Come to the great outdoors where you can savor the salty ocean breeze or catch the sparkle of sunlight as a fish jumps in a mountain stream. Perhaps you would rather lie in wait for that perfect buck, or hear the muffled thump of your own footsteps on a spruce scented trail. Whether you love sailing, fishing, hunting, camping or hiking, a good book awaits you in this list.
Among Flowers: A Walk in the Himalaya by Jamaica Kincaid
Read by Michele Schaeffer. Reading time 4 hours 15 minutes.
Caribbean-born novelist recounts her journey to eastern Nepal to gather seeds for use in her personal garden in Vermont. Chronicles her month-long trek through remote, mountainous terrain where, while searching for specimens, she and three botanist friends endured daily deprivations, altitude sickness, leeches, and encounters with violent Maoist guerillas.
Download Among Flowers: A Walk in the Himalaya, DB65382
Adventuring along the Lewis and Clark Trail by Elizabeth Grossman.
Read by Ray Childs. Reading time 11 hours 54 minutes.
Travel guide traces the Corps of Discovery's 1804-1806 route across ten states to the Pacific Ocean. Excerpts from Lewis and Clark's journals provide perspective on ecological changes that have taken place since their expedition. Also includes tips on hiking, biking, canoeing, and kayaking adventures. Gives useful contact information.
Download Adventuring along the Lewis and Clark Trail, DB56639
Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston.
Read by Steven Carpenter. Reading time 11 hours 38 minutes.
Spring 2003. Author's account of becoming trapped while hiking in the Utah wilderness. The twenty-eight-year-old recalls the five days he spent alone in a canyon pinned in place by a boulder. Describes his desperate decision to amputate his own arm, rappel down, and seek help. Strong language.
Download Between a Rock and a Hard Place, DB58934
Charles Kuralt's America by Charles Kuralt
Read by Barry Bernson. Reading time 9 hours 15 minutes.
Following his retirement from CBS in 1994, Kuralt set out to spend a month each at favorite places during their best seasons. In his easygoing style, Kuralt describes the places he went and the people he met from Alaska to Key West and Louisiana to Maine. He comments on Charleston in the spring; Ketchikan, Alaska, in June; the lakes of Minnesota in July; and New York City at Christmas.
Download Charles Kuralt's America, DB41249
The Empty Ocean: Plundering the World's Marine Life by Richard Ellis
Read by Madelyn Buzzard. Reading time 19 hours 22 minutes.
In this well-researched report, the author of Aquagenesis (RC 54352) addresses the systematic destruction of the world's fisheries and marine populations. Ellis identifies species of whales, seals, sea turtles, fish, coral, and others that have been hunted and collected to near extinction--and considers what needs to be done to save them.
Download The Empty Ocean: Plundering the World's Marine Life, DB58798
Fundamentals of Sailing by Stephen Colgate
Read by Butch Hoover. Reading time 11 hours 2 minutes.
The founder and president of the Offshore Sailing School is the author of this text on the basics of sailing, cruising, and racing.
Download Fundamentals of Sailing, DB 27401
The Greatest Hunting Stories Ever Told edited by Lamar Underwood.
Read by Ray Childs. Reading time 14 hours 26 minutes.
Twenty-nine essays by notable authors about hunting and nature in a wide variety of places. Includes pieces by Patrick O'Brian, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, and Tom Kelly.
Download The Greatest Hunting Stories Ever Told, DB57782
The Last Frontier edited by Jill Shepherd.
Read by Steven Carpenter. Reading time 11 hours 8 minutes.
Fifty-eight of Alaska magazine's most compelling tales of survival, exploration, and adventure published between 1935 and 2002. Articles about diverse topics from wildlife management issues to heroic sled dogs depict the fantastic landscape and its inhabitants as well as record the ever-changing face of America's largest state.
Download The Last Frontier, DB59082
One Hundred Years of Hunting: The Ultimate Tribute to Our Hunting Heritage edited by Voyageur Press.
Read by Jack Fox. Reading time 6 hours 58 minutes.
A collection of eighteen hunting tales by notable historical persons and outdoor writers celebrating an American sporting activity over most of the past century. Includes Grover Cleveland's "Quail Shooting" (1906), Ernest Hemingway's "Remembering Shooting-Flying: A Key West Letter" (1935), and Jimmy Carter's "Learning to Hunt"
Download One Hundred Years of Hunting, DB57592
They Shoot Canoes, Don't They? by Patrick F. McManus.
Read by Jim Zeiger. Reading time 6 hours 43 minutes.
Tongue-in-cheek tales about a sportsman's life. McManus celebrates the hidden pleasures, and the opportunities for disaster, in the recreations of camping, hunting, and fishing. Includes amusing accounts of his dog Strange and an incorrigible old woodsman, Rancid Crabtree.
Download They Shoot Canoes, Don't They?, DB56691
The Ultimate Container Gardener: All You Need to Know to Create Plantings for Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter by Stephanie Donaldson
Read by Yolande Bavan. Reading time 7 hours 4 minutes.
Describes how to display flowers, herbs, and other plants in baskets, window boxes, or hanging containers for both inside and outside the home. Advice with instructions for year-round cultivation and selection of items for color, fragrance, and location.
Download The Ultimate Container Gardener, DB54750
The Wild Places by Robert Macfarlane
Read by Bill Wallace. Reading time 10 hours 32 minutes.
Macfarlane recounts his journeys in search of the remaining "wild places" in England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Describes his adventures to remote islands, beaches, marshes, forests, and mountaintops as he simultaneously reflects on the interconnectedness of nature and humanity and his transformed understanding about the notion of "wildness."
Download The Wild Places, DB69068