Dangerous Beauty

Stories from the Wilds of Yellowstone
Narrated by: Eric Martin
Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (49 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Funny, scary, and touching true stories from Yellowstone wildlife photographers, rangers, guides, and trackers who've accidentally come face-to-face with grizzly bears and bison, who've camped out in -70 degree temperatures, and much more. From a Wall Street Journal best-selling author and wildlife photographer whose award-wining Yellowstone imagery is displayed in the Smithsonian.
©2017 Carolyn Jourdan and Sandy Sisti (P)2017 Carolyn Jourdan and Sandy Sisti

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Interesting but disjointed

This book about animals in Yellowstone seems to be composed of a series of short reports on animal behavior from four or five people. The chapters, organized by animal, tend to be repetitious, especially the first chapter on bears. Still, it's an interesting read, especially if you are a hiker looking for information on animal behavior around humans. My main complaint is that it needs a good editor.

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Animal Personalities, the Majesty of Yellowstone

If you could sum up Dangerous Beauty in three words, what would they be?

Yellowstone Life Cycles

What did you like best about this story?

The stories of life in Yellowstone National Park. The personalities of the bears and other animals, the interaction of Nature, Wildlife, the Park Service and visitors. Makes me want to be there too!

Which scene was your favorite?

The first story of Scarface, then the discovery of familial connections!

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

It made me appreciate our National Parks, and how lucky we are to have them. And our obligation to preserve them for generations to come.

Any additional comments?

In my opinion, this Audible work is worth the credit and my listening time. It is certainly worth many relistenings!

Thanks for the opportunity to listen and offer my opinions on this work! A review copy was gifted to me at no charge. In return, I am happy to provide an honest review. Also at no charge.

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Interesting true accounts.

I enjoyed listening to this book with my nearly 7 year old son. We live in Alaska where bears and other dangerous wildlife are real concerns, so I make it a point to impress upon him the necessity of vigilance with these animals. Some of the stories in this book certainly helped bring these warnings to life.

Despite this healthy respect, however, my son loves animals more than anything, and there were also many more lighthearted tales here to entertain and interest him. Plenty interesting for an adult, as well!

The narration was excellent, and fit perfectly.

I received a copy of this book free from the author, publisher or narrator and have voluntarily left this review. This did not affect the thoughts and opinions I have expressed.

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Great book

I guess for those of us who alredy know how dangerous wild animals can be and also have a healthy respect for them and want only their best it can get a little tiresome to red a book where you feel constantly lectured on these points. I do understand that some people need to be told repeatedly. Aside from this I found the book very entertaining and informative and extremely interesting.

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Ready For Your Roadtrip

Delightfully entertaining. Great for a roadtrip and it is a great reminder that our National Parks are still wild places. Great stories and I enjoyed the narration as well.

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An Awesome nature book, so wonderful!

What made the experience of listening to Dangerous Beauty the most enjoyable?

Dangerous Beauty: Stories from the Wilds of Yellowstone by Carolyn Jourdan and Sandy Sisti is an outstanding nature book that toyed with all my emotions. One minute I am smiling, another minute I am angry, and the next I am near tears. I had all sorts of emotions in-between too. This book is filled with a variety of great stories of the many awesome animals and beautiful nature itself of Yellowstone. The love of this magnificent place shines through with each story, the love for the animals, the plants, the land, and their jobs. I enjoyed this book so much, I didn't want the book to end. I was given an audio book to listen to by the publishers. The narrator had a calm and perfect voice for this book, and added plus to an already great book. The review is voluntary. I hope everyone has a chance to read this charming, delightful book.

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

I did!

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Flora And Fauna Of Some Of The National Parks

My first introduction to the bear books was 'The Bear In The Back Seat' by Kim DeLozier. It was similar to this as it was experiences of park rangers, but I thought it was far funnier. This was good, but a bit stiff for my taste to be in the comedy section.

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Numerous entries by various authors

I wanted to learn more about the animals of YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK. This audiobook did help me achieve that goal. The various authors — rangers, animal photographers, wildlife “followers” and experts — share anecdotes about the animal population, and specific long-term residents of the park. Several anecdotes illustrate the danger of getting too close to wild animals. They provide information on how to behave if you encounter a bear or a bison and how to interpret their body language, warning signals, etc. Some of the stories are heartrending, especially when animals are put down because of human interactions. Some of the stories overlap with others in content. Not a bad thing, I guess, but it occasionally felt repetitive and a bit disjointed.
Narration is fine. Content is nothing special in terms of style, but it’s still interesting and informative.

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Fantastic!!!

Jourdan and Sisti have assembled a fascinating mixture of stories which are simultaneously informative, interesting, entertaining, and even suspenseful. I found myself wishing the book was twice as long, and hoping for a sequel. If I can’t be in Yellowstone, having a book like this in my hands certainly helps to bring me there in spirit!

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Series of short stories

Very informative and easy to listen to. I'd like to find more books by the same authors.