Wild Stories Of Survival From

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The wilderness--forest, desert, glacier, jungle--has been the scene of the past century's most exciting stories, inspiring many of its greatest writers, including Jack London, Norman Maclean, Evelyn Waugh, Redmond O'Hanlon, Sir Wilfred Thesiger, H.M. Tomlinson and Algernon Blackwood. Selections from these authors' most gripping works are delivered by equally compelling narration producing an audiobook experience ideal for people who are fascinated by the beauty, insight and ...
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Overview

The wilderness--forest, desert, glacier, jungle--has been the scene of the past century's most exciting stories, inspiring many of its greatest writers, including Jack London, Norman Maclean, Evelyn Waugh, Redmond O'Hanlon, Sir Wilfred Thesiger, H.M. Tomlinson and Algernon Blackwood. Selections from these authors' most gripping works are delivered by equally compelling narration producing an audiobook experience ideal for people who are fascinated by the beauty, insight and danger that awaits us all in the wild.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This collection of unabridged excerpts and short stories dealing with nature's perils is a mixed bag. Though each of the pieces is excellent in its own right, the same cannot be said of all the readings or of their sequence. The production begins, after a cloying and needless introduction, with a hilarious excerpt from Redmond O'Hanlon read flawlessly by Sampson. But given the serious tone of the collection's subtitle, O'Hanlon seems an odd choice to start things off. That becomes ever more clear with the ensuing awkward transition to Rohan's sober rendition of an outtake from Norman Maclean dealing with smoke jumpers being burned alive in a Western wildfire. The strangest turn is taken with the inclusion of Algernon Blackwood's surreal masterpiece, "The Willows." Though a fictional tale of two canoeists on the Danube being preyed upon by beings from the fourth dimension seems wildly out of place here, it is, ironically, without question the recording's highlight--Sampson is sensational in setting the story's sense of doleful mystery and in portraying its two embattled protagonists. The production's low point comes with Rohan's disappointing take on Jack London's "To Build a Fire." Though Rohan is a veteran narrator, he sounds more like a news anchor than a dramatist in this performance of one of London's best short stories. On their own, the other pieces are generally enjoyable, but they simply don't work well as an ensemble. Thunder's Mouth published the trade paperback original in September 1999. (Sept.). Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Although technically very good, the material in these tapes is challenging and will be difficult listening for some. Most of the narration, by several voices, is excellent and easily understood. While High's true stories are devoted exclusively to adventurers' accounts of mountain climbing and descent disasters, Wild reports on a variety of different situations that take place in varying locations, from desert to jungle. Many of the narratives include graphic descriptions of painful death and injury. While the tales are generally well written, the emphasis on grisly death and danger may depress listeners. More understandable are anecdotes, such as Wild's grim "Young Men and Fire" about the deaths of multiple forest-fire fighters. Vividly showing the ominous peril in doing a tough job, it includes the varying viewpoints of those who survived. Overall, the tapes will do much to dispel the romanticism surrounding mountain climbing and some other exploration. While some memoirs seem to be little more than catharsis for the writer, they will appeal to audiences who like "real" adventure experiences and those devoted to extreme sports. Recommended only to libraries with extremely exhaustive adventure collections; not for school libraries used predominately by children or sensitive young people. Carolyn Alexander, Brigadoon Lib., Salinas, CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781885408518
  • Publisher: Listen & Live Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Series: Adrenaline Series
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 4 Cassettes
  • Pages: 6
  • Product dimensions: 4.14 (w) x 7.14 (h) x 1.12 (d)

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