Feathers are an evolutionary marvel: Aerodynamic, insulating, beguiling. They date back more than 100 million years. Yet their story has never been fully told.
In Feathers, biologist Thor Hanson details a sweeping natural history, as feathers have been used to fly, protect, attract, and adorn through time and place. Applying the research of paleontologists, ornithologists, biologists, engineers, and even art historians, Hanson asks: What are feathers? How did they evolve? What do they mean to us?
Engineers call feathers the most efficient insulating material ever discovered, and they are at the root of biology's most enduring debate. They silence the flight of owls and keep penguins dry below the ice. They have decorated queens, jesters, and priests. And they have inked documents from the Constitution to the novels of Jane Austen.
Feathers is a captivating and beautiful exploration of this most enchanting object.
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Book alive but reader dead`
Not unless it was reproduced with another reader who possessed some animation.
It's fortunate the author was so articulate and I was able to enjoy the book despite the reader. I would recommend the book but not in the audible form with this reader.
A computer would have been more animated, If the reader couldn't get into the material why did he agree to the project?
I found it very informative and the author easily related to his audience as equals. And, yes, despite this being a scientific presentation the author injected some humor and I had a few laughs.
This was the most robotic reading I have ever heard and Andy Ingalls has been added to my very short list of readers I will not ever listen to again. There should be some kind of quality control to prevent this. Only the author's superb presentation saved the audible format and led me to finish the book and keep it for further reference