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Travel the World with Hoopla Audiobooks

By Steven Jablonski

Even if you're stuck at home, you can travel the world though the magic of downloadable audiobooks. Most will make you laugh and all will transport you, if only in your mind. You can download them immediately by going to the Hoopla app or website.

  • The Alps: A Human History from Hannibal to Heidi and Beyond

    2017 by O'Shea, Stephen

    Readers with acrophobia should steer clear of this title, but all others will enjoy Stephen O'Shea's trek through Europe's literal high spots. Ironically enough, they are often overlooked even by experienced travelers. As a bonus, you'll see why the Dutch are Europe's most annoying drivers.

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  • The Anglo Files: A Field Guide to the British

    2008 by Lyall, Sarah

    Okay, this is an affectionate portrait of the British rather than a travelogue. Nonetheless, it will make you feel like you're in England as you laugh at their funny ways. Among much else, you'll discover the horrors of English dentistry and learn why cricket is even more boring than it seems.

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  • Assassination Vacation

    2005 by Vowell, Sarah

    NPR correspondent Sarah Vowell is joined by a host of celebrity friends to narrate this account of her visits to places somehow connected with Presidential assassins. No matter where she goes, she never fails to amuse and charm in her own quirky, sarcastic, slightly macabre way.

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  • Danubia: A Personal History of Habsburg Europe

    2014 by Winder, Simon

    No one does a better job of blending humor, enthusiasm, and historical lore than Simon Winder in this tour down the Danube and through the tangled family tree of the imperial Hapsburg dynasty. The Hapsburgs are history's best argument for why it's not a good idea to marry your niece or cousin.

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  • Dead Presidents: An American Adventure into the Strange Deaths and Surprising Afterlives of Our Nation's Leaders

    2016 by Carlson, Brady

    The title Dead Presidents doesn't exactly scream "travelogue," but Brady Carlson does indeed travel the United States visiting sites associated with our nation's deceased Presidents: the good, the bad, and the unusual. Listen to this and you'll want to shake your fist at any ill-advised monument to John Tyler.

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  • The Full Catastrophe: Travels among the New Greek Ruins

    2015 by Angelos, James

    This audiobook is more sad than funny and more surreal than anything else. If you're in the mood to see just how bad (and bizarre) a country's economy, society, and government can get, this is the book for you.

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  • The Italians

    2015 by Hooper, John

    If you think you understand Italy and the Italians, think again. An Englishman living in Italy, John Hooper does his best to explain the perplexing habits and rich diversity of the nation and its peoples.

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  • Me Talk Pretty One Day

    2000 by Sedaris, David

    This is a collection of essays, so only parts of this audiobook reflect David Sedaris' misadventures as an American abroad in France. The good news is that these are some of the funniest pieces he's ever written, and they are even more enjoyable when he reads them himself.

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  • Super Sushi Ramen Express: One Family's Journey through the Belly of Japan

    2016 by Booth, Michael

    Yum meets fun as Michael Booth takes his wife and young kids on an exploration of the sometimes oddball food ways of Japan, a nation where some lucky cows are indeed treated with bottles of beer. I loved the family's trips to a dog cafe and a restaurant where noodles are sluiced down a diverted mountain stream.

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