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A Sand County Almanac Audiobook

A Sand County Almanac

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Publisher's Summary

Not since Thoreau took us to Walden Pond has there been such an important work on the natural world. A Sand County Almanac is Aldo Leopold's simple expression of feeling for the environment at his weekend farm along the Wisconsin River. It is an inviting, gentle world, one that is rapidly disappearing.

Told with metaphor and poetic allusion, this audio magically takes you on a journey into nature. You'll experience the history of a region in every ax blow to a tree. You'll walk behind Leopold on a moss-paved deer trail, pursuing quail. And you'll mourn with him about the vanishing white pines. A Sand County Almanac's uncommon blend of a poet's soul and a prophet's vision is as timely today as when it first appeared over 50 years ago.

©1949, 1977 Oxford University Press, Inc.; (P)1989 HighBridge Company; ©2006 HighBridge Company

What the Critics Say

"We can place this book on the shelf that holds the writings of Thoreau and John Muir." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"One of the seminal works of the environmental movement." (The Boston Globe)
"Beautiful, heart-warming, and important." (The Chicago Tribune)

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    Megan Santa Barbara, CA, USA 10-21-03
    Megan Santa Barbara, CA, USA 10-21-03
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    "Good book, but..."

    I love this book, it is beautifully written and wonderfully put together. The only problem I had, is that this version is only half of the actual book - it is literally only Part I of the four parts that are in the paperback edition.

    33 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    Chuck Eastland, TX, USA 02-27-05
    Chuck Eastland, TX, USA 02-27-05
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    "Where is the rest?"

    Part I of the book was good but where is Part II and Part III. It would have been better if you got the whole book.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. Jonathan Newman Guelph, Ontario Canada 03-18-06
    Dr. Jonathan Newman Guelph, Ontario Canada 03-18-06 Member Since 2006
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    "Lovely sentiments"

    I disagree with the previous reviewers. It's not that important that you have the whole book. Leopold wrote these as individual essays so it's not like you are missing whole chapters from a book. Stewart Udall was a brilliant choice for a reader, his voice matches my vision of Leopold and it is both lyrical and strong.

    It's difficult for me to tell whether the average person would enjoy this book since, like Leopold, I am an ecology professor. It's a book I have been meaning to read for ages for professional reasons, and a long car journey provided an opportunity to "get it out of the way". Although I think much of the work is overly sentimental, I was nevertheless drawn to it and captivated by it. These are lovely and heartfelt sentiments. The work is a classic foundation of modern environmentalism and conseravtion ethics and is probably required reading for anyone interested in the field.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 06-09-07
    Susan 06-09-07
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    "Listening was difficult"

    I'm sure the book is worth reading. However, I found the narration made the content so uninteresting that I was unable to finish the recording.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Allison LINCOLN, NE, United States 12-12-11
    Allison LINCOLN, NE, United States 12-12-11 Member Since 2013

    I have a passion for all things science, music, and outdoors. I am also a "crazy dog lady."

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    "This is a classic"
    What did you love best about A Sand County Almanac?

    Aldo Leopold is brilliant and inspiring.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The dog because he is written so very dogishly.


    What three words best describe Stewart L. Udall’s voice?

    Distracting, strange, and monotonous.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    There are many films inspired by this book, but mine would be called The Seasons of Convservation, (not really).


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a must read for anyone and everyone interested in Biology, the outdoors, or conservation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brittany Slabach 09-13-16
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    "It's only part 1"

    I enjoyed the narrators voice and the story is wonderful but it is only part 1 of the actual book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole Staudt 07-04-16
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    "Narrator puts me to sleep"

    Good book, but narrator makes it sound boring and puts me to sleep. Not very enthusiastic.

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    Stephanie dinger 06-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Before there was a green movement or conservation"
    Any additional comments?

    I wish every person in America would read this book. It beautifully articulates some of the steepest opportunities and challenges facing humanity. The same conundrums existed a hundred years ago, effect us more presciently today, and will shape the future deeper ways than most are willing to consider.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    willlord 06-03-16
    willlord 06-03-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Narrator was reading a stereo manual."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. Aldo Leopold's essays are something that every outdoor-enthusiast should read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How descriptive Leopold is in his writing. Paints a picture with his words.


    What didn’t you like about Stewart L. Udall’s performance?

    Very, very dry. It is read more like it is a chore than a performance. The monotony of his reading is broken only by the occasional audible swallow.


    Do you think A Sand County Almanac needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. It is a stand-alone book that tells his interpretation of his experiences. A follow up would neither benefit, nor harm.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David H. 03-29-16
    David H. 03-29-16
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    "Beware! This recording does not include the essays"
    If you could sum up A Sand County Almanac in three words, what would they be?

    This work is one of the cornerstones of environmental thought.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Where are the essays? This edition does not include Leopold's essays which are almost always included in modern editions. Without them you only get 1/2 of Leopold's important message.


    Any additional comments?

    It does not appear that the essays are available anywhere on Audible. That is very disappointing. Without the essays Leopold is seen as a wonderful poetic figure and the importance of the land ethic that Leopold is pointing us towards is lost entirely. The fact that Leopold's sense of beauty and poetry leads him to begin the work of building a pragmatic and practical philosophy of land and land use is what is most significant about Leopold and his place in history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Catherine
    1/27/12
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    "Nice text shame about the narration"

    The pace of this book is quite slow and gentle - however it is rendered turgid by the narration unfortunately. Difficult to finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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