The Big Year
- A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession
- Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
- Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
- Abridged Audiobook
- Release date: 02-05-04
- Language: English
- Publisher: Random House Audio
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Prize-winning journalist Mark Obmascik creates a rollicking, dazzling narrative of the 275,000-mile odyssey of these three obsessives as they fight to the finish to claim the title in the greatest, or maybe the worst, birding contest of all time.
"With a blend of humor and awe, Obmascik takes the reader into the heart of competitive birding, and in the process turns everyone into birders. " (Booklist)
"Charming, engrossing, and educational even for people who can't tell a mudhen from a magpie." (Washington Post)
"A rollicking, feather-ruffler of a read, this uproarious adventure...will have you cawing with laughter." (Jeff Corwin)
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By Chauncey on 03-13-04
Ultra Birding - Competive Bird Watching
This book was a joy. The three main characters travel the country, ignore family and friends, stump through swamps, and end up deathly sick on an island in the North Pacific. They endure all sorts of physical indignities to be the one to see the most birds in a "Big Year", the bird watchers' equivalent of a transcontinental running race or world football championship. The author does an excellent job describing the quirks of the trio of hard core competitors and highlighting their personal quest to see over 700 North American birds in a year. While you learn something about birds, you learn much more about competitive spirit and what it takes to be the best birder in the USA. The day after I read this I took my camera to a nature reserve in MA and looked for birds to start my quest as a birder. I saw one old goose, only about 736 more to go!
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By Pam Learned on 12-31-05
As a new birdwatcher, I enjoyed this story of birdwatching gone wild--and look forward to a hobby that offers so many joys beyond identifying a bird. I also recommend Red Tails in Love.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful