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After finishing Stephen King???s post-apocalypse epic fantasy The Stand, I needed something beautiful, uplifting, healthy, delightful, and short???something like Rachel Carson???s The Sense of Wonder. As she remembers her rambles along the Maine coast and woods with her young nephew Roger, Carson writes a paean to the beauty of the world, to the magic of nature, and to the wonder of life. She writes a down to earth and ethereal manual that inspires you to open your eyes, ears, nostrils, and hands with the clear senses and enthusiastic mind of a child.
It???s a poignant audiobook. I???m happy without children of my own, but listening to Carson sharing with her nephew the pleasure and wonder of things like booming and froth-throwing ocean waves at night, ???sand-colored, fleet-legged??? ghost crabs on the beach, ???deep and springy??? lichens in the rainy woods, and migrating birds flying ???from darkness into darkness??? across the moon, moved me to tears of joy and longing.
The Sense of Wonder is filled with beautiful and vivid descriptions, as when Carson and Roger find the source of some ???living music???: a ???creature of palest green, with wings as white and insubstantial as moonlight.??? The most important thing is not to know the names of what we find in the earth, sea, and sky, but rather to feel everything fully. The 32 minutes of The Sense of Wonder have more of the richness of life than do the 48 hours of The Stand.
Kaiulani Lee reads Carson???s words like an ideal warm and wise aunt or grandmother.
If you have kids, The Sense of Wonder will inspire you to nurture and participate in the tingling awareness they have of the natural world. If you have no kids, The Sense of Wonder will remind you of your childhood???s vast and pure perception of that world. The audiobook is like the ???fairy bell ringer,??? the secretive insect whose ???inexpressibly clear and silvery??? song, ???so faint, so barely-to-be-heard that you hold your breath as you bend closer,??? so thrilled Carson to hear and not to find.
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I should have noticed that this was barely 30 minute long reading. I was so much hoping for more for the price.
Still, it's a gem.