Out in the Cold: Audiobook Excerpt

Here is another excerpt from my latest book, Out in the Cold: Adventures in Svalbard, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland and Canada. This time I thought I’d share a bit of the audiobook version, which is still in production. This clip is from Part 1, Svalbard, in which we are poised to witness the 2015 total solar eclipse way up there, just some 800 miles from the North Pole. It’s me speaking; I narrate the book. I hope you enjoy it.

 

 

I’m still recording this audiobook. It should be ready in a month or two. Meanwhile, you can buy the written version of Out in the Cold on Amazon, here, or you can get the audiobook versions of either of my other books here:

Common Sense and Whiskey on Audible.
Visiting Chernobyl on Audible.

And here are several more written excerpts from Out in the Cold.

Weekend Reading

Five engaging reads to load up and take along on a picnic:

Albania’s Bunker Problem by Dave Hazzan at Roads and Kingdoms
Border Crossing to Cymru by Chris Morgan at nowheremag.com
Brexit and the Globalization Trilemma by Dani Rodrik at rodrick.typepad.com
Is the Gig Economy Working? by Nathan Heller in The New Yorker
The Annexation of Crimea isn’t Going as Planned by Lily Hyde in Foreign Policy

Friday Photo Quiz #5

The answer to the last quiz: It was the booming capital of Panama, Panama City. Speaking of capital cities, here’s a photo from the capital of this week’s country.

Leave your best guess as a comment. I’ll put all the correct answers into a hat, draw one, and the winner of the drawing gets a copy of the audiobook version of my book Common Sense and Whiskey.

Win free stuff every Friday this summer. New photo every Friday, drawing the next Thursday, winner notified by email Friday. Good luck.

Now: What’s your guess in this week’s quiz?

And since this might be a tough one, here’s a second photo taken in this week’s country, which might be another clue. Maybe. Where on earth can this be?

Weekend Reading

Suggested articles for an absorbing Saturday and Sunday:

This Island Life by Maggie Fergusson in 1843
India’s Silicon Valley Is Dying of Thirst. Your City May Be Next by Samanth Subramanian in Wired
Useful background: Macron’s Win in Context by Jonathan Fenby in Foreign Affairs (register to read for free)
Living Eating and Dreaming Revolution by Catherine Merridale in The New Statesman
Rising high water blues by Peter Coates in the Times Literary Supplement

Book: The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction by Matthew B. Crawford

Friday Photo Quiz #4

The answer to the last quiz was Jordan, specifically in the photo, the capital of Amman. Now for this week’s quiz. Where on earth can this be?

Leave your best guess as a comment. I’ll put all the correct answers into a hat, draw one, and the winner of the drawing will win a copy of the audiobook version of my book Common Sense and Whiskey.

Win free stuff every Friday this summer. New photo every Friday, drawing the next Thursday, winner notified by email Friday. Good luck. hat’s your guess in this week’s quiz?

Now: What’s your guess in this week’s quiz?

Quotes:

Every five years a beech tree produces at least thirty thousand beechnuts …. It is sexually mature at about 80 to 150 years of age, depending on how much light it gets where it’s growing. Assuming it grows to be 400 years old, it can fruit at least sixty times and produce a total of about 1.8 million beechnuts. From these, exactly one will develop into a full-grown tree – and in forest terms, that is a high rate of success, similar to winning the lottery. All the other hopeful embryos are either eaten by animals or broken down into humus by fungi or bacteria.

  • The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohllben