Julia loses herself in the desert of Morocco and reclaims her sexuality, despite a chafing camel ride and a misfire with one of the tour guides.JULIA SWEENEY launched her career playing ´´Pat´´ on Saturday Night Live and has gone on to write and star in the acclaimed one-person shows God Said, Ha!, In the Family Way, and Letting Go of God, all developed at the Un-Cabaret. This performance was recorded at Beth Lapides´ Un-Cabaret, L.A.´s legendary alternative comedy show. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Julia Sweeney. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/cabc/090206/pf_cabc_090206_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Andrew Zimmern, the host of The Travel Channel´s hit series Bizarre Foods, has an extraordinarily well-earned reputation for traveling far and wide to seek out and sample anything and everything that´s consumed as food globally, from cow vein stew in Bolivia and giant flying ants in Uganda to raw camel kidneys in Ethiopia, putrefied shark in blood pudding in Iceland and Wolfgang Puck´s Hunan style rooster balls in Los Angeles. For Zimmern, local cuisine - bizarre, gross or downright stomach turning as it may be to us -- is not simply what´s served at mealtime. It is a primary avenue to discovering what is most authentic - the bizarre truth - about cultures everywhere.In this section, Zimmern explains why a stew of brains and innards can be safer than a sliced tomato. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andrew Zimmern. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/002131/bk_rand_002131_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Michael Palin is off again, this time to the seemingly desolate Sahara Desert. There´s no easy way across, as he and his team discover on their most challenging expedition yet. From a starting point in Gibralter, Michael makes his way to Morocco, then over the Atlas Mountains to the little-known countries of Mauritania, Mali, and Chad. He travels on the longest train in the world, meets with the Paris-Dakar Rally in the middle of nowhere, and sees the world´s largest mud mosque before arriving in Timbuktu. Then it´s a journey with nomadic herders and a camel caravan, to Algeria and a recently re-opened Libya. Finally, Michael returns to the classical remains of Tunisia, where Life of Brian was filmed and he was crucified. The mysterious, barren desert is revealed to be a place full of people, landscapes, and stories, a vibrant land with a history of civilisation, trade, and conquest stretching from the ancient Egyptians to the oil-rich Islamic republics of today. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Palin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/000096/bk_bbcw_000096_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the author of the Wall Street Journal best seller The Kindness of Strangers Mike McIntyre and his longtime girlfriend, Andrea, are in their early 40s and itching for a break. So they rent out their San Diego home - dog, cat, and furniture included - and embark on a yearlong journey around the world. ´´We´re not out to find ourselves, or even to lose ourselves,´´ McIntyre writes. ´´We´re merely seeking a pause in our routines.´´ But the couple is soon swept up in the adventure of a lifetime: trekking in the Himalayas, traversing the Sahara on camel, scrambling over the temples of Angkor, crossing the world´s largest salt flat in South America, scaling a New Zealand glacier. The book recounts the odyssey in 48 dispatches from 22 countries. Among them: birdwatching in Indonesia, a haircut from Vietnam´s oldest barber, touring a notorious prison in Bolivia, haggling over rugs in Morocco, on safari in Nepal. McIntyre taps his self-deprecating humor to convey the joys, perils, and frustrations of prolonged travel. When the couple ventures into a cyclone in Fiji on a rubber raft, he writes, ´´The absence of life jackets and paddles meant more room for our lunacy.´´ And during a ride across India with a hired car and driver, he notes, ´´His passing technique was so precise, I could see my horrified expression reflected in the chrome bumpers of onrushing trucks.´´ He also writes eloquently of such poignant moments as sleeping under the stars in North Africa, flying kites with a poor boy in Bali, and the death of a female tour guide in China. By journey´s end, he´s shucked much of his journalist´s cynicism, and he stands in awe of a staggeringly beautiful world and the resilient souls who fill it. The Wander Year is an expanded version of the popular series of the same name that ran in the Travel section of the Los Angeles Times. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Chris Brinkley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/032026/bk_acx0_032026_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Andrew Zimmern, the host of The Travel Channel´s hit series Bizarre Foods, has an extraordinarily well-earned reputation for traveling far and wide to seek out and sample anything and everything that´s consumed as food globally, from cow vein stew in Bolivia and giant flying ants in Uganda to raw camel kidneys in Ethiopia, putrefied shark in blood pudding in Iceland and Wolfgang Puck´s Hunan style rooster balls in Los Angeles.For Zimmern, local cuisine - bizarre, gross, or downright stomach-turning as it may be to us - is not simply what´s served at mealtime. It is a primary avenue to discovering what is most authentic - the bizarre truth - about cultures everywhere.Having eaten his way around the world over the course of four seasons of Bizarre Foods, Zimmern has now launched Bizarre Worlds, a new series on the Travel Channel, and this, his first book, a chronicle of his journeys as he not only tastes the ´´taboo treats´´ of the world, but delves deep into the cultures and lifestyles of far-flung locales and seeks the most prized of the modern traveler´s goals: The Authentic Experience. Written in the smart, often hilarious voice he uses to narrate his TV shows, Zimmern uses his adventures in ´´culinary anthropology´´ to illustrate such themes as: why visiting local markets can reveal more about destinations than museums; the importance of going to ´´the last stop on the subway´´ - the most remote area of a place where its essence is most often revealed; the need to seek out and catalog ´´the last bottle of coca-cola in the desert´´, i.e. disappearing foods and cultures; the profound differences between dining and eating; and the pleasures of snout to tail, local, fresh and organic food. Zimmern takes listeners into the back of a souk in Morocco where locals are eating a whole roasted lamb; along with a conch fisherman in Tobago, who may be the last of his kind; and to Mississippi, where he dines on raccoon and possum. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andrew Zimmern. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/002010/bk_rand_002010_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.