The first half is a combination of Russian History and Tiger Conservation Education and alot of it. Second half gets to the heart of the story,which is really engaging and remarkable. I have to say because of all the Russian references to geography and characters, it may have been easy to keep track of names and places if I had read rather than listened. However the author reads his story very well.
My interests include good books of any sort but I specialize in theology and classical religious apologist works
a great way to waste away an afternoon or two. edge of the seat action which explores and explains all the details in and leading up to the main event which happens to be a tiger turned man eater in far eastern Russia during the mid nineties. The author who is also the reader lets his love of the subjects carry him away and often we the readers/listeners are forced to explore every cul de sac and avenue of events which he feels might provide context for his story. the fact that it actually does makes it fairly easy to forgive his one or two more questionable escapades. overall a very good read well worth the effort and richly rewarding for those who take it up.
The book was well written and very informative. Many deep concepts that are interesting. Jumped to different points from time to time, but was overall very informative.
SEVERELY DYSLEXIC. When I was young my mom would read to me of a world that was just out of my reach. thank you Mom, the Authors and Audible
If you are a hunter and like Nonfiction... go for it.... not my type of book.
My father mentioned this book to me in 2010 and how much he enjoyed it. I too have a love and interest in tigers. I have tried to read it several times, over the past five years, but other things such as small children and illness have detoured my efforts. Thank goodness for audibles; now I have the enjoyment of listening to books like this intriguing tale of the Amour tiger, the beauty and hardship of Eastern Russia, and the intertwined relationship of tiger, man, and environment. All of this swirling in my head between my ears as I clean the house, do laundry, drive my 30 min commute to work, or while I am hiking in the forrest surrounding my neighborhood. It was wonderfully written and read.
May you build a ladder to the stars, and climb on every rung... May your heart always be joyful, and your song always be sung.- RA Zimmerman
The wonders you might find in the giant and bountiful gardens of literature have never failed to amaze me. One need only look widely enough and take a chance and he might be put in the Siberian taiga (the sometimes swampy coniferous forest of high northern latitudes) in far eastern Russia as the locals encounter a looming Amur tiger (a/k/a Siberian tiger which can grow up to 10 ft. & 660 lbs.), seemingly intent on exacting revenge for being shot and having already eaten two men in separate incidents over several days.
In the course of this account, Mr. Vaillant colors the local characters and the poverty in the Primorski province of the Russian Far East, and makes one contemplate who is more danger to man (Panthera tigris altaica or Hominis corrupti regimen).
Mr. Vaillant does a great job narrating and paints a fuller picture with his voice inflections and pauses. This makes him an exception to the rule that authors make lousy narrators, though I'm finding more and more that some narrators apparently believe they can improve up (i.e., modify) the book by adding ridiculous accents, emphases that are clearly misplaced, and their otherwise overly dramatic flourishes.
Brilliant nonfiction that I'd not heard of until a few days ago while digging in the Audible/Amazon.
I thought I purchased a book about a killer tiger but instead I got a sociopolitical lesson on Russia
Not sure......I am a little gun shy at the moment from getting burned on this book. I think I will just listed to my podcasts for a few days.
I lasted 7 chapters and decided to cut my losses. I promised myself, if the next chapter starts off with anything other than the actual story that was promised, I have to walk away. If you dig hearing about Russian politics and economics, then this book is for you. If you are expecting "Jaws" in the jungle, don't bother. Unless you are a Russian history major, this book is actually dangerous to listen to while driving, because the risk of falling asleep is high. Scratch 1 credit on this one.
On the surface a book of tigers, but behind the words you'll uncover the meaning of existence. Our individual struggles to survive, thrive and prosper against the backdrop of limited resources. You are at once the tiger and the hunter. Great listen not to be missed.