Sounding appropriately David Attenborough-esque, Dugald Bruce-Lockhart narrates this in-depth look at the lives of 10 species of seabirds. Part natural history and part history of how humans have interacted with and been captivated by puffins, gannets, albatrosses, and more, Nicolson's lyrical book is well served by Bruce-Lockhart's steady reading. In fact, it's easy to imagine that he is the author relating stories of his own travels and interactions with the birds and their researchers. There's plenty to both fascinate and repel here, from violence among seabirds and between birds and humans, to the Victorian preoccupation with the extinct great auk. One missed opportunity: Audio would have been the ideal medium to actually hear examples of the cries and calls of the birds that are described in the text. J.M.D. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine [Published: APRIL 2018]
Trade Ed. Macmillan Audio 2018
DD ISBN 9781427294241 $26.99
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