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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (129 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Matthiessen Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2009 ISBN: 9781455195572
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For twenty thousand miles, Peter Matthiessen crisscrossed the South American wilderness, traveling from the Amazonian rain forests to Machu Picchu high in the Andes, down to the edge of the world at Tierra del Fuego and back. In the course of his journey, he followed the trails of old explorers; encountered river bandits, wild tribesmen, and the evidence of ancient ruins; and discovered a fossilized snout of a giant unknown crocodilian hidden in the depths of the jungle on the wild mountain rivers of Peru.

Filled with observations and descriptions of the people and the fading wildlife of this vast world to the south, The Cloud Forest is Matthiessen’s incisive, wry report of his expedition into some of the last and most exotic wild terrains in the world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The range of these travels is astonishing…Mr. Matthiessen has three indispensable qualities for an all-around writer: a sense of style, a sense of humor, and a sense of ungovernable curiosity.”

    New York Times

  • “A completely delightful book. Beneath the clean, dry, straightforward prose, there is an extraordinary perception. Nowhere in The Cloud Forest did I come across a false note.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “[Matthiessen’s] eloquent prose and unique descriptive talent make one think one is hearing a novel…The baritone voice of narrator Stefan Rudnicki booms at a crisp pace. He capitalizes on the author’s tendency to exploit alliterative phrases and pronounces the abundant scientific names with ease.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cherie | 9/18/2013

    " B There was a point where I felt like it dragged on but it was overall interesting and informative. Good writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jrobertus | 3/10/2013

    " a marvelous travel narrative of a trip around s. america. tierra del fuego to the matto grosso to the amazon. at the end he floats down the amazon in peru and finds a giant fossil jaw. the characters he meets are truly amazing. a fine writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neeta | 7/13/2009

    " So far, it's excellent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cherie | 12/16/2007

    " B There was a point where I felt like it dragged on but it was overall interesting and informative. Good writing.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jrobertus | 7/19/2007

    " a marvelous travel narrative of a trip around s. america. tierra del fuego to the matto grosso to the amazon. at the end he floats down the amazon in peru and finds a giant fossil jaw. the characters he meets are truly amazing. a fine writer. "

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About the Author
Author Peter Matthiessen

Peter Matthiessen (1927–2014) was the author of more than thirty books, including the New York Times bestseller The Snow Leopard. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1974. He was cofounder of the Paris Review and won two National Book Awards, the 2000 Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities, and the 2010 Spiros Vergos Prize for Freedom of Expression.

About the Narrator

Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than three thousand audiobooks as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He has narrated more than three hundred audiobooks. A recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he was presented the coveted Audie Award for solo narration in 2005, 2007, and 2014, and was named one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices in 2012.