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Wind | [Jan DeBlieu]

Wind

Siroccos, Santa Anas, chinooks, monsoons...the wind has as many names as moods. Few other forces have so universally shaped the lands and waters of the earth, the plants and animals, the patterns of exploration, settlement, and civilization. Few other phenomena have exerted such a profound influence on the history and psyche of humankind. Wind touches all of us every day of our lives, yet remarkably little has been written about it except as a component of the weather.
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Siroccos, Santa Anas, chinooks, monsoons...the wind has as many names as moods. Few other forces have so universally shaped the lands and waters of the earth, plants and animals, the patterns of exploration, settlement, and civilization. Few other phenomena have exerted such a profound influence on the history and psyche of humankind. Wind touches all of us every day, yet remarkably little has been written about it, except as a component of the weather. In Wind, Jan DeBlieu brings a poet's voice and a scientist's eye to this remarkable natural force, showing how the bumping of a few molecules can lead to the creation of religions, the discovery of continents, and the destruction of empires.

DeBlieu visits the water observatory at the summit of Mount Washington, where some of the highest wind speeds in the world have been recorded. She talks to survivors of a deadly tornado in Iowa, tries hang gliding over North Carolina's Outer Banks, and climbs sand dunes in Oregon and slickrock formations in Utah - everywhere exploring the effects, subtle and brutal, comforting and terrifying, of the wind.

©1998 Jan DeBlieu; (P)1999 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"This is nature writing at its most expansive and rewarding." (Booklist)
"The wind will never be the same for [listeners] after finishing this book, its presence now heightened and explicated. DeBlieu has achieved the Big Two: enlightenment and high entertainment." (Kirkus Reviews)
"[Woods'] melodic voice seems to smile while describing the influences of wind on life forms, geography, and our planet's environment. The narrator's cheerfully pedantic delivery suits a book in which science is mixed with the author's own life experiences." (AudioFile)

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    Chris Willits, CA, United States 01-13-08
    Chris Willits, CA, United States 01-13-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Painful"

    Clearly this was not the book for me. I found the first 2 cd's so painful I threw it away. I was looking for a more scientific and less personal story - which was not the book the author wrote. I would recomend it if you are interested in lyical descriptions of wind - but you don't really want to know about the science.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    R. Whitten Los Angeles, CA USA 09-18-08
    R. Whitten Los Angeles, CA USA 09-18-08 Listener Since 2000

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    "OK, some interesting stuff, but not enough"

    This felt like part travel log, part science book. I learned some stuff, but it seemed a bit long for this. If you're really interested in the topic, I'd say go for it. But, it's not like some books that I tell friends about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Kyle Charlotte, NC United States 04-07-07
    Mary Kyle Charlotte, NC United States 04-07-07 Member Since 2003

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    "disappointing"

    This book is like salt-free potato chips, empty calories without anything interesting.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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