No Beast So Fierce

The Terrifying True Story of the Champawat Tiger, the Deadliest Animal in History
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Product Number: DD42162
Released: Feb 05, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781982609191
Narrator/s: Corey Snow
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A gripping, multifaceted true account of the deadliest animal of all time and the hunter on its trail, equally comparable to Jaws as to Matthiessen's The Snow Leopard. "RIVETING." A??Scientific American A?¢ "THRILLING." A??Wall Street Journal A?¢ "GRIPPING." A??Nature Nepal, c. 1900: The single deadliest animal in recorded history began stalking humans, moving like a phantom through the lush foothills of the Himalayas. As the death toll reached an astonishing 436 lives, a young local hunter was dispatched to stop the now-legendary man-eater before it struck again. One part pulse-pounding thriller, one part soulful natural history of the endangered Royal Bengal tiger, acclaimed writer Dane HuckelbridgeA??s No Beast So Fierce is the gripping, true account of the Champawat Tiger, which terrified northern India and Nepal from 1900 to 1907, and Jim Corbett, the legendary hunter who pursued it. HuckelbridgeA??s masterful telling also reveals that the tiger, Corbett, and the forces that brought them together are far more complex and fascinating than a simple man-versus-beast tale. At the turn of the twentieth century as British rule of India tightened and bounties were placed on tigerA??s heads, a tigress was shot in the mouth by a poacher. Injured but alive, it turned from its usual hunting habits to easier preyA??humans. For the next seven years, this man-made killer terrified locals, growing bolder with every kill. Colonial authorities, desperate for help, finally called upon Jim Corbett, a then-unknown railroad employee of humble origins who had grown up hunting game through the hills of Kumaon. Like a detective on the trail of a serial killer, Corbett tracked the tigerA??s movements in the dense, hilly woodlandsA??meanwhile the animal shadowed Corbett in return. Then, after a heartbreaking new kill of a young woman whom he was unable to protect, Corbett followed the gruesome blood trail deep into the forest where hunter and tiger would meet at last. Drawing upon on-the-ground research in the Indian Himalayan region where he retraced CorbettA??s footsteps, Huckelbridge brings to life one of the great adventure stories of the twentieth century. And yet Huckelbridge brings a deeper, more complex story into focus, placing the episode into its full context for the first time: that of colonialismA??s disturbing impact on the ancient balance between man and tiger; and that of CorbettA??s own evolution from a celebrated hunter to a principled conservationist who in time would earn fame for his devotion to saving the Bengal tiger and its habitat. Today the Corbett Tiger Reserve preserves 1,200 km of wilderness; within its borders is Jim Corbett National Park, IndiaA??s oldest and most prestigious national park and a vital haven for the very animals Corbett once hunted. An unforgettable tale, magnificently told, No Beast So Fierce is an epic of beauty, terror, survival, and redemption for the ages.

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Author(s): Dane Huckelbridge
Narrator(s): Corey Snow
Product Number Z100141198
Released: Feb 05, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: HarperAudio
ISBN: #9780062898418
Author(s): Dane Huckelbridge
Product Number EB00727458
Released: Feb 05, 2019
Business Term: 26 Circ
Publisher: William Morrow
ISBN: #9780062678874

Professional reviews

"Corey Snow narrates this true story of an angry tiger on a murderous rampage in the Himalayan foothills. He does so with vigor and excitement, bringing across to listeners the panic of villagers in this region during the early twentieth century. Snow infuses the story, based on actual events, with empathy for the wounded Champawat tiger, as she came to be known. He alternates between a warm tone when describing the tiger's dilemma at continued human encroachment on her habitat and an academic one for the details of British colonial history that provide rich historical context. Snow captures the drama of the tracking and hunting by both the tigress and the British young man tasked with stopping her. M.R. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"