrating how being alone in the wild opens a rare view onto one's interior landscape, and how the saints' writings reveal the divine in nature.    The discipline of backpacking, Lane shows, is a metaphor for a spiritual journey. Just as the wilderness offered revelations to the early Desert Christians, backpacking hones crucial spiritual skills: paying attention, traveling light, practicing silence, and exercising wonder. Lane engages the practice not only with a wide range of spiritual writings, but with the fascination of other lovers of the backcountry, from John Muir and Ed Abbey to Bill Plotkin and Cheryl Strayed. In this intimate and down-to-earth narrative, backpacking is shown to be a spiritual practice that allows the discovery of God amidst the beauty and unexpected terrors of nature. Adoration, Lane suggests, is the most appropriate human response to what we cannot explain, but have nonetheless learned to love.

©2015 Oxford University Press (P)2019 Tantor

Narrator: Jim Denison
Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
Available on Audible
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Elk

Summary

Often just one tip or tactic makes the difference in whether you take an elk home to dinner or have to hike back to the truck by yourself. In John E. Phillips’ latest elk book, Elk: Keys to 25 Hunters’ Success, you’ll learn from successful elk hunters the strategies they use to find and take elk. Many know that the technique that seems to work most often is to hunt where other elk hunters don’t and understand where the elk are before you go on a hunt by studying data from each state, visiting HuntData (see chapter 1), examining maps, and reading postings on elk forums. This book also tells you how to get ready physically for an elk hunt, including participating in Train to Hunt Competitions, what gear you need to take, how to enjoy a successful do-it-yourself elk hunt or how to pick the best elk guide for you. You’ll also hear about the X System and the Broken Y System of hunting elk. 

Although no one person has all the answers on how to help you find and take your elk, I’m convinced that this book’s outdoors men and women will teach you how to have satisfying elk hunts. As my friend Karl Badger once told me, “Elk hunting doesn’t get any better than when I ride horses into the high back country, see two grizzly bears, hear a pack of wolves howl close to camp all night long, eat plenty of delicious food prepared on a fire and enjoy the company of good friends.”

©2018 John E. Phillips (P)2018 John E. Phillips

Narrator: John Davenport
Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
Available on Audible
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A Guide to Mountain and Moorland Birds

Summary

In the sixth of our series of bird guides, recorded on location on The Long Mynd in Shropshire, Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss are assisted by wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson as they present a guide to the appearance, behaviour, songs, and calls of the birds you may find around Britain's mountains and moorlands.

Each programme focuses on a different habitat, starting with heather moors and birds such as Black Grouse and Merlin, before moving on to cliffs and crags (Raven and Peregrine); upland grasslands (Skylark and Curlew); bogs and mires (Golden Plover and Greenshank); and high tops (Ptarmigan and Snow Bunting). Full of useful hints and tips on how to recognise birds visually and identify them by their sound, this knowledgeable and entertaining guide will appeal to beginner and expert birdwatchers alike; as well as anyone who is eager to know more about the beautiful birds of the British countryside.

©2012 Stephen Moss (P)2013 BBC Worldwide Limited

Author: Stephen Moss
Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
Available on Audible
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The Shining Mountain

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"It’s a preposterous plan. Still, if you do get up it, it’ll be the hardest thing that’s been done in the Himalayas." Thus spoke Chris Bonington when Peter Boardman and Joe Tasker presented him with their plan to tackle the unscaled West Wall of Changabang - the Shining Mountain - in 1976.  Bonington’s was one of the more positive responses; most felt the climb impossibly hard, especially for a two-man, lightweight expedition. This was, after all, perhaps the most fearsome and technically challenging granite wall in the Garhwal Himalaya, and an ascent - particularly one in a lightweight style - would be more significant than anything done on the Everest at the time. The idea had been Joe Tasker’s. He had photographed the sheer, shining white granite sweep of Changabang’s west wall on a previous expedition and asked Pete to return with him the following year. Tasker contributes a second voice throughout Boardman’s story, which starts with acclimatization, sleeping in a Salford frozen food store, and progresses through three nights of hell, marooned in hammocks during a storm, to moments of exultation at the variety and intricacy of the superb, if punishingly difficult, climbing.  It is a story of how climbing a mountain can become an all-consuming goal, of the tensions inevitable in 40 days of isolation on a two-man expedition, as well as a record of the moment of joy upon reaching the summit ridge against all odds. First published in 1978, The Shining Mountain is Peter Boardman’s first book. It is a very personal and honest story that is also amusing, lucidly descriptive, very exciting, and never anything but immensely listenable. It was awarded the John Llewelyn Rhys Prize for literature in 1979, winning wide acclaim. His second book Sacred Summits was published shortly after his death in 1982.

©1978 Peter Boardman (P)2020 Vertebrate Digital

Narrator: Stewart Crank
Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
Available on Audible
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RV Living for Beginners Bundle (2-in-1)

Summary

Be warned: Reading this may cause you to quit your job and chase the RV adventure of your dreams... In the words of Bob Dylan, “The Times They Are A-Changin'.” And while this sentiment will always be true, right now it means some pretty exciting things are happening. You have the potential to revolutionize your lifestyle and dramatically increase your quality of life. Ubiquitous technologies and flexible societal structures have created opportunities that were previously unimaginable. For example, remote and freelance work has become incredibly common and highly popular given its desirable flexibility and convenience. The RV lifestyle takes these ideas a step further. Living entirely in an RV, you untether completely from a traditional home base and start having a new experience of life. Maybe you’ve had a dream destination in your mind for years, only to push it away until next summer, again, hoping you’ll have the time and money for it then. But what if I told you there was a way to go to this dream destination right now, this year, and that afterward, you could bring your job with you wherever you wanted? This isn’t a Hollywood movie scene here folks, but something entirely possible for you. By working online and becoming your own boss, you will no longer remain tied down to any one place. You can quit your job and explore the adventurous world RV-living has to offer you. It’s a fantastic opportunity to get out of the daily grind with more... Freedom  Travel  Connection to nature and outdoor activities  Focus on experiences and relationships (rather than stuff) … and adventure. Did you know that 9 million families in the US currently own an RV? Of those, nearly half a million live in theirs full time. The trend is only rising.  In The RV Lifestyle Manual, you will discover: Tons of details and requirements covering every aspect of the RV lifestyle that most people don’t think of until they’re on the road  Answers the riddle of how to live comfortably on the open road (easier than you think).  Key requirements for earning an income while traveling  Baby steps to downsizing your life and making money in the process  RV Purchasing guide - what to look for in an RV based on your situation, intended use, and budget  The best ways to earn passive income, including which type is most suitable for you  Why working online and earning passive income is something anyone can do, and how to get started right now  How to change things up to make RV-ing work with children and pets The debunked myths about passive income that scare people away  The number one thing you should keep in mind when building a business  Alternative ways to earn money that don’t require any educational degree  How changing your mindset is the key to success … and so much more. This is a bundle of two of the bestselling books on the RV Lifestyle AND it's passive income opportunities. No repetition, no fluff, only premium information broken down for the average Joe. With just a little bit of time and some preparation, adjustment, and small investments to get everything in place you can actually end up saving time and more than $5,000 a year in the long run. Even if you’ve never had any experience with working online, these methods of passive income are straight-forward and functional for anyone of any age. All you need is a laptop and an internet connection. So, what are you waiting for? Follow your calling and finally live the dream life you deserve! If you want to discover the secrets to quitting your 9-5 job and exploring the world in an RV, then scroll up and click the “Buy Now” button right now.

©2019 Jeremy Frost (P)2019 Jeremy Frost

Narrator: KC Wayman
Author: Jeremy Frost
Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
Available on Audible
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Archery: The #1 Beginner's Guide for Everything an Archer Needs to Know About Recurve and Compound Bows

2 ratings

Summary

How to Hit a Bull's Eye in a Day with the Royal Discipline of Archery “An archer cannot hit the bullseye if he doesn't know where the target is.” Did you ever wish you could shoot arrows like Robin Hood, Hawkeye, or Katniss Everdeen? Whenever you watch the Lord of the Rings, you imagine how powerful it must be to step in the shoes of Legolas.... Face your target.... Draw back your bow.... And just shoot....  Yet, you push the thought into the corner of stupid childhood dreams, knowing archery is just for entertaining movie scenes. You are wrong! The medieval way of hunting turned into a royal discipline for everyone who wants to improve their confidence and become quicker than the fastest animal in the world. Yes, your laser-sharp focus could even help you catch a cheetah.  Yet, archery is much more than just a safari hunt. Archery was one of the first disciplines in the Olympic games and the latest gold medal winner Ku-Bon-Chan proves why it is a tough sport that needs practice and the right strategy. Becoming the next Legolas requires much more than randomly picking an arrow from your quiver. And even if you just want to rediscover your inner child, it is much more fun to shoot arrows in the woods if you know how to hit your target.  Good thing, if you follow this simple but effective plan to get to the next level, you can improve your skill set within just one practice. How many times have you started on something and given up within a week, because you got frustrated. A lot of people share this story. They start a new thing without any knowledge and expect themselves to be perfect within the first couple of shots. Perfection might never be possible in the golden sports of archery. Yet, you can instantly succeed and hit your first target if you know how!

©2019 Albert Dawson (P)2019 Albert Dawson

Narrator:
Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
Available on Audible
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The Little Red Book of Fly Fishing

2 ratings

Summary

Two highly respected outdoor journalists, Kirk Deeter of Field and Stream and Charlie Meyers of the Denver Post, have cracked open their notebooks and shared straight-shot advice on the sport of fly fishing, based on a range of new and old experiences - from interviews with the late Lee Wulff to travels with maverick guides in Tierra del Fuego. The mission of The Little Red Book of Fly Fishing is to demystify and un-complicate the tricks and tips that make a great trout fisher. There are no complicated physics lessons here. Rather, conceived in the “take dead aim” spirit of Harvey Penick’s classic instructional on golf, The Little Red Book of Fly Fishing offers a simple, digestible primer on the basic elements of fly fishing: the cast, presentation, reading water, and selecting flies.  In the end, this collection of 240 tips is one of the most insightful, plainly spoken, and entertaining works on this sport - one that will serve both novices and experts alike in helping them reflect and hone in their approaches to fly fishing.  The Little Red Book of Fly Fishing is wonderfully narrated by Scott Pollak. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2010 Kirk Deeter and Charlie Meyers (P)2019 Echo Point Books & Media, LLC

Narrator: Scott R. Pollak
Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
Available on Audible
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Countryside Birds

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The British countryside is renowned for its natural beauty and diverse wildlife and any walk, whether it be in woodland, wetland or open country, is always accompanied by the varied songs and calls of our birdlife. This identification guide presents the sounds of 65 species that call the British countryside home, from songbirds such as the Yellowhammer, Skylark and Reed Warbler to game birds such as the Pheasant and Red-legged Partridge and birds of prey such as the Kestrel and Buzzard. Each track includes a spoken introduction giving the name of the species. Track listing: 1. Woodpigeon, Columba palumbus 2. Tawny Owl, Strix aluco 3. Great Spotted Woodpecker, Dendrocopos major 4. Wren, Troglodytes troglodytes 5. Robin, Erithacus rubecula 6. Nightingale, Luscinia megarhynchos 7. Redstart, Phoenicurus phoenicurus 8. Blackbird, Turdus merula 9. Mistle Thrush, Turdus viscivorus 10. Song Thrush, Turdus philomelos 11. Blackcap, Sylvia atricapilla 12. Garden Warbler, Sylvia borin 13. Wood Warbler, Phylloscopus sibilatrix 14. Chiffchaff, Phylloscopus collybita 15. Willow Warbler, Phylloscopus trochilus 16. Goldcrest, Regulus regulus 17. Spotted Flycatcher, Muscicapa striata 18. Blue Tit, Cyanistes caeruleus 19. Great Tit, Parus major 20. Coal Tit, Periparus ater 21. Nuthatch, Sitta europaea 22. Jay, Garrulus glandarius 23. Tree Sparrow, Passer montanus 24. Treecreeper, Certhia familiaris 25. Chaffinch, Fringilla coelebs 26. Greenfinch, Carduelis chloris 27. Siskin, Carduelis spinus 28. Red Grouse, Lagopus lagopus 29. Red-legged Partridge, Alectoris rufa 30. Pheasant, Phasianus colchicus 31. Buzzard, Buteo buteo 32. Curlew, Numenius arquata 33. Collared Dove, Streptopelia decaocto 34. Cuckoo, Cuculus canorus 35. Nightjar, Caprimulgus europaeus 36. Green Woodpecker, Picus viridis 37. Skylark, Alauda arvensis 38. Swallow, Hirundo rustica 39. Meadow Pipit, Anthus pratensis 40. Whinchat, Saxicola rubetra 41. Wheatear, Oenanthe oenanthe 42. Whitethroat, Sylvia communis 43. Magpie, Pica pica 44. Jackdaw, Corvus monedula 45. Rook, Corvus frugilegus 46. Carrion Crow, Corvus corone 47. Starling, Sturnus vulgaris 48. Goldfinch, Carduelis carduelis 49. Linnet, Acanthis cannabina 50. Yellowhammer, Emberiza citronella 51. Corn Bunting, Miliaria calandra 52. Greylag Goose, Anser anser 53. Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos 54. Moorhen, Gallinula chloropus 55. Coot, Fulica atra 56. Oystercatcher, Haematopus Ostralegus 57. Redshank, Tringa tetanus; 58. Lapwing, Vanellus vanellus 59. Snipe, Gallinago gallinago 60. Common Sandpiper, Actitis hypoleucos 61. Black-headed Gull, Larus ridibundus 62. Common Gull, Larus canus 63. Sedge Warbler, Acrocephalus schoenobaenus 64. Reed Warbler, Acrocephalus scirpaceus 65. Reed Bunting, Emberiza schoeniclus

©2009 The British Library Board (P)2009 The British Library Board

Narrator: Cookie Weymouth
Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
Available on Audible
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The Big Year

2 ratings

Summary

A classic in the making - an account of the biggest year in birdwatching history. In the USA, some 50 million people lay claim to being bird-watchers or “birders,” spending billions of dollars on birding-related travel and membership fees every year. A select, and utterly obsessed, few compete in one of the world’s quirkiest contests - the race to spot the most species in North America in a single year. And 1998 wasn’t just a big year. It was the biggest.  The Big Year is Pulitzer Prize-winner Mark Obmascik’s account of what was to become the greatest birding year of all time.  It was freak weather conditions that ensured all previous records were broken, but what becomes clear within the pages of this classic portrait of obsession is that while our feathered friends may be the objective of the Big Year competition, it’s the curious activities and behavioral patterns of the pursuing “homo sapiens” that are the real cause for concern. It is a contest that reveals much of the human character in extremes.  Such are the author’s powers of observation that he brilliantly brings to life and gets under the skin of these extraordinary, eccentric and obsessive birders while empathizing with and eventually succumbing to the all-consuming nature of their obsession. The result is a wonderfully funny, acutely observed classic to rank alongside the best of Bill Bryson. 

©2004 Mark Obmascik (P)2004 Books on Tape, Inc.

Narrator: Del Roy
Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
Available on Audible
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Flock Together

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After stumbling upon a book of photographs depicting extinct animals, B.J. Hollars became fascinated by the creatures that are no longer with us, specifically extinct North American birds. How, he wondered, could we preserve so beautifully on film what we've failed to preserve in life? And so begins his yearlong journey to find out, one that leads him from bogs to art museums, from archives to Christmas Counts, until he at last comes as close to extinct birds as he ever will during a behind-the-scenes visit at the Chicago Field Museum. Heartbroken by the birds we've lost, Hollars takes refuge in those that remain. Armed with binoculars, a field guide, and knowledgeable friends, he begins his transition from budding birder to environmentally conscious citizen, a first step on a longer journey toward understanding the true tragedy of a bird's song silenced forever. Told with charm and wit, Flock Together is a remarkable memoir that shows how knowing the natural world - even just a small part - illuminates what it means to be a global citizen and how only by embracing our ecological responsibilities do we ever become fully human. A moving elegy to birds we've lost, Hollars' exploration of what we can learn from extinct species will resonate in the minds of listeners long beyond the final minute. The book is published by University of Nebraska Press.

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

Narrator: Gerry Burke
Author: B.J. Hollars
Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
Available on Audible
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Deer Hunting for Beginners 2nd Edition

Summary

Deer hunting may be easy to watch for most of the people who are fond of observing the intricacies of the activity. However, this is actually really complicated because of the prolonged preparation and precise execution of techniques that you eventually need to master in the long run. Fortunately, you get to enjoy the learning process for the deer hunting requirements and tricks that you always have to keep in mind through this book. Want the basics and concerns you might want or need to learn to master in the deer hunting field? Want to master the techniques quick and easy? Want to be successful every time you go hunting? Learning to hunt deer using this book can bring you numerous benefits! Most important benefit it can bring you to it as a reference almost anytime that you have to be reminded of some pointers in deer hunting! After all, you are aiming for excellence so you might as well refer to an excellent guide! Start bagging your buck now! The Deer Hunting Tips Covered... Benefits of Deer Hunting Tools and Equipment Basic Hunting Regulations and Definition of Terms Improving your Aim Finalizing your Gear Tracking Deer Bagging Deer How to Hunt Deer Preseason Fitness and Additional Strategies Much, much more!

©2014 Andreas P (P)2015 Andreas P

Narrator:
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Length: 59 mins
Available on Audible
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Miracle in the Andes

9 ratings

Summary

In the first hours there was nothing, no fear or sadness, just a black and perfect silence.   Nando Parrado was unconscious for three days before he woke to discover that the plane carrying his rugby team, as well as their family members and supporters, to an exhibition game in Chile had crashed somewhere deep in the Andes. He soon learned that many were dead or dying - among them his own mother and sister. Those who remained were stranded on a lifeless glacier at nearly 12,000 feet above sea level, with no supplies and no means of summoning help. They struggled to endure freezing temperatures, deadly avalanches, and then the devastating news that the search for them had been called off. As time passed and Nando's thoughts turned increasingly to his father, who he knew must be consumed with grief, Nando resolved that he must get home or die trying. He would challenge the Andes, even though he was certain the effort would kill him, telling himself that even if he failed he would die that much closer to his father. It was a desperate decision, but it was also his only chance. So Nando, an ordinary young man with no disposition for leadership or heroism, led an expedition up the treacherous slopes of a snow-capped mountain and across 45 miles of frozen wilderness in an attempt to find help. Thirty years after the disaster Nando tells his story with remarkable candor and depth of feeling. Miracle in the Andes - a first-person account of the crash and its aftermath - is more than a riveting tale of true-life adventure: it is a revealing look at life at the edge of death and a meditation on the limitless redemptive power of love.

©2006 Nando Parrado (P)2006 Books on Tape

Narrator: Arthur Morey
Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
Available on Audible
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Si-cology 1

1 rating

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You know him from the hit A&E show Duck Dynasty - now you can enjoy Uncle Si's tall tales, crazy exploits, and quirky one-liners in one raucous collection! "These hands are so fast, I can get your wallet before you know it. In a minute, you'll be standing there buck naked and won't know what hit you!" "Look here - if it wasn't for my tripped knee, I'd be playing in the NBA today." "Hey, Jack!" Any of these sound familiar? If they do - or even if they don't - you're in for a good laugh. The brother of patriarch Phil Robertson, Uncle Si has a limitless supply of stories about his childhood, duck hunting adventures, his days in Vietnam, and everything in between. Now the best of those tales are gathered into this roaring collection. Si shares stories of the more than 25 marriage proposals he's received in the mail (some with photos!), how he came to use a green Tupperware cup for his ever-present sweet tea, and how his cigarette smoke made a deer cough (he's since quit smoking). And in many of these never-before-heard tales, Si openly talks about his wife and two children - who are never seen and rarely mentioned on the show. Si's one-liners are sure to please die-hard fans and curious newbies alike. In no time, this smattering of zany stories will have you falling over with laughter and retelling them to all your friends.

©2013 Si Robertson (P)2013 Simon & Schuster

Narrator: Si Robertson
Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
Available on Audible
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The Hidden Lives of Owls

1 rating

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In this New York Times best seller, a naturalist probes the forest to comprehend the secret lives of owls. Leigh Calvez takes listeners on an adventure into the world of owls: owl-watching, avian science, and the deep forest - often in the dead of night. These birds are a bit mysterious, and that's part of what makes them so fascinating. Calvez makes the science entertaining and accessible while exploring the questions about the human-animal connection, owl obsession, habitat, owl calls, social behavior, and mythology.

©2016 Leigh Calvez (P)2017 Tantor

Narrator: Karen White
Author: Leigh Calvez
Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
Available on Audible
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How to Survive Your First Trip in the Wild

Summary

There and back - what every new backpacker needs to know A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single book. How to Survive Your First Trip in the Wild bundles up everything you need to prep for your first-ever backpacking adventure - so you can explore the back country with confidence. Start strong with an essential equipment guide geared toward beginners. Discover how to choose a campsite and follow along with camp setup and breakdown directions. Water treatment info, outdoor cooking basics, snacking suggestions, and a sample three-day backpacking food plan supply you with vital knowledge to survive in the wilderness. This beginners’ backpacking handbook includes: Expert tips: Learn how to “leave no trace,” navigate rough terrain, deal with wildlife, and other practical backpacking advice. Gear checklists: Track down the right gear with guides to clothing, footwear, backpacks, and shelters - even on a budget. Plan ahead: Handy cheat sheets help you pick the best time of year and the perfect starter trail for backpacking in your state. Start your backpacking experience now with How to Survive Your First Trip in the Wild. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2019 Paul Magnanti (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Alex Boyles
Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
Available on Audible
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Beaks, Bones and Bird Songs

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When we see a bird flying from branch to branch happily chirping, it is easy to imagine they lead a simple life of freedom, flight, and feathers. What we don't see is the arduous, life-threatening challenges they face at every moment. Beaks, Bones and Bird Songs guides the listener through the myriad, and often almost miraculous, things that birds do every day to merely stay alive. Like the goldfinch, which manages extreme weather changes by doubling the density of its plumage in winter. Or urban birds, which navigate traffic through a keen understanding of posted speed limits. In engaging and accessible prose, Roger Lederer shares how and why birds use their sensory abilities to see ultraviolet, find food without seeing it, fly thousands of miles without stopping, change their songs in noisy cities, navigate by smell, and much more.

©2016 Roger J. Lederer (P)2017 Tantor

Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
Available on Audible
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DIY Van to RV Conversion Guide: How I Converted My Passenger Van into a Campervan

Summary

In this DIY Van to RV Conversion Guide, I tell you how I converted my passenger van into a campervan. Before we start, let me first put your mind at ease by assuring you that a van-to-RV conversion is not expensive. I did it, and I am here to share the whole process so you can do it, too. If you are like me, then you know and agree that most commercially available conversion vans are ugly - and expensive. I wanted the luxury and comforts of an RV, but in a vehicle that I can easily drive around town. If you are on a limited budget and want to start your new life as a full-time nomad like me, then this is the book for you. Any type of van can be easily and inexpensively converted into a roadworthy and comfortable camper. You can complete the conversion on your own in the comfort of your own backyard with few tools and some basic building knowledge. It’s easy to build the home of your dreams when that home is on wheels! That could be you. Your DIY campervan could take you there. I have just finished my second van-to-RV camper renovation conversion. The first time, I thought I knew what I was doing - but I really didn’t. I didn’t have the help of any sort of guidebook (like you will) when I took on my first project. I thought, “What could go wrong?” Well, I found out what could go wrong! For starters, my girlfriend wasn’t the most comfortable settling into the van. The space wasn’t laid out well, and we were constantly tripping over each other. Not to mention that the first go-around, I didn’t create any sort of cabinetry, but decided to use milk crates to hold all our stuff. In this second try, I took my time documenting the steps and making better choices. I went a little fancier in the finishes and made the van much more livable for what I hope will be a long-term investment. In my book, I will tell you just how to turn your van into the camper of your dreams. I have also included tons of information for first-time van campers for boondocking, packing lists, and do's and don’ts for your amazing road trip. In this book, I will direct you on how to transform a van into a camper from scratch. There are many factors to consider when it comes to developing a DIY campervan. Each aspect of your living must be put in place nicely to ensure that you enjoy your life on the road. Since you will be spending most of your time in an RV, you are looking for space while, at the same time, including as many luxury features as possible. These aspects should be balanced delicately. You will learn: The history of conversion vans What types of vans you can use for your conversion and what each might benefit you How to make sure your van remains roadworthy and street-legal What insurance you might consider How to set a budget (including a look at my conversion budget) What you should do before you start pulling the old carpeting out How to create a layout that will work best for you What tools and materials you’ll need for your conversion Tons of advice for making your life in a van that much easier Comprehensive step-by-step instructional procedures on how to make your van a wonderful home on wheels Be sure to review the table of contents before you buy so you know exactly what you’re getting for your money. I sincerely hope this book helps you achieve your dreams of being a full-time nomad in your own self-made campervan. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 CSBA Publishing (P)2020 CSBA Publishing

Narrator: Craig Kerce
Author: Ronan Harris
Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
Available on Audible
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Seven Steps from Snowdon to Everest

Summary

As he teetered on a narrow rock ledge, a yak's bellow short of the stratosphere, with a rubber mask strapped to his face, a pair of mittens the size of a sea lion's flippers, and a drop of two kilometres below him, it's fair to say Mark Horrell wasn't entirely happy with the situation he found himself in. He had been an ordinary hiker who had only read books about mountaineering. When he signed up for an organized trek in Nepal with a group of elderly ladies, little did he know that ten years later he would be attempting to climb the world's highest mountain. But as he traveled across the Himalayas, Andes, Alps, and East Africa, following in the footsteps of the pioneers, he dreamed up a seven-point plan to gain the skills and experience which could turn a wild idea into reality. Funny, incisive, and heartfelt, his journey provides a refreshingly honest portrait of the joys and torments of a modern-day Everest climber.

©2015, 2020 Mark Horrell (P)2020 Mark Horrell

Narrator: Philip Battley
Author: Mark Horrell
Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
Available on Audible
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Wild Men, Wild Alaska

3 ratings

Summary

In Wild Men, Wild Alaska professional hunting and fishing guide and outfitter Rocky McElveen tells the stories of his own adventures as well as those of some of his well-known clients. The book takes listeners directly into the Alaskan bush, and shares the intense challenges of a majestic wilderness that pushes a man to his limits.

©2006 Rocky McElveen (P)2018 Tantor

Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
Available on Audible
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How to Shoot a Handgun: Handgun Marksmanship Fundamentals for Real Life Situations

Summary

Let’s face it, the world is a dangerous place, and things aren’t getting any better, at best, and may even be getting worse. With all the violence in the world today, it is only natural that you would want to use a handgun for protection.  If you have never used a gun outside of a firing range before, then How to Shoot a Handgun: Handgun Marksmanship Fundamentals for Real Life Situations is the book you have been waiting for. In it you will find everything you need to prepare yourself to shoot a handgun both safely and effectively, not just on the range but in a host of potential real-world scenarios. From the proper self-defense mind-set to techniques for dealing with potential threats in close quarters, this book has it all.  Currently more than 60 percent of all Americans own at least one gun, which means that if you don’t level the playing field, then you could find yourself at a serious disadvantage at a time when it matters most. In a real-world self-defense scenario, you often won’t have the luxury of choosing the perfect setting or shooting at stationary targets, which is why How to Shoot a Handgun: Handgun Marksmanship Fundamentals for Real Life Situations includes plenty of discussion on how to deal with a wide variety of potential dangerous scenarios, including things like dealing with multiple targets at once, connecting with targets that are on the move, and firing effectively at close range.  It takes only one very bad day for your life to change forever, and not in a good way. Don’t be a victim. Do yourself and your loved ones a favor - buy this book today! In this book you will find: The secret behind the perfect hand position for any gun at any time.  A breakdown of all the mistakes that new marksmen make when holding a gun and how to avoid them.  The right stance for any scenario to maximize accuracy and minimize recoil.  The best way to draw a gun to be ready to fire it as quickly as possible.

©2017 Tru Nobilis Publishing (P)2017 Tru Nobilis Publishing

Narrator: Weston Gritt
Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
Available on Audible
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The Beak of the Finch

2 ratings

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Pulitzer Prize, General Nonfiction, 1995 Rosemary and Peter Grant and those assisting them have spent 20 years on Daphne Major, an island in the Galapagos, studying natural selection. They recognize each individual bird on the island, when there are 400 at the time of the author's visit or when there are over a thousand. They have observed about 20 generations of finches - continuously. Jonathan Weiner follows these scientists as they watch Darwin's finches and come up with a new understanding of life itself.

©1995 Jonathan Weiner (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Victor Bevine
Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
Available on Audible
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Edge of the Map

1 rating

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Edge of the Map is equal parts inspiring, dramatic, and heartbreaking. One of America's greatest high altitude mountaineers, Christine Boskoff was at the top of her career when she and her partner perished in an avalanche in 2006. Principled and humble, Boskoff was also a deeply loved role model in the climbing community. Edge of the Map traces the sharp twists and turns in Boskoff's life, from her early years as a Lockheed engineer, through her first successes in the climbing world, to her purchase of Seattle-based Mountain Madness after owner and climber Scott Fischer was lost in the 1996 Everest disaster. Her life was one of constant achievement mixed with personal tragedy.  The story follows Boskoff as she perseveres and moves on to even bigger peaks, earning acclaim as a world-class mountaineer, then later as she finds an alpine partnership with legendary Colorado climber Charlie Fowler.

©2020 Johanna Garton (P)2020 Tantor

Narrator: Emily Durante
Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
Available on Audible
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A Guide to British Farmland Birds

Summary

Join Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss in this absorbing guide to the sounds of our most popular farmland birds, as heard on BBC Radio 4. In the fifth of our series of bird guides, Brett Westwood is joined once again by enthusiastic birdwatcher Stephen Moss, and with the help of recordings made by wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson they present this knowledgeable and entertaining guide to the songs, calls and cries of the birds you may see and hear around Britain’s farmlands.

Packed with useful information and handy tips, each programme focuses on a different habitat, starting with arable fields and birds such as Skylark, Grey Partridge and Lapwing; then winter pasture and birds including Fieldfare and Golden Plover; hedgerow (Yellowhammer and Turtle Dove), copse (Pheasant and Little Owl), and farmyard (Jackdaw and Swallow.)

Their advice on how to recognise birds visually and how to identify them by their sounds will soon enable you to sort out your House Sparrow from your Tree Sparrow, and will appeal to both budding ornithologists and experienced birdwatchers, as well as walkers and ramblers who are curious about the birds they encounter while out and about in the countryside.

©2011 BBC WW (P)2011 AudioGO Ltd

Narrator: uncredited
Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
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Hiking Through

2 ratings

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After Paul Stutzman lost his wife to breast cancer, he sensed a tug on his heart - the call to a challenge, the call to pursue a dream. With a mixture of dread and determination, Paul left his job, traveled to Georgia, and took his first steps on the Appalachian Trail. What he learned during the next four and a half months changed his life and can change yours as well. In Hiking Through, you'll join Paul on his remarkable 2,176-mile trip through 14 states in search of peace and a renewed sense of purpose. Along the way, you'll meet fascinating and funny people, experience trail magic, and discover that every choice we make on the path has consequences for the journey. More than that, you'll come away with a new understanding of God's grace and guidance, even in the smallest things.

©2012 Paul Stutzman (P)2015 Tantor

Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
Available on Audible
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The Nomad En Suite

Summary

The third installment from arguably the ninth most famous Stephen Reynolds in the world.  This time our intrepid explorer hikes the breathtaking 186 miles of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. A stunning and dramatic landscape of soaring rocky clifftops and sprawling white sands. Join him as he encounters a plethora of amazing wildlife from peregrine falcons to razorbills, from seals to wild ponies. Not to mention the dashed impressive bracing vistas and stormy seas, of course.  Marvel at his rudimentary understanding of Mesolithic tool making, share in his wonder at all manner of high-class moustaches, and there’s even the odd mermaid or spaceship thrown in for good measure.

©2019 Stephen Reynolds (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

Narrator: Martin Allanson
Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
Available on Audible
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Take a Hike!: A Long Walk on the Appalachian Trail

1 rating

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Take a Hike! is the story of one man's journey on the 2,167 mile long Appalachian Trail. Tim Hewitt, whose trail name was Paddler, talks about trip planning and preparation and shares with you his daily journal for his six month adventure.     He is joined on the trip by his 13-year-old son David for five weeks in the summer. David's journal and perspective are also included. This book is not intended to be an all-inclusive planning guide for your Appalachian Trail thru-hike, but it does contain information that the author believes will help you to plan and succeed in your own long distance hiking adventure.   Bonus chapters bring you a sample of Tim's creative writing talent as well, as he introduces you to the mythology of the Cherokee Ugalu, and the Penobscot Pamola, two spirit-beasts that haunt the Appalachian Mountains. These short stories are also available in the stand-alone book; Appalachian Trail Myths: The Ugalu & Pamola.

©1998, 1999, 2016, 2018 Tim Hewitt (P)2018 Tim Hewitt

Narrator: Zac Clay
Author: Tim Hewitt
Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
Available on Audible
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Feet and Wheels to Chimborazo

Summary

His cheeks are as tender as raw meat on a butcher's block. And those are just the cheeks of his face. As he slumps in the saddle, watching the road disappear into the distance, he aches in parts of his body that he's only just discovering he has. When Mark travels to Ecuador to go hiking and climbing, he discovers a land of dramatic volcanoes rising through the clouds and wide-open horizons rich in history. But when his partner Edita suggests a return visit, she has a very different adventure in mind: to cycle across the Andes and complete a unique sea-to-summit challenge by climbing the highest mountain starting from sea level. It will be an intrepid world first (or so they think). But there's just one problem: Mark can barely cycle over a road bridge without getting off to push. With a month to train, they rent some bikes and head to Scotland to cycle the North Coast 500. Will this be enough to prepare them for an epic adventure to climb a mountain that in one respect is the highest in the world?

©2019 Mark Horrell (P)2020 Mark Horrell

Narrator: Philip Battley
Author: Mark Horrell
Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
Available on Audible
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Late Migrations

3 ratings

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Selected as a TODAY Show #ReadWithJenna book club pick, Late Migrations is an unusual, captivating portrait of a family - and of the cycles of joy and grief that inscribe human lives within the natural world - from beloved New York Times opinion writer Margaret Renkl. Growing up in Alabama, Renkl was a devoted reader, an explorer of riverbeds and red-dirt roads, and a fiercely loved daughter. Here, in brief essays, she traces a tender and honest portrait of her complicated parents - her exuberant, creative mother; her steady, supportive father - and of the bittersweet moments that accompany a child’s transition to caregiver. And here, braided into the overall narrative, Renkl offers observations on the world surrounding her suburban Nashville home. Ringing with rapture and heartache, these essays convey the dignity of bluebirds and rat snakes, monarch butterflies and native bees. As these two threads haunt and harmonize with each other, Renkl suggests that there is astonishment to be found in common things: in what seems ordinary, in what we all share. For in both worlds - the natural one and our own - “the shadow side of love is always loss, and grief is only love’s own twin.” Gorgeously illustrated by the author’s brother, Billy Renkl, Late Migrations is an assured and memorable debut.

©2019 by Margaret Renkl. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Narrator: Joyce Bean
Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
Available on Audible
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Fly Fishing: 50 Extra Tips to Fish for Salmon and Trout

Summary

Valuable, useful advice, specifically on catching salmon and trout! Specifically about the catching techniques of fly fishing for salmon and trout, this book will be a great addition to what you might already assume about the fishing sport. There is so much in here that it's hard to summarize. Just go ahead and learn more about: Different kinds of salmon and ways to catch them Dealing with the weather when you're fly fishing Skills to master and equipment to use when catching trout Powerful tips on finding trout and the best areas to go to Basic and advanced techniques to take your fly fishing to the next level And much more! You cannot afford to miss this! Figuring all this stuff out on your own could be a killer annoyance. Just make it easier on yourself and take a listen.

©2017 Joe Steender (P)2017 Joe Steender

Narrator: Dave Wright
Author: Joe Steender
Length: 42 mins
Available on Audible
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The Gunning of America

1 rating

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Americans have always loved guns. This special bond was forged during the American Revolution and sanctified by the Second Amendment. It is because of this exceptional relationship that American civilians are more heavily armed than the citizens of any other nation. Or so we're told. In The Gunning of America, historian Pamela Haag overturns this conventional wisdom. American gun culture, she argues, developed not because the gun was exceptional but precisely because it was not: guns proliferated in America because throughout most of the nation's history they were perceived as an unexceptional commodity, no different from buttons or typewriters. Focusing on the history of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company, one of the most iconic arms manufacturers in America, Haag challenges many basic assumptions of how and when America became a gun culture. Under the leadership of Oliver Winchester and his heirs, the company used aggressive, sometimes ingenious sales and marketing techniques to create new markets for their product. Guns have never "sold themselves"; rather, through advertising and innovative distribution campaigns, the gun industry did. Through the meticulous examination of gun-industry archives, Haag challenges the myth of a primal bond between Americans and their firearms. Over the course of its 150-year history, the Winchester Repeating Arms Company sold over eight million guns. But Oliver Winchester - a shirtmaker in his previous career - had no apparent qualms about a life spent arming America. His daughter-in-law, Sarah Winchester, was a different story. Legend holds that Sarah was haunted by what she considered a vast blood fortune and became convinced that the ghosts of rifle victims were haunting her. In this provocative and deeply researched work of narrative history, Haag fundamentally revises the history of arms in America and, in so doing, explodes the clichés that have created and sustained our lethal gun culture.

©2016 Pamela Haag (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Author: Pamela Haag
Length: 16 hrs and 28 mins
Available on Audible
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Limits of the Known

1 rating

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A celebrated mountaineer and author searches for meaning in great adventures and explorations, past and present.  David Roberts, "veteran mountain climber and chronicler of adventures" (Washington Post), has spent his career documenting voyages to the most extreme landscapes on earth. In Limits of the Known, he reflects on humanity's - and his own - relationship to extreme risk. Part memoir and part history, this book tries to make sense of why so many have committed their lives to the desperate pursuit of adventure.  In the wake of his diagnosis with throat cancer, Roberts seeks answers with sharp new urgency. He explores his own lifelong commitment to adventuring as well as the cultural contributions of explorers throughout history: What specific forms of courage and commitment did it take for Fridtjof Nansen to survive an 18 month journey from a record "farthest north" with no supplies and a single rifle during his polar expedition of 1893-96? What compelled Eric Shipton to return, five times, to the ridges of Mt. Everest, plotting the mountain's most treacherous territory years before Hillary and Tenzing's famous ascent? What drove Bill Stone to dive 3,000 feet underground into North America's deepest cave? What motivates the explorers we most admire, who are willing to embark on perilous journeys and push the limits of the human body? And what is the future of adventure in a world we have mapped and trodden from end to end?

©2018 David Roberts (P)2018 Recorded Books

Narrator: David Chandler
Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
Available on Audible
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Camping and Cooking

1 rating

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An Amazon best seller in the camping niche. Everyone has a camping disaster story, and rarely do they have anything to do with wild animals. From forgetting the food to discovering the tent is too small, a myriad of things can go wrong, but with Camping and Cooking: For Beginners, your problems are solved. Beginning with the basics, this handy helper starts with a checklist of what you need for your trip. Choosing the right tent, the right sleeping bag, and learning how to start fires without matches (He's not talking about rubbing two sticks together!) are only a few of the chapters in the book. The best advice is the author's chapter on the top 10 mistakes first-time campers make (and how to avoid them!) - it is invaluable. Download your copy today, before your camping trip, and transform your camping experience into the best memory ever! Here is a preview of what you'll learn.... The basics of camping How to pick the ideal camp site How to choose the right tent How choose the right sleeping bag What additional equipment you cannot live without The cooking equipment you'll need Three easy ways you can start a fire without matches 20 simple camping recipes (including authentic Australian campsite bread) 10 main mistakes most first time campers make, and how to avoid them Much, much more

©2014 Jim Jackson (P)2015 Jim Jackson

Narrator: Troy McElfresh
Author: Jim Jackson
Length: 51 mins
Available on Audible
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The Hard Way Home

1 rating

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A lifelong Alaskan, Steve Kahn moved at the age of nine from the “metropolis” of Anchorage to the foothills of the Chugach Mountains. A childhood of berry picking, fishing, and hunting led to a life as a big-game guide. When he wasn’t guiding in the spring and fall, he worked as a commercial fisherman and earned his pilot’s license, pursuits that took him to the far reaches of the Alaskan wilderness. He lived through some of the most important moments in the state’s history: the 1964 earthquake (the most powerful in US history), the Farewell Burn wildfire, the last king crab season in Kodiak Island waters, the Exxon Valdez oil spill and cleanup, and even the far-reaching effects of the 9/11 attacks.  The essays in The Hard Way Home offer a view of Alaska that is at once introspective and adventurous. Here we find the state’s plants, animals, people, geography, politics, and culture considered from an intimate perspective, yielding hard-earned lessons about conservation, sustainability, and living well. An irrepressible guide, Kahn invites listeners to share his experiences and discoveries and to consider questions about a place, and a life, that are disappearing.  The book is published by University of Nebraska Press. The audiobook is published by University Press Audiobooks. "Alaskan Kahn has written a series of heartfelt, yet understated, essays about life on the Last Frontier that will appeal to nature lovers and thoughtful outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen." (Booklist) "Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, anyone wishing to learn about life in the wilderness, and those interested in Alaska history." (Pacific Northwest Quarterly) "A fine read for anyone who wants to understand Alaska better...highly recommended." (Midwest Book Review)

©2010 Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska (P)2019 Redwood Audiobooks

Narrator: Gary Malhiot
Author: Steve Kahn
Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
Available on Audible
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Everest the Cruel Way

1 rating

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On 30 January, 1981 Joe Tasker and Ade Burgess stood at 24,000 feet on the west ridge of Mount Everest. Below them were their companions, some exhausted, some crippled by illness, all virtually incapacitated. Further progress seemed impossible. Everest the Cruel Way is Joe Tasker's story of an attempt to climb the highest mountain on earth - an attempt which pushed a group of Britain's finest mountaineers to their limits. The goal had been to climb Mount Everest at its hardest: via the infamous west ridge, without supplementary oxygen and in winter. Tasker's epic account vividly describes experiences that no climber had previously endured. Close up and personal, it is a gripping account of day-to-day life on expedition and of the struggle to live at high altitude. Joe Tasker was one of Britain's best mountaineers. He was a pioneer of lightweight, alpine-style climbing in the Greater Ranges, and had a special talent for writing. He died, along with his friend Peter Boardman, high on Everest in 1982 while attempting a new and unclimbed line. Both men were superb mountaineers and talented writers.

©1981 The Estate of Joe Tasker (P)2019 Vertebrate Publishing

Narrator: Stewart Crank
Author: Joe Tasker
Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
Available on Audible
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Bass Fishing

2 ratings

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Two completely different audiobooks about bass fishing—a 2-in-1 combo! Audiobook 1: The author of this guide takes you through the steps and shows you the secrets of bass fishing. Catching a giant bass is a nice accomplishment, and a fun thing to do (something you want to take a picture of and post on the Internet). The pros have the experience. You have the desire to learn. It's time to get educated before you waste your precious time waiting for fish that won't want to be caught. Learn from the best. For example, you will learn: The right equipment to get started. Targeting, luring, and figuring out the best location of the bass fish. Everything about fly-rodding, worms, skipping, and drifting. Taking the weather and the area into account before you set out on a fishing trip. Special techniques that will help you be more successful at catching bass. And much more! Audiobook 2: Do you live in North America? Are you eager to find those big bass fish and are you willing to travel for it? Then get this guide full of tips and locations about where to find those beautiful fish. This guide will give you new insights about several places, among others: The best spots in California, Texas, or Florida to catch bass. Mexican and Canadian reports of bass being caught. Specific tips and tricks about catching bass. Techniques and lures for the ones who want to master catching bass. And much more! Curious yet? Then don't wait—start listening to catch more bass and take a picture with one of those big boys when you succeed. You'll thank me later.

©2017 Joe Steender (P)2017 Joe Steender

Narrator: Dave Wright
Author: Joe Steender
Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
Available on Audible
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The Last Hillwalker

Summary

Short-listed for TGO Magazine Book of the Year  This is an audiobook for everyone who truly loves the mountains and wild places. John Burns takes you on a journey of more than 40 years from the hills of Britain to adventures in the Rocky Mountains of the US and Canada. His love for the Scottish Highlands and his intimate knowledge of their wild glens and distant peaks means that this book will resonate with anyone whose heart lies in Scotland.  Join John Burns in his first faltering steps as a schoolboy in the English Lake District, through climbing adventures in the great ranges of the world, and finally to his return to his beloved Highlands.  This is an audiobook about the people who love mountains and whose journeys among them enrich their lives. It is a story told with humour, humility, and passion, a tale that displays a deeper understanding of what it is to have a relationship with nature.  The Last Hillwalker has become a best-seller among the outdoor community. This audiobook will be enjoyed by everyone from the serious mountaineer to those who simply want to gain a greater insight into our relationship with wild places. 

©2017 John D Burns (P)2018 John D Burns

Narrator: John D Burns
Author: John D Burns
Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
Available on Audible
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No Beast So Fierce

2 ratings

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American Sniper meets Jaws in this gripping, true account of the deadliest animal of all time, the Champawat Tiger - responsible for killing more than 400 humans in Northern India and Nepal in the first decade of the 20th century - and the legendary hunter who finally brought it down. At the turn of the 20th century, in the forested foothills of the Himalayas between India and Nepal, a large Bengal tiger began preying on humans. Between roughly 1900 and 1907, the fearsome beast locals called the Champawat Man-Eater claimed 436 lives. Successfully evading both hunters and soldiers from the Nepalese army and growing bolder with its kills, the tiger - commonly a nocturnal predator - prowled settlements and roadways even in broad daylight. Entire villages were virtually abandoned. Desperate for help, authorities appealed to Jim Corbett, a then-unknown railroad employee of humble origins who had grown up hunting and tracking game through the hills of Kumaon. Like a police detective on the trail of a human killer, Corbett questioned villagers who had encountered the tiger and began tracking its movements in the dense, hilly woodlands - while the animal began to hunt Corbett in return. When the big cat attacked a teenager and dragged her away, he followed the blood trail deep into the forest - a harrowing, dramatic chase that would ultimately end the man-eater’s long reign of terror and turn the young Corbett into a living legend. In this rip-roaring adventure and compelling natural history, Dane Huckelbridge recreates one of the great adventure stories of the 20th century, bringing into focus a principled, disciplined soldier, hunter, and conservationist - who would later earn fame for his devotion to saving the Bengal tiger and its habitat - and the beautiful, terrifying animal he patiently pursued. Written with the thrilling immediacy of John Vaillant’s The Tiger, Susan Casey’s The Devil’s Teeth, and Nate Blakeslee’s American Wolf, No Beast so Fierce is an enthralling depiction of a classic battle between man and animal, human encroachment and wild nature that resonates today.

©2019 Dane Huckelbridge (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Corey Snow
Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
Available on Audible
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Just off for a Walk

1 rating

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What happens when a 37-year-old office worker, who exercises marginally less than the average cheese sandwich, decides to walk 630 miles of challenging coastline in one go? Will he go on an epic voyage of self-discovery...or just get really knackered? Find out the answers to these important questions, and many more, by joining him on a grand adventure that takes in 26,719 steps, 921 stiles, 302 bridges, 91,000 feet of climbing and descending, one seal, zero basking sharks, lots of chips and one overweight, oversize backpack.

©2017 Stephen Reynolds (P)2018 W. F. Howes Ltd

Narrator: Geoff Cummings
Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
Available on Audible
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Fishing Mastery Guide, 2nd Edition

Summary

A great fishing guide! Download today and master all kinds of fishing! Every year more and more fishing enthusiasts embark on the practice of fly fishing to help them acquire more game fish. While some of these people simply want to do this for fun, others are competitive enough to take part in fly fishing competitions. If you just want to fly fish, troll, or cast, this is the golden guide for you! At first everything will be truly difficult for you until such time that you come to master all the essential techniques that you will need to use out there, which are offered in this book. Let Fishing Mastery help you get through that tricky period more easily than you imagine by supplying you with the most important pieces of information that you will need to emerge successful in the various techniques of fishing. Download your copy today and start catching what you fish for! Fishing mastery topics covered: Fly fishing background Things to remember Essential equipment Casting techniques Trolling Fly fishing knot basics Guide to spey casting The fly fishing experience Much, much more! Reel in your next fish by downloading your Fishing Mastery Guide right now!

©2014 Andreas P (P)2015 Andreas P

Author: Andreas P.
Length: 1 hr and 1 min
Available on Audible
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Gifts of the Crow

5 ratings

Summary

New research indicates that crows are among the brightest animals in the world. And professor of Wildlife Science at the University of Washington John Marzluff has done some of the most extraordinary research on crows, which has been featured in the New York Times, National Geographic, and the Chicago Tribune, as well as on NPR and PBS. Now he teams up with artist and fellow naturalist Tony Angell to offer an in-depth look at these incredible creatures - in a book that is brimming with surprises. Redefining the notion of “bird brain,” crows and ravens are often called feathered apes because of their clever tool-making and their ability to respond to environmental challenges, including those posed by humans. Indeed, their long lives, social habits, and large complex brains allow them to observe and learn from us and our social gatherings. Their marvelous brains allow crows to think, plan, and reconsider their actions. In these and other enthralling revelations, Marzluff and Angell portray creatures that are nothing short of amazing: They play, bestow gifts on people who help or feed them, use cars as nutcrackers, seek revenge on animals that harass them, are tricksters that lure birds to their deaths, and dream. The authors marvel at crows' behavior that we humans would find strangely familiar, from delinquency and risk-taking to passion and frolic. A testament to years of painstaking research, this riveting work is a thrilling look at one of nature's most wondrous creatures.

©2012 John Marzluff and Tony Angell (P)2012 Tantor

Narrator: Danny Campbell
Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
Available on Audible
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Savage Arena

1 rating

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Joe Tasker lies, struck down by illness, in a damp, bug-infested room in the Himalaya, wondering if he will be well enough to climb Dunagiri, his first venture to the "big" mountains. One of Britain’s foremost mountaineers and a pioneer of lightweight climbing, he is about to attempt one of the first true "Alpine-style" climbs in the Greater Ranges. The Dunagiri attempt forms part of Tasker’s striking tale of adventure in the savage arena of the mountains. A superb writer, he vividly describes the first British winter ascent of the North Face of the Eiger, the first ascent of the West Wall of Changabang - considered a "preposterous" plan by the climbing world - and his two unsuccessful attempts on K2, the second highest mountain on Earth. Savage Arena is both moving and exciting, an inspirational tale of the adventuring spirit which follows its own path, endlessly seeking new challenges, climbs and difficulties to overcome. It is not reaching the summit which counts, it is the journey to it. It is also a story of the stresses and strains of living for long periods in constant anxiety, often with only one other person, and of the close and vital human relationships which spring from those circumstances.

©1982 The Estate of Joe Tasker (P)2019 Vertebrate Publishing

Narrator: Stewart Crank
Author: Joe Tasker
Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
Available on Audible
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To See Every Bird on Earth

1 rating

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From well-known nature and adventure writer Dan Koeppel, whose work has appeared in Audubon and National Geographic Adventure, comes this true story of one bird watcher's incredible achievements. When the author's father Richard was 11 years old, he spotted a Brown Thrasher, and his fascination with birds began. Now a "Big Lister", Richard is one of only 10 or so people to have recorded more than 7,000 species in his notebook. This is the remarkable chronicle of his travels across the globe in pursuit of his fixation. It is also a thoughtful examination of the natural world and a touching father/son story. To See Every Bird gets to the very core of a pastime that is a hobby for millions, and nothing less than an obsession for some.

©2005 Dan Koeppel (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC

Narrator: John McDonough
Author: Dan Koeppel
Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
Available on Audible
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The Tent, The Bucket and Me

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For the '70s child, summer holidays didn't mean the joy of CentreParcs or the sophistication of a Tuscan villa. They meant being crammed into a car with Grandma and heading to the coast. With just a tent for a home and a bucket for the necessities, we would set off on new adventures each year stoically resolving to enjoy ourselves. For Emma Kennedy, and her mum and dad, disaster always came along for the ride no matter where they went. Whether it was being swept away by a force 10 gale on the Welsh coast or suffering copious amounts of food poisoning on a brave trip to the south of France, family holidays always left them battered and bruised. But they never gave up. Emma's memoir, The Tent, The Bucket and Me, is a painfully funny reminder of just what it was like to spend your summer holidays cold, damp but with sand between your toes.

©2009 Emma Kennedy (P)2010 Magna Story Sound, Random House Audiobooks

Narrator: Emma Kennedy
Author: Emma Kennedy
Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
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Camp Girls

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New York Times best-selling author Iris Krasnow reflects with humor and heart on her summer camp experiences and the lessons she and her fellow campers learned there that have stayed with them throughout their lives. Iris Krasnow was eight years old when she first attended sleepaway camp, building lasting friendships and essential life skills amid the towering pine trees and open skies of Wisconsin. Decades later, she returned to Camp Agawak as a staff member to help resurrect Agalog, the camp's defunct magazine that she wrote for as a child. There, she revisits the activities she loved as a young girl: singing songs around a campfire, swimming in a pristine lake, sleeping under the stars - experiences that continue to fill her with wisdom and perspective.  A nostalgic, inspiring memoir with a universal message on the importance of long-term friendship for campers and non-campers alike, Camp Girls weaves between past and present in delicious detail with cabin pranks, canoe trips in rainstorms, and the joy of finding both your independence and your interdependence in nature alongside your peers. Through rich storytelling, Iris shares her own and other campers' adventures and the lessons from childhood that can shape fulfilling and successful adulthoods. Ultimately, Iris powerfully demonstrates that camp is more than a place or a collection of activities: It's where we learn what it means to be human and what it feels like to truly belong to a family - not of blood, but of history, loyalty, and tradition.

©2020 Iris Krasnow (P)2020 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Carol Jacobanis
Author: Iris Krasnow
Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
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Fly Fishing

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All 100 tips you need to be more effective at fly fishing! Book one: These simple but effective tips will lay the foundation for your trout, salmon, or other fly fishing activities. You'll find helpful information, direct explanations and conclusions, and the main basics to get started. Among others, you will learn about: Washing and storing your line Equipment tactics, interesting facts, and insider's comments Three types of reeling and the most efficient ways to choose bait for the fish Casting techniques, preparing for storms, and advice on choosing the right kind of rod Remarks about wading, studying the prey, and avoiding snags And much more! Book two: Specifically aimed at the catching techniques of fly fishing for salmon and trout, this book will be a great addition to what you might already assume about the fishing sport. There is so much in here that it's hard to summarize. Just go ahead and learn more about: Different kinds of salmon and ways to catch them Dealing with the weather when you're fly fishing Skills to master and equipment to use when catching trout Powerful tips on finding trout and the best areas to go to Basic and advanced techniques to take your fly fishing to the next level And much more! You cannot afford to miss this! Saving yourself the trouble of figuring all this stuff out on your own could be a killer annoyance. Just make it easier on yourself and take a listen. I will see you in the first chapter!

©2017 Joe Steender (P)2017 Joe Steender

Narrator: Dave Wright
Author: Joe Steender
Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
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Boat Tales

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Whether he's chasing sailfish in Panama or hunting dove and quail deep in Mexico, Gordon England pursues outdoor sports with a passion for the biggest and best. In this collection he catches huge dolphin in the Exumas, races motocross through woods both on and off the trails, hunts ducks in brutal Texas snow and ice, hooks hopelessly large blue marlin in Nassau, and gets lost at sea in a monstrous Gulf of Mexico storm. Gordon's adventures often take place on Boat Tales, a 21-foot Aquasport, based in Nassau, Bahamas. His love of the ocean is captured in his travels across Florida's Gulf Stream, to Abaco's fabled Hole in the Wall, to remote islands of the Exumas, and from Abaco to Eluthera to Nassau in the dead of the night across miles of coral reefs at low tide. These tales will capture your imagination, vicariously take you to exotic lands, and entertain you with Gordon's true-life escapades. Boat Tales is a collection of ten true to life adventures drawn from Gordon England's outdoor lifestyle and nautical journeys.

©2010 Gordon England (P)2013 Gordon England

Narrator: Stuart Mapes
Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
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Astream

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Jim Harrison, Pam Houston, Ted Leeson, Nick Lyons, Thomas McGuane, and more, share stories of fly fishing and life on the river. This marvelous collection features stories from some of America’s finest and most respected writers about one of the world’s most solitary and satisfying sports: fly fishing. For the first time, the stories of thirty-one acclaimed writers including Kim Barnes, Walter Bennett, Russell Chatham, Guy de la Valdne, Robert DeMott, Chris Dombrowski, Ron Ellis, Jim Fergus, Kate Fox, Charles Gaines, Bruce Guernsey, Jim Harrison, Pam Houston, Michael Keaton, Greg Keeler, Sydney Lea, Ted Leeson, Nick Lyons, Craig Mathews, Thomas McGuane, Joseph Monninger, Howard Frank Mosher, Jake Mosher, Craig Nova, Margot Page, Datus Proper, Le Anne Schreiber, Paul Schullery, W. D. Wetherell, and Robert Wrigley come together in one collection. Fly fishers and non-fly fishers alike will recognize in these poignant tales the universal aspects of the appreciation of nature, the necessity of conservation, and the joy and knowledge that come from time spent on fresh and salt water. This is a delightful, handsome volume that captures the allure and spirit of fly fishing and those that love it.

©2012 Robert DeMott (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Brian Morris
Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
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Hiking Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine

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It was 1994, on my 23rd birthday, when my father gave me an envelope which I figured would be a gift certificate for something outdoors or even a golf club coupon. But to my surprise, it was an airline ticket to Atlanta! I was utterly confused. But that confusion soon turned into huge excitement when he said, "We are going to hike the Appalachian Trail in less than 50 days. Get ready son." I was excited, and I asked him why he hadn't ever hiked this trail. He said he'd always had the dream of hiking it with me. In his words, "I saved the best for you." That was a trip I will never forget. I think to date that is one of most fun and adventurous things I have ever done. We were able to finish it in 49 days, too. We both were very proud of each other. Soon after that trip, my dad was diagnosed with a severe case of arthritis. Even though the doctors said it was not because of that trip, they think it was too many hiking trips through many rough and rugged terrains that contributed to his condition. When I originally had the idea to write a guidebook on how to hike on the great Appalachian Trail, at first, I thought I should just write it like a journal of what we did. But then my father told me that might not help every listener. He suggested that I should write it like a guidebook that can help anyone from a beginner to an advanced hiker. This way we cover a broad range of hikers. So this book is not about my hiking trips, but yours. My main focus in this book is to get you familiarized with the trail and get you prepared for it. This book is truly a guidebook which is divided into two parts where I start off with some basic facts and information about the great Appalachian Trail, then give my listeners a clear overview of the trail in every region and state it crosses. Next, I talk about how to get started hiking the Appalachian Trail, along with all the different options like a day hike, multi-day hike, and through hike. Next, I spoke about what to expect on the trail, what kind of help and support is out there, how weather can affect your hiking, and what wild animals you have to be aware of. Then I discuss how you can find sanitation, restrooms, showers, etc. on the trail, and how to deal with various illnesses while on the trail. Next up is how you should pack, what gear you need, how to plan a through-hike, and how to actually get started on this amazing trip. In the second part of the book, I share how to hike each section day by day and what you can expect, what you need to be looking for, and what you need to be aware of on each section of your hike. After hiking through the great Appalachian Trail twice, I can assure you it can be done. No, it is not a monumental task, but yes, it will take effort and a strong willingness to go through with it. I know if I could do it, anyone can.

©2017 Valencia Publishing House (P)2017 Valencia Publishing House

Narrator: Aaron Hay
Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
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The Ledge

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On June 21, 1992, two best friends summited Mount Rainier. Within hours, their exquisite accomplishment would be overshadowed by tragedy. On their descent, Jim Davidson fell through an ice bridge on Rainier's northeast flank, plunging eighty feet into a narrow crevasse inside the Emmons Glacier and dragging Mike Price in after him. Mike fell to his death; Jim, badly injured and armed with minimal gear, faced an almost impossible climb back out of the crevasse, up a nearly vertical ice wall. Mourning his friend's death, he miraculously climbed out of the crevasse and lived to relate his experiences. Told in parallel narratives of the tragedy and the climbers' lives, The Ledge is both a riveting, wrenching story and an inspirational adventure tale.

©2011 Jim Davidson and Kevin Vaughan (P)2011 Tantor

Narrator: Jim Davidson
Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
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Fishless Days, Angling Nights

Summary

This virtual treasure trove of amusing anecdotes, profound insights, and recollections of fly fishing and camping moments too marvelous (and sometimes too frustrating) to forget resurfaces for its 40th anniversary. Sparse Grey Hackle’s classic is a mixture of sentiment and hilarity. This 40th anniversary edition - complete with a new introduction by the author’s longtime friend, editor, and fellow fisherman, Nick Lyons - is sure to be a favorite of the next generation of fly fishermen and women.

©1971, 2011 Alfred W. Miller (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Peter Johnson
Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
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A Guide to British Woodland Birds

Summary

Join presenter Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss in this fascinating guide to the songs of our most popular woodland birds, as heard on BBC Radio 4.

Woods and forests are full of birds, and although you might not immediately see them you will certainly hear them. This practical and informative audio guide, recorded in springtime in the Forest of Dean, will help you to recognise the birds you see - and those you only hear - when you're walking in one of Britain's beautiful woodlands.

Each of the programmes focuses on a different group of birds, starting with the pretty Nuthatch and the brightly coloured Woodpeckers, small birds and wonderful songbirds like the Black Cap, the Garden Warbler and the elusive Nightingale. Then there are the specialists, who need coniferous planting to thrive - the Siskin, Gold crest, Coal Tit and the more exotic Crossbill. Finally, the big ones, Sparrow hawks, Jays, Jackdaws and Owls.

Whether you're a novice or an experienced birdwatcher, this series will help you to tell the Chiffchaff from the Willow Warbler, the Redstart from the Pied Flycatcher and to enjoy the astonishing variety of bird life in British woodlands.

©2009 BBC Audiobooks Ltd (P)2009 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

Author: Stephen Moss
Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
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Songs of Western Birds

Summary

Noted ornithologist's outstanding field recordings of songs and calls. This set covers 60 birds with several recordings for each.

©1984 Dover Publications (P)2013 Dover Publications

Narrator: uncredited
Length: 52 mins
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British Bird Sounds

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A total of 175 species are heard on this download, ranging from the familiar tawny owl to the very rare call of the bittern.   The authoritative guide to all British birds likely to be encountered by the average birdwatcher and the ideal gift for anyone wishing to learn the sounds of the great variety of birds that can be seen and heard throughout the seasons. A perennial best seller. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio on our desktop site.

©2000 The British Library Board (P)2000 The British Library Board

Narrator: uncredited
Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
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Every Day Was Special

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A collection of fishing stories from acclaimed novelist and outdoorsman William G. Tapply. "It’s been a lifelong, ever-expanding journey, with many big fish and faraway waters and dramatic moments...and yet I don’t think any of those moments or any of those places or fish has thrilled me any more than seeing the twitch of my line where it entered the muddy waters of my backyard pond....” In this collection of fishing stories from acclaimed novelist and outdoor writer William G. Tapply, the natural appeal of fishing comes to life. Each story in Every Day Was Special was previously published in Tapply’s back-page column, “Reading the Currents” in American Angler, or in Gray’s Sporting Journal, or in Field & Stream. From "Dam It" to "First Light" to "When Trout Get Antsy", these thirty re-readable pieces are unique in their own ways, and yet, all are classic Tapply. These writings serve as testament to the thrill of fishing, the inimitable energy of casting at daybreak, and the innocence of streamside summers.

©2010 The estate of William G. Tapply, Foreword copyright © 2010 by Nick Lyons (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Dennis Holland
Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
Available on Audible
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Strangers in the Storm

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When strangers Jared Rund and Diane McKenney met on Mount Rainier in Washington state, neither of them knew where the next few days on one of the most dangerous peaks in North America would lead them. Caught in a blizzard and detached from the rest of their party, the two are forced to spend a bewildering and frightening night high on the 14,411-foot peak with nothing to save them except their own will and preparation.  But sometimes, it is the toughest of times that lead to the best. And for Jared and Diane, if a mountain blizzard couldn't stop them, then nothing would.  Hear this amazing story of survival against the odds and of a love that couldn't be overcome by a deadly storm or the 1,000 miles that would later separate them.

©2018 Jared Rund & Diane McKenney (P)2019 Jared Rund & Diane McKenney

Narrator: J. Arquin
Length: 4 hrs
Available on Audible
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The Man-Eaters of Tsavo, and Other East African Adventures

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In 1898, the British were building a railway line between Mombasa in Kenya and Uganda. At the Tsavo River in Kenya where a bridge needed to be built, the project was suddenly interrupted by two man-eating lions that targeted the camps of the workers. Over a period of about nine months, the lions killed scores of people.  These lions were deliberately hunting people, preferring humans over any other prey, and they seemed to have supernatural abilities in evading all attempts to stop them. Colonel J.H. Patterson, the chief engineer in charge of the project, finally managed to eliminate them. "The Man-Eaters of Tsavo" is his riveting account of the events, in the first part of the book. The rest of the work describes various hunting expeditions in East Africa. The story of the man-eating lions has been adapted to film three times, the most recent being The Ghost and the Darkness of 1996.

Public Domain (P)2020 Museum Audiobooks

Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
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Biking the Vermont Ski Summits

Summary

Endurance athlete Heather Mason takes her bike on the official 20 Vermont Ski Slopes in a self-recounted first-recorded world-record summit attempt. An accomplished athlete; listen along as she describes firsthand the 62 hours that unfolded in late September 2020. With only three hours per mountain and a drive around the entire state of Vermont, this is a must-hear tale of a journey for anyone who has ever thought about pushing their physical extremes. Summiting 12 of the mountains, riding to the top of the best bike trails at three, and exploring the five that remained Heather will not only leave you feeling part of the journey but ready to go after your own.

©2020 Heather Mason (P)2021 Heather Mason

Narrator: Julia Garlotte
Length: 56 mins
Available on Audible
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Wesley the Owl

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Written with the same heartwarming sentiment that made the memoir Marley & Me a runaway best seller, biologist and owl expert Stacey O'Brien chronicles her rescue of an adorable, abandoned baby barn owl - and their astonishing and unprecedented 19-year life together.

©2008 Stacey O'Brien (P)2008 Tantor

Narrator: Renee Raudman
Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
Available on Audible
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Definitive Guide to Bass Fishing

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This books covers all things bass fishing for beginners. Bass fishing is actually more than just a hobby nowadays. Bass (specifically the black bass) is the most popular type of game fish in the US today. Of course, there are a number of different bass species that people generally just call "bass" or even "black bass". Examples of which include Guadalupe bass, Kentucky bass, spotted bass, small mouth bass, and largemouth bass. I’ll provide comprehensive bass fish information in the guide. Bass is fished as a form of recreation simply because they fight back. They’re pretty strong and you get to feel that first hand when you have them on your line. Some people get into bass fishing for recreation, while others are in it for the sport. You can even call it a hobby, considering that you really have to purchase proper equipment. This species is pretty difficult to catch if you are ill equipped and if you do not have the right skills. Listen to this book for more bass fishing for beginners tips that you won’t find in other bass fishing books.

©2017 Jude Enterprises (P)2017 Jude Enterprises

Narrator: Gene Tognacci
Author: Fred Roberts
Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
Available on Audible
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Mastery of Re-curve Bow Shooting

Summary

Are you a beginner or a novice in shooting a re-curve bow? Are you are looking for the best ways or techniques to learn how to shoot a re-curve bow? Have you started learning the re-curve bow but you're still having some challenges with learning it effectively? Are you having the feeling that you can never learn and master how to shoot a re-curve bow effectively because other methods have failed?  Then, you do not need to worry about that. The solution you have been waiting for is now right in front of you!  Essentially, this guide is meant as a very simple but detailed introduction as well as a guide on how to shoot a re-curve bow. Moreover, the goal of this guide is to give you a basic step-by-step direction so that you don’t end up scratching your head when you get your first re-curve bow and attempt to shoot it or learn it.  Most importantly, when the procedures in this audiobook are carefully and efficiently followed, you will definitely end up shooting like a pro with precision plus accuracy that will beat your imagination!  These and many more are carefully and amazingly considered in this guide. Scroll up and click the "buy now" button. You will be glad you did!

©2019 Kenny B.A. Hardwood (P)2019 Kenny B.A. Hardwood

Length: 21 mins
Available on Audible
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England, Our England

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An anthology and miscellany of everything an Englishman should know: from Austen to Wordsworth, Jerusalem to the Scout's Honour, Kings and Queens of England to Land of Hope and Glory, Savile Row tailors to Jermyn St shirt makers, tying a Windsor knot to making a pot of tea, Victoria sponge to fish pie and the rules of cricket to Gilbert and Sullivan operas.

©2007 Alan Titchmarsh (P)2007 Hodder and Stoughton Audiobooks

Narrator: Alan Titchmarsh
Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
Available on Audible
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The Wren

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The wren is a paradox of a bird. On the one hand wrens are ubiquitous. They are Britain’s most common bird, with 8.5 million breeding pairs and have by far the loudest song in proportion to their size.  They also thrive up and down Britain and Ireland: from the smallest city garden to remote offshore islands.   Yet many people are not sure if they have ever seen a wren. Perhaps because the wren is so tiny, and so busy, always on the move.  However, if we cast our eyes back to recent history wrens were a mainstay of literary, cultural and popular history. The wren was on postage stamps and the farthing, it featured in nursery rhymes and greetings cards.

©2018 Stephen Moss (P)2021 Isis Publishing Ltd

Narrator: Stephen Moss
Author: Stephen Moss
Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
Available on Audible
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In That Sweet Country

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A moving collection of fishing stories by one of America’s legendary outdoor writers. Throughout his career, Harry Middleton contributed hundreds of stories, essays, and book reviews to some of the most respected periodicals, including the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Gray’s Sporting Journal, Field & Stream, Country Journal, Smithsonian, and Sierra, among others. When he died in 1993, Middleton left behind a legacy rich with mountain streams, wild trout, and fishermen’s dreams. In That Sweet Country is a fresh, exhilarating collection of a renowned fishing writer’s previously published works. A recognized name in outdoor writing, Middleton brings us inspiring selections such as “An Angler’s Lament” from Southern Living (1987),“Spring on the Miramichi” from The Flyfisher (1991), “A Haunting Obsession with Brown Trout” from the New York Times (1992), and many more. Listeners who have loved Middleton’s work will cherish this compilation, while novice fishermen will gain a view of the world as Middleton saw it: “There are so few left, so few who believe the earth is enough.”

©2010 Marcy Middleton. Introduction copyright 2010 by Ron Ellis (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Bill Dewees
Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
Available on Audible
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Bushcraft: The Ultimate Bushcraft 101 Guide to Survive in the Wilderness like a Pro

Summary

In a contest of survival between the strongest of men and the smartest intellectual, it is the one who is most adaptable to change who will win. Strength and IQ may affect the overall results of bushcraft practice, but they are not the prime requirements for its success. If man is willing to venture into the woods and take whatever he finds to his advantage, to read nature instead of manipulate it, then his journey shall become a success. Wilderness Survival versus Bushcraft Although similar in nature, wilderness survival and bushcraft are two distinct genres. The confusion often arises from their overlapping characteristics, which involve ways of surviving in the wild. The main distinction between the two is the amount of time spent in the backwoods. Wilderness survival utilizes short-term survival tactics where the main goal is to escape the woods ASAP (survivors usually take an average of 72 hours to escape). Bushcraft, on the other hand, involves a complete immersion in the natural environment; it is a long-term stay.

©2015 Yap Kee Chong (P)2015 Yap Kee Chong

Narrator: Alex Foertsch
Length: 54 mins
Available on Audible
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Common Bird Songs

Summary

The songs and calls of 60 different, widely distributed birds of the United States and Canada reproduced in a 50-minute recording.

©1984 Dover Publications (P)2013 Dover Publications

Narrator: uncredited
Length: 46 mins
Available on Audible
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Blind Descent

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Former Navy Air Rescue swimmer Brian Dickinson was roughly 1,000 feet from the summit of Mount Everest, also known as "the death zone", when his Sherpa became ill and had to turn back, leaving Brian with a difficult decision: Should he continue to push for the summit or head back down the mountain? After carefully weighing the options, Brian decided to continue toward the summit, alone. Four hours later, Brian solo summited the highest peak in the world. But the celebration was short lived. After taking a few pictures, Brian radioed his team to let them know he had summited safely and began his descent. Suddenly, his vision became blurry, his eyes started to burn, and within seconds, he was rendered almost completely blind. All alone at 29,035 feet, low on oxygen, and stricken with snow blindness, Brian was forced to inch his way back down the mountain relying only on his Navy survival training, instincts, and faith. In Blind Descent, Brian recounts his extraordinary experience on Mount Everest, demonstrating that no matter how dire our circumstances, there is no challenge too big for God.

©2014 Brian Dickinson (P)2016 Brian Dickinson

Narrator: Adam Verner
Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
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A Guide to British Coastal Birds and Their Sounds

Summary

Join Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss in this fascinating guide to the sounds of our most popular coastal birds, as heard on BBC Radio 4.

In the fourth of our series of bird guides, Brett Westwood is joined by keen birdwatcher Stephen Moss on the north coast of Devon, and with the help of wildlife sound records Chris Watson they offer a practical and entertaining guide to identifying many of the birds you’re likely to see and hear around Britain’s coastline.

Each programme focuses on a different habitat, starting with estuaries and birds such as Redshank, Dunlin, Curlew and Knot, then sandy shores and birds including Common and Sandwich Tern; rocky shores (Rock Pipit, Turnstone), sea cliffs (Fulmar, Guillemot, Razorbill), and offshore islands (Puffin, Manx Shearwater and Arctic Tern). Listen to advice on how to recognise birds visually and how to identify them from their calls and songs. After all, often you’re more likely to hear a bird than see it!

©2011 Stephen Moss (P)2011 AudioGO Ltd

Narrator: Brett Westwood
Author: Stephen Moss
Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
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North on the Wing

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In late March 2015, ornithologist Bruce M. Beehler set off on a solo three-month trek to track songbird migration and the northward progress of spring through America. Traveling via car, canoe, bike, and on foot, Beehler followed woodland warblers and other neotropical songbird species from the southern border of Texas, where the birds first arrive after their winter sojourns in South America and the Caribbean, northward through the Mississippi drainage to its headwaters in Minnesota and onward to their nesting grounds in the north woods of Ontario. In North on the Wing, Beehler describes both the epic migration of songbirds across the country and the gradual dawning of springtime through the US heartland - the blossoming of wildflowers, the chorusing of frogs, the leafing out of forest canopies - and also tells the stories of the people and institutions dedicated to studying and conserving the critical habitats and processes of spring songbird migration. Inspired in part by Edwin Way Teale's landmark 1951 book North with the Spring, this audiobook - part travelogue, part field journal, and part environmental and cultural history - is a fascinating first-hand account of a once-in-a-lifetime journey. It engages listeners in the wonders of spring migration and serves as a call for the need to conserve, restore, and expand bird habitats to preserve them for future generations of both birds and humans.

©2018 Bruce M. Beehler (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
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Coastal Birds: An Audio Guide to Bird Sounds of the British Coastline

Summary

Learn how to identify the voices of 50 coastal birds with this fascinating audio guide from the British Library. Species that are regularly found along the shores of the British Isles have been selected and include a range of seabirds, waders, wildfowl, and even a couple of songbirds. Some species such as the Oystercatcher and Ringed Plover are permanent residents on the British coastline and can been seen throughout the year. Others, such as the Puffin, Storm Petrel, and Arctic Tern only return to these shores for a limited time in order to breed. For certain species such as the Knot and Turnstone, British waters offer a safe haven in which they can see out the winter before heading back to more northerly nesting grounds in the spring. Coastal Birds presents a comprehensive collection of vocalisations that can be used during any visit to the coast. We hope that being able to identify these birds by voice will add to your enjoyment of the beautiful British coastline and the wide variety of species that can be seen and heard there. Each track includes an announcement giving the name of the species. Track listing: 1. Barnacle Goose 2. Brent Goose 3. Shelduck 4. Wigeon 5. Eider 6. Teal 7. Long-tailed Duck 8. Fulmar 9. Gannet 10. Manx Shearwater 11. Storm Petrel 12. Leach’s Petrel 13. Cormorant 14. Shag 15. Oystercatcher 16. Avocet 17. Ringed Plover 18. Grey Plover 19. Knot 20. Sanderling 21. Purple Sandpiper 22. Dunlin 23. Turnstone 24. Black-tailed Godwit 25. Bar-tailed Godwit 26. Whimbrel 27. Curlew 28. Spotted Redshank 29. Greenshank 30. Redshank 31. Great Skua 32. Arctic Skua 33. Kittiwake 34. Great Black-backed Gull 35. Lesser black-backed Gull 36. Herring Gull 37. Common Gull 38. Black-headed Gull 39. Common Tern 40. Arctic Tern 41. Sandwich Tern 42. Roseate Tern 43. Little Tern 44. Guillemot 45. Razorbill 46. Black Guillemot 47. Puffin 48. Chough 49. Rock Pipit 50. Stonechat

©2009 The British Library Board (P)2009 The British Library Board

Narrator: Cookie Weymouth
Length: 47 mins
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The Canadian Rockies: Waterton Lakes National Park

Summary

Waterton Lakes National Park is a place "where the mountains meet the prairie," a unique juxtaposition of prairie flatlands and some of the most ancient mountains in the Canadian Rockies. Protecting 203 square miles in the southwest corner of Alberta, the park is bordered by British Columbia on the west, Montana to the south and to the north and east by forest and private lands. A World Heritage Site, Waterton Lakes National Park and Montana's Glacier National Park are designated as the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, a symbol of peace and goodwill between Canada and the United States and a partnership of shared resources. The author grew up in the Canadian Rockies and has been exploring them since she was a child. The Canadian Rockies are one of the world's most popular tourist destinations, with four million visitors annually. Easily accessible adventures include walking, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, boating, horseback riding, skiing and wildlife viewing - with some of the most spectacular animals in North America. Where else can you spend the morning hiking through spectacular wilderness and by afternoon enjoy high tea in one of the grand hotels? The guide is filled with inside information on how to avoid the tourist traps and where to find the special places off the beaten path that the tourists don't know about; the most worthwhile outdoor adventures and indoor activities; the hotels and restaurants at all price levels that are the very best; plus tips on places to avoid. Each chapter covers transportation to and around the park, where to stay and eat, attractions and shopping, plus adventures, from drives to day hikes, rafting to cycling. Competing guides focus on the standard tourist sites (where the crowds can ruin your experience), while we take you to the lesser-known spots (restaurants, lodges, hiking paths), which are often more rewarding.

©2012 Hunter Publishing, Inc. (P)2014 Hunter Publishing, Inc.

Narrator: Sandy Vernon
Length: 3 hrs and 26 mins
Available on Audible
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Walk Sleep Repeat

Summary

The continued musings of a hapless wanderer. Younger than Bill Bryson, smaller than Levison Wood, and hairier than Julia Bradbury. In his latest adventure, our bumbling yet affable narrator walks the 100 miles of the stunning and dramatic West Highland Way. Join him on a memorable hike that takes in all the splendour of the Scottish Highlands. With grand imposing scenery and beautiful shimmering lochs. Mountain peaks, midges, Highland Cows, Irn-Bru, turnip pizzas, waterfalls, wild open moors and going to increasingly bizarre lengths to avoid sleeping in a tent. If you like the sound of any of these things, then this is undoubtedly the audiobook for you.

©2019 Stephen Reynolds (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

Narrator: Martin Allanson
Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
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Fishing

Summary

This bundle includes four books, Bass Fishing: The Hot to Catch Bass Fish Guide, Bass Fishing: American Secrets and Locations to Catch Freshwater Fish, Fly Fishing: Guide of 50 Tips to Catch Fish with Flies, and Fly Fishing: 50 Extra Tips to Fish for Salmon and Trout.

©2017 Joe Steender (P)2017 Joe Steender

Narrator: Dave Wright
Author: Joe Steender
Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
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The Last Blue Mountain

Summary

"When an accident occurs, something may emerge of lasting value, for the human spirit may rise to its greatest heights. This happened on Haramosh". The Last Blue Mountain is the heart-rending true story of the 1957 expedition to Mount Haramosh in the Karakoram range in Pakistan. With the summit beyond reach, four young climbers are about to return to camp. Their brief pause to enjoy the view and take photographs is interrupted by an avalanche which sweeps Bernard Jillott and John Emery hundreds of feet down the mountain into a snow basin. Miraculously, they both survive the fall. Rae Culbert and Tony Streather risk their own lives to rescue their friends, only to become stranded alongside them. The group’s efforts to return to safety are increasingly desperate, hampered by injury, exhaustion, and the loss of vital climbing gear. Against the odds, Jillott and Emery manage to climb out of the snow basin and head for camp, hoping to reach food, water, and assistance in time to save themselves and their companions from an icy grave. But another cruel twist of fate awaits them. An acclaimed mountaineering classic in the same genre as Joe Simpson's Touching the Void, Ralph Barker’s The Last Blue Mountain is an epic tale of friendship and fortitude in the face of tragedy.

©2020 Ralph Barker (P)2020 Vertebrate Publishing

Narrator: Stewart Crank
Author: Ralph Barker
Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
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Beyond Catch & Release

Summary

Will fly fishing survive the 21st century? Author and angler Paul Guernsey argues that angling and the natural resources it depends upon - clear rivers, unpolluted oceans, and much more - are threatened by a host of increasingly complex social and environmental factors.

©2011 Paul Guernsey (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Ross Douglas
Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
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Graced by Waters

Summary

John Dietsch - fly fishing coordinator and stuntman for Brad Pitt on the timeless film A River Runs Through It - explores our connection to the outdoors through the prism of fly fishing and investigates its transformative and healing power in the face of loss. In this inspirational and humorous collection of essays, author John Dietsch sees his addiction to and passion for fishing as a parable that can help us shift from compulsive thinking to mindfulness and a closer connection to God. From creating fishing scenes on the set of A River Runs Through It in Montana to directing fly fishing shows in New Zealand and from exploring deep canyons in California to guiding in Colorado, John shares his experiences and asks the question: What are we really fishing for? Through John's journeys across the globe, we discover that the same pursuit in fishing - of what is elusive but attainable - can be applied to our own spiritual journey. In the end, Dietsch uncovers his own truth under the rocks of a childhood river, recognizing the loss of both his brothers as the path of acceptance and faith that is graced by waters.

©2020 John Dietsch (P)2020 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

Narrator: Jim Denison
Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
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Backpacking Hacks for Adventure Seekers

Summary

"You can't just carry everyone else's hopes and fears around in your backpack and expect to stand up straight. - David Kirk If you or someone you know is considering taking up backpacking, getting the right gear is of utmost importance. From making a backpacking checklist to buying proper backpacking camping gear, it is vital to "know before you go" when it comes to backpacking. Because your backpacking equipment is the means by which you will be transporting all of your gear, supplies, food, and clothing, it is essential you establish a tried and true backpacking "packing" list. Of course, your backpacking adventure will fail if you don't choose the right backpack for you. If you end up with a backpack that is too small, too big, or simply uncomfortable, your trip will not be an enjoyable one. In fact, it could end up raising some safety issue alarms. That is why it is important to pay close attention to capacity, weight, comfort, and durability when selecting a backpack. In this guide book, you'll find "all you need to know hacks and tips" to know how to choose and own one that'll last multiple trips of a lifetime. Book content:  Chapter one: The essentials for backpacking Chapter two: Know more about the different types of outdoor packing Chapter three: Selecting the ideal backpack for you Chapter four: Different types of backpacks and its advantages Chapter five: Shopping for wholesale backpacks Chapter six: The backpacking tourism boom in southeast Asia Chapter seven: How to buy a hiking backpack Chapter eight: Final checklist to buy your first lasting backpack

©2018 DAPHNE TAN (P)2018 DAPHNE TAN

Narrator: Peter Amaral
Length: 57 mins
Available on Audible
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A Guide to British Garden Birds

Summary

Recorded on location in the Somerset Levels, in the garden of keen birdwatcher, writer, and broadcaster Stephen Moss,

A Guide to British Garden Birds is a helpful, practical guide to help you sort out your blue tits from your great tits and your hedge sparrows from your tree sparrows.

Joining Brett and Stephen is wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson, armed with an array of microphones to allow Brett, Stephen, and listeners to eavesdrop on the songs, calls, and alarm cries of the birds in the Somerset garden.

Each week, the series focuses on a different group of birds. Not only does the series provide useful information on how to identify the various spring-time visitors, but it also discusses the behaviour of these birds and includes tips on how to encourage more birds into your garden.

©2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

Narrator: uncredited
Author: Stephen Moss
Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
Available on Audible
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Wildlife Wars

3 ratings

Summary

In Wildlife Wars, Terry Grosz serves up fascinating stories - alternately hair-raising, hilarious, and heart-wrenching - from his 30-year struggle to protect wildlife in America. A natural storyteller, Grosz writes about the remarkable characters he met - on both sides of the law - as he matched wits with elk poachers, salmon snaggers, commercial-market duck hunters, and a host of other law-breakers. Best of all, though, these stories are so remarkably entertaining you won't want to put them down. Wildlife Wars is the winner of the 2000 National Outdoor Book Award, Nature and the Environment Category.

©1999 Terry Grosz (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Pete Simonelli
Author: Terry Grosz
Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
Available on Audible
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The Next Everest

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This program includes excerpts read by the author. One of Atlas & Boots' Top 10 Adventure Travel Books of 2021 A dramatic account of the deadly earthquake on Everest - and a return to reach the summit. On April 25, 2015, Jim Davidson was climbing Mount Everest when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake released avalanches all around him and his team, destroying their only escape route and trapping them at nearly 20,000 feet. It was the largest earthquake in Nepal in 81 years and killed about 8,900 people. That day also became the deadliest in the history of Everest, with 18 people losing their lives on the mountain. After spending two unsettling days stranded on Everest, Davidson's team was rescued by helicopter. The experience left him shaken, and despite his 33 years of climbing and serving as an expedition leader, he wasn’t sure that he would ever go back. But in the face of risk and uncertainty, he returned in 2017 and finally achieved his dream of reaching the summit. Suspenseful and engrossing, The Next Everest portrays the experience of living through the biggest disaster to ever hit the mountain. Davidson's background in geology and environmental science makes him uniquely qualified to explain how this natural disaster unfolded and why the seismic threats lurking beneath Nepal are even greater today. But this story is not about “conquering” the world’s highest peak. Instead, it reveals how embracing change, challenge, and uncertainty prepares anyone to face their “next Everest” in life.   A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press "Among all outdoor pursuits, climbing mountains offers the purest, most direct challenge. Jim Davidson weaves his experiences with avalanches, crevasse falls, earthquakes, altitude, frostbite, and other Himalayan hazards into an exciting, sometimes somber introspective narrative, describing not just how he survives climbing the highest mountains in the world, but more importantly, why he must go again and again." (Roman Dial, author of The Adventurer’s Son)

©2021 Jim Davidson (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

Author: Jim Davidson
Length: 8 hrs
Available on Audible
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Banff National Park, Lake Louise & Icefields Parkway

Summary

Banff is one of the most renowned tourist destinations in Canada and the most popular in the Canadian Rockies. It is the oldest national park in Canada, the second in North America (following Yellowstone in Wyoming) and the third oldest park in the world (following Royal in Australia). It encompasses 6,641 square kilometres (2,564 square miles) including the Lake Louise area and part of the Icefields Parkway. Over 8 million people enter Banff Park each year, of which over three million are considered park visitors - the highest visitation of any Canadian National Park. Most of Banff's natural attractions are easily accessible from its scenic roads and highways. Popular sites around Banff townsite include the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, Upper Hot Springs Pool, Cascade Gardens, Tunnel Mountain Drive, Vermilion Lakes, Johnson Lake and Lake Minnewanka. The townsite imparts a cosmopolitan atmosphere with an expansive array of tourist services as well as cultural attractions such as the Whyte Museum, The Banff Park Museum and the Banff Centre. The Bow Valley Parkway, Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway also present countless opportunities for sightseeing and wildlife viewing. Banff National Park maintains 1,500 kilometres (932 miles) of trails and 50 backcountry campgrounds. In winter, three downhill ski areas service the area. Connecting Jasper National Park and Lake Louise in Banff National Park, the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93) is considered to be one of the premier mountain drives in the world. The 230 km (143 mile) parkway follows the Continental Divide north-south as well as the Athabasca, Sunwapta, North Saskatchewan, Mistaya and Bow Valleys. Glaciers that remain from the ice ages dot the landscape, seven icefields within viewing distance of the parkway. The highlight of the drive for many is the Athabasca Glacier, the only road-accessible glacier in the parks. The author grew up in the Canadian Rockies and has been exploring them since she was a child.

©2012 Hunter Publishing, Inc. (P)2014 Hunter Publishing, Inc.

Narrator: Sandy Vernon
Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
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A Guide to British Water Birds

Summary

Join presenters Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss in this fascinating guide to the calls and songs of our most popular water birds, as heard on BBC Radio 4.

In the third of our series of bird guides, Brett Westwood is joined by birdwatcher Stephen Moss and wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson in an accessible, informative and entertaining guide to some of our best known water-loving birds.

Recorded in springtime on the Somerset Levels, each of the programmes focuses on a different group of birds, starting with waders such as the Lapwing, Redshank, Snipe and Curlew. Then there are the warblers, who thrive in the reed beds, and the rails and crakes, including Coot, Moorhen and Spotted Crake.

Last but by no means least are the river birds, including Grey Wagtail, Common Sandpiper and Kingfisher. Packed with useful information and helpful tips, this series will appeal to both the complete novice and the experienced birdwatcher who simply wants to know more about water birds.

©2010 BBC Audiobooks Ltd (P)2010 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

Author: Stephen Moss
Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
Available on Audible
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Your Camping & Hiking Essentials

Summary

Now I know what you must be telling yourself, “I would really like to camp because it looks fun but I have no idea how to camp, what to bring, or what to expect”. There are a few important key things that you really have to determine before you can figure out what you need to do to get ready for your camping trip. Camping is the best time to engage in fun activities such as hiking, fishing, bird hunting, boat riding, and others. But these activities are not enjoyable without exceptional camping equipment supplies. In view of that, it is of utmost importance to bring the right camping supplies in your trip. When planning the activities, you need to make sure that you have a basic camping supplies list of what equipment to bring. If outdoor fishing is on your list of activities, then you will need some fishing supplies to carry out the activity. Over here in this audiobook, we'll lay out the steps for you to get you started. Book content includes: Chapter 1 - An Ultimate Beginner's Guide To A Camper’s Checklist Chapter 2 - What to Consider Before Buying a Family Camping Tent Chapter 3 - The Secrets to Choosing the Right Camping Supplies Chapter 4 - Planning Is Essential For a Memorable and Safe Camping Experience Chapter 5 - The Overnight Camp Experience To Prepare Your Child For Chapter 6 - In-Depth Preparation 101 For Camping Beginners Chapter 7 - How To Save 25% Or More On Summer Camps Chapter 8 - Great Family Camping Trips Make Excellent Traditions

©2019 Themeworks Production (P)2019 Themeworks Production

Narrator: Marcos O'Rourke
Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
Available on Audible
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Hangdog Days

2 ratings

Summary

Hangdog Days vividly chronicles the era when rock climbing exploded in popularity, attracting a new generation of talented climbers eager to reach new heights via harder routes and faster ascents. This contentious, often entertaining period gave rise to sport climbing, climbing gyms, and competitive climbing-indelibly transforming the sport. Jeff Smoot was one of those brash young climbers, and here he traces the development of traditional climbing "rules," enforced first through peer pressure, then later through intimidation and sabotage. In the late '70s, several climbers began introducing new tactics including "hangdogging," hanging on gear to practice moves, that the old guard considered cheating. As more climbers broke ranks with traditional style, the new gymnastic approach pushed the limits of climbing from 5.12 to 5.13. When French climber Jean-Baptiste Tribout ascended To Bolt or Not to Be, 5.14a, at Smith Rock in 1986, he cracked a barrier many people had considered impenetrable. In his lively, fast-paced history enriched with insightful firsthand experience, Smoot focuses on the climbing achievements of three of the era's superstars: John Bachar, Todd Skinner, and Alan Watts, while not neglecting the likes of Ray Jardine, Lynn Hill, Mark Hudon, Tony Yaniro, and Peter Croft.

©2019 Jeff Smoot (P)2019 Tantor

Narrator: Danny Campbell
Author: Jeff Smoot
Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
Available on Audible
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The Sheep Stell

2 ratings

Summary

'Every animal needs its own territory, and humans are no exception. My plans were clear at an early age. I intended to live somewhere wild and supremely beautiful.... I imagined searching the whole world for a place, high and remote as a sheep stell, quiet as a monastery, challenging and virginal, untouched and unknown.' Over 20 years ago, well before the current trend for nature writing, Janet White wrote The Sheep Stell, a beautiful and evocative memoir about her life as a shepherdess. Throughout her life Janet has always tended sheep - first as a young woman in the Cheviot Hills, where she was treated with bewilderment by the other shepherds, before leaving Britain to live on an uninhabited island off the coast of New Zealand, with a bonfire as her only means of communication with the mainland and only her flock of 200 sheep for company. After a brutal attack by an obsessed young man bent on her destruction, she was forced to leave her beloved island and return to England, where she married, became a smallholder in Sussex and finally bought a hill farm in Somerset where she still lives today. Her memoir tells the tale of a woman before her time, with incredible courage and determination, and wanting only peace and solitude in nature and a life with animals. Underpinning The Sheep Stell is Janet's devotion to the land and her total commitment to combining the principles of conservation with successful farming. Janet White is a trailblazer in both her life and her work. The Sheep Stell is testament to that and homage to the nature we're so rapidly losing touch with. It is a true celebration of the pastoral and pure escapism to a simpler life.

©1992 Janet White (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: Joan Walker
Author: Janet White
Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
Available on Audible
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Bothy Tales

Summary

Author shortlisted for the Great Outdoors Book of the Year. John D. Burns is an award-winning mountain author. I can move only with the aid of barrels of anti-inflammatory gel, sticking plasters, and real ale anesthetic. Martin and I descend from hours of walking to the small town of Middleton-in-Teesdale. I walk, stiff-legged, into the campsite office, and a plump, middle-aged woman looks up from her desk and can see the old timer is in trouble. “Oh, what a shame you weren’t here last week,” she says, pity radiating from behind her horn-rimmed specs. “You’ve missed him.” I look at her, puzzled. “Elvis!” she explains. “You missed Elvis.” Oh God, now I’m hallucinating. From remote glens deep in the Scottish Highlands, John D. Burns brings a new volume of tales - some dramatic, some moving, some hilarious - from the isolated shelters mountain people call bothies. Travel with Burns to secret places hidden amongst the British mountains and share his passion for the wonderful wildness of our uplands. Meet the vivid cast of characters who play their games there - from climbers with more balls than sense to a young man who doesn’t have the slightest idea what he’s letting himself in for!

©2018 John D. Burns (P)2020 John D. Burns

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Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
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Loose Fletchings

Summary

Not all arrows fly true, especially those with Loose Fletchings. You might know W.C. Hoffman as an author, outdoor writer, podcaster, ordained minister, magician, or most importantly as a husband and father. No matter how you found your way to this collection of musings, one thing is most likely safe to assume: you love the great outdoors. A love for the outdoors is what inspired each and every one of these short stories and articles. Collected from years of outdoor writing for various publications, volume one of Loose Fletchings is sure to make you laugh while you learn. Whether you find yourself listening to these in your recliner, treestand, or hunting blind we hope you enjoy the adventure that inspired each one.

©2017 W.C. Hoffman (P)2017 W.C. Hoffman

Narrator: W.C. Hoffman
Author: W.C. Hoffman
Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
Available on Audible
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Senza mai arrivare in cima

Summary

Che cos'è l'andare in montagna senza la conquista della cima? Un atto di non violenza, un desiderio di comprensione, un girare intorno al senso del proprio camminare.  Questo audiolibro è un taccuino di viaggio, ma anche il racconto illustrato, caldo, dettagliato, di come vacillano le certezze col mal di montagna, di come si dialoga con un cane tibetano, di come il paesaggio diventa trama del corpo e dello spirito. Perché l'Himalaya non è una terra in cui addentrarsi alla leggera: è una montagna viva, abitata, usata, a volte subita, molto lontana dalla nostra. Per affrontarla serve una vera spedizione, con guide, portatori, muli, un campo da montare ogni sera e smontare ogni mattina, e soprattutto buoni compagni di viaggio.  Se è vero che in montagna si cammina da soli anche quando si cammina con qualcuno, il senso di lontananza e di esplorazione rinsalda le amicizie. Le notti infinite in tenda con Nicola, l'assoluta magnificenza della montagna contemplata con Remigio, il saliscendi del cammino in alta quota, l'alterità dei luoghi e delle persone incontrate. Questo è il viaggio che Paolo Cognetti intraprende sul finire del suo quarantesimo anno, poco prima di superare il crinale della giovinezza.

©2018 Einaudi (P)2018 Einaudi

Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
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The Blackbird

Summary

The blackbird is one of the most familiar of all British birds and its song is a great favourite. Enjoy the beautiful melodies created by this much-loved songbird in the British Library's new collection of recordings, which reveal the extraordinary virtuosity, splendour, and magic of its song. From the poet Edward Thomas to the Beatles, the blackbird has been an inspiration to writers, composers, and the wider public for many centuries. The recordings that form this audio download have been sourced from across Europe to ensure the highest possible quality, show why, and offer a compilation of sound portraits that promises hours of listening pleasure. A wonderful listening experience for anyone interested in birdsong.

©2014 The British Library Board (P)2014 The British Library Board

Narrator: Fiona McCarthy
Author: Cheryl Tipp
Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
Available on Audible