Across Mongolian Plains: A Naturalist's Account of China's 'Great Northwest'

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(4.7 stars; 10 reviews)

An account of a 1918 journey to Northern China by famed adventurer/paleontologist Roy Chapman Andrews. Andrews, who was the inspiration for the many explorer hero characters (including Indiana Jones), wrote this book for the general public, excluding "scientific details" that they might find "wearisome". - Summary by Matthew M. Benzing

NOTE: This book contains many accounts of hunting animals for sport and for exhibition in a museum. (7 hr 53 min)


Preface 7:52 Read by Matthew M. Benzing
Entering the Land of Mystery 19:38 Read by Matthew M. Benzing
Speed Marvels of the Gobi Desert 20:49 Read by Matthew M. Benzing
A Chapter of Accidents 16:17 Read by Matthew M. Benzing
New Travels on an Old Trail 17:20 Read by Matthew M. Benzing
Antelope Movie Stars 21:52 Read by David Olson
The Sacred City of the Living Buddha 48:50 Read by MajorHistory
The Long Trail to Sain Noin Khan 32:38 Read by MajorHistory
The Lure of the Plains 37:30 Read by MajorHistory
Hunting on the Turin Plains 27:28 Read by Marya James
An Adventure in the Lama City 15:42 Read by Marya James
Mongols at Home 26:37 Read by Mark Ernest
Nomads of the Forest 22:04 Read by Jeff Mattison
The Passing of Mongolian Mystery 14:39 Read by Larry Wilson
The Great Ram of the Shansi Mountains 33:51 Read by Marya James
Mongolian "Argali" 23:24 Read by Phil Schempf
The Horse-Deer of Shansi 17:38 Read by Wayne Cooke
Wapiti, Roebuck and Goral 17:41 Read by Wayne Cooke
Wild Pigs - Animal and Human 26:47 Read by Laura Kumanova
The Hunting Park of the Eastern Tombs 24:55 Read by KevinS


A great adventure

(5 stars)

While some of the language is a bit dated since it is from 1918, this reads like a great adventure story, which it is! it's also an interesting insight to the profession of a naturalist in the early 20th century.

(4.5 stars)

Excellent story. Very interesting and informative.

(4 stars)

I thought a naturalist is not an avid hunter who kills whatever animal crosses his way. Nevertheless, there were some interesting parts in the book and the readers did a great job. Thank you for your time and effort! November 2021