Walking the Americas: 1,800 Miles, Eight Countries, and One Incredible Journey from Mexico to Colombia

7 CDs. Tantor. Mar. 2018. 8:30 hrs. ISBN 9781541412118. $39.99. digital download. TRAV
The focus here isn't really on how the author accomplished such an incredible feat but, rather, how he enjoyed and appreciated each step of his journey and the remarkable landscape that surrounded him. British explorer and photographer Wood chronicles his trip with traveling companion and guide Alberto as they attempt to walk through Central America. While they certainly faced struggles along the way, including snakes, torrential rain, and drug smugglers, the potential dangers they feared they might encounter during their journey were mostly avoided, even in the dreaded Darien Gap, which they passed through relatively unscathed. Wood spends most of the time describing the culture, people, and natural wonders that he experienced. He weaves into his work brief history lessons of the areas he visits so listeners can better understand the present-day conditions, affording listeners unique insight into the Central America that tourists rarely get to see. Barnaby Edwards narrates, bringing Wood's passion for travel to life and adding flashes of humor to the story with his portrayal of the good-natured Alberto.
VERDICT Recommended for fans of travel writing and those with an interest in Central America. ["He focuses on the people and places he and Alberto encounter, which makes for great reading": LJ 2/15/18 starred review of the Atlantic hc.]

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