The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

  • by Elisabeth Tova Bailey
  • Narrated by Renee Raudman
  • 3 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Elisabeth Tova Bailey tells the intimate and inspiring story of her year-long encounter with a snail. While an illness keeps her bedridden, she becomes an astute and amused observer of the snail's surprising nocturnal adventures as it lives in a flowerpot on her nightstand. Intrigued by the snail’s clear decision making abilities, hydraulic locomotion, mysterious courtship, and molluscan anatomy, Bailey takes the listener deep into the life of this tiny amazing animal. With wit and grace, The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating recounts a remarkable journey of human and gastropod survival and resilience, and shows how the natural world illuminates our own human existence. Winner of the William Saroyan International Prize for Nonfiction, the John Burrough Medal Award for Natural History, and a National Outdoor Book Award. If you enjoyed Wesley the Owl, The Guest Cat, and Marley & Me, you'll enjoy this unique interspecies audiobook listen.


What the Critics Say

"Exquisite." (The Huffington Post)
"Brilliant." (The New York Review of Books)
"How interesting can a snail be? Entirely captivating, as it turns out. [Bailey] is a marvelous writer, and the marriage of science and poetic mysticism that characterizes this small volume is magical." (Star Tribune)
"Renee Raudman's slow, gentle, almost hypnotic narration matches the meditative quality of this brief memoir." (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Mandatory reading for the nature lover!

If you love the books Walden, or Braiding Sweetgrass...then this gem will be right up your alley!

This book helped me to more fully appreciate my health, nature's infinite details, and lessons waiting to be uncovered.
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- Corey

A rich, slow, informative meditation

This gently read story is not a quick listen. I fell asleep to it for many nights. However, a replay (for the parts I'd missed) proved to be worthy of my time and attention. The story is sprinkled with entertaining quotes that span hundreds of years and the author, unable to initially move, eventually recovers enough to become a thorough scientific observer; adding minute detail to the surprisingly rich field of life beneath our feet.
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- Peaceful

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-18-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios