Archive for the ‘Adventure’ Category

The Lost Men – Kelly Tyler-Lewis – Audio Book

August 20, 2007

The Lost Men – Kelly Tyler-Lewis : In 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton sailed south aboard the Endurance to be the first to cross Antarctica. Shackleton’s endeavor is legend, but few know the astonishing story- of the Ross Sea party, the support crew he dispatched to the opposite side of the continent to build a vital lifeline of food and fuel depots.

When the Ross Sea ship, the Aurora, broke free of her moorings and disappeared in a gale in 1915, she left ten men stranded on the continent with only the clothes on their backs and little hope of rescue. Against all odds, the men decided to go forward with their mission, sledging 1, 700 miles in a record-setting two-year odyssey. They never imagined that their immense sacrifice was futile—for Shackleton never set foot on the continent, and the Endurance lay crushed at the bottorn of the Weddell Sea.

Inexperienced and poorly equipped, the men of the Ross Sea party endured the unspeakable suffering of malnutrition, hypothermia, and extreme weather conditions with fortitude, With their personal journals and previously unpublished documents, Kelly Tyler-Lewis brings us close to these men in their best and bleakest times and revives for us their heroic, astounding story of survival in the most hostile environment on earth.

Historian Kelly Tyler-Lewis traveled for research to Britain, Australia, New Zealand. and Antarctica, where she spent two months with the National Science Foundation’s Artists and Writers Program. She was a visiting scholar of the Scou Polar Research Institute of the University of Cambridge from 2002 to 2004.
The Lost Men is an epic struggle of man against the ravages of nature and reveals the triumphs and the ragedies involved. It is a book of determination, leadership and accountability. The writing is crisp nd well done. You can feel the pain and suffering of the men in her words. I highly recommend it.

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On The Wing – Alan Tennant – Audio Book

March 17, 2007

On The Wing – Alan Tennant : In this extraordinary narrative, Alan Tennant recounts his all-out effort to radio-track the transcontinental migration of the peregrine falcon—an investigation no one before him had ever taken to such lengths.

On the Wing transports us from the windswept flats of the Texas barrier islands—where the tundra falcons pause during their springtime journey north—to the Arctic, and then south, through Mexico, Belize, and into the Caribbean, in a hilariously picaresque and bumpy flight. At the helm is Tennant’s partner in falcon-chasing, George Vose, a septuagenarian World War II vet who trusts his instincts as much as his instruments.

As the two men nearly lose their lives and run afoul of the law in the race to keep their birds in view and their rattletrap Cessna gassed up and running, Tennant renders with gorgeous precision and skill the landscape and wildlife they pass on the way and the falcons that direct their course.

Magnificent !

Between A Rock And A Hard Place – Aron Ralston – Audio Book

March 7, 2007

Between A Rock And A Hard Place – Aron Ralston :
“It’s 3:05 on Sunday, April 27, 2003. This marks my twenty-four-hour mark of being stuck in Blue John Canyon. My name is Aron Ralston. My parents are Donna and Larry Ralston, of Englewood, Colorado. Whoever finds this, please make an attempt to get this to them. Be sure of it. I would appreciate it.”

One of the most extraordinary survival stories ever told—Aron Ralston’s searing account of his six days trapped in one of the most remote spots in America, and how one inspired act of bravery brought him home.

What the will to survive, the love of its close relations and of life can make. Very touching.

All Fishermen Are Liars – Linda Greenlaw – Audio Book

March 7, 2007

All Fishermen Are Liars – Linda Greenlaw : Just before Christmas, Linda meets up with her best friend and fellow fisherman Alden Leeman for lunch and a drink at the Dry Dock, a well-worn watering hole in Portland, Maine. Alden, the captain of Linda’s first fishing expedition, has seen his share of mishaps and adventures at sea.

When Linda shares memories of navigating her ship through one of the craziest storms she’s ever seen, Alden quickly follows up with his own tales. Then other fishermen, who are sitting on the periphery attentively listening, decide to weigh in with yarns of their own.

All Fishermen Are Liars brims with true stories of the most eccentric crew member, the funniest episode, the biggest fish, and the wildest night at sea. Denizens of the Dry Dock drift in and out as the bar begins to swell with rounds of drinks and tales that increase in drama. Here are some of the greatest fishing stories ever – all relayed by Linda Greenlaw in her inimitable style.

For all those who likes fishing and…. fishermen !