The Second John McPhee Reader, Book One

Narrated by: Nelson Runger
Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
Categories: History, World
4 out of 5 stars (55 ratings)

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For a person who has not encountered John McPhee's lively writing, The Second John McPhee Reader is the perfect introduction. McPhee, author of Coming Into the Country, and Assembling California punctuates his delightful prose with a sharp sense of humor and a fascination with things most of us never bother to notice. Whether he's working for farmer in the Greenmarkets in Harlem, Brooklyn, or the Upper East Side in Giving Good Weight, or trekking through Switzerland in La Place de la Concorde Suissea, McPhee gives the listener an intimate and provocative glimpse of the physical landscape and the people who are shaped by it.

This Reader showcases a writer who not only is in absolute command of his craft, but also who revels in the pleasures of a fragile world. Narrator Nelson Runger's gravelly voice powerfully conveys McPhee's understated writing. Intriguing and thought-provoking, this audiobook is a must-listen for anyone interested in the natural or human worlds.

©1996 John McPhee (P)1996 Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

"Here is a wonderful example of how a narrator's voice and written text complement each other. Nelson Runger captures the book's tone and brings it to life. He's alternately informative, playful, witty or sober, depending on the piece....He tells McPhee's stories as they were meant to be told." (AudioFile)
"Mr. McPhee has created a style, blending detailed reporting with a novelistic sense of narrative, and a standard that have influenced a whole generation of journalists." (The Baltimore Sun)

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Smart, funny, compelling, and educational

McPhee's work sets the bar for creative non fiction. His writing contains the masterful rhythms of the highest musical order. His research and knowledge of subject, not to mention love of subject, appears in every essay. My ten year old daughter and I listened to several 'stories' about the Brooklyn farmers markets, and bears in Alaska. If you don't know his work, you're in for a sublime treat.

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  • 10-12-19

Good presentatio of good articles

This really whets the interest in these articles. This is a collection of lengthy excerpts of several pieces of McPhee's writing.

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  • 02-19-13

You can skip part of it

Some of the excerpts were interesting and some I found to be just dull so I skipped them. I've read several of his complete books and liked them, but the geology books (an excerpt is included here) is boring.

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Terrible book and narration

Struggled to finish is a good suggestion. Sorry ok I listened to it, will be removing the remainder of his books from my wish list.