The Wonder of Birds
- What They Tell Us About Ourselves, the World, and a Better Future
- Narrated by: Danny Campbell
- Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 06-27-17
- Language: English
- Publisher: Tantor Audio
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The Wonder of Birds illuminates qualities unique to birds that demonstrate just how invaluable they are to humankind - both ecologically and spiritually. The wings of turkey buzzards influenced the Wright brothers' flight design; the chickadee's song is considered by scientists to be the most sophisticated language in the animal world; and the quietly powerful presence of eagles in the disadvantaged neighborhood of Anacostia proved to be an effective method for rehabilitating the troubled young people placed in charge of their care. Exploring both cutting-edge scientific research and our oldest cultural beliefs, Robbins moves these astonishing creatures from the background of our lives to the foreground.
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By cthuluforprez on 07-24-17
Stories about birds with something for everyone
Author Jim Robbins has a wonderful way of writing with both depth and bredth that is extremely accessible and fun. Bird stories in this book range from fascinating scientific discussions of bird evolution and behavior, to the history and impact of birds on human life, to heart wrenching tales of birds helping inner city kids. It has something for everyone, whether you're just curious about nature, a history buff, a human interest story lover, or hardcore birdwatcher. The Audible narration is overall very good, although the narrator does occassionally mispronounce some words in a way that is distracting.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By Too many toys on 12-28-17
Good but uneven
This book ranged from very engaging to mind-numbing. The first few chapters were great, but as we got to the chapters on the bird brain and language, we just about gave up. Like many books, this would benefit from and editor who would shorten the book by keep the author on topic and limiting the social cause diversions. Overall, it was informative and entertaining. If I were listening again, I would skip a few chapters.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful