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Casting his expert eye over the rapidly diminishing areas of wilderness where predators still reign, the award-winning author of The Song of the Dodo examines the fate of lions in India's Gir forest, of saltwater crocodiles in northern Australia, of brown bears in the mountains of Romania, and of Siberian tigers in the Russian Far East. In the poignant and troublesome ferocity of these embattled creatures, we recognize something primeval deep within us, something in danger of vanishing forever.
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By Amazon Customer on 05-23-18
Great book, shame about the performance
Hated the narration - it made me feel like I was watching some old doco from the 1950s! With that sort of old fashioned, deep masculine, supposedly authoritative tone. No nuance given to a very nuanced piece of work. Too bad Quammen couldn’t have narrated this excellent book...
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By Melissa on 07-14-15
Predators and people. Its a great book!
I am a fan of Quammen's books and this one is right in there with the rest. Its full of insight on local and global politics as they relate to conservation attempts for these large predators. If full of natural history and local history. Stories of native peoples interactions with large predators over many generations. And there are always Quammen's quirky comments that make you laugh as you follow the stories. I would recommend this book to any who have conservation interests and can tolerate historical details. Narrator is good, just takes a few chapters to get into his reading tone. I'd listen to this again.
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