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  • Desert Solitaire

  • A Season in the Wilderness
  • By: Edward Abbey
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

When Desert Solitaire was first published in 1968, it became the focus of a nationwide cult. Rude and sensitive. Thought-provoking and mystical. Angry and loving. Both Abbey and this book are all of these and more. Here, the legendary author of The Monkey Wrench Gang, Abbey's Road and many other critically acclaimed books vividly captures the essence of his life during three seasons as a park ranger in southeastern Utah.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We miss you Ed.<br />

  • By Bob Turner on 26-05-18

edward abbey great

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-01-17

excellent recollections, I enjoyed abbey's style and delivery.as good today as it was 40 years ago.shame he didn't more on the same subject. Thanks for the ride.

  • The Year of Living Danishly

  • Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country
  • By: Helen Russell
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,623
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,465
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,460

When she was suddenly given the opportunity of a new life in rural Jutland, journalist and archetypal Londoner Helen Russell discovered a startling statistic: the happiest place on earth isn't Disneyland but Denmark, a land often thought of by foreigners as consisting entirely of long, dark winters, cured herring, Lego and pastries. What is the secret to their success? Are happy Danes born or made?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Completely fascinating and bonkers

  • By melisa on 04-11-15

Really really entertaining

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 10-08-16

loved it well done Mrs Russell, and the narration by Lucy Price Lewis couldn't have been better.

  • Travels with Charley

  • By: John Steinbeck
  • Narrated by: Peter Marinker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340

Believing that a good, interesting life is marked by quality, not quantity, John Steinbeck took note of his itchy feet and prepared to travel. He was accompanied by his French poodle, Charley, diplomat and watchdog, across the states of America from Maine to California. Moving through woods and forests, dirt tracks and highways to large cities and wildernesses, Steinbeck observed America and the Americans with a humorous and sometimes sceptical eye.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating

  • By Maureen on 01-03-12

beautiful

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-04-16

What a beautiful piece of work, John I take my hat off to you. thoughly engaging, I could have listened to this book, if he had turned around and done it in reverse. You have a new fan.

  • AWOL on the Appalachian Trail

  • By: David Miller
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

In 2003, software engineer David Miller left his job, family, and friends to hike 2,172 miles of the Appalachian Trail. AWOL on the Appalachian Trail is Miller’s account of this thru-hike from Georgia to Maine. Listeners are treated to rich descriptions of the Appalachian Mountains, the isolation and reverie, the inspiration that fueled his quest, and the rewards of taking a less conventional path through life. While this book abounds with introspection and perseverance, it also provides useful passages about hiking gear and planning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent story, easy to listen to.

  • By Anonymous User on 10-05-17

Well done

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-02-16

I loved davids account of his travels on the trail, amongst the best diary stories I've read in a very long while, a hearty well done.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Travels with My Aunt

  • By: Graham Greene
  • Narrated by: Tim Pigott-Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285

Henry Pulling, a retired bank manager, meets his septuagenarian Aunt Augusta for the first time in over 50 years at his mother’s funeral. Soon after, she persuades Henry to abandon South wood, his dahlias and the Major next door to travel through Brighton, Paris, Istanbul, Paraguay...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hugely entertaining

  • By DartmoorDiva on 17-11-15

superb

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-02-16

beautifully written, engrossing storyline and an excellent narration. bloody well done and a well done to Mr greene.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Churchill's Secret Warriors

  • The Explosive True Story of the Special Forces Desperadoes of WWII
  • By: Damien Lewis
  • Narrated by: Nigel Carrington
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 653
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608

In the bleak moments after defeat on mainland Europe in winter 1939, Winston Churchill knew that Britain had to strike back hard. So Britain's wartime leader called for the lightning development of a completely new kind of warfare, recruiting a band of eccentric free-thinking warriors to become the first 'deniable' secret operatives to strike behind enemy lines, offering these volunteers nothing but the potential for glory and all-but-certain death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well, who'd have thunk it!

  • By Mark on 19-05-15

Well done Mr lewis

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 12-02-16

loved this book, great subject matter, well worth every minute of your time. well done lewis.

  • Seven Troop

  • By: Andy McNab
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 289

They were like a band of brothers...In 1983 Andy McNab was assigned to B Squadron, one of the four Sabre Squadrons of the SAS, and within it to Air Troop, otherwise known as SEVEN TROOP. This is Andy McNab's gripping account of the time he served in the company of a remarkable group of men - from the day, freshly badged, he joined them in the Malayan jungle, to the day, ten years later, that he handed in his sand-coloured beret and started a new life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Book Ever!!!!!

  • By James on 16-04-15

fab

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-02-16

interesting well written, but I will say compared to his friends, Andy Mcnab seems quite uninteresting. .

  • Notes From a Small Island

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,517
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,155

After nearly two decades in Britain, Bill Bryson, the acclaimed author of such best sellers as The Mother Tongue and Made in America, decided it was time to move back to the United States for a while. This was partly to let his wife and kids experience life in Bryson's homeland, and partly because he had read that 3.7 million Americans believed that they had been abducted by aliens at one time or another. It was thus clear to him that his people needed him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Note From A Small Islander

  • By Jo on 05-11-08

Another rush

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-02-16

Good but again don't understand why Bill has such a narrow windows being a travel writer, confused

  • A Walk in the Woods

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,631
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,330
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,329

The Appalachian Trail covers 14 states and over 2,000 miles, snaking through some of the most spectacular landscapes in America. Reluctant adventurer Bryson recounts his gruelling hike along the longest continuous footpath in the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wilderness adventure from the comfort of home

  • By John on 28-04-07

Just good

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-02-16

This is the best of bill you can get, Katz and Bill what a team..

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Down Under

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,042
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 849
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 844

Australia has more things that can kill you than anywhere else. Nevertheless, Bill Bryson journeyed to the country and promptly fell in love with it. The people are cheerful, their cities are clean, the beer is cold, and the sun nearly always shines.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious

  • By Lynette Morris on 24-12-12

Not enough depth

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-02-16

I love bill but this seems rushed, as a travel writer how can you set timescales to the journey. come on bill