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Coyote America Audiobook

Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History

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Publisher's Summary

With its uncanny night howls, unrivaled ingenuity, and amazing resilience, the coyote is the stuff of legends. In Indian folktales it often appears as a deceptive trickster or a sly genius. But legends don't come close to capturing the incredible survival story of the coyote.

As soon as Americans - especially white Americans - began ranching and herding in the West, they began working to destroy the coyote. Despite campaigns of annihilation employing poisons, gases, helicopters, and engineered epidemics, coyotes didn't just survive, they thrived, expanding across the continent from Anchorage, Alaska, to New York's Central Park. In the war between humans and coyotes, coyotes have won hands down.

Coyote America is both an environmental and a deep natural history of the coyote. It traces both the five-million-year-long biological story of an animal that has become the "wolf" in our backyards and its cultural evolution from a preeminent spot in Native American religions to the hapless foil of the Road Runner. A deeply American tale, the story of the coyote in the American West and beyond is a sort of Manifest Destiny in reverse, with a pioneering hero whose career holds up an uncanny mirror to the successes and failures of American expansionism.

An illuminating biography of this extraordinary animal, Coyote America isn't just the story of an animal's survival - it is one of the great epics of our time.

©2016 Dan Flores (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    jpo 04-13-17
    jpo 04-13-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Coyote Consciousness"

    My intrigue about this book came from listening to the author's interview with Joe Rogan. As a great fan of Wiley Coyote, and having had several run-ins with coyotes throughout California, this book gave context to my mysterious fascination with them. It's a different kind of wisdom, and a non-linear logic that I really appreciate. The stories and factoids in Coyote America are remarkable, and I've already recommended this book to my trickster friends and family. A great read for long drives.

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    John Townsend 03-17-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Very Enjoyable Book, Subject Matter, and Reader"

    I approve of this audiobook. I basically listened to it due to the fact that there isn't a mammal alive that I dislike to the degree that I dislike canis latrans (still bitter about the loss of my childhood pets thanks to them) and I wanted to know more about them and hopefully develop some empathy. This book did that. Flores is a gifted author and audiobook reader a damned fine reader.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carlos 01-27-17
    Carlos 01-27-17
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    "Good book. It's exactly what you would expect."

    I had heard of this book from Joe Rogan Podcast, and Steve Rinella's Meat Eater. The book was informative without being too dry and scholarly to digest. I truly recommend it to anyone with even a passing interest in Coyotes, hunting, and the origin of coyote folklore.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    NICK BELUZO 01-05-17
    NICK BELUZO 01-05-17
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    "fascinating content"

    The content was very engaging and interesting, but the information was presented in a somewhat disorderly fashion. I felt that the author jumped around a bit too much for a better rating, which took away from the enjoyment of the book. I commend the author however for the amount of information present in the book. He is clearly very engaged in the topic.

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    Ruben Hop 09-11-17
    Ruben Hop 09-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great historic detail, falls short on supernatural"

    --------THE WRITING
    Dan Flores' "Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History" is a rather interesting take on the usual books that promise to teach you more in-depth about a specific animal, in that it's far more interested in the history of the animal - and the events & politics surrounding it - rather than making a detailed species account. For coyotes in particular though, this approach really does seem to work due to the interactions humans have had with these creatures over the past couple millennia.

    With the writing mainly executed from the perspective of the coyotes, the result ends up being a tour through a very unique and fascinating timeline which happens to swirl and collide with recognizable historical pointers- often regarding the colonization of North America and how man is trying to learn how to live with nature rather than conquering it.

    It is not an enjoyable journey however, as the journey that coyotes have had over the past couple centuries is definitely not a pleasant one. The writer makes sure you know in great detail the ignorance humankind has had (and still has) to planet earth and its creatures, and what a struggle it has been to make man more enlightened with its wilder surroundings.

    That being said, while the natural history is expertly rendered with its research and writing, the supernatural part of it seems to have been focused on and collected together, but often cut in the end product. There is a chapter dedicated to the mythology of Old Man Coyote, but it does feel that the focus was more on the history of the Native American tribes and the relation they had to the coyote, rather than the actual fiction. To me it ended up feeling like there was a distinct lack of these stories, even in the single chapter where it was clearly dedicated for these.
    Often after one of said stories, Dan Flores even details that it was based on all the stories he had researched, which he ended up merging together. I feel like the book might've been somewhat better off giving more of these stories rather than a collective summary of how these stories usually go.


    --------THE NARRATOR
    Elijah Alexander's performance was rather average to me, though it worked alright for the content. The choice to add a distinctive voice whenever there was a person being quoted just didn't work for me. The quotes are usually added in mid-sentence rather than a conversation like you'd see in a fictional story or a biography, which made the sudden accent half-way in a statement greatly distracting, rather than adding distinction in the people the narrator is trying to quote. It does work well whenever a story of Old Man Coyote is being told though.


    --------THE VERDICT
    With any book this specific, it is rare that I could give a recommendation to read it unless you've got a passionate interest in the niche subject matter. This book is no exception to that. However, if it does happen to be your cup of tea, then I would definitely suggest giving it a shot, as the journey through the history of Coyote America is definitely a great one.

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    Rob Wolfe 08-31-17
    Rob Wolfe 08-31-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Absolutely fascinating"
    What made the experience of listening to Coyote America the most enjoyable?

    Over the last few years I've stumbled into a deep interest in North American natural history (plants, animals, and indigenous peoples that preceded European arrival), and how modern humans have played into it.

    Listening to this book was an easy choice after I heard the author (last name pronounced floor-ease) speak on a few podcasts, ReWild Yourself #93 and The Meateater #33. There are handfuls of hard, powerful - often horrifying - looks at Americans and the U.S. government interacting with coyotes. Many of these stories are shocking, yet they make for important and captivating storytelling; they are memorable anecdotes that enrich our understanding of the transition the natural world endured following European arrival.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I dug the author's bias toward natural history told from an eco-centric (vs. ego-centric) perspective. He doesn't tell the story from the vantage that says humans are the apotheosis of life on earth and thereby possess a warranted dominion over all things animate and inanimate. Rather he writes looking at coyotes as they truly are in a biological sense: a wild species part of the landscapes and ecoranges they evolved on. He contrasts the coyote's incredible biological resolve against the often bizarre, control-obsessed campaigns waged against it by modern humans.


    Have you listened to any of Elijah Alexander’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The reader's pronunciation of some words was interesting, but didn't take away from the overall story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Coyote: North America's inexorable canid.


    Any additional comments?

    Much looking forward to the author's similar book, American Serengeti. If you don't have time to listen to Coyote America in its entirety it's worth checking out episode #33 of The Meateater Podcast. It clocks in around two hours and holds some of the best information on American natural history and the mammals and other animals that existed here prior to the Anthropocene era.

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    N. Rogers San Antonio, TX, USA 07-31-17
    N. Rogers San Antonio, TX, USA 07-31-17 Member Since 2008
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    "Intelligence, Adaptability, and Persistence"

    I found this book absorbing in its description of our wonderful, fascinating native critter, the coyote--its evolution, ability to adapt and survive, and its incredible intelligence. Our attempts to totally destroy this animal, to wipe it completely from the face of the earth, with unbelievably horrendous poisons and other unspeakable methods make me deeply ashamed. It was engaging to read about the coyote, but almost impossible to read about what the government, in our name, has done to kill it.

    But the coyote has continued to thrive and increase its range into our cities and suburbs. The author tells us how to live with this wild creature in our midst, to avoid contact but to simply enjoy occasional sightings of something from our wild past that is with us in spite of our efforts to remove it.

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    Rene Tatro 07-23-17
    Rene Tatro 07-23-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing!!!"

    A must read...no matter how much you think you know about coyotes, or how much you (unjustly) fear or dislike them.

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    Amazon Customer 07-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "One of my all time favorite books!"

    This book opened my eyes so much. I grew up in Montana and always had a connection with these fascinating animals, even if my family thought of them as pest. I'm was so surprised to learn the interestinghistory to these noble creatures. The book is truly beautiful. The only downside of this book is my wife is sick of me talking about coyotes constantly. BUY THIS BOOK!

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    Michael 07-19-17
    Michael 07-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Justee but not my cup of tea"

    I am joyed the book had A lot of interesting base about Coyote But I was not a fan of animal rights activist point of view the book put out there. In my opinion Coyotes need to be heavily manged and are a threat to wildlife in parts of North America. However I would never want to see the mass poison campaigns of the past brought back.

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    "Coyote America"

    Absolutely loved this book. A fascinating insight into coyotes and our interactions with them throughout history. In addition, it was wonderfully narrated, I highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in natural history, and human-carnivore/opportunist interactions.

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