Library Ed. Recorded Books 2000
CS ISBN $62.00 Seven cassettes
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. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine [Published: FEB/MAR 01]
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