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.

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