Every Creeping Thing

True Tales of Faintly Repulsive Wildlife
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (9.67 hours)
Product Number: Z10121
Released: Dec 01, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781490662572
Narrator/s: Richard Davidson
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Description

Popular natural history writer Richard Conniff received much acclaim for his earlier book, Spineless Wonders: Strange Tales from the Invertebrate World (RB# 95474). In the same vein, Every Creeping Thing is a fascinating look at some of nature's most misunderstood creatures. Traveling the world over, Conniff shatters popular myths and shares extraordinary truths about unfairly maligned animals. For instance, little brown bats help curb mosquito numbers by eating one every six seconds. Despite a reputation as maneaters, sharks ignore all but two or so of the 20 million people who use Hawaiian beaches each year. And about once per week, the three-toed sloth-vicarious host to thousands of bugs-descends 100 feet from its perch to fastidiously relieve itself. With his astute observations and sharp wit, Conniff astounds you one moment, only to have you laughing aloud the next. Richard M. Davidson's lively narration captures all the wonder of this entertaining and informative book, allowing you to develop a new appreciation for these animals.

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Author(s): Richard Conniff
Genre: Science

Professional reviews

"Written with city dwellers in mind, Richard Conniff's natural history is compiled from an uneven depth of knowledge of the animal kingdom. For instance, most kindergarteners know that bats don't use their eyes to hunt or fly, but this fact is eagerly reported with the same heightened excitement of found knowledge as, say, how bulls are maneuvered to advertise anything from beer to investment advisors. Richard M. Davidson doesn't seem to be able to distinguish between interesting material and apologetic asides. The reading therefore is unvaried in intensity. Though this is probably a good listen for 13-year-old biologists, adults may find it irritating and boring. B.H.B. (c) AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine"

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