Becoming Animal

  • by David Abram
  • Narrated by David Abram
  • 13 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

As the climate veers toward catastrophe, the innumerable losses cascading through the biosphere make vividly evident the need for a metamorphosis in our relation to the living land. For too long we've inured ourselves to the wild intelligence of our muscled flesh, taking our primary truths from technologies that hold the living world at a distance. This audiobook subverts that distance, drawing listeners ever deeper into their animal senses in order to explore, from within, the elemental kinship between the body and the breathing Earth.
The shapeshifting of ravens, the erotic nature of gravity, the eloquence of thunder, the pleasures of being edible: all have their place in Abram's investigation. He shows that from the awakened perspective of the human animal, awareness (or mind) is not an exclusive possession of our species but a lucid quality of the biosphere itself - a quality in which we, along with the oaks and the spiders, steadily participate.
With the audacity of its vision and the luminosity of its prose, Becoming Animal sets a new benchmark for the human appraisal of our place in the whole.


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Abram offers a sensuous perspective on Nature

Becoming Animal is more about Abram bringing his experiences with Nature and the mystical reality of the natural world alive for the reader. There are so many experiences that most modern humans have no idea exist. A reality most have no idea is real, from which we came, and are connected to. Humans live as aliens on this planet because we've strayed much too far from our origins. David Abram brings to life the sensual positibilities of what one can feel and see and how one can think when patience and open eyes and open hearts are applied to the living world. I found this book to be a bit long but very immersive, and illuminating along my studies and experiences. AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY
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- Brandon S.

narrator was hard to listen to

struggled to finish, the narrators tone was forceful and didnt match the tempo of the meandering poetics
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- wildroot

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-20-2017
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio