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Publisher's Summary

"I experienced that sinking feeling you get when you know you have conned yourself into doing something difficult and there's no going back."
So begins Robyn Davidson's perilous journey across 1,700 miles of hostile Australian desert to the sea, with only four camels and a dog for company. Enduring sweltering heat, fending off poisonous snakes and lecherous men, chasing her camels when they get skittish and nursing them when they are injured, Davidson emerges as an extraordinarily courageous heroine driven by a love of Australia's landscape, an empathy for its indigenous people, and a willingness to cast away the trappings of her former identity. Tracks is the compelling, candid story of her odyssey of discovery and transformation.
©1980, 2012 Robyn Davidson (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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By Momma Mia on 01-02-15

A book for my top five list

I am putting Tracks in my top five favorites. Robyn's spirit and passion for the adventure is only surpassed by her incredible clarity and beauty in her writing. I will probably listen or read this book every fall, when the darkness of the cloudy Pacific Northwest makes me yearn for the brightness of the dessert. She made me fall in love many times throughout the text, with camels, with solitude, with blue sky and dry dessert plants. But throughout her story is also the story of people finding contentment in being human and standing their ground against those who would dehumanized them. From her standing with gun in hand against rough men, to the aborigines who must stand against the intrusion of rough modern societies, this story so effortlessly spins such an intriguing tale that I found myself resenting having to pull my head out of the narrative to take care of my own daily needs and responsibilities.

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By Sara on 03-23-16

An Australian Desert Adventure

I enjoy biographies and personal memoirs because they offer a chance to see life through another's eyes. The reader gets to see a writer's version of their own truth based on their own personal perspective. The adventure depicted in Tracks becomes even more complex because the passage of time and history that has elapsed and been added to this mix. The adventure actually took place in 1977, it was an article in National Geographic magazine in 1979, a book in 1980, and now a movie and and audio recording in 2015. Quite a history.

The story itself was engaging, beautiful, overwrought, frustrating and at times self indulgent and self possessed. The stories about the treatment of animals--camels in particular and the aboriginal tribes of Australia were extremely difficult listening. The adventure was amazing. I listened hanging on each word, eager to hear about the next disaster, the next mix-up and the next near miss. To me, the author captured her alone time, her stepping outside of the world and into the wilds of nature wonderfully.

As a extra treat--when you are finished listening to the book look up Davidson's Facebook page and look at the photos of the journey. I am glad I waited to look because in hind site she really captured the world from the book in words. It looked just the way I thought it would--just the way she described it. Pretty great really--but be warned--tough listening ahead.



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