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Would you try another book from Barry Lopez and/or Barry Lopez?
Yes, but it would be something I would have to be in the mood for. Driving for a long time in a car? No. His calm voice would put me to sleep. Hiking or going for a long walk? Yes. I did this and it made me slow down and take a look what was around me. For me, Barry Lopez is that one Jazz album that you really like and have when the rest of your music collection is rock and roll. The descriptive way that he writes and his choice of words really do take you to the locales that talks about.
Would you recommend Field Notes to your friends? Why or why not?
Yes. I think more of my introspective friends would appreciate it. This is not for anyone looking for something fast paced.
Which scene was your favorite?
No specific scene, but I like the recurring theme of each narrator not understanding the world around them juxtaposed with the people who do.
Did Field Notes inspire you to do anything?
When I'm hiking, taking the time to see what's really around me and appreciate it.
Any additional comments?
My one severe complaint are the piano interludes . Some last as long as three minutes between stories and I found myself pressing the 30 second jump button a few times. Since this is an abridged version of the book, I think that the time allotted for the musical pieces could have been swapped for an additional story. Some people may like it, I didn't.
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This the second book I've read by Lopez, and it was terrific. His way of reading is also terrific. He really knows the subjects he writes about. He includes enough detail to make you believe it all, but not so much that it bogs you down. Great stuff if you are a biologist/botanist/scientist, yet full of insight on the human heart and soul.