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  1. 4.5 hrs • 8/10/2016 • Unabridged

    Reprint of “BOHEMIAN SAN FRANCISCO”, originally published in 1914. A Bohemian Guide to San Francisco Restaurants and their most famous recipes. What made San Francisco so charming, such a “Mecca for lovers of gustatory delights,” a city whose name “is known wherever men and women sit at table,” was the astonishing array of people from so many cultures, each with their own distinctive neighborhoods arranged side by side up and down the steep hillsides of the city. The ethnic neighborhoods transformed a stroll through the streets of San Francisco into a magic carpet ride around the world. Dedicated to all Chefs and Food Lovers.

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  2. 16.3 hrs • 5/11/2016 • Unabridged

    Those who have traveled into America's only remaining frontier rarely come back out the same. Only in Alaska can we come close to understanding what our forefathers must have felt upon their arrival in the New World. McPhee brings to this narrative the qualities that have distinguished him in the field of travel literature-tolerance, brisk, and entertaining prose, and a fascination with things most of us never bother to notice.

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    Coming into the Country

    16.3 hrs • 5/11/16 • Unabridged
  3. 5.4 hrs • 8/25/2015 • Unabridged

    An insider takes listeners into the thrilling and dangerous world of smokejumpers, the elite wilderness firefighters who parachute into the most remote and rugged areas of the United States, risking their lives to fight nature’s deadliest blazes. An elite crew of firefighters employed by the Department of the Interior, smokejumpers are specially trained to fight monstrous fires in the deepest wilderness at a moment’s notice—in inaccessible terrain where conventional firefighting is impossible. Highly trained, they parachute from helicopters into the heart of the combustion, often alone or with the aid of just a single partner. But it’s not just a skill; being a smokejumper is an art. Forest fires often behave in unpredictable ways: spreading almost instantaneously, shooting downhill behind a stiff tailwind, or even flowing like a liquid. To stay alive, smokejumpers must combine knowledge of the terrain, meteorological and ground conditions, and their own judgment and instincts to survive. In this exciting, eye-opening memoir, Jason A. Ramos reveals what it takes to do this remarkable job, recounting his career from his humble beginnings as a seventeen-year-old city kid working for the Riverside County Fire Department to becoming one of the top smokejumpers in the world, a position he’s held for twenty-five years. Ramos weaves a compelling history of wilderness firefighting, takes us through the brutal training it requires, and explains the psychological strength needed to go to work each day knowing it could be your last. Here are some of his most harrowing missions—when the ground is so hot that truck axles melt and a split-second decision can mean the difference between living and dying. Smokejumper takes us deep into burning forests—and into the heart of a dedicated fire fighter as never before.

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    Foreword by John Maclean
    Read by Ned Vaughn
    5.4 hrs • 8/25/15 • Unabridged
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  4. 10.3 hrs • 2/28/2015 • Unabridged

    Letters from Hawaii contains a collection of letters Mark Twain wrote for a newspaper publication. From a long, turbulent journey to the island to his encounters with the islanders and the myriad of Englishmen who had taken up residence on the island, these letters are an entertaining and well-written account of the humorous encounters and scenic adventures that Twain experienced on his journey to Hawaii.

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    Letters from Hawaii

    10.3 hrs • 2/28/15 • Unabridged
  5. 7.4 hrs • 6/12/2014 • Unabridged

    Denali’s Howl is the white-knuckle account of one of the most deadly climbing disasters of all time. In 1967, twelve young men attempted to climb Alaska’s Mount McKinley—known to the locals as Denali—one of the most popular and deadly mountaineering destinations in the world. Only five survived. Journalist Andy Hall, son of the park superintendent at the time, investigates the tragedy. He spent years tracking down survivors, lost documents, and recordings of radio communications. In Denali’s Howl, Hall reveals the full story of an expedition facing conditions conclusively established here for the first time: at an elevation of nearly twenty thousand feet, these young men endured an “arctic superblizzard,” with howling winds of up to three hundred miles an hour and wind chill that freezes flesh solid in minutes. All this was without the high-tech gear and equipment climbers use today. As well as the story of the men caught inside the storm, Denali’s Howl is the story of those caught outside it trying to save them—Hall’s father among them. The book gives readers a detailed look at the culture of climbing then and now and raises uncomfortable questions about each player in this tragedy. Was enough done to rescue the climbers, or were their fates sealed when they ascended into the path of this unprecedented storm?

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    Denali’s Howl by Andy Hall

    Denali’s Howl

    7.4 hrs • 6/12/14 • Unabridged
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  6. 12.7 hrs • 4/20/2012 • Unabridged

    This is the classic account of Francis Parkman’s rugged trip over the eastern part of the Oregon Trail with his cousin Quincy Adams Shaw in the spring and summer of 1846. They left St. Louis by steamboat and traveled on horseback, in company with guides and occasionally other travelers. They encountered storms and buffalo hunts, meeting Indians, soldiers, sportsmen, and emigrants.  The Oregon Trail is an eyewitness account of the Mormons and outlaws, trappers and Indians, pioneers and adventurers who struggled to conquer the frontier.

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    The Oregon Trail by Francis Parkman

    The Oregon Trail

    12.7 hrs • 4/20/12 • Unabridged
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    13.0 hrs • 3/20/2012 • Unabridged

    A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe—and built her back up again. At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone. Strayed faces down rattlesnakes and black bears, intense heat and record snowfalls, and both the beauty and loneliness of the trail. Told with great suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild vividly captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

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    13.0 hrs • 3/20/12 • Unabridged
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  8. 15.6 hrs • 8/5/2011 • Unabridged

    Death in the desert under a relentless sun This is an eyewitness account of wagon train pioneer families who faced the horrifying heat of what is now known as Death Valley, California, and survived the ordeal through an act of incredible heroism. It is also a first person account of working the California gold fields, crossing through the Panama jungle, and witnessing the horror of slavery in America. It is a unique document of history and adventure. William Lewis Manly lived though these events and wrote a personal account in 1884 so that they would not be forgotten.

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  9. 6.9 hrs • 9/29/2010 • Unabridged

    To live in a pristine land unchanged by man … to roam a wilderness through which few other humans have passed … to choose an idyllic site, cut trees, and build a log cabin … to be a self-sufficient craftsman, making what is needed from materials available … to not be at odds with the world but content with one’s own thoughts and company. Thousands have had such dreams, but Richard Proenneke lived them. He found a place, built a cabin, and stayed to become part of the country. One Man’s Wilderness is a simple account of the day-to-day explorations and activities he carried out alone, and the constant chain of nature’s events that kept him company. From Proenneke’s journals, and with first-hand knowledge of his subject and the setting, Sam Keith has woven a tribute to a man who carved his masterpiece out of the beyond.

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    One Man’s Wilderness

    Based on the Journals of Richard Proenneke
    Read by Norman Dietz
    6.9 hrs • 9/29/10 • Unabridged
  10. 7.3 hrs • 1/1/2007 • Unabridged

    It’s an event so popular, it’s sold out up to a year in advance. It’s an experience so powerful, participants willingly pay the $30,000 ticket price—and return again and again. It’s a place where dreams are made, expectations are exceeded, and multimillionaires are born. It’s the Maui Mastermind, the most exclusive wealth retreat in the world, and its secrets have been kept behind closed doors—until now. For the first time, Maui Mastermind founders David Finkel and Diane Kennedy share the key steps to creating and maintaining great wealth that they have taught to their elite clients. The Maui Millionaires reveals just how easy it is to become exceptionally rich by creating consistent income streams, networking with other like-minded individuals, and giving back to the community. The authors teach you the Maui Wealth Leverage Strategies—five life-altering techniques that you can start applying today to build tremendous wealth. You’ll see how, by changing the way you look at money, you can practically guarantee your financial freedom. You’ll learn about the awesome power of a Mastermind Group, one of the most powerful tools for building a healthy and successful life. You’ll also hear the real-life success stories of the authors and their Maui Millionaire clients, which will inspire you to live the life you’ve always dreamed about. Take charge of your financial destiny today with The Maui Millionaires and join the exclusive ranks of the richest, happiest, most fulfilled people in the world.

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    The Maui Millionaires

    7.3 hrs • 1/1/07 • Unabridged
  11. 10.7 hrs • 10/31/2006 • Unabridged

    For forty-six years, Charles Hillinger journeyed around the world writing human-interest stories for the Los Angeles Times. He also helped to create and produce special features for the popular NBC television show Real People. From this work comes California Characters, a collection of stories of intriguing, eccentric, or simply amazing individuals profiled by Hillinger. Many of these people have strange occupations, live solitary lives in remote locations, or collect, build, or design an assortment of odd things. Characters like Down the Road Dugan, Sweetwater Clyde, Dr. Tinkerpaw, Spaceship Ruthie, and Warmly Ormly will delight, amuse, and perhaps inspire the listener with their tales and reasons why they’ve chosen to live the lives they do.

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    California Characters by Charles Hillinger

    California Characters

    10.7 hrs • 10/31/06 • Unabridged
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  12. 3.1 hrs • 7/11/2006 • Abridged

    Jonathan Raban is about to sail alone from Seattle to the Alaskan Panhandle, following an ancient sea route rich in history, riddles, and whirlpools. It’s the perfect setting for Raban’s prodigious intellect, eloquence, and eye for detail. Passage to Juneau is not a travel thriller; the trip is hazardous, but that’s not the point. Instead, Raban takes us on a journey of contemplation, literature, lore, mythology, and science. We learn about the canoe culture of the Northwest Indians; the British ship Discovery, which traveled the same route in 1792; and the physics of waves and turbulence, to name just a few of his far-ranging topics. And, as Raban finds himself in ominously personal waters (his father’s illness, his own marriage, the daughter he left behind), it’s also a journey of the heart.

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    Passage to Juneau

    3.1 hrs • 7/11/06 • Abridged
  13. 2.9 hrs • 3/5/2004 • Unabridged

    “Let’s get lost together…” Lost in My Own Backyard brings acclaimed author Tim Cahill together with one of his—and America’s—favorite destinations: Yellowstone, the world’s first national park. Cahill has been “puttering around in the park” for a quarter of a century, slowly covering its vast scope and exploring its remote backwoods. So does this mean that he knows what he’s doing? Hardly. “I live fifty miles from the park,” says Cahill, “but proximity does not guarantee competence. I’ve spent entire afternoons not knowing exactly where I was, which is to say, I was lost in my own backyard.” Cahill stumbles from glacier to geyser, encounters wildlife (some of it, like bisons, weighing in the neighborhood of a ton), muses on the microbiology of thermal pools, gets spooked in the mysterious Hoodoos, sees moonbows arcing across waterfalls at midnight, and generally has a fine old time walking several hundred miles while contemplating the concept and value of wilderness. Mostly, Cahill says, “I have resisted the urge to commit philosophy. This is difficult to do when you’re alone, twenty miles from the nearest road, and you’ve just found a grizzly bear track the size of a pizza.” Divided into three parts—“The Trails,” which offers a variety of favorite day hikes; “In the Backcountry,” which explores three great backcountry trails very much off the beaten track; and “A Selected Yellowstone Bookshelf,” an annotated bibliography of his favorite books on the park—this is a hilarious, informative, and perfect guide for Yellowstone veterans and first-timers alike. Lost in My Own Backyard is adventure writing at its very best.

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    Lost in My Own Backyard

    2.9 hrs • 3/5/04 • Unabridged
  14. 5.1 hrs • 7/7/2003 • Unabridged

    Oakland is a blues city, brawling and husky… Often overshadowed by San Francisco, its twinkling sister city across the Bay, Oakland is itself an American wonder. The city is surrounded by and filled with natural beauty—mountains and hills and lakes and a bay—and architecture that mirrors its history as a Spanish mission, Gold Rush outpost, and home of the West’s most devious robber barons. It’s also a city of artists and blue-collar workers, the birthplace of the Black Panthers, neighbor to Berkeley, and home to a vibrant and volatile stew of immigrants and refugees. In Blues City, Ishmael Reed, one of our most brilliant essayists, takes us on a tour of Oakland, exploring its fascinating history, its beautiful hills and waterfronts, and its odd cultural juxtapositions. He takes us into a year in the life of this amazing city, to black cowboy parades and Indian powwows, to Black Panther reunions and Gay Pride concerts, to a Japanese jazz club where a Lakota musician plays Coltrane’s “Naima.” Reed provides a fascinating tour of an un-tamed, unruly western outpost set against the backdrop of political intrigues, ethnic rivalries, and a gentrification-obsessed mayor, opening our eyes not only to a singular city, but to a newly emerging America.

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    Blues City

    5.1 hrs • 7/7/03 • Unabridged
  15. 6.8 hrs • 5/13/2003 • Unabridged

    It’s Napa versus Sonoma, and the antics are rampant! When acclaimed Vanity Fair journalist Alan Deutschman came to the California wine country as the lucky house guest of very rich friends, he was surprised to find a civil war being fought between Napa Valley, which epitomized prestige and wealthy excess, and neighboring Sonoma Valley, a ragtag bohemian enclave so stubbornly backward that rambunctious chickens wandered freely through town. In A Tale of Two Valleys, Deutschman wittily captures these stranger-than-fiction locales and uncorks the hilarious absurdities of life among the wine world’s glitterati. The cast of characters brims with eccentrics, egomaniacs, and a mysterious man in black who crashed the elegant Napa Valley Wine Auction before proceeding to pay a half-million dollars for a single bottle. What develops is nothing less than the struggle for the soul of one of America’s last bits of paradise.

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    A Tale of Two Valleys

    6.8 hrs • 5/13/03 • Unabridged
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