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4.11 out of 54.11 out of 54.11 out of 54.11 out of 54.11 out of 5 4.11 (9 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John McPhee Narrator: Nelson Runger Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2017 ISBN: 9781440798856
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Annals of the Former World is the result of a 20-year journey. During that time, John McPhee, author of 25 books and noted writer for The New Yorker, crisscrossed the United States, roughly following the 40th parallel. The geological insights and wonderful descriptions McPhee packed into his accounts of these trips earned his remarkable book a Pulitzer Prize. The third part, Rising From the Plains, takes McPhee to the high country of Utah along the Continental Divide. His guide is David Love, "the grand old man of Rocky Mountain geology." Helping McPhee see the physical changes that have shaped this region over millions of years, Love also traces his own family's history in this oil-rich, windswept land. As McPhee climbs into the granite landscape of the Rockies, Rising From the Plains creates a fascinating picture of the interdependence of geology, commerce and culture. Nelson Runger's clear narration further enhances McPhee's engaging text. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 5/23/2011

    " Fascinating geology and human history. A classic story of the American West. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 5/1/2011

    " As a geologist I REALLY liked this book. Now I need to plan a trip to Wyoming... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susan | 10/12/2010

    " I am having the most difficult time reading this book. I'm not an unintelligent person, but the subject matter is not grabbing me.

    What attitude is one supposed to take to connect with these men? I'm not finding it. Someone please help. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 G | 3/18/2010

    " Biographical; somewhat reminds me of "In Patagonia". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammy | 3/26/2009

    " A lovely book about life in pioneer times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 8/22/2008

    " I love John McPhee. Geology, humor and travel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 8/20/2008

    " A must for anyone living in Jackson regardless of whether they consider themselves a local or care about geology. I couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathie | 7/16/2008

    " I am a huge fan of John McPhee! He is such an amazing scientific writer. He is my next favorite to John Janovy. Any book by either author I'm crazy about. You'll like this one if you love history and science and the Great Plains. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clinton | 5/27/2008

    " Elegant, engaging and a so unlike your intro to geography course. McPhee excellently weaves geography and sociology into a top-shelf example of this genre. "

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About the Author
Author John McPhee

John McPhee was born in Princeton, New Jersey, and was educated at Princeton University and Cambridge University. His writing career began at Time magazine and led to his long association with the New Yorker, where he has been a staff writer since 1965. The same year he published his first book, A Sense of Where You Are, with FSG, and followed with several others.

About the Narrator

Nelson Runger’s voice has been recorded in dozens of audio productions and won him two AudioFile Earphones Awards. His ability to convey difficult, scholarly material with eloquence and ease has earned him critical acclaim, including an AudioFile Best Voice in Biography & History for his reading of Nixon and Kissinger.