Nature Notes for 1906

eAudio - unabridged
Audio (2.53 hours)
Product Number: Z100095283
Released: Jun 21, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781481538107
Narrator/s: Vanessa Benjamin
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More than one hundred years ago, a sensitive woman naturalist, nature lover, and accomplished artist began to chronicle all that she encountered while walking and cycling around the countryside of her native England and neighboring Scotland. Besides noting the flora and fauna, she included poems and quaint folk sayings, saints' days, mottoes, and tidbits of history. Follow along with her month by month as she chronicles the summer thunderstorms and the first hard frost, notes Lady Day and Candlemas Day, watches birds nesting and raising their young, and quotes Shakespeare's praise of the fickleness of April and Browning's description of early November hours. Known in its facsimile reproduction as The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady, which became a New York Times bestseller in 1978, Edith Holden's Nature Notes of 1906 will take the listener back in time one hundred years to when a young woman had the leisure time to deeply explore every nook of her countryside, sweetly celebrating the progress of the seasons on every page of her diary.

Author(s): Edith Holden
Original Publish Date: Jan 01, 2006

Professional reviews

"The source, a diary kept in 1906, chronicles a year of natural observations made in the English countryside. Verse quoted from English poets punctuates the author's entries. Apropos to the mention of specific plants or birds are excerpts from Shakespeare, Browning, Shelley, Burns, and Tennyson. Vanessa Benjamin uses her soft British voice to decorate the diary's delicate prose. She switches to an Irish accent for an Irish poet. Her delicate voice travels through the seasons, making them seem real by combining her talent with that of each writer, as though they shared the same muse. Although informative, the audiobook's pleasure comes from the richness of the poetic performance. J.A.H. (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine"

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