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Unbeaten Tracks in Japan

Gelesen von Availle

(4,491 Sterne; 53 Bewertungen)

Isabella Lucy Bird was a 19th century English traveller, writer, and natural historian. She was a sickly child, however, while she was travelling she was almost always healthy. Her first trip, in 1854, took her to America, visiting relatives. Her first book, The Englishwoman in America was published anonymously two years later.

Unbeaten Tracks in Japan is compiled of the letters she sent to her sister during her 7 months sojourn in Japan in 1878. Her travels there took her from Edo (now called Tokyo) through the interior - where she was often the first foreigner the locals had met - to Niigata, and from there to Aomori. There she crossed over to Yezo (Hokkaido), and her account on the life of the Ainu, an indigenous people of Japan, provides an interesting glimpse of days long past. (Summary by Availle) (12 hr 56 min)

Chapters

Preface

6:31

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Letter I

13:45

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Letter II

3:09

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Letter III

12:58

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Letter IV

13:46

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Letter V

28:00

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Letter VI part 1

24:30

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Letter VI part 2

21:18

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Letter VII

5:43

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Letter VIII

20:46

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Letter IX

6:46

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Letter X part 1

17:17

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Letter X part 2

8:55

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Letter X part 3

8:08

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Letter XI

31:30

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Letter XII part 1

10:35

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Letter XII part 2

5:29

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Letter XIII

18:46

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Letter XIV

6:53

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Letter XV

10:37

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Letter XVI

13:33

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Letter XVII

20:49

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Letter XVIII

21:02

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Letter XIX

16:58

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Letter XX part 1

6:27

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Letter XX part 2

15:16

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Letter XX part 3

5:34

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Letter XXI

10:35

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Letter XXII

4:20

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Letter XXIII

10:07

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Letter XXIV

11:39

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Letter XXV

11:56

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Letter XXVI

19:39

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Letter XXVII

10:31

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Letter XXVIII part 1

16:12

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Letter XXVIII part 2

8:01

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Letter XXIX

6:10

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Letter XXX

5:55

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Letter XXXI

5:36

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Letter XXXII

15:33

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Letter XXXIII

4:26

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Letter XXXIV

3:45

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Letter XXXV part 1

37:07

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Letter XXXV part 2

6:11

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Letter XXXVI part 1

20:02

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Letter XXXVI part 2

23:20

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Letter XXXVII part 1

15:54

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Letter XXXVII part 2

22:23

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Letter XXXVII part 3

30:00

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Letter XXXVIII

8:01

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Letter XXXIX part 1

18:24

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Letter XXXIX part 2

6:48

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Letter XL part 1

16:56

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Letter XL part 2

14:07

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Letter XLI

22:22

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Letter XLII

3:54

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Letter XLIII

3:57

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Letter XLIV

7:33

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Bewertungen

A fascinating listen

(4,5 Sterne)

A fascinating glimpse into another world and another time. I really enjoyed the narrative. Well written and well read for the most part, just some mispronunciation of English words distracted me a little.

Beautiful and harrowing

(5 Sterne)

An absolute treasure of a story from Japan's rocky but intriguing past. The descriptions of Japan's vast and wild landscape is both extraordinary and haunting, including horrendous animal abuse and the fascinating life of the aborigines. Isabella is such an inspiration and has definitely awoken a strong wanderlust in me. The reason I chose this book in the first place is the calm and earthly voice of the reader. Her pronunciations of any japanese words is without fault and is a treat to listen to. keep up the good work!

(4,5 Sterne)

I have listened to this many times - Availle is a fantastic reader & there's so much to learn about old Japan seen through the eyes of a Victorian Englishwoman with all the prejudice & primness of the time but still, there is a lot of valuable information here - life was so very different not so long ago - naked men everywhere and straw boots for horses & silent staring crowds attending - great journey!

One very adventurous woman

(5 Sterne)

A wonderful insight into pre-modern Japan. Passing through at times very rough tracks in sometimes very bad weather Isabella Bird proves to be a determined traveler. The writing is elegant and compelling. Wonderfully read by Availle who has lovely clear tone.

What a woman!

(5 Sterne)

Such a fascinating account of an unexplored time in Japanese history. Isabella Bird is surely an intrepid traveler. The reader is excellent and makes the book come alive: Ms. Bird hardly needs help with that. Her descriptive narrative is faultless.

Couldn't put it down

(5 Sterne)

Beautifully read glimpse into old Japan, heavily filtered through western ideas of civilization, though very open minded. One of the best first person travel logs I have read.

Japan in 1878

(5 Sterne)

Interesting account of Ms. Bird’s travels in Japan. The reader is excellent and can read the foreign names smoothly.

Reflections of a tough old Bird

(5 Sterne)

Very informative observations about pre-industrial, post Edo era Japan well and intelligently read.