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  1. 7.8 hrs • 1/26/2016 • Unabridged

    Fishing for piranhas in the Amazon, getting stoned at Fijian kava ceremonies, and witnessing the ancient ritual of land diving on Pentecost Island is the stuff of National Geographic cover stories— and Nevin Martell’s childhood vacations. His family’s globetrotting took them from the South Pacific to South America and many points nowhere in-between. Though their lifestyle choices were eccentric, the locations they visited exotic, and the people they met extraordinary, these escapades are firmly grounded in the trials, tribulations, and tribal rivalries that plague all families. Freak Show without a Tent is a grandly hilarious memoir-misadventure that is equal parts National Lampoon’s Vacation, Romancing the Stone, and Crocodile Dundee. Woven seamlessly into the stories of exploring the far side of the far side, near death experiences, and gastronomical catastrophes, is the story of a young boy coming of age, the evolving relationship between a father and son, and a family discovering its own boundaries. With the honesty and innocence that can only come through the eyes of youth, Martell reveals the symbiosis of interdependence and independence that exist deep within both rain forests and families. To paraphrase a family motto: buy the ticket, take the ride, and hope you survive, so that you can tell your therapist all about it.

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    7.8 hrs • 1/26/16 • Unabridged
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    7.4 hrs • 1/5/2016 • Unabridged

    No Baggage is a memoir that will resonate with adventurers and homebodies alike—it’s at once a romance, a travelogue, and a bright modern take on the age-old questions: How do you find the courage to explore beyond your comfort zone? Can you love someone without the need for commitment or any expectations for the future? When Clara Bensen arranged to meet Jeff Wilson on the steps of the Texas State Capitol, after just a few email exchanges on OKCupid, it felt like something big was going to happen. Clara, a sensitive and reclusive personality, is immediately drawn to Jeff’s freewheeling, push-the-envelope nature. Within a few days of knowing one another, they embark on a twenty-one-day travel adventure from Istanbul to London—with zero luggage, zero reservations, and zero plans. They want to test a simple question: What happens when you welcome the unknown instead of attempting to control it? Donning a single green dress and a small purse with her toothbrush and credit card, Clara travels through eight countries in three weeks. Along the way, Clara ruminates on the challenges of traveling unencumbered, while realizing when it comes to falling in love, you can never really leave your baggage behind.

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    No Baggage by Clara Bensen

    No Baggage

    7.4 hrs • 1/5/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 4.5 hrs • 11/25/2015 • Unabridged

    When Fanny Osbourne summoned from California her famous—he had already published Treasure Island—but penniless fiancé, he could not fail to heed the call. The cheapest route from his Scottish home was by cattle-boat and trans-continental railroad. Thus it was that one of the age’s most popular authors came to chronicle the great emigrant trek west.

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    The Amateur Emigrant

    4.5 hrs • 11/25/15 • Unabridged
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  4. 15.2 hrs • 9/14/2015 • Unabridged

    Most of us have dreamed of being the hero in some great “pedestrian epic,” covering great distances unencumbered by the trappings of modern civilization. George Meegan had a similar dream, only his kept him going for seven years and over 19,000 miles. This is his story, a physical and spiritual odyssey.

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    The Longest Walk

    15.2 hrs • 9/14/15 • Unabridged
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  5. 15.8 hrs • 5/26/2015 • Unabridged

    From the bestselling author of Jurassic Park, Timeline, and Sphere comes a deeply personal memoir full of fascinating adventures as Michael Crichton travels everywhere from the Mayan pyramids to Kilimanjaro. Fueled by a powerful curiosity—and by a need to see, feel, and hear, firsthand and up close—Michael Crichton’s journeys have carried him into worlds diverse and compelling, such as swimming with mud sharks in Tahiti and tracking wild animals through the jungle of Rwanda. This is a record of those travels—an exhilarating quest across the familiar and exotic frontiers of the outer world and a determined odyssey into the unfathomable, spiritual depths of the inner world. It is an adventure of risk, rejuvenation, terror, and wonder, as exciting as Michael Crichton’s many masterful and widely heralded works of fiction. For Michael Crichton, being a Harvard-trained physician, the author of multiple bestsellers, and a movie director is not enough. It is, he resolves, time to travel. Crichton records his exhilarating quest through the familiar and exotic frontiers of the outer world.

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    Travels

    15.8 hrs • 5/26/15 • Unabridged
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  6. 12.9 hrs • 5/5/2015 • Unabridged

    This is the inspiring story of an ordinary guy who achieved two great goals that others had told him were impossible. First, he set a record for the longest automobile journey ever made around the world, during the course of which he blasted his way out of minefields, survived a serious accident atop the Peak of Death, came within seconds of being lynched in Pakistan, and lost three of the five men who started with him, two to disease, one to the Vietcong. After that—although it took him forty-seven more years—Albert Podell set another record by going to every country on Earth. He achieved this by surviving riots, revolutions, civil wars, trigger-happy child soldiers, voodoo priests, robbers, pickpockets, corrupt cops, and cape buffalo. He went around, under, or through every kind of earthquake, cyclone, tsunami, volcanic eruption, snowstorm, and sandstorm that nature threw at him. He ate everything from old camel meat and rats to dung beetles and the brain of a live monkey. And he overcame attacks by crocodiles, hippos, anacondas, giant leeches, flying crabs—and several beautiful girlfriends who insisted that he stop this nonsense and marry them. Albert Podell’s Around the World in 50 Years is a remarkable and meaningful tale of quiet courage, dogged persistence, undying determination, and an uncanny ability to escape from one perilous situation after another—and return with some of the most memorable, frightening, and hilarious adventure stories you have ever read.

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    Around the World in 50 Years

    12.9 hrs • 5/5/15 • Unabridged
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  7. 10.7 hrs • 3/24/2015 • Unabridged

    Heartfelt and awe inspiring, Leigh Ann Henion’s Phenomenal is a moving tale of physical grandeur and emotional transformation, a journey around the world that ultimately explores the depths of the human heart. A journalist and young mother, Henion combines her own conflicted but joyful experiences as a parent with a panoramic tour of the world’s most extraordinary natural wonders. Phenomenal begins in hardship, with Henion deeply shaken by the birth of her beloved son, shocked at the adversity a young mother faces with a newborn. The lack of sleep, the shrinking social circle, the health difficulties, all collide and force Henion to ask hard questions about our accepted wisdom on parenting and the lives of women. Convinced that the greatest key to happiness—both her own and that of her family—lies in periodically allowing herself to venture into the wider world beyond home, Henion sets out on a global trek to rekindle her sense of wonder. Henion’s spiritual wanderlust puts her in the path of modern-day shamans, reindeer herders, and astrophysicists. She meets laypeople from all over the world, from all walks of life, each going to great lengths to chase migrations, auroras, eclipses, and other phenomena. These seekers trust their instincts, follow their passions, shape their days into the lives they most want to lead. And somewhere along the way, Leigh Ann Henion becomes one of them. A breathtaking memoir, Phenomenal reveals unforgettable truths about motherhood, spirituality, and the beauty of nature.

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    Phenomenal

    10.7 hrs • 3/24/15 • Unabridged
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  8. 12.1 hrs • 2/10/2015 • Unabridged

    His twenty-year marriage was floundering. His two teenage kids were lost in cyberspace most of the time. He felt disconnected from his work, his family, and his life. That was when he had an idea: to volunteer their way around the world. John Marshall had read about the growth of “voluntourism,” and frankly, it was the only kind of extended trip he could afford. He’d heard that some peoples’ lives were changed by a week of overseas service. What might half a year accomplish for his family? His wife Traca was all in favor of it; his kids, especially his fourteen-year-old daughter, were strongly opposed. Wide-Open World is the totally engaging, bluntly honest story of the Marshall family’s life-changing adventure: six months of world travel, volunteering their way from Costa Rica to New Zealand and East Asia, how it went and what it led to. As Marshall discovered, he and his family did not change the world—the world changed them.

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    12.1 hrs • 2/10/15 • Unabridged
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    8.7 hrs • 2/3/2015 • Unabridged

    Addressing the explosive growth in ancestral travel, this compelling narrative combines intriguing tales of discovery with tips on how to begin your own explorations. Actor and award-winning travel writer Andrew McCarthy’s featured story recounts his quest to uncover his family’s Irish history, while twenty-five other prominent writers tell their own heartfelt stories of connection. Spanning the globe, these stories offer personal takes on journeying home, whether the authors are actively seeking long-lost relatives, meeting up with seldom-seen family members, or perhaps just visiting the old country to get a feel for their roots. A foreword by the Genographic Project’s Spencer Wells sets the scene.

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    Journeys Home

    Featuring Andrew McCarthy and the National Geographic Travel Team
    Foreword by Dr. Spencer Wells
    8.7 hrs • 2/3/15 • Unabridged
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  10. 2.8 hrs • 2/24/2014 • Abridged

    Taken from Sightlines: A Stadium Odyssey, this portion highlights some of sports writer Simon Inglis’ adventures around the world in his quest to find answers. Simon Inglis was a sports fan with a mission. Fed up with being labeled an “anorak,” yet repeatedly led astray by the glimpse of a grandstand across a crowded city, in the late 1990s he traveled the world in search of some deeper meaning behind his fascination. What is it, he asked, about men and neatly-edged turf, and about Irish priests and hurling? Why are two cricket grounds in Mumbai so close together? Why do freeloaders revere Chicago’s Wrigleyville, and what can we learn about crowd management and bladder control from the bullfights in Pamplona? Full of insight, wit and questionable accents, Sightlines conjures up spectacles and chaos, color and intrigue, from a time before the digital age and corporate control forever changed live sport and the stadium experience.

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    Sightlines: A Stadium Odyssey

    2.8 hrs • 2/24/14 • Abridged
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  11. 3.6 hrs • 2/24/2014 • Abridged

    Taken from Sightlines: A Stadium Odyssey, Ciudad de los Estadios (City of Stadiums) travels around the football grounds of Buenos Aires, thirty-six in all. Football writer Simon Inglis knew what had to be done as soon as he read the quote: “We have more stadiums than public libraries,” which was reported by a Buenos Aires newspaper bemoaning illiteracy rates amongst the city’s football fundamentalists. Digging deeper, Inglis calculated that Buenos Aires has indeed more football grounds than other city in the world. So it was that in 1998 he set off, armed with a map the size of a double bed and accompanied by a River Plate fanatic who also happened to be a pyschotherapist. From the lofty heights of Boca’s Bombonera to the crumbling terraces of Sacachispas; via clubs called Arsenal, All Boys, and Atlanta; encountering tangoistas, drug-fueled hooligans, and Peronists en route; here is the tale of his seven-day quest. On his list are thirty-six canchas, or grounds. But would he get to them all? And just as importantly, would the therapy help?

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    Sightlines: Ciudad de los Estadios

    3.6 hrs • 2/24/14 • Abridged
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  12. 2.2 hrs • 2/12/2014 • Unabridged

    The Traveller’s Gazette is a vivid portrait of British life through the centuries, as told by the generations of men and women who took part. We follow in the footsteps of intrepid British travellers as they explore the world both at home and abroad and eavesdrop on their personal recollections that provide us with an entertaining collection of wry anecdotes and finely observed details. In the At Home edition, we embark on a fascinating ramble through the towns and villages of the British Isles during the last 400 years in the company of Jane Austen, William Cobbett, Daniel Defoe, James Lees Milne, Sir Walter Scott, Virginia Woolf, and many others as we travel by steam ship, mail coach and hot air balloon from Cornwall to the Scottish Highlands.

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    Traveller’s Gazette, Part One

    Compiled by Sue Rodwell
    2.2 hrs • 2/12/14 • Unabridged
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  13. 2.2 hrs • 2/12/2014 • Unabridged

    The Traveler’s Gazette, Abroad Edition follows in the footsteps of intrepid British travelers as they explore the far flung shores of the world. Compiled from the writings of some of the finest chroniclers, diarists and letter-writers, we join Charles Darwin, Kenneth Williams, Freya Stark, Sir Ernest Shackleton, Mungo Park, Wilfred Thesiger, and many others in their foreign adventures. Listen in as they witness the murder of Captain Cook in the Pacific Islands, travel the first commercial flight from Paris to London, join a Maharajah’s birthday party, and are shipwrecked in North America. This is a fascinating collection of traveler’s tales, a vivid portrait of British life abroad through the centuries.

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    Traveler’s Gazette, Abroad Edition

    Compiled by Sue Rodwell
    2.2 hrs • 2/12/14 • Unabridged
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  14. 12.2 hrs • 1/30/2014 • Unabridged

    From Tom Zoellner, a revelatory, entertaining account of the world's most indispensable mode of transportation.

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    Train

    12.2 hrs • 1/30/14 • Unabridged
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  15. 9.9 hrs • 11/15/2013 • Unabridged

    Swapping his native San Francisco for the City of Light, travel writer David Downie arrived in Paris in 1986 on a one-way ticket, his head full of romantic notions. Curiosity and the legs of a cross-country runner propelled him daily from an unheated, seventh-floor walk-up garret near the Champs-Élysées to the old Montmartre haunts of the doomed painter Modigliani, the tombs of Père-Lachaise cemetery, the luxuriant alleys of the Luxembourg Gardens, and the aristocratic Île Saint-Louis midstream in the Seine. Downie wound up living in the chic Marais district, married to the Paris-born American photographer Alison Harris, an equally incurable walker and chronicler. Ten books and a quarter-century later, he still spends several hours every day rambling through Paris and writing about the city he loves. An irreverent, witty romp featuring thirty-one short prose sketches of people, places, and daily life, Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light ranges from the glamorous to the least-known corners and characters of the world’s favorite city.

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    Paris, Paris by David Downie

    Paris, Paris

    Foreword by Diane Johnson
    Read by Max Winter
    9.9 hrs • 11/15/13 • Unabridged
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  16. 13.6 hrs • 10/29/2013 • Unabridged

    Falling Upwards tells the story of the enigmatic group of men and women who first risked their lives to take to the air and so discovered a new dimension of human experience. Why they did it, what their contemporaries thought of them, and how their flights revealed the secrets of our planet in wholly unexpected ways is its subject. Dramatic sequences move from the early Anglo-French balloon rivalries, the crazy firework flights of beautiful Sophie Blanchard, the revelatory ascents over the great Victorian cities and sprawling industrial towns of northern Europe, the astonishing long-distance voyages of the American entrepreneur John Wise, and the French photographer Félix Nadar to the terrifying high-altitude flights of James Glaisher, FRS, who rose above seven miles without oxygen, helping to establish the new science of meteorology as well as the environmental notion—so important to us today—of a “fragile” planet. Balloons were also used to observe the horrors of modern battle during the American Civil War, including a memorable flight by General Custer. Readers will discover the many writers and dreamers—from Mary Shelley to Edgar Allan Poe, from Charles Dickens to Jules Verne—who felt the imaginative impact of flight and allowed it to soar in their work. Moreover, through the strange allure of the great balloonists, Holmes offers another of his subtle portraits of human endeavor, recklessness, and vision.

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    Falling Upwards by Richard Holmes

    Falling Upwards

    13.6 hrs • 10/29/13 • Unabridged
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