Based on ´´Travels in West Africa´´ by Mary Kingsley, this is the account of a Victorian lady´s journeys up the rivers of West Africa in the 1890s. AUTHOR: Mary Kingsley was born in 1862. She was trapped by the conventions of her time until her parents died but then, with an income of £500, she was free to travel and in 1893 went to Africa. Travelling alone in small steamers and native canoes, which she learned to handle, she went deep into the jungle, learning about the spiritual lives of the African tribes and collecting specimens of fish for the British Museum. Her books were popular, funny and contentious and her views on missionaries were trenchant. After publishing her first book Mary Kingsley returned to West Africa. During the Boer War she worked in the military hospitals in South Africa where she died of typhus. ADAPTER: Nick McCarty has been a professional writer for forty years and has written for television shows such as Bergerac, The Onedin Line, The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Z-Cars and General Hospital. He has also scripted award-winning radio drama adaptations including A Tale of Two Cities, Dan Dare, Hard Times, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Dracula as well as many original plays for both the BBC and Commercial Radio. READER: Philippa Urquhart has been a member of The Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. She has worked extensively in Repertory Theatres across England and Scotland, and has appeared in London´s West End. Her many TV credits include Lillian Cartland in Tenko, and Miss Briggs in Vanity Fair, for the BBC. Films include Laughter In The Dark and Children Of Men. Her one woman show The Turn Of The Screw, adapted from the famous ghost story by Henry James, continues to tour successfully across the UK and worldwide. MUSIC: The drums are played by children from the Kakua Primary School, Sierra Leone. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Philippa Urquhart. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/crim/000001/bk_crim_000001_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Michael Brein´s Travel Tales Collections: African Safaris 1 features three select African wildlife travel stories, including Cape buffaloes, errant hippos, and even a wayward hyena named ´´Spot´´. African Safaris 1 is the very first of the Collections travel tales series and contains among the best travel stories about African safaris from Michael´s huge collection of travel tales that he has gathered in interviews with nearly 1,750 world travelers and adventurers during his four decades of travel to more than 125 countries throughout the world. Future Collections of African safari travel stories will include additional wildlife encounters as well as other interesting aspects of African safaris. Travel Tales Collections are groups of three very interesting, similar travel stories of a kind on a variety of very specific travel subjects, themes, or countries, such as close calls, great escapes, scams, Paris, Morocco, Mexico, and so on. Eventually several hundred Collections on all sorts of specific travel subjects, themes, and countries will be available. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gary Roelofs. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/021949/bk_acx0_021949_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Canoeing the Congo narrates the journey of Phil Harwood, who undertook an epic five-month solo attempt to canoe the Congo River in war-torn Central Africa. It was a historic first descent from the true source in the highlands of Zambia. Just short of 3,000 miles long, the Congo River is the eighth longest in the world and the deepest river in the world, with a flow rate second only to the Amazon. Along the way, Phil encountered numerous waterfalls, huge rapids, man-eating crocodiles, hippos, aggressive snakes and spiders´ webs the size of houses. He faced endemic corruption, was arrested, intimidated, bullied, chased and he received numerous death threats. He also collapsed from malaria. The people were mostly friendly, however, and Phil received tremendous hospitality from a proud and brave people, especially from the riverside fishermen who helped him wherever they could. On one stretch of river known as The Abattoir due to its past history of cannibalism and current reputation for criminal activity, he hired four brothers with a shotgun to accompany him as bodyguards. They paddled and floated for five days and nights on the river. Common questions from locals were, ‘why haven´t you cut his throat yet?’ and ‘if you don´t want to do it, tell us where your camping and we´ll come and do it for you ...We´ll share his money.’ It was an exhilarating, terrifying and wonderful journey but Phil managed to survive, despite the odds, to tell his story. Canoeing the Congo will appeal to fans of adventurous travel writing and people who love the nature and wilderness. Phil, who is a fan of adventure stories himself, enjoys the work of Ranulph Fiennes and Bill Bryson. Phil has worked all over the world as an ex-Royal Marine Commando, ski-guide, expedition leader, outdoor instructor and development trainer. He is qualified as mountain leader, a level 4 canoe coach, a level 3 kayak coach, a rock climbing instructor, a wilderness emergency 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gareth Armstrong. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/011892/bk_adbl_011892_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.