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  1. 7.1 hrs • 7/8/2016 • Unabridged

    To geologists, rocks are beautiful, roadcuts are windowpanes, and the earth is alive-a work in progress. The cataclysmic movement that gives birth to mountains and oceans is ongoing and can still be seen at certain places on our planet. One of these is the Basin and Range region centered in Nevada and Utah. In this first book of a Pulitzer Prize-winning collection, the author crosses the spectacular Basin and Range with geology professor Kenneth Deffeyes in tow. McPhee draws on Deffeyes’ expertise to dazzle you with the vast perspective of geologic time and the fascinating history of vanished landscapes. The effect is guaranteed to expand your mind. McPhee’s enthusiasm is infectious, as he provides one of the best introductions to plate tectonics and the New Geology. His elegant style is more pleasing than ever with narrator Nelson Runger’s smooth, enthusiastic delivery. Runger mines the book’s rich veins of poetic prose and subtle humor-and the result is pure gold.

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  2. 0.9 hrs • 6/21/2016 • Abridged

    Jay Parini’s readings are always an event, but too rare. For the first time, Parini has recorded his best known and most recent poems in an audiobook that welcomes the listener to enter his universe, which revolves around his deep connection to nature and underlines his concerns about the impacts of pollution and climate change. The audiobook follows the pattern of his popular readings, with the poet introducing each poem with context and comments, invariably revealing and often amusing. In these beautiful, haunting poems, Parini writes about the landscapes of mining country, of the railroads of Pennsylvania, of farm country, of worlds lost, families dispersed, faith tried and contested. Poems include: 1) Over the River 2) West Mountain Epilogue 3) In the Library After Hours 4) Historiography 101 5) The Grammar of Affection 6) Unpatriotic Gore 7) Poem with Allusions 8) Lament of the Middle Man 9) Old Frogs 10) Blessings 11) After the Terror 12) I Was There 13) The President Eats Breakfast Alone 14) High School 15) At the Ruined Monastery in Amalfi 16) The Trees Are Gone 17) Rain Before Nightfall 18) Playing in the Mines 19) The Conversation in Oxford 20) The Missionary Visits Our Church in Scranton 21) Coal Train 22) Anthracite Country 23) Swimming in Late September 24) This Reaping 25) High Gannet 26) Creed 27) The Insomniac Thinks of God 28) History 29) The Art of Subtraction 30) Amores (After Ovid) 31) Borges in Scotland 32) The Lost Soldiers 33) Old Teams 34) Reading Through the Night 35) A Knock at Midnight

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    West Mountain Epilogue

    0.9 hrs • 6/21/16 • Abridged
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  3. 11.6 hrs • 3/24/2016 • Unabridged

    From renowned scientist and animal welfare advocate Temple Grandin, this groundbreaking book is a clarion call to awareness of the inner lives of humankind’s far-too-often mistreated and neglected companions. Based on research spanning over thirty years, these stunning insights into the very real emotions and thoughts of animals are sure to be a source of fascination and inspiration.

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    Animals Make Us Human

    11.6 hrs • 3/24/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 7.3 hrs • 5/19/2015 • Unabridged

    With their large brains, sturdy physique, sophisticated tools, and hunting skills, Neanderthals are the closest known relatives to humans. Approximately 200,000 years ago, as modern humans began to radiate out from their evolutionary birthplace in Africa, Neanderthals were already thriving in Europe—descendants of a much earlier migration of the African genus Homo. But when modern humans eventually made their way to Europe 45,000 years ago, Neanderthals suddenly vanished. Ever since the first Neanderthal bones were identified in 1856, scientists have been vexed by the question, why did modern humans survive while their evolutionary cousins went extinct? The Invaders musters compelling evidence to show that the major factor in the Neanderthals’ demise was direct competition with newly arriving humans. Drawing on insights from the field of invasion biology, Pat Shipman traces the devastating impact of a growing human population: reduction of Neanderthals’ geographic range, isolation into small groups, and loss of genetic diversity. But modern humans were not the only invaders who competed with Neanderthals for big game. Shipman reveals fascinating confirmation of humans’ partnership with the first domesticated wolf-dogs soon after Neanderthals first began to disappear. This alliance between two predator species, she hypothesizes, made possible an unprecedented degree of success in hunting large Ice Age mammals—a distinct and ultimately decisive advantage for humans over Neanderthals at a time when climate change made both groups vulnerable.

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    The Invaders

    7.3 hrs • 5/19/15 • Unabridged
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  5. 9.8 hrs • 4/21/2015 • Unabridged

    April 27, 2011 marked the climax of a superstorm that saw a record 358 tornadoes rip through twenty-one states in three days, seven hours, and eighteen minutes. It was the deadliest day of the biggest tornado outbreak in recorded history, which saw 348 people killed, entire neighborhoods erased, and $11 billion in damage. But from the terrible destruction emerged everyday heroes, neighbors, and strangers who rescued each other from hell on earth. With powerful emotion and gripping detail, Kim Cross weaves together the heart-wrenching stories of several characters—including three college students, a celebrity weatherman, and a team of hard-hit rescuers—to create a nail-biting chronicle in the Tornado Alley of America. No, it’s not Oklahoma or Kansas; it’s Alabama, where there are more tornado fatalities than anywhere in the United States, where the trees and hills obscure the storms until they’re bearing down upon you. For some it’s a story of survival, and for others it’s the story of their last hours.

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    What Stands in a Storm

    9.8 hrs • 4/21/15 • Unabridged
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  6. 9.9 hrs • 3/24/2015 • Unabridged

    American children today spend ninety percent less time playing outdoors than their parents did; instead, they spend an average of seven hours a day interacting with a screen. Scott Sampson asserts that not only does exposure to nature help relieve stress, depression, and attention deficits, it also reduces bullying and helps to boost academic scores. Even more important are the long-term benefits linked to cognitive, emotional, and moral development. Distilling the latest research in disciplines such as psychology, neuroscience, biology, and education, Sampson reveals how parents and educators can help kids fall in love with nature and instill a sense of place that will help keep the planet healthy.

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    How to Raise a Wild Child

    9.9 hrs • 3/24/15 • Unabridged
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  7. 8.7 hrs • 8/14/2014 • Unabridged

    The star of The Incredible Dr. Pol shares his amusing, and often poignant, tales from his four decades as a vet in rural Michigan. Dr. Jan Pol is not your typical veterinarian. Born and raised the in Netherlands on a dairy farm, he is the star of Nat Geo Wild’s hit show The Incredible Dr. Pol and has been treating animals in rural Michigan since the 1970s. Dr. Pol’s more than twenty-thousand patients have ranged from white mice to 2,600-pound horses and everything in between. From the time he was twelve years old and helped deliver a litter of piglets on his family’s farm to the incredible moments captured on his hit TV show, Dr. Pol has amassed a wealth of stories of what it’s like caring for this menagerie of animals. He shares his own story of growing up surrounded by animals, training to be a vet in the Netherlands, and moving to Michigan to open his first practice in a pre fab house. He has established himself as an empathetic yet no-nonsense vet who isn’t afraid to make the difficult decisions in order to do what’s best for his patients—and their hard-working owners. A sick pet can bring heartache, but a sick cow or horse could threaten the very livelihood of a farmer whose modest profits are dependent on healthy livestock. Reminiscent of the classic books of James Herriot, Never Turn Your Back on an Angus Cow is a charming, fascinating, and funny memoir that will delight animal lovers everywhere.

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    Never Turn Your Back on an Angus Cow

    8.7 hrs • 8/14/14 • Unabridged
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  8. 9.5 hrs • 7/1/2014 • Unabridged

    No stranger to wildlife, Nick Jans had lived in Alaska for nearly thirty years. But when one evening at twilight a lone black wolf ambled into view not far from his doorstep, Nick would finally come to know this mystical species—up close as never before. A Wolf Called Romeo is the remarkable story of a wolf who returned again and again to interact with the people and dogs of Juneau, engaging in an improbable, awe-inspiring interspecies dance and bringing the wild into sharp focus. At first the people of Juneau were guarded, but as Romeo began to tag along with crosscountry skiers on their daily jaunts, play fetch with local dogs, or simply lie near Nick and nap under the sun, they came to accept Romeo, and he them. Written with a deft hand and a searching heart, A Wolf Called Romeo is an unforgettable tale of a creature who defied nature and thus gave humans a chance to understand it a little more.

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    A Wolf Called Romeo

    9.5 hrs • 7/1/14 • Unabridged
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  9. 9.4 hrs • 4/24/2014 • Unabridged

    Written by journalist Sebastian Junger, New York Times bestseller The Perfect Storm combines an intimate portrait of a small fishing crew with fascinating scientific data about boats and weather systems. In late October, North Atlantic seas are unpredictable. Still, one last good swordfish catch is a chance to start the winter with a fat wallet. As Captain Billy Tyne steers his seventy-two-foot longboat Andrea Gail toward the grand banks, growing weather fronts are moving toward the same waters. The Andrea Gail is sailing into the storm of the century, one with 100-mile-per-hour winds and waves cresting over 110 feet—a tempest created by so rare a combination of factors that meteorologists deemed it “the perfect storm.” As each man on the boat faces this ultimate foe, Junger gives the account an immediacy that fills The Perfect Storm with suspense and authenticity. In this now-classic book, he explores the history of the fishing industry, the science of storms, and the candid accounts of the people whose lives the storm touched. An interview with the author concludes this audiobook.

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    The Perfect Storm

    9.4 hrs • 4/24/14 • Unabridged
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  10. 5.9 hrs • 3/31/2014 • Unabridged

    Mother Nature may be awe-inspiring and beautiful, but she's also incredibly dangerous and, as Dan Riskin explains, out to get you.

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    Mother Nature Is Trying to Kill You

    5.9 hrs • 3/31/14 • Unabridged
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  11. 9.4 hrs • 1/22/2014 • Unabridged

    In this engrossing book, biologist David George Haskell reveals the secret world hidden in a single square meter of forest.

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    The Forest Unseen

    9.4 hrs • 1/22/14 • Unabridged
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  12. 1.6 hrs • 1/1/2014 • Unabridged

    Alone in the Woods, the second Bible Camp Mystery for preteens and teens, is the story of a boy’s youth fellowship and their adventurous retreat in the Central Florida backwoods. Two boys wander from the trail to explore and find a sick woman camping in the backwoods to avoid electricity. A wilderness guide gets lost. The chef goes missing. And a forest fire threatens nearby homes and campers in this adventure showing God’s in charge, no matter what. Readers see God’s power to heal in action.

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  13. 14.6 hrs • 12/10/2013 • Unabridged

    In an exhilarating account of his twenty-one-year study of a troop of rambunctious baboons in Kenya, Robert Sapolsky interweaves serious scientific observations with wry commentary about the challenges and pleasures of living in the wilds of the Serengeti-for man and beast alike.

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    A Primate's Memoir

    14.6 hrs • 12/10/13 • Unabridged
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  14. 11.9 hrs • 11/14/2013 • Unabridged

    William W. Warner exhibits his skill as a naturalist and as a writer in this Pulitzer Prize–winning study of the pugnacious Atlantic blue crab and of its Chesapeake Bay territory.

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    Beautiful Swimmers

    11.9 hrs • 11/14/13 • Unabridged
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  15. 10.3 hrs • 10/29/2013 • Unabridged

    From the author of The Forgotten 500 comes the heartbreaking, thrilling, and inspirational story of the impact of Superstorm Sandy upon the Bounty and its crew.

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    The Gathering Wind

    10.3 hrs • 10/29/13 • Unabridged
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  16. 10.3 hrs • 5/16/2013 • Unabridged

    Journalist Jon Mooallem has watched his little daughter’s world overflow with animals, butterfly pajamas, appliquéd owls, while the actual world she’s inheriting slides into a great storm of extinction. Half of all species could disappear by the end of the century, and scientists now concede that most of America’s endangered animals will survive only if conservationists keep rigging the world around them in their favor. So Mooallem ventures into the field, often taking his daughter with him, to move beyond childlike fascination and make those creatures feel more real.  Wild Ones is a tour through our environmental moment and the eccentric cultural history of people and wild animals in America that inflects it, from Thomas Jefferson’s celebrations of early abundance to the turn-of-the-last-century origins of the teddy bear to the whale-loving hippies of the 1970s. The author says that, in America, wildlife has always inhabited the terrain of our imagination as much as the actual land. The journey is framed by the stories of three modern-day endangered species: the polar bear, victimized by climate change and ogled by tourists outside a remote, northern town; the little-known Lange’s metalmark butterfly, foundering on a shred of industrialized land near San Francisco; and the whooping crane as it’s led on a months-long migration by costumed men in ultralight airplanes. The wilderness Wild Ones navigates is a scrappy, disorderly place where amateur conservationists do grueling, sometimes preposterous looking work; where a marketer maneuvers to control the polar bear’s image; and Martha Stewart turns up to film those beasts for her show on the Hallmark Channel. Our most comforting ideas about nature unravel. In their place, Mooallem forges a new and affirming vision of the human animal and the wild ones as kindred creatures on an imperfect planet. With propulsive curiosity and searing wit and without the easy moralizing and nature worship of environmental journalism’s older guard, Wild Ones merges reportage, science, and history into a humane and endearing meditation on what it means to live in, and bring a life into, a broken world.

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    Wild Ones

    10.3 hrs • 5/16/13 • Unabridged
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