The Shark and the Albatross: Travels with a Camera to the Ends of the Earth [Audiobook]

The Shark and the Albatross: Travels with a Camera to the Ends of the Earth [Audiobook]
The Shark and the Albatross: Travels with a Camera to the Ends of the Earth [Audiobook] by John Aitchison, read by the Author
2015 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 56 mins | 246.33MB

For 20 years John Aitchison has been travelling the world to film wildlife for the BBC and other broadcasters, taking him to faraway places on every continent.

The Shark and the Albatross is the story of these journeys of discovery, of his encounters with animals and occasional enterprising individuals in remote and sometimes dangerous places.

His destinations include the far north and the far south, expeditions to film for Frozen Planet and other natural history series, in Svalbard, Alaska, the remote Atlantic island of South Georgia, and the Antarctic. They also encompass wild places in India, China and the United States.

In all he finds and describes key moments in the lives of animals, among them polar bears and penguins, seals and whales, sharks and birds, and wolves and lynxes. He reveals what happens behind the scenes and beyond the camera. He explains the practicalities and challenges of the filming process, and the problems of survival in perilous places. He records touching moments and dramatic incidents, some ending in success, others desperately sad.

There are times when a hunted animal triumphs against the odds and others when, in spite of preparation for every outcome, disaster strikes. And, as the author shows in several incidents that combine nail-biting tension with hair-raising hilarity, disaster can strike for filmmakers too.

This is natural history writing at its absolute best, evocative, informative and gripping from first to last.

Journal of the First Voyage of Columbus [Audiobook]

Journal of the First Voyage of Columbus [Audiobook]
Journal of the First Voyage of Columbus [Audiobook] by Christopher Columbus, read by Jack Chekijian
2017 | M4B@64 kbps | 5 hrs 6 mins | 139.36MB

These are the words of Christopher Columbus - the record of his first voyage to America. His private journal from the trip was lost, but not before being studied and condensed by later writers like Spanish historian and Dominican friar Bartolomé de Las Casas, whose abridgement has been changed to first person perspective for this production (Columbus' actual words were often included by the friar). The result is a personal record of an enterprise which changed the whole face of history.

The Geography of Genius: A Search for the World's Most Creative Places from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley [Audiobook]

The Geography of Genius: A Search for the World's Most Creative Places from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley [Audiobook]
The Geography of Genius: A Search for the World's Most Creative Places from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley [Audiobook] by Eric Weiner, read by the Author
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 14 hrs 11 mins | 396.27MB

Travel the world with Eric Weiner, the New York Times bestselling author of The Geography of Bliss, as he journeys from Athens to Silicon Valley—and throughout history, too—to show how creative genius flourishes in specific places at specific times.

In The Geography of Genius, acclaimed travel writer Weiner sets out to examine the connection between our surroundings and our most innovative ideas. He explores the history of places, like Vienna of 1900, Renaissance Florence, ancient Athens, Song Dynasty Hangzhou, and Silicon Valley, to show how certain urban settings are conducive to ingenuity. And, with his trademark insightful humor, he walks the same paths as the geniuses who flourished in these settings to see if the spirit of what inspired figures like Socrates, Michelangelo, and Leonardo remains. In these places, Weiner asks, “What was in the air, and can we bottle it?”

This link can be traced back through history: Darwin’s theory of evolution gelled while he was riding in a carriage. Freud did his best thinking at this favorite coffee house. Beethoven, like many geniuses, preferred long walks in the woods.

Sharp and provocative, The Geography of Genius redefines the argument about how genius came to be. His reevaluation of the importance of culture in nurturing creativity is an informed romp through history that will surely jumpstart a national conversation.

The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World [Audiobook]

The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World [Audiobook]
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World [Audiobook] by Eric Weiner, read by the Author
2008 | MP3@80 kbps + EPUB | 11 hrs 4 mins | 397.2MB

Part foreign affairs discourse, part humor, and part twisted self-help guide, The Geography of Bliss takes the listener from America to Iceland to India in search of happiness, or, in the crabby author's case, moments of "un-unhappiness." The book uses a beguiling mixture of travel, psychology, science and humor to investigate not what happiness is, but where it is.

Are people in Switzerland happier because it is the most democratic country in the world? Do citizens of Qatar, awash in petrodollars, find joy in all that cash? Is the King of Bhutan a visionary for his initiative to calculate Gross National Happiness? Why is Asheville, North Carolina so damn happy? With engaging wit and surprising insights, Eric Weiner answers those questions and many others, offering travelers of all moods some interesting new ideas for sunnier destinations and dispositions.

Black Dragon River: A Journey Down the Amur River at the Borderlands of Empires [Audiobook]

Black Dragon River: A Journey Down the Amur River at the Borderlands of Empires [Audiobook]
Black Dragon River: A Journey Down the Amur River at the Borderlands of Empires [Audiobook] by Dominic Ziegler, read by Steve West
2015 | MP3@96 kbps + EPUB | 14 hrs 11 mins | 580.67MB

A remarkable journey down the Amur River, revealing the history and culture of a region that is once again becoming one of the world's most contested regions

Black Dragon River is a personal journey down one of Asia's great rivers. The world's ninth largest river, the Amur serves as a large part of the border between Russia and China. As a crossroads for the great empires of Asia, this area offers journalist Dominic Ziegler a lens with which to examine the societies at Europe's only borderland with East Asia. He follows a journey from the river's top to bottom and weaves the history, ecology, and peoples to show a region obsessed with the past - and to show how this region holds a key to the complex and critical relationship between Russia and China today.

The Amur crosses terrain legendarily difficult to cross. Near the river's source, Ziegler travels on horseback from the Mongolian steppe into the taiga, and later he is forced by the river's impassability to take the Trans-Siberian Railway through the 400-mile valley of water meadows inland. As he voyages deeper into the Amur wilderness, Ziegler also journeys into the history of the peoples and cultures the river's path has transformed.

The known history of the river begins with Genghis Khan and the rise of the Mongolian empire a millennium ago, and the story of the region has been one of aggression and conquest ever since. The modern history of the river is the story of Russia's push across the Eurasian landmass to China. For China, the Amur is a symbol of national humiliation and Western imperial land seizure; to Russia it is a symbol of national regeneration, its New World dreams and Eastern prospects. The quest to take the Amur was to be Russia's route to greatness, replacing an oppressive European identity with a vibrant one that faced the Pacific.

Billy Connolly's Tracks Across America [Audiobook]

Billy Connolly's Tracks Across America [Audiobook]
Billy Connolly's Tracks Across America [Audiobook] by Billy Connolly, read by
2016 | MP3@64 kbps | 6 hrs 21 mins | 174.93MB

In recent years, Billy Connolly has had more than his share of challenges - in 2013 he was diagnosed with prostate cancer (he's now been given the all clear); on the same day he was diagnosed with the early stages of Parkinson's disease. But being a determined 72-year-old, Billy won't let the illness put him off one more exploration of the country he knows and loves so well.

Billy Connolly's Tracks Across America ties in to another major ITV series and tells the stories Billy hears along the way in his own inimitable style. Billy Connolly's Tracks Across America will be a fantastic listen for fans of the country and the comedian alike.

Walking Home: Travels with a Troubadour on the Pennine Way [Audiobook]

Walking Home: Travels with a Troubadour on the Pennine Way [Audiobook]
Walking Home: Travels with a Troubadour on the Pennine Way [Audiobook] by Simon Armitage, read by the Author
2013 | MP3@64 kbps | 8 hrs 54 mins | 245.23MB

In summer 2010 Simon Armitage decided to walk the Pennine Way. The challenging 256-mile route is usually approached from south to north, from Edale in the Peak District to Kirk Yetholm, the other side of the Scottish border. He resolved to tackle it the other way round: through beautiful and bleak terrain, across lonely fells and into the howling wind, he would be walking home, towards the Yorkshire village where he was born.

Travelling as a "modern troubadour" without a penny in his pocket, he stopped along the way to give poetry readings in village halls, churches, pubs, and living rooms. His audiences varied from the passionate to the indifferent, and his readings were accompanied by the clacking of pool balls, the drumming of rain and the bleating of sheep.

Walking Home describes this extraordinary, yet ordinary, journey. It's a story about Britain's remote and overlooked interior - the wildness of its landscape and the generosity of the locals who sustained him on his way. It's about facing emotional and physical challenges, and sometimes overcoming them. It's nature writing, but with people at heart. Contemplative, moving, and droll, it is a unique narrative from one of our most beloved writers.

The Sweet Life in Paris [Audiobook]

The Sweet Life in Paris [Audiobook]
The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World's Most Glorious - and Perplexing - City [Audiobook] by David Lebovitz, read by David Drummond
2015 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 6 hrs 12 mins | 177.13MB

Like so many others, David Lebovitz dreamed about living in Paris ever since he first visited the city in the 1980s. Finally, after a nearly two-decade career as a pastry chef and cookbook author, he moved to Paris to start a new life. Having crammed all his worldly belongings into three suitcases, he arrived, hopes high, at his new apartment in the lively Bastille neighborhood. But he soon discovered it's a different world en France.

From learning the ironclad rules of social conduct to the mysteries of men's footwear, from shopkeepers who work so hard not to sell you anything to the etiquette of working the right way around the cheese plate, here is David's story of how he came to fall in love with - and even understand - this glorious, yet sometimes maddening, city.

When did he realize he had morphed into un vrai Parisien? It might have been when he found himself considering a purchase of men's dress socks with cartoon characters on them. Or perhaps the time he went to a bank with 135 euros in hand to make a 134-euro payment, was told the bank had no change that day, and thought it was completely normal. Or when he found himself dressing up to take out the garbage because he had come to accept that, in Paris, appearances and image mean everything.

The more than 50 original recipes, for dishes both savory and sweet, such as Pork Loin with Brown Sugar-Bourbon Glaze, Braised Turkey in Beaujolais Nouveau with Prunes, Bacon and Bleu Cheese Cake, Chocolate-Coconut Marshmallows, Chocolate Spice Bread, Lemon-Glazed Madeleines, and Mocha-Crème Fraîche Cake, will have listeners running to the kitchen once they stop laughing. The Sweet Life in Paris is a deliciously funny, offbeat, and irreverent look at the city of lights, cheese, chocolate, and other confections.

A Year Without Make-Up: Tales of a 20-Something Traveler [Audiobook]

A Year Without Make-Up: Tales of a 20-Something Traveler [Audiobook]
A Year Without Make-Up: Tales of a 20-Something Traveler [Audiobook] by Stephanie Yoder, read by Julie McKay
2014 | MP3@64 kbps | 2 hrs 5 mins | 59.22MB

Have you ever wanted to quit your job and go travel the world?

At 25 years old Stephanie Yoder was already fed up with the monotony of 9-5 life. After much agonizing, she quit her stable desk job to backpack around Asia. During a year of travel through Japan, China and South East Asia she became a minor Chinese celebrity, was attacked by giant parrots and met the love of her life. In A Year Without Make-Up, Yoder chronicles some of her craziest adventures along with providing helpful tips and encouragement for others looking to make a life change.

My Outdoor Life [Audiobook]

My Outdoor Life [Audiobook]
My Outdoor Life [Audiobook] by Ray Mears, read by the Author and Simon Shepherd
2014 | M4B@64 kbps | 10 hrs 25 mins | 284.0

Ray Mears is a household name through his television series Tracks, World of Survival, Bushcraft Survival, The Real Heroes of Telemark, and many more.

He is a private individual who shuns publicity whenever possible and would prefer to let his many skills tell their own tale - until now.

In My Outdoor Life, Ray tells of his childhood and the formative years when he first developed a passion for both bushcraft and the martial arts skills that are central to his life. Having travelled the world several times over, he is no stranger to risk and has had more than his fair share of dangerous and life-threatening encounters to share with his listeners. But his life is so much more than a tale of derring-do. Shortly after he returned to England having narrowly survived a serious helicopter crash, his father died. Just a year later, he had to face the death of his first wife, Rachel. The book conveys the many sides of Ray Mears, taking us up to the present day - including the previously untold story of his involvement in the man-hunt for murderer Raoul Moat. My Outdoor Life gives us all a chance to share a life story as rich and as inspirational as a walk in woods with the man himself, Ray Mears.

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