Library Ed. BBC Audiobooks America/ Chivers 1997
CS ISBN $54.95 Six cassettes
The “Adventure” of this title refers to a settlement in South America, which serves as the starting point for Durrell’s excursions into outlying areas. His mission is to bring back live specimens of rare animals, but he also captures a menagerie of humorous tales. With a clipped British accent, Davenport is the ideal storyteller for this self-effacing saga. The listener can picture the explorer, with pith helmet and pipe, regaling his audience with the facts, fun and fears of his expeditions. Even his quarry take on individual personalities as the tales unfold. Filled with interesting facts about the flora and fauna of remote tropical forests, this offering will appeal to fans of nature, yet it entertains with all the qualities of skillfully crafted fiction. Davenport handles both facts and adventures with equal aplomb, capturing the listener with all the cunning of the great explorer himself. B.L.W. ©AudioFile, Portland, Maine [Published: MAY 98]
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