Timothy; or, Notes of an Abject Reptile
- Narrated by: Josephine Bailey
- Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 08-30-06
- Language: English
- Publisher: Tantor Audio
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"Hilarious and revealing...Verlyn Klinkenborg's perception of the interconnectedness of life is sublime." (Booklist)
"Charming and most enjoyable...Klinkenborg's prose is a pleasure to hear." (The New York Times)
"Magical...Timothy comes down off the shelf of the Natural History Museum and comes alive." (Chicago Tribune)
"[A] gorgeous hybrid of naturalist observation, novelistic invention and philosophical meditation...studied, beautiful reflections on the present and memory, earth and weather, love and utility, human and beast. This is a wholly unexpected and astonishing book." (Publishers Weekly)
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By S. Wells on 12-05-09
No abject reptile, this!
As an avid reader of all sorts of literature, philosophy, medicine, history, etc for more yrs than I care to count, I never knew there was a book like this. Immediately after the first listening, I listened again, and later, twice more. Hurrah for a turtle's view of the human world! A quiet pleasure, like a conversation with an old, dear friend.
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By Myra on 06-21-07
unusual, wonderfully charming
This is not a book for those seeking action and thrills, but is lovely and beautifully written. Timothy, a tortoise, is spirited away from the Mediterranean to the garden of an English clergyman. We see the inexplicable strangeness of two-legged beings through Timothy's eyes, and are given the rare opportunity to enjoy the gentle wisdom of this almost other-worldly species.
It is a bit difficult, in the beginning, to understand the accent and old-fashioned language, but hang in there. As you become used to the cadence and tone, you will come to appreciate the lyrical quality...well worth the effort!
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