Careers of Danger and Daring

Cleveland MOFFETT (1863 - 1926)

In this volume of adventure the author depicts the lives of certain humble modern heroes whose unconscious courage ordinarily goes unnoticed. Mr. Moffett has chosen unusual and picturesque careers, and has offered dramatic scenes from the lives of the steeple climber, the diver, the balloonist,the pilot, the bridge builder, the fireman, the aerial acrobat, the wild animal trainer, the dynamite worker and lastly the locomotive driver. (Summary by annise)

And it has great pictures - ever wondered what the top of a steeple really looked like? Some listeners may find the "Wild Animal Tamer" stories distressing - I did. I would suggest you just don't download that section - the rest is well worth listening to.

Genre(s): *Non-fiction, Animals, Technology & Engineering

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 The Steeple-Climber Pt 1 In Which We Make the Acquaintance of 'Steeple Bob' klbonds
00:18:00
Play 02 The Steeple-Climber Pt 2 How They Blew Off the Top of a Steeple with Dynamite klbonds
00:11:58
Play 03 The Steeple-Climber Pt 3The Greatest Danger to a Steeple-Climber Lies in Being Startled klbonds
00:15:18
Play 04 The Steeple-Climber Pt 4 Experience of an Amateur Climbing to a Steeple-top klbonds
00:18:35
Play 05 The Deep-Sea Diver Pt 1 Some First Impressions of Men Who Go Down Under the Sea LivelyHive
00:24:13
Play 06 The Deep-Sea Diver Pt 2 A Visit to the Burying-ground of Wrecks LivelyHive
00:16:04
Play 07 The Deep-Sea Diver Pt 3 An Afternoon of Story-telling on the Steam-pump Dunderberg LivelyHive
00:13:40
Play 08 The Deep-Sea Diver Pt 4 Wherein We Meet Sharks, Alligators, and a Very Tough Problem in Wrecking E.Lee
00:11:28
Play 09 The Deep-Sea Diver Pt 5 In Which the Author Puts on a Diving-suit and Goes Down to a Wreck E.Lee
00:13:18
Play 10 The Balloonist Pt 1 Here We Visit a Balloon Farm and Talk with the Man Who Runs It E.Lee
00:15:35
Play 11 The Balloonist Pt 2 Which Treats of Experiments in Steering Balloons E.Lee
00:14:52
Play 12 The Balloonist Pt 3 Something About Explosive Balloons and the Wonders of Hydrogen jerryB
00:10:40
Play 13 The Balloonist Pt 4 The Story of a Boy Who Ran Away in a Big Balloon jerryB
00:18:03
Play 14 The Pilot Pt 1 Some Stirring Tales of the Sea Heard at the Pilot's Club jerryB
00:15:08
Play 15 The Pilot Pt 2 Which Shows How Pilots on the St. Lawrence Fight the Ice-floe jerryB
00:10:49
Play 16 The Pilot Pt 3 Now We Watch the Men Who Shoot the Furious Rapids at Lachine jerryB
00:13:55
Play 17 The Pilot Pt 4 What Canadian Pilots Did in the Cataracts of the Nile jerryB
00:14:21
Play 18 The Bridge-Builder Pt 1 In Which We Visit a Place of Unusual Fears and Perils ashleighjane
00:10:46
Play 19 The Bridge-Builder Pt 2 The Experience of Two Novices in Balancing Along Narrow Girders and Watching the 'Traveler' Gang ashleighjane
00:16:48
Play 20 The Bridge-Builder Pt 3 Which Tells of Men Who Have Fallen from Great Heights ashleighjane
00:16:58
Play 21 The Fireman Pt 1 Wherein We See a Sleeping Village Swept by a River of Fire and the Burning of a Famous Hotel klbonds
00:18:19
Play 22 The Fireman Pt 2 What Bill Brown Did in the Great Tarrant Fire klbonds
00:16:56
Play 23 The Fireman Pt 3 Here We Visit an Engine-house at Night and Chat with the Driver klbonds
00:12:04
Play 24 The Fireman Pt 4 Famous Rescues by New York Fire-boats from Red-hot Ocean Liners klbonds
00:19:42
Play 25 The Aërial Acrobat Pt 1 Showing That it Takes More Than Muscle and Skill to Work on the High Bars Guero
00:14:56
Play 26 The Aërial Acrobat Pt 2 About Double and Triple Somersaults and the Danger of Losing Heart Phil Chenevert
00:13:20
Play 27 The Aërial Acrobat Pt 3 In Which the Author Tries His Hand with Professional Trapeze Performer Phil Chenevert
00:18:22
Play 28 The Aërial Acrobat Pt 4 Some Remarkable Falls and Narrow Escapes of Famous Athletes Phil Chenevert
00:12:37
Play 29 The Wild Beast Tamer Pt 1 We Visit a Queer Resort for Circus People and Talk with a Trainer of Elephants Annise
00:16:28
Play 30 The Wild Beast Tamer Pt 2 Methods of Lion-tamers and the Story of Brutus's Attack on Mr. Bostock Annise
00:16:12
Play 31 The Wild Beast Tamer Pt 3 Bonavita Describes His Fight with Seven Lions and George Arstingstall Tells How He Conquered a Mad Elephant Annise
00:17:53
Play 32 The Wild Beast Tamer Pt 4 We See Mr. Bostock Matched Against a Wild Lion and Hear About the Tiger Rajah Annise
00:14:12
Play 33 The Wild Beast Tamer Pt 5 We Spend a Night Among Wild Beasts and See the Dangerous Lion Black Prince Annise
00:14:46
Play 34 The Dynamite Worker Pt 1 The Story of Some Millionaire Heroes and the World's Greatest Powder Explosion Kara Shallenberg
00:17:02
Play 35 The Dynamite Worker Pt 2 We Visit a Dynamite-factory and Meet a Man Who Thinks Courage is an Accident Kara Shallenberg
00:13:19
Play 36 The Dynamite Worker Pt 3 How Joshua Plumstead Stuck to His Nitro-Glycerin-Vat in an Explosion and Saved the Works Kara Shallenberg
00:14:41
Play 37 The Locomotive Engineer Pt 1 How it Feels to Ride at Night on a Locomote Going Ninety Miles an Hour TriciaG
00:19:28
Play 38 The Locomotive Engineer Pt 2 We Pick Up Some Engine Lore and Hear About the Death of Giddings TriciaG
00:11:25
Play 39 The Locomotive Engineer Pt 3 Some Memories of the Great Record-breaking Run from Chicago to Buffalo TriciaG
00:18:49
Play 40 The Locomotive Engineer Pt 4 We Hear Some Thrilling Stories at a Round-house and Reach the End of the Book TriciaG
00:23:44