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This is a fascinating biography of Richard Koeppel, written by his son. Brilliantly read by John McDonough (who, far from being ancient, would have been about 51 at the time of recording...a few years older than the author, but sons come in all ages Caroline ;-)).
A story of the frustrations and contradictory influences shaping an unorthodox life, It is also a vivid insight into the relationship between a son and a father. With Richard struggling to be comfortable with his own place in the World, it was not easy for the young Dan to be close to his father.
For me as a (much less committed) birder the meat of the story lies in the birding aspect of the story of 's life story. As such I can identify directly with Richard's frustrations and recognise his remarkable achievement.
The story would still be a great read whatever Richard's obsession had been. Even if birds and birding leave you totally cold it's worth thinking about.
I've listened to this many times, and find more in it every time I hear it.
A warm, moving and well observed story.
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Would you listen to To See Every Bird on Earth again? Why?
The performer was very good. He made the story more interesting.
What did you like best about this story?
The son's quest to get to know his father.
Which character – as performed by John McDonough – was your favorite?
The son as narrator.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Impossible, too long. I enjoyed the book in 1.5 hour segments with my blue tooth headset during my morning 4 mile walks.
Any additional comments?
I learned a great deal about birding and in particular, the world of the big listers.
I recommend it.
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