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  1. 3.4 hrs • 8/30/2016 • Unabridged

    For those who choose to break out of the confines of all-inclusive tourist resorts, Culture Smart! Dominican Republic offers a tantalizing insight into this warm, vital, and intriguing people. It takes you on a journey from the unspoiled coastline to the agricultural interior, to the imposing mountains and to the hamlets where time appears to have stood still. It then catapults you into the twenty-first century, through poverty and opulence, to the hustle and bustle of the large cities and the lifestyles of the luxury coastal tourist resorts. It offers practical advice on what to expect and to how to behave in a Dominican home, or in social and work settings.

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    Dominican Republic—Culture Smart!

    3.4 hrs • 8/30/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 7.8 hrs • 6/14/2016 • Unabridged

    Steve Hely presents a travel book about his journey through Central and South America. Part travel book, part pop history, part comic memoir, Hely’s writing will make any listener want to reach for their backpack and hiking boots. The Wonder Trail is the story of Steve’s trip from Los Angeles to the bottom of South America, presented in 102 short chapters. The trip was ambitious—Steve traveled through Mexico City, ancient Mayan ruins, the jungles and coffee plantations and remote beaches of Central America, across the Panama Canal, by sea to Colombia, to the wild Easter celebration of Popayán, to the Amazon rainforest, the Inca sites of Cuzco and Machu Picchu, to the Galápagos Islands, the Atacama Desert of Chile, and down to the jagged and wind-worn land of Patagonia, at the very end of the western hemisphere. Steve’s plan was to discover the weird, wonderful, and absurd—not to ignore the challenges and problems in Central and South America—but to focus on the incredible, delightful people and experiences that came his way. And the book that resulted is just as fun. A blend of travel writing, history, and comic memoir, The Wonder Trail will inspire, inform, and delight.

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    The Wonder Trail

    7.8 hrs • 6/14/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 4.7 hrs • 9/15/2012 • Unabridged

    A tall ship is trapped on a sandbar in 1885, broadsided by heavy seas and doomed to destruction on a lonely Brazilian beach. Thus begins of an incredible sea adventure by a North American sea captain, his wife, and two sons. To return his family to safety, Captain Joshua Slocum builds a new boat out of the wreckage of the old. With his family he sails along the perilous South American coast, crosses the Caribbean Sea, and navigates up the waters of United States to Washington, DC.  The Voyage of the Liberdade is a first person telling of this exciting true adventure. This recording includes two additional true adventures written by Captain Slocum never before recorded: “Rescue of Some Gilbert Islanders” and “The Voyage of the ‘Destroyer’ from New York to Brazil,” his perilous piloting of a leaking, worn out battle ship, sold by the United States to the Brazilian Navy.

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  4. 10.2 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Unabridged

    What happens when an unadventurous adventure writer tries to re-create the original expedition to Machu Picchu? In this fascinating travelogue, Mark Adams follows in the controversial footsteps of Hiram Bingham III, who’s been both lionized and vilified for his discovery of the famed Lost City—but which reputation is justified? In 1911, Bingham climbed into the Andes Mountains of Peru and “discovered” Machu Picchu. History has recast Bingham as a villain who stole both priceless artifacts and credit for finding the great archeological site, but Adams set out to retrace the explorer’s perilous path in search of the truth—except he’d written about adventure far more than he’d actually lived it. In fact, he’d never even slept in a tent. Turn Right at Machu Picchu is Adams’ fascinating and funny account of his journey through some of the world’s most majestic, historic, and remote landscapes guided only by a hard-as-nails Australian survivalist and one nagging question: Just what was Machu Picchu?

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    Turn Right at Machu Picchu

    10.2 hrs • 7/15/12 • Unabridged
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  5. 4.3 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Unabridged

    In January 1952, two young men from Buenos Aires set out to explore South America on “La Poderosa,” the Powerful One: a 500cc Norton. One of them was the 23-year-old Che Guevara. Written eight years before the Cuban Revolution, these are Che’s diaries—full of disasters and discoveries, high drama, low comedy, and laddish improvisations. During his travels through Argentina, Chile, Peru and Venezuela, Che’s main concerns are where the next drink is coming from, where the next bed is to be found, and who might be around to share it. Che becomes a stowaway, a fireman and a football coach; he sometimes falls in love and frequently falls off the motorbike. Within a decade the whole world would know his name. His trip might have been an adventure of a lifetime—had his lifetime not turned into a much greater adventure.

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    The Motorcycle Diaries

    4.3 hrs • 7/15/12 • Unabridged
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  6. 11.4 hrs • 12/19/2011 • Unabridged

    Theodore Roosevelt was a naturalist, explorer, author, hunter, governor, soldier, and president of the United States. In 1913 he joined with Brazilian explorer Candido Rondon to explore portions of Brazil and to bring back animal specimens for the American Museum of Natural History. The final portion of the adventure was the examination of the River of Doubt, a river never before charted and whose exploration nearly resulted in the death of the president. Travel with President Roosevelt and hear in his own words this incredible adventure.

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  7. 15.6 hrs • 6/1/2010 • Unabridged

    The mystic and legendary British explorer Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett disappeared in the unknown and unexplored territory of Brazil’s Mato Grosso in 1925. For ten years he had wandered the forests and death-filled rivers in search of a fabled lost city. Finally, convinced that he had discovered the location, he set out for the last time with two companions, one of whom was his eldest son, to destination “Z,” never to be heard from again. This thrilling and mysterious account of Fawcett’s ten years of travels in deadly jungles and forests in search of a secret city was compiled by his younger son from manuscripts, letters, and logbooks. What happened to him after remains a mystery.

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    Exploration Fawcett by Lt. Col. P. H. Fawcett

    Exploration Fawcett

    Edited by Brian Fawcett
    Read by Robin Sachs
    15.6 hrs • 6/1/10 • Unabridged
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  8. 9.8 hrs • 10/22/2009 • Unabridged

    For twenty thousand miles, Peter Matthiessen crisscrossed the South American wilderness, traveling from the Amazonian rain forests to Machu Picchu high in the Andes, down to the edge of the world at Tierra del Fuego and back. In the course of his journey, he followed the trails of old explorers; encountered river bandits, wild tribesmen, and the evidence of ancient ruins; and discovered a fossilized snout of a giant unknown crocodilian hidden in the depths of the jungle on the wild mountain rivers of Peru. Filled with observations and descriptions of the people and the fading wildlife of this vast world to the south, The Cloud Forest is Matthiessen’s incisive, wry report of his expedition into some of the last and most exotic wild terrains in the world.

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    The Cloud Forest by Peter Matthiessen

    The Cloud Forest

    Directed by Judy Young
    9.8 hrs • 10/22/09 • Unabridged
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  9. 10.7 hrs • 11/21/2008 • Unabridged

    One rainy morning in the winter of 1909, a man with an altogether average look about him quit his job at the London Morning Leader, kissed his wife and children goodbye, and took a train to Swansea in Wales, where he talked his way aboard a freighter bound for the upper reaches of the Amazon. Three years later, Tomlinson published a book about his adventures. This book made him famous. “The Sea and the Jungle,” wrote David McCord, “is an invitation to a new experience. It is more than that: an invitation to a new attitude toward life. Sadness perhaps, but no harshness; concern, but no diminution of spirit; doubt, but no hauling down the ensign. ‘The right good book,’ says Mr. Tomlinson, ‘is always a book of travel: it is about a life’s journey.’”

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    The Sea and the Jungle by H. M. Tomlinson

    The Sea and the Jungle

    10.7 hrs • 11/21/08 • Unabridged
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