To See Every Bird on Earth

A Father, a Son, and a Lifelong Obsession
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (10.13 hours)
Product Number: Z2043
Released: Mar 28, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781449892272
Narrator/s: John McDonough
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Richard Koeppel's obsession began at age twelve, in Queens, New York, when he first spotted a Brown Thrasher, and jotted the sighting in a notebook. Several decades, one failed marriage, and two sons later, he set out to see every bird on earth, becoming a member of a subculture of competitive bird watchers worldwide all pursuing the same goal. Over twenty-five years, he collected over seven thousand species, becoming one of about ten people ever to do so. To See Every Bird on Earth explores the thrill of this chase, a crusade at the expense of all else-for the sake of making a check in a notebook. A riveting glimpse into a fascinating subculture, the book traces the love, loss, and reconnection between a father and son, and explains why birds are so critical to the human search for our place in the world.

Author(s): Dan Koeppel
Genre: Science


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To See Every Bird on Earth
Product Number: BX00008878
Product Number:Z2043
Product Number:C3306

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Author(s): Dan Koeppel
Narrator(s): John McDonough
Genre: Science
Product Number C3306
Released: May 03, 2005
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781419340857
Author(s): Dan Koeppel
Product Number EB00397534
Released: Jun 05, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Plume
ISBN: #9781440627033

Professional reviews

"John McDonough's well-known scholarly voice has less than stellar material to work with in Koeppel's relentless memoir of his unsatisfying relationship with his father. Although ornithology and bird-watching make up some of the text, most of the content focuses on the dysfunctional marriage of Koeppel's parents. McDonough ably recites passages on birding, but his usually reassuring voice is noticeably discomfited when having to read narrative on Richard Koeppel's post-divorce "encounters." McDonough gives a solid performance, but the repetitive nature of the text does not allow him to display the full range of his talents. R.F. (c) AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine"

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