The authoritative guide to all British birds likely to be encountered by the average birdwatcher and the ideal gift for anyone wishing to learn the sounds of the great variety of birds that can be seen and heard throughout the seasons. A perennial best seller.
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In the Audible Player this is one seamless recording with no index of species and hence almost entirely useless for practical purposes. The quality of the recordings is excellent as expected however.
The sound quality as a download is excellent, but has it is not indexed on Audible and you cannot switch between tracks, it is basically useless for use in the field!
"Surely such a disk needs to be indexed!"
I am sure the bird sounds are fine, but who wants to listen to a series of bird noises? What I was expecting was that it would provide a search mechanism so that I could listen to a particular bird. Without that, it is useless to me.
"Index is available"
An Index is available as a short PDF download from the full audible site (under title). Although the Index is in the cd disk format, it still gives the order of play. Individual tracks can best be accessed in the player by accessing the 36 Chapters in the left margin.
"Don't buy this!"
Purchase the audio CD version of this if you want tracks to be clearly and individually labeled. On this version, multiple bird vocalizations are grouped together on a single track, and although each individual call/song is introduced, you have no way of knowing beforehand which species are on which track. You'd really struggle to use this to identify species that you've heard, because it would take you ages to find the recording you're after. It might be more useful if you just want to listen to the vocalizations in order to learn them, but, still, you'd have no way of knowing which species were on which track, so you wouldn't be able to target a particular group. The only redeeming quality is that, as on the audio CD version, the recordings are good quality.
"Useful for learning to identify by call"
I wanted to learn the calls of British birds and this book is a good learning aid.
While it is frustrating that the bird sounds are not separated in any way I have quite happily bookmarked as I have listened so that I can go back and listen to individual calls in future.
"Good but Not Indexed"
I would recommend this to anyone who has the time to manually index the bird calls using the bookmarking feature.
The sound quality is excellent but surely the purpose of this audio publication is to be able to select the bird call (200+) of your choice and listen to it - it not being indexed makes this impossible. However it is possible to manually index the title yourself using the bookmark feature on the Audible iPhone app. I would recommend this to anyone who has the time and patience to manually index the bird calls using the bookmarking feature.
Thus far, the content is excellent.
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