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A Sand County Almanac | [Aldo Leopold]

A Sand County Almanac

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.
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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.

    30 of 30 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.

    11 of 11 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 2005
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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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 06-09-07
    Susan 06-09-07
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    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.

    2 of 2 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 2011

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

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    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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    L. Smith Nebraska 05-04-14
    L. Smith Nebraska 05-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Half the Story, Ok Narration"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it's just a great listen. Really appreciate Leopold's style and content.


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

    Good voice, but I could tell he was reading. A good narrator should be effortless as if he's talking to you.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Loved the sawing of the oak and the last chapter is a tear jerker.


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    Maureen 10-28-13
    Maureen 10-28-13
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    "Half the book is missing"
    What would have made A Sand County Almanac better?

    The subject says it all - this is only Part 1 of the published works.


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    Michael Racine, WI, USA 12-28-09
    Michael Racine, WI, USA 12-28-09
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    Humbling and inspiring. This should be a must read in the high schools.

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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.

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