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- Love and Adventure Among Crocodiles, Alligators, and Other Dinosaur Relations
- By: Vladimir Dinets
- Narrated by: David Marantz
- Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
A born naturalist and a fearless traveler, Vladimir Dinets wrote travel guides, conducted field research, and lived a couple of lives before he was accepted into the PhD program in zoology at the University of Miami. He thought crocodiles were a dead-end research topic - survivors from the age of the dinosaurs but not much else - until he witnessed groups of up to seventy alligators performing mating choruses that included infrasound vibrations - a form of communication extremely rare in nature.
An amazing journey!!!
- By SB on 04-03-16
A Solid Adventure
I didn't really know what to expect when going into Dragon Songs, but what I found was a wealth of knowledge, information, adventure, and even some love. I went from having almost no interest in Crocodiles to having a great desire to fly on down to Florida, buy and inflatable kayak, and paddle through the everglades at night. Which is exactly what the author of this book does.
It's a modern book but the author often recalls the adventures of the past, bringing up other books, past adventures and expeditions. The author visits many different countries and really breathes life into the cultures and the people he meets. I loved the people that he encountered, everything felt very tangible.
It also was informative, I would often find myself taking a break from the book and would turn to my wife and say, "Wow, I just learned..." Really, it was almost everything I want in a book. I would highly recommend.
The only aspect of this audio book I found lacking was the narrator. He wasn't exactly bad, but there continuously seemed to be a lack of enthusiasm for the story. It could feel very dry even when the subject matter was exciting. But even this hitch did not stop my enjoyment of this book.
After reading this book my wife and I are now planning a trip to visit a spot that he talks about in the book, we bought an inflatable kayak and are going to go have our own adventure! This book re-ignited my wanderlust and I am very thrilled!
Lost Worlds of South America
- By: Edwin Barnhart, The Great Courses
- Narrated by: Edwin Barnhart
- Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
- Original Recording
Buried by the centuries on soaring mountain slopes and beneath arid deserts and lush jungles of South America, the remains of extraordinary, majestic civilizations-many unknown until recent decades-are now coming to light and raising tantalizing questions about what else may be awaiting discovery.Take an adventurous trek to these wilds of South America and the great civilizations of the ancients. In 24 eye-opening lectures, you'll take an in-depth look at the emerging finds and archaeological knowledge of more than 12 seminal civilizations.
Lost Worlds Rediscovered
- By L.L. on 09-30-14
Lost Worlds Rediscovered
I really enjoyed this Lecture and would highly recommend it if archaic history is one of your interests. The book is not for everyone, but it sheds light on a history I didn't even know existed. The professor is very clear, easy to understand, and absolutely brings this subject to life.
This lecture is concerned with the ancient peoples and civilizations of South America. More specifically though, Peru and what would become the Inca Empire. The other groups mentioned, including the Amazonian peoples, are mentioned to highlight or emphasize their interactions with what we know as the Inca people.
It starts off with the earliest evidence of human life in South America and continues on until the fall of the Inca. Each lecture is half an hour long and covers a ton of detail. Each time a lecture ends I keep wishing he would continue on for another hour, the topics are very gripping.
Something I really enjoyed that this Professor does is he will discuss what is currently understood to be "true" as well as what the alternatives are. He also discusses a few of his own ideas, each time he does that he makes sure the listener is fully aware. I really enjoyed learning about the different theories that are out there.
This is a bit of a technical listen, but the Professor keeps it lively, interesting, and fun. I would highly recommend.
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