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A Bad Birdwatcher's Companion Audiobook

A Bad Birdwatcher's Companion

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Audible Editor Reviews

An obsessively maintained bird diary or field notes aren't necessary prerequisites for loving birds, as bird writer and humorist Simon Barnes proves in A Bad Birdwatcher's Companion. Gently and amusingly narrated by Barnes himself, this audiobook is an unpretentious and helpful guide for anybody who takes pleasure from simply gazing out the window at a beautiful bird. Offering simple identifying features of 50 common British birds alongside playful observations on bird character, the best feature of this audiobook is a recording of each of the birds' songs, giving listeners a chance to compare these calls to what they hear outside.

Publisher's Summary

Simon Barnes is one of Britain's leading bird writers and humorists. His weekly column in The Times (London), his essays for the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) magazine, and his two books on bad bird-watching have made him one of the characters of the bird world.

Here, he reads his own illuminating introductions to the 50 main birds of Britain, supported by the distinguishing bird song of each species. He not only gives helpful identifying features, but enriches them with whimsical observations on their characters and tendencies. It is a delightful text, superbly presented by the author himself.

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  • j f wilson
    2/15/15
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    "A great birdwatching book!"

    Wasnt sure what to expect from this audio book - but always like it when read by the author so decided to give it a try. I am so glad I did. In fact I have only just finished it and I'm going straight back to start it again. I have Iearnt so much and I find I remembered more by listening rather than by reading-just my style of learning I suppose. It is beautifully read and the passion of the author shines through. I would unhesitatingly recommend this book to anyone remotely interested in the natural world. Brilliant!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Rogayah
    Reading, United Kingdom
    12/30/15
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    "A plethora of birds"

    As a very keen indifferent birdwatchers this is very inspirational and will help me name names as well as make the pilgrimages to birding places to see and hear the birds on my wish list. I still remember a quote from the Wife of Bath's tale "as the bittern bombeth in the mire" Simon Barnes did not quote it, but he had other quotes and music to illustrate various birds he listed and how they have been woven into our music and literature

    I share his enthusiasm for birds if not birding and to see and hear birds and their song can elevate a day from good to great. I hope this and his other books will encourage others too.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • missreader
    Scotland
    8/31/14
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    "Something to listen to again and again"
    What did you like most about A Bad Birdwatcher's Companion?

    I am relatively new to birdwatching and this was a nice way to brush up on some facts about our most common species. I especially like that there is a recording of song for each bird and this has already been useful to me in by birdwatching.


    What about Simon Barnes’s performance did you like?

    I liked the conversational tone and found the performance very engaging. I will definitely listen to this book again.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Towards the end of the book there is mention of the necessity of conservation efforts and an encouragement to support organisations such as the RSPB. I am already an RSPB member but these chapters made me keen to do more.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • jo
    Manchester, UK
    1/14/13
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    "I've learnt loads from this"

    Wasn't sure if it was worth getting this, even though I'm interested in birds, as I'm a/generally wanting a novel to listen to and b/ reasonably adept at recognising the 'most obvious birds'. But it is brilliant. I found it wonderful upon first listening and have come back to it repeatedly to re-listen. It's the only book I've kept on my MP3 player - for over a year now - so that I can reference it.



    I can now recognise the call of a number of birds without laying my eyes on them. I can recognise the flight or behaviour patterns of some others, and know some interesting little facts about many more. I'm not sure how easy it'd be to follow if you didn't have a clue what the birds looked like in the first place. But Simon Barnes' delivery and gentle sense of humour combine to make his book very enjoyable to listen to, as well as very good to learn from.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stevie
    Exeter
    1/9/16
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    "a fantastically encouraging book"

    As a person who has been recently engulfed by the wonder of birding I want to thank the author for an informative and enthusiastic glimpse into his birding world. This book is clear, full of easy to access tips and advice. A great listen, possibly when accompanied by a search engine for images or a quiet personal reflection on birds seen and the wealth of birds still to see with places to see them ,it widens your birding horizons.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • jillian grant
    8/28/16
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    "An interesting book about birds."
    What made the experience of listening to A Bad Birdwatcher's Companion the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed Simon's descriptions about the birds and how they live.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Bad Birdwatcher's Companion?

    None stood out, I loved all of it.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Barnes – was your favourite?

    None in particular.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes but couldn't due to length and couldn't always concentrate and kept dozing.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, I really enjoyed this book, but wish more ducks had been featured. I also wish the Bird from Peter and The Wolf got an airing at least once as the duck did, though the classical music interludes did nothing for me overall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Acapella
    Cornwall, UK
    5/29/16
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    "Top book"

    Charming book, beautifully told with lots of recording woven into the narrative. Ideal way to leave behind the shallowness of modern times and absorb the rich diversity of the natural world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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