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Feathers Audiobook

Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle

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Publisher's Summary

Feathers are an evolutionary marvel: Aerodynamic, insulating, beguiling. They date back more than 100 million years. Yet their story has never been fully told.

In Feathers, biologist Thor Hanson details a sweeping natural history, as feathers have been used to fly, protect, attract, and adorn through time and place. Applying the research of paleontologists, ornithologists, biologists, engineers, and even art historians, Hanson asks: What are feathers? How did they evolve? What do they mean to us?

Engineers call feathers the most efficient insulating material ever discovered, and they are at the root of biology's most enduring debate. They silence the flight of owls and keep penguins dry below the ice. They have decorated queens, jesters, and priests. And they have inked documents from the Constitution to the novels of Jane Austen.

Feathers is a captivating and beautiful exploration of this most enchanting object.

©2011 Thor Hanson (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Chris Reich Northern, CA 12-28-14
    Chris Reich Northern, CA 12-28-14 Member Since 2009

    Business Physicist and Astronomer

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    "Fantastic Science and Fun"

    If you enjoy science books, you are sure to enjoy this book. It is a well structured book with a good balance of history, science and personal quest. It is not overly technical nor is it watered down.

    A book that motivates me to want to know more about a given subject is a winner. Now I want to know more about feathers! I bought the print book to have as reference.

    This book by far soars above the books written by non-scientist columnists. I really dislike most of those "I was curious about ---- so I decided to write a book" type science books. I like my science to come from someone who knows what they are talking about and not just a compilation of quotes from 'research'. This book is the real deal.

    This goes on the highly recommend list if you like science.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia 01-02-15
    Patricia 01-02-15
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    "Book alive but reader dead`"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Feathers to be better than the print version?

    Not unless it was reproduced with another reader who possessed some animation.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's fortunate the author was so articulate and I was able to enjoy the book despite the reader. I would recommend the book but not in the audible form with this reader.


    How could the performance have been better?

    A computer would have been more animated, If the reader couldn't get into the material why did he agree to the project?


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

    I found it very informative and the author easily related to his audience as equals. And, yes, despite this being a scientific presentation the author injected some humor and I had a few laughs.


    Any additional comments?

    This was the most robotic reading I have ever heard and Andy Ingalls has been added to my very short list of readers I will not ever listen to again. There should be some kind of quality control to prevent this. Only the author's superb presentation saved the audible format and led me to finish the book and keep it for further reference

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Caille 08-04-16
    Caille 08-04-16
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    "Love the content!"
    What did you love best about Feathers?

    I did love the subject and content of this book. After Sharing space with lovebirds, I think everything about feathers is fascinating.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I did not care for the narration at all. It was monotonous, and there were mispronounced words. I had to listen to the book three times before I got all the way through the content. I will buy the hardcover, and I will not buy any more books by this narrator.


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    Jon M. Wilson Stafford Springs, CT USA 05-03-16
    Jon M. Wilson Stafford Springs, CT USA 05-03-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Interesting"

    An unusual topic and organization. Overall- an entertaining read. I would recommend-- both a history of the natural and cultural of the feather.

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    Corrine 03-16-16
    Corrine 03-16-16
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    "Great book, narrator did a great disservice"

    This book is fascinating but putting up with the narrator's over enunciation and unbelievably slow speech pattern hugely distracted from how special the content is. I guess I'm spoiled by audible's typically fabulous narrators. Missed it by a long shot on this one. If you love birds and feathers this book is a must read. But read it. Don't try to listen.

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    Spring Cottonwood, AZ, United States 08-29-15
    Spring Cottonwood, AZ, United States 08-29-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Fascinating Feathers"
    Would you listen to Feathers again? Why?

    Yes. I liked Feathers so much that I bought a hard copy to share with friends who do not listen to recorded books.


    What other book might you compare Feathers to and why?

    Feathers is well written, entertaining and interesting. I also loved The Last Ape Standing and bought three signed hard copies to give to friends who do not listen to audio books.


    What about Andy Ingalls’s performance did you like?

    Andy Ingalla's performance was excellent. He has an inflection style that keeps your attention without overshadowing the information in the book.


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    floh 05-28-15
    floh 05-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    This is a very interesting and enjoyable book. Absolutely no hesitation recommending it to others. The actual book has pictures that unfortunately are lost in the audible version.

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    amanda stanley 04-28-15
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    "Love feathers? Time to learn!"

    I've been a fan of birds and feathers for most of my life and found this book highly interesting and informative. In doing education programs about birds for years some mystery always surrounded the finite details of feathers. I feel much more informed and knowledgable about those details having finished this book.

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    Kendall Littleton, CO, United States 11-27-14
    Kendall Littleton, CO, United States 11-27-14 Member Since 2010

    listen to me

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    "stunningly interesting"

    This may speak more to my character & love for feather/industry but this is my favorite book. i have read Feathers in print (kept hoping for an audio) & listened to it twice (so far). while the material is interesting Thor's way to present the information makes it not just entertaining but plain enjoyable the whole way.

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