My kids and I couldn't wait to get back in the car to listen to this book! Great story. We were sorry when we were done with it...
I was looking for an adventure book that my 14 year old son, 11 year old and 9 year old daughters would like. This book fit the bill perfectly! We drive a lot and love to listen to books together. This one kept us on the edge of our seats, wondering what would happen next. Mr. Paulsen is a fantastic writer and we look forward to listening to the rest of the books in this series.
I am not a birder, but this book takes what sounds like a very dry story and makes it a very interesting story worth listening to. This is an Adventure Travel book, not just a "bird lovers book." My family and I listened to it as we drove on a multi-day Thanksgiving vacation drive. It was fun betting on which of the people was going to come out the winner. So we did enjoy the book and shook our heads at just what lengths the competitors were willing to go to in order to try and get the most birds. But I really think that whoever made the decision to use this reader made a huge mistake. The reader's voice works against what the book was trying to do. The reader's voice sounds like a nice older grandpa reading you a bed-time story, or an old retired professor reading you a technical biography of Abraham Lincoln or something like that. It is like whoever made the decision to assign this guy to read this book, read the title of the book and said, "....Oh a book about birding, I will assign some old guy who might be interested in such a subject. But this book is an adventure travel book, not an old dusty, scholarly look at an obscure topic. This book should have been read by somebody who you would assign to an exciting adventure travel book. Audible blew it on this one. Most books I like to keep and re-listen to again, but I doubt that I will re-listen to this one, only because of the readers voice. No knock against the reader, it is just his voice does not fit the story at all.
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