The wild calls. Whether you are an urban explorer, a coastal creature, a mountain maven, a woods wanderer, a pro surfer (or um, a couch surfer), listening to true stories of the outdoors on audio is an adventure.
Originally published in print by Patagonia Books, these audiobooks allow you to share in an author’s experience in their own words. Learn about the dramatic life cycle of salmon with Mark Kurlansky, or find new ways to bring the ethos of outdoor adventuring into your work life with Let My People Go Surfing by Patagonia’s founder Yvon Chouinard. Find out more and listen to audio clips below.
What do you think of when you think of Nature? In Four Fifths a Grizzly, prolific author and National Geographic writer Doug Chadwick takes a fresh look at humanity’s place in the natural world. Using personal stories, recounting how he came to love and depend on the Great Outdoors, this audiobook, read by the author, is an inspiring and illuminating listen. Also, did you know that humans share 80 percent of our DNA with Grizzlies?!
What makes this fourth carnivore in the food chain—just ahead of humans—so resilient and resourceful, and what can conservationists do to protect the web of biodiversity that the puma depends on for survival?
Listen to a clip, and also go behind the mic to hear author and narrator Jim Williams talk about recording the audiobook of Path of the Puma on our This Is the Author podcast.
In Salmon, listen to award-winning and bestselling author Mark Kurlansky (author of Salt and Cod, The Big Oyster, 1968, and Milk, among others) employ his signature multi-century storytelling and compelling attention to detail to chronicle the harrowing yet awe-inspiring life cycle of salmon.
“If ever a noble species needed a voice, it is the salmon; in Mark Kurlansky, it has found its champion.”—AudioFile
In his memoir, Yvon Chouinard—legendary climber, businessman, environmentalist, and founder of Patagonia, Inc.—shares the story of forming one of the most respected and environmentally responsible companies on earth. Let My People Go Surfing is the story of a man who brought doing good and having grand adventures into the heart of his business life—an audiobook that will deeply affect entrepreneurs and outdoor enthusiasts alike. With the Preface, Introduction, and Epilogue read by the author.
In true stories overflowing with wild waves and constant challenges, Captain Liz Clark captures her epic voyage by sailboat in gripping detail in this memoir, sharing tales of sailing in high seas, of solitude and surprises, of finding connection to the earth and commitment to living in harmony with it.
With heart-pounding descriptions of avalanches and treacherous ascents, Barry Blanchard chronicles his transformation from a poor “Native American/white kid from the wrong side of the tracks” to one of the most respected alpinists in the world.
Steve House built his reputation on ascents throughout the Alps, Canada, Alaska, the Karakoram, and the Himalayas. In addition to mountaineering, many issues common to nonclimbing life—mentorship, trust, failure, success, goal setting, heroes, and partnership. Beyond the Mountain is a gripping listen, destined to be a mountain classic.
Before a surfing accident caused thirty-three-year-old Devon Raney to lose all but 15 percent of his vision, he had already lived an extraordinary life of outdoor adventure. So when faced with this devastating mid-life challenge, Devon used his remaining peripheral vision to develop a style of tandem snowboarding, figured out how to read the waves, and carried himself through his daily life in such a way that few people other than his close friends and family were aware of his vision loss. Still Sideways is a gripping narrative filled with humor, candor, and authenticity.