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Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Man Who Climbs Trees, written and read by James Aldred.

This is the story of a professional British tree climber, cameraman and adventurer who has made a career out of travelling the world, filming wildlife for the BBC and climbing trees.

James' climbs take him around the globe, scaling the most incredible and majestic trees in existence: the strangler fig tree of Borneo, the monolithic Congolese moabi tree, the fern-covered howler tree of Costa Rica and the colossal mountain ash of Australia. On the way he meets native tribes and jungle cats, he gets stung by African bees and chased by gorillas and he spends his nights in a hammock pitched hundreds of feet up in the air, with only the stars above him.

This audiobook blends incredible stories of his adventures in the branches and a fascination with the majesty of trees to show us the joy of rising - literally - above the daily grind, up into the canopy of the forest.

'The wide horizontal branches stretched away from me to curl up like the giant fingers of an enormous cupped hand. I slid back into the centre of its protective palm and waited for my heart to slow. After a while the small herd of fallow deer I had been following emerged from the trees, carefully picking their way through the churned-up leaf litter to pass beneath me in the wake of the ponies. They had been there all along, and I was immediately struck that not one of them appeared to have seen or smelt me as I crouched in the arms of the oak directly above.'

©2017 James Aldred (P)2017 Random House AudioBooks

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  • 07-01-2018

Memories, nature and spirituality

James Aldred accounts his remarkable story thus far. As a wild life camera he has amazing stories from his work. He also has a deep unique connection with trees, and explores his spirituality throughout the book.

An easy listen, for anyone who has a passing interest in climbing, trees, cameras, natural history or spirituality.

Highly recommended