In this poetic audiobook, hear the words of legendary outdoorsman John Muir´s entreaty to the American people imploring them to develop, as he did, a connection to their national parks. An ardent outdoorsman, a gifted writer, a dedicated preservationist, and a spiritual beacon, John Muir worked in his life and in his writing to inspire everyone to find a love for the wilderness and to become invested in its preservation.Muir’s activism altered the American landscape in helping to preserve wilderness areas including Yosemite Valley, Sequoia National Park, and many others, several of which now bear his name. Experience the national parks from Muir’s deep and insightful perspective in this timeless collection of articles originally published in The Atlantic Monthly. Our National Parks is wonderfully read by Peter Coates. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Peter Coates. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/147742/bk_acx0_147742_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The book that inspired the classic film starring Elizabeth Taylor, National Velvet is a true classic. Alongside Black Beauty and My Friend Flicka, it is one of the great horse books for children. The most famous and loved racing story of all time. National Velvet is a classic tale of dreams, ambition and one girl´s belief in a horse. ´Velvet´ll sit on a horse like a shadow and breathe her soul into it.... I never seen such a creature on a horse.´ Velvet is mad about horses. When she wins a piebald horse in a raffle, she knows he´s something special. His heart is as big as the five-foot fences he jumps, and he´ll do anything for Velvet. Soon she and her friend, Mi, have their sights set on the biggest race in England. But can a girl win the Grand National? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Annette Chown. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/boli/002743/bk_boli_002743_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When she steps off the London train at Leeds (known in the novel as Aire) Mary Welburn is returning to the world of her childhood. But while she attempts to settle back into her family, Mary strikes up new relationships and learns how the North, in 1938, is reacting to a confused and threatening world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Heather Wilds. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/010644/bk_adbl_010644_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The National Lampoon Radio Hour 1. Language: English. Narrator: The National Lampoon Radio Hour. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/lamp/040904/rt_lamp_040904_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It was the upset to end all upsets. On 8 April 1967 at Aintree racecourse in Liverpool, a 100-1 outsider in peculiar blinkers sidestepped chaos extraordinary even by the Grand National´s standards and won the world´s toughest steeplechase. The jumps-racing establishment - and Gregory Peck, the Hollywood actor whose much-fancied horse was reduced to the status of an also-ran - took a dim view. But Foinavon, the dogged victor, and Susie, the white nanny goat who accompanied him everywhere, became instant celebrities. Within days, the traffic was being stopped for them in front of Buckingham Palace en route to an audience with the Duchess of Kent. Fan mail arrived addressed to ´Foinavon, England´. According to John Kempton, Foinavon´s trainer, the 1967 race ´reminded everyone that the National was part of our heritage´. Foinavon´s Grand National victory has become as much a part of British sporting folklore as the England football team´s one and only World Cup win the previous year. The race has even spawned its own mythology, with the winner portrayed as a horse so useless that not even its owner or trainer could be bothered to come to Liverpool to see him run. Yet remarkably the real story of how Foinavon emerged from an obscure yard near the ancient Ridgeway to pull off one of the most talked-about victories in horseracing history has never been told. Based on original interviews with scores of people who were at Aintree on that rainswept day, or whose lives were in some way touched by the shock result, this book will use the story of this extraordinary race to explore why the Grand National holds tens of millions of people spellbound, year after year, for ten minutes on a Saturday afternoon in early spring. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jack Reynolds. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/016977/bk_adbl_016977_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This guide, drawn from our complete guide to the Sierra Nevada, focuses on Yosemite, Sierra National Forest, King´s Canyon, Fresno and their surroundings. Twenty-five million years ago, Yosemite Valley was a lush lowland bordered by gentle hills. Half Dome´s ancestor was only 1,500 feet tall. The river was sluggish as it flowed through the valley. The land was subtropical and rain frequently drenched the valley. The river eventually carved a 20,000-foot, V-shaped canyon as it rushed toward the sea. Twelve million years later, a huge uplift of the region occurred and snow capped the highest peaks. Erosion removed the soil above the granite base and a cool climate changed the environment as hardwood and evergreen trees began to grow, and possibly the first sequoias. The region began to look like what we see today. Today, the park occupies 1,169 square miles. The valley is about seven miles long and three-quarters of a mile wide - in other words, 1% of the park. There are 196 miles of primary roads and 800 miles of trails in the park; much of it is accessible to motorists and hikers. The main entrance to Yosemite Valley is made from the west through the dark Wawona Tunnel. After the road breaks into bright sunshine, El Capitan rears to 3,000 feet above the pine and fir-clad slopes above the valley on your left side. As you continue through the valley, Bridalveil Falls seems to emerge from the side of a mountain on your right, its mistlike water pouring 620 feet. It reaches its peak flow in May when warm temperatures dissolve the snows of winter. This remarkable guide details everything you need to know about exploring Yosemite and the surrounding parks and forests - not just the major tourist sites, but many unforgettable places few tourists ever discover. Everything you need to know about the many, many hiking and biking trails is here, as well as the beautiful rivers and lakes, the rock-climbing, the fishing, where to stay, where to eat and much more. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robin Lynn Griffith. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/022909/bk_acx0_022909_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This second edition of The National Security Enterprise provides practitioners´ insights into the operation, missions, and organizational cultures of the principal national security agencies and other institutions that shape the US national security decision-making process. Unlike some textbooks on American foreign policy, it offers analysis from insiders who have worked at the National Security Council, the State and Defense Departments, the intelligence community, and the other critical government entities. The book explains how organizational missions and cultures create the labyrinth in which a coherent national security policy must be fashioned. Taking into account the changes introduced by the Obama administration, the second edition includes four new or entirely revised chapters (Congress, Department of Homeland Security, Treasury, and USAID) and updates to the text throughout. It covers changes instituted since the first edition was published in 2011, implications of the government campaign to prosecute leaks, and lessons learned from more than a decade of war in Afghanistan and Iraq. This up-to-date book will appeal to students of US national security and foreign policy as well as career policymakers. The book is published by Georgetown University Press. ´´Provides the best one-volume compilation I´ve seen for understanding intelligence, its internal processes, and the environment in which it operates.´´ (International Journal of Intelligence & Counter Intelligence) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Moriarty. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/108643/bk_acx0_108643_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Since 1998, the Alfred A. Knopf Publishing Group has celebrated National Poetry Month by e-mailing a poem a day throughout the month of April to over 25,000 devoted poetry fans. In April 2006, Knopf introduced the Poem-a-Day podcast, which featured poets including Kevin Young and James Merrill reading their own poems, as well as Knopf authors, such as Joan Didion and Toni Morrison, reading work by their favorite poets.To celebrate National Poetry Month 2007, Random House Audio has gathered a selection of the April 2006 Knopf Poem-a-Day podcasts into one outstanding audio collection. In addition to the all-star lineup of poets and celebrity readers included in Knopf´s podcasts, this program also features exclusive bonus-track recordings of Donald Justice, Franz Wright, Frank O´Hara, and Mark Strand reading their own work. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Young, James Merrill, Toni Morrison, Joan Didion. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/001115/bk_rand_001115_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Details of all the state and national parks, including Arches National Park, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, and Zion National Park. This describes them all, from the vast national parks to little-visited wilderness preserves. Facilities, hiking trails, fees, campgrounds, fishing, canoeing, history, nearby attractions, directions, and everything you need. It is filled with contact numbers and addresses. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Eve Passeltiner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/037388/bk_acx0_037388_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.