Careers of Danger and Daring


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(4.2 stars; 3 reviews)

In this volume of adventure the author depicts the lives of certain humble modern heroes whose unconscious courage ordinarily goes unnoticed. Mr. Moffett has chosen unusual and picturesque careers, and has offered dramatic scenes from the lives of the steeple climber, the diver, the balloonist,the pilot, the bridge builder, the fireman, the aerial acrobat, the wild animal trainer, the dynamite worker and lastly the locomotive driver. (Summary by annise)

And it has great pictures - ever wondered what the top of a steeple really looked like? Some listeners may find the "Wild Animal Tamer" stories distressing - I did. I would suggest you just don't download that section - the rest is well worth listening to. (10 hr 24 min)

Chapters

The Steeple-Climber Pt 1 In Which We Make the Acquaintance of 'Steeple Bob' 18:00 Read by klbonds
The Steeple-Climber Pt 2 How They Blew Off the Top of a Steeple with Dynamite 11:58 Read by klbonds
The Steeple-Climber Pt 3The Greatest Danger to a Steeple-Climber Lies in Being … 15:18 Read by klbonds
The Steeple-Climber Pt 4 Experience of an Amateur Climbing to a Steeple-top 18:35 Read by klbonds
The Deep-Sea Diver Pt 1 Some First Impressions of Men Who Go Down Under the Sea 24:13 Read by LivelyHive
The Deep-Sea Diver Pt 2 A Visit to the Burying-ground of Wrecks 16:04 Read by LivelyHive
The Deep-Sea Diver Pt 3 An Afternoon of Story-telling on the Steam-pump Dunderb… 13:40 Read by LivelyHive
The Deep-Sea Diver Pt 4 Wherein We Meet Sharks, Alligators, and a Very Tough Pr… 11:28 Read by E.Lee
The Deep-Sea Diver Pt 5 In Which the Author Puts on a Diving-suit and Goes Down… 13:18 Read by E.Lee
The Balloonist Pt 1 Here We Visit a Balloon Farm and Talk with the Man Who Runs… 15:35 Read by E.Lee
The Balloonist Pt 2 Which Treats of Experiments in Steering Balloons 14:52 Read by E.Lee
The Balloonist Pt 3 Something About Explosive Balloons and the Wonders of Hydro… 10:40 Read by jerryB
The Balloonist Pt 4 The Story of a Boy Who Ran Away in a Big Balloon 18:03 Read by jerryB
The Pilot Pt 1 Some Stirring Tales of the Sea Heard at the Pilot's Club 15:08 Read by jerryB
The Pilot Pt 2 Which Shows How Pilots on the St. Lawrence Fight the Ice-floe 10:49 Read by jerryB
The Pilot Pt 3 Now We Watch the Men Who Shoot the Furious Rapids at Lachine 13:55 Read by jerryB
The Pilot Pt 4 What Canadian Pilots Did in the Cataracts of the Nile 14:21 Read by jerryB
The Bridge-Builder Pt 1 In Which We Visit a Place of Unusual Fears and Perils 10:46 Read by ashleighjane
The Bridge-Builder Pt 2 The Experience of Two Novices in Balancing Along Narrow… 16:48 Read by ashleighjane
The Bridge-Builder Pt 3 Which Tells of Men Who Have Fallen from Great Heights 16:58 Read by ashleighjane
The Fireman Pt 1 Wherein We See a Sleeping Village Swept by a River of Fire and… 18:19 Read by klbonds
The Fireman Pt 2 What Bill Brown Did in the Great Tarrant Fire 16:56 Read by klbonds
The Fireman Pt 3 Here We Visit an Engine-house at Night and Chat with the Driver 12:04 Read by klbonds
The Fireman Pt 4 Famous Rescues by New York Fire-boats from Red-hot Ocean Liners 19:42 Read by klbonds
The Aërial Acrobat Pt 1 Showing That it Takes More Than Muscle and Skill to Wor… 14:56 Read by Guero
The Aërial Acrobat Pt 2 About Double and Triple Somersaults and the Danger of L… 13:20 Read by Phil Chenevert
The Aërial Acrobat Pt 3 In Which the Author Tries His Hand with Professional Tr… 18:22 Read by Phil Chenevert
The Aërial Acrobat Pt 4 Some Remarkable Falls and Narrow Escapes of Famous Athl… 12:37 Read by Phil Chenevert
The Wild Beast Tamer Pt 1 We Visit a Queer Resort for Circus People and Talk wi… 16:28 Read by Annise
The Wild Beast Tamer Pt 2 Methods of Lion-tamers and the Story of Brutus's Atta… 16:12 Read by Annise
The Wild Beast Tamer Pt 3 Bonavita Describes His Fight with Seven Lions and Geo… 17:53 Read by Annise
The Wild Beast Tamer Pt 4 We See Mr. Bostock Matched Against a Wild Lion and He… 14:12 Read by Annise
The Wild Beast Tamer Pt 5 We Spend a Night Among Wild Beasts and See the Danger… 14:46 Read by Annise
The Dynamite Worker Pt 1 The Story of Some Millionaire Heroes and the World's G… 17:02 Read by Kara Shallenberg
The Dynamite Worker Pt 2 We Visit a Dynamite-factory and Meet a Man Who Thinks … 13:19 Read by Kara Shallenberg
The Dynamite Worker Pt 3 How Joshua Plumstead Stuck to His Nitro-Glycerin-Vat i… 14:41 Read by Kara Shallenberg
The Locomotive Engineer Pt 1 How it Feels to Ride at Night on a Locomote Going … 19:28 Read by TriciaG
The Locomotive Engineer Pt 2 We Pick Up Some Engine Lore and Hear About the Dea… 11:25 Read by TriciaG
The Locomotive Engineer Pt 3 Some Memories of the Great Record-breaking Run fro… 18:49 Read by TriciaG
The Locomotive Engineer Pt 4 We Hear Some Thrilling Stories at a Round-house an… 23:44 Read by TriciaG

Reviews

Fun Look into the Past!


(4 stars)

This was written when divers had to have air pumped to them and sent via a hose - no SCUBA gear; when hydrogen was considered a viable gas for balloons; when horses pulled fire engines, which used steam to pump water at the fire site. It was written WAY before OSHA and workplace safety laws. The author provides lots of anecdotes and stories from the various professionals, as well as attempting to do what they do: he climbs part of a steeple, dives down to a shipwreck, tries out the flying trapeze, etc. and describes the sensations. By the way, the pilots described are not airplane pilots, but river and harbor pilots. (I suppose this is obvious from the chapter subtitles.) Readers were generally very good. I only had problems understanding one reader; I stopped listening and read those chapters instead.