Saturday, July 11, 2009

Isabella Bird, World Traveler of the 19th Century

For an overview of Isabella Bird, see the entertaining Wikipedia article. Her writings were either in the form of letters to her loved ones back home or written in full from copious notes taken on her travels. These books are now in the public domain and have been lovingly preserved by the Gutenberg Project. My preference for public domain is, an elegant and easy to use site. I downloaded several of her books for my Kindle and then realized that two of these were also available in free audio in the same place via a zipped archive for each book. They are very competently read by Laura Caldwell and were easy to add to my iTunes library. They should be equally easy to add to your Kindle for listening if you like audio on the large device. In my opinion, smaller is better, and the iPod or iPhone is my preferred way of listening. The books are:

Among the Tibetans

The Englishwoman in America (also in audio)

The Golden Chersonese and The Way Thither

The Hawaiian Archipelago - Six Months Among the Palm Groves, Coral Reefs, and Volcanoes of the Sandwich Islands

A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains (also in audio)

Unbeaten Tracks in Japan

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