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Publisher's Summary

Birds are astonishingly intelligent creatures. In fact, according to revolutionary new research, some birds rival primates and even humans in their remarkable forms of intelligence. Like humans, many birds have enormous brains relative to their size. Although small, bird brains are packed with neurons that allow them to punch well above their weight.
©2016 Jennifer Ackerman. (P)2016 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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Critic Reviews

"[Narrator Margaret] Strom sounds suitably amazed by it all, too--a fine match of material and voice." ( AudioFile)
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2 out of 5 stars
By S. Benedict on 07-05-16

What a disappointment!

What disappointed you about The Genius of Birds?

While the stories told in this book are interesting, the way the book is structured serves to distract and even trivialize the points Ackerman is trying to make. But most of all: the narration is awful. The narrator reads as if she has never looked at the text before, pausing in the middle of sentences to turn pages, stumbling over Latin names. I couldn't bring myself to sit through the entire book. And I really wanted to like this book.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator could have practiced a bit before sitting down to record the book.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 05-10-16

Interesting Subject, Mispronunciations Detract

The subject matter is intriguing. Ackerman strikes a nice balance for the layperson, getting detailed-but-not-too-detailed, so the book moves along without feeling like a textbook.

The narrator was generally pleasant but made some errors, detracting from the flow. Some examples are "hypocampus" for "hippocampus" (later pronounced correctly) and "orthanology" for what I assume was meant to be "ornithology." I found myself periodically rewinding because my brain seized on the incorrect word and lost the thru-line of the thought.

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