Enjoy this collection of writings and stories about nature, the wilderness and survival.
Abandoned: The Story of the Greely Arctic Expedition, 1881-1884 by A.L. Todd
Read by Geoffrey Centlivre. Reading time 12 hours 50 minutes.
Based on Greely family papers, an account of the American expedition, led by then-lieutenant Adolphus Greely, that set off in 1881 to explore islands off the Greenland coast. Describes official bungling and mischance that led to the stranding of the party of twenty-five men, including two Eskimo hunters. 1961.
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Aboman's Guide to Survival and Self-Reliance: Practical Skills for Interesting Times by Joseph A. Bigley.
Read by Erik Synnestvedt. Reading time 7 hours 52 minutes.
Advice on how to deal with challenges presented by unexpected equipment breakdowns, weather disasters, and other such events. The manual contains information on preparing for emergencies, troubleshooting household problems, and maintaining health through alternative medicine and herbal remedies. Also highlights wilderness survival skills.
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The Appalachian Trail Reader edited by David Emblidge.
Read by Jack Fox. Reading time 17 hours 28 minutes.
A collection of travel diaries and registers, historical accounts, and other writings that portray the 2,140-mile recreational footpath running from Georgia to Maine. Traces the wilderness trail northward, depicting its history, geology, scenery, wildlife, and lore.
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Brutal Journey: The Epic Story of the First Crossing of North America by Paul Schneider
Read by Butch Hoover. Reading time 11 hours
History of the 1527 Spanish expedition led by Panfilo de Narvaez that attempted to explore the North American Gulf Coast. Details struggles with disease, hurricanes, cannibalism, and hostile natives that reduced four hundred men to four survivors--including conquistador Cabeza de Vaca--who reached western Mexico eight years later. Some violence. 2006.
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The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition by Caroline Alexander
Read by Bill Wallace. Reading time 7 hours 24 minutes.
Chronicles the survival of Ernest Shackleton and his crew of twenty-seven men marooned on ice floes off the coast of Antarctica in 1915. Recounts the entrapment and later destruction of their ship, the Endurance, by pack ice and the hardships the men suffered before their rescue in 1916. Bestseller.
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Fodor's Escape to Nature: Without Roughing It edited by Constance Jones.
Read by Brian Conn. Reading time 25 hours 50 minutes.
Guide to 250 secluded resorts, inns, and lodges in the United States and Canada where guests can enjoy the outdoors in comfort and luxury. Offers a variety of natural settings and accommodations in all price categories and provides information on facilities, recreation, services, and rates. Includes special tips.
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A Furnace Afloat: The Wreck of the Hornet and the Harrowing 4,300-Mile Voyage of Its Survivors by Joe Jackson
Read by John Polk. Reading time 12 hours 36 minutes.
Recounts the 1866 burning and sinking of an American clipper sailing from New York to San Francisco that left thirty-one men adrift in the Pacific for forty-three days. Describes storms and starvation endured and threats of mutiny and cannibalism. Sources include journals and then-journalist Samuel Langhorne Clemens's unpublished notes. 2003.
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In Our Nature: Stories of Wildness, selected and introduced by Donna Seaman.
Read by Suzanne Toren. Reading time 7 hours 5 minutes.
Fourteen tales exploring inner human conflict between natural instincts and the veneer of civilization by such writers as Rick Bass, Linda Hogan, Margaret Atwood, E.L. Doctorow, Lorrie Moore, and Rick DeMarinis. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language.
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In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick
Read by Brian Conn. Reading time 11 hours 2 minutes.
Relying mainly on the cabin boy's journal discovered in 1960, the author recounts the disastrous 1819 voyage of the whaling ship Essex. He describes the attack of an eighty-five-foot bull sperm whale, and the ensuing starvation, dehydration, and cannibalism that befell the shipwrecked survivors. Bestseller. 2000.
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One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey by Sam Keith
Read by Peter Lavezzoli. Reading time 6 hours 27 minutes.
A day-to-day account of 1960s life in Alaska's Twin Lakes region based on the journals of Dick Proenneke, a retired mechanic and carpenter who set out to build a wilderness homestead. Chronicles the construction of Proenneke's cabin, his daily activities, and his adventures in nature. Includes 1998 Afterword. 1973.
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Sahara: A Natural History by Marq de Villiers and Sheila Hirtle.
Read by Lisette Lecat. Reading time 13 hours 19 minutes.
Description of the world's largest desert landscape and its inhabitants. Discusses the geography, natural cycles, and resilient life-forms of the sandy wilderness stretching across the broadest part of Africa. Covers the history of the Sahara's indigenous people--Berbers, Moors, and Tuareg--and the ancient kingdom of past civilizations.
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Survivors: True Tales of Endurance edited by John B. Letterman.
Read by Dan Toohey. Reading time 21 hours 57 minutes.
Twenty-three writings selected by the editor as the most "exciting, moving, and inspiring pieces ever written about human courage and perseverance" from the sixteenth to twentieth centuries. Primarily firsthand accounts, they include the Essex whaling ship wreck, astronaut James Lovell's harrowing adventure aboard Apollo 13, and Senator John McCain's POW experiences.
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Walking the Big Wild: From Yellowstone to the Yukon on the Grizzly Bears' Trail by Karsten Heuer
Read by Ralph Lowenstein. Reading time 10 hours 11 minutes.
Wildlife biologist and park warden documents his eighteen-month journey along the Rocky Mountains to assess the health of the ecosystem and the feasibility of a wildlife reserve network. Chronicles his personal and wilderness adventures over thousands of miles by foot, skis, and canoe with his border collie, Webster. 2004.
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Where Hell Freezes Over: A Story of Amazing Bravery and Survival by David A Kearns
Read by Butch Hoover. Reading time 8 hours 57 minutes.
Reporter chronicles the two-week ordeal of U.S. Navy airmen--including his father--stranded in Antarctica after their plane crashed in December 1946. Describes the shelter the injured survivors created in the wreckage, their use of smoke signals to alert searchers, and the ten-mile trek they endured to reach a rescue seaplane. 2005.
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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." 2007.
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