To See Every Bird on Earth

  • by Dan Koeppel
  • Narrated by John McDonough
  • 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From well-known nature and adventure writer Dan Koeppel, whose work has appeared in Audubon and National Geographic Adventure, comes this true story of one bird watcher's incredible achievements. When the author's father Richard was 11 years old, he spotted a Brown Thrasher, and his fascination with birds began. Now a "Big Lister", Richard is one of only 10 or so people to have recorded more than 7,000 species in his notebook. This is the remarkable chronicle of his travels across the globe in pursuit of his fixation. It is also a thoughtful examination of the natural world and a touching father/son story. To See Every Bird gets to the very core of a pastime that is a hobby for millions, and nothing less than an obsession for some.

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One of my all time favourites

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.
Highly recommended
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- Phil

Son, Dad, Birds

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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- TAJ

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-06-2005
  • Publisher: Recorded Books