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.
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"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)
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.
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.
I have a passion for all things science, music, and outdoors. I am also a "crazy dog lady."
Aldo Leopold is brilliant and inspiring.
The dog because he is written so very dogishly.
Distracting, strange, and monotonous.
There are many films inspired by this book, but mine would be called The Seasons of Convservation, (not really).
This book is a must read for anyone and everyone interested in Biology, the outdoors, or conservation.
This Audible book is abridged. I am not sure what parts of the original are missing, but any gaps were unnoticeable. The book was still very enjoyable and great listen for a daily commute.
The essays are arranged in order of months of the year (hence an "almanac"). Each set of essays address the natural events of that season, which take place around the author's farm, in the flood zone of "Sand County". The essays differ in style, some more poetic, others more prose, but all are designed to be enjoyable for any listener/reader.
However, embedded in every essay is a wealth of insight into the habitat and behavior of wild animals. Although cleverly disguised as the casual glance of a poet strolling through the woods, the stories are actually the result of many years of careful observation and scientific research.
When written, this book had a significant impact on wildlife biology, ecology, and the conservation of natural resources in the United States. It's value has not diminished over the years, and still worth the listen. Maybe you will see just a little more during your next stroll through the woods.
This is book for those who love to fiah and hunt.
Nature descriptions are exceptional but the same detail is given to the pleasure of killing othwr life.
Yes, it's just a great listen. Really appreciate Leopold's style and content.
Good voice, but I could tell he was reading. A good narrator should be effortless as if he's talking to you.
Loved the sawing of the oak and the last chapter is a tear jerker.
For me... It was perfect.
This short book offers a true appreciation for nature. Especially for those familiar with Central Wisconsin.
"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.
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