Friday 56 & Book Beginnings: The Great Animal Orchestra

It is sixteen thousand years ago, and the plain team with life. With the presence of the giant armadillo, American cheetahs, saber-toothed tigers, giant beavers, mastodons, camels, caribou, dire wolves, and ground sloths that stand as high as fourteen feet on their hind legs, wildlife is everywhere.

Then a massive, hairy black hand tightly gripped my right shoulder. In one effortless motion, Pablo picked me up -- recorder, backpack and all -- and flung me fifteen feet through the air in a blur of sky, vegetation, and whooshing Gore-tex.

I won this over at The Coffee Addicted Writer's blog (Thanks, Billy!), as I have always loved music. Another non-fiction book to sink my teeth into!

A quick summary:
Krause is one of the world's experts in natural sound, and here readers listen through Krause's ears as he collects the sounds of purring jaguars, snapping shrimp, cracking glaciers--and the roar of the wild. It is an intensely personal narrative of life as it hits the ears, and of the planet's deeply connected natural sounds and music.

The Great Animal Orchestra is the story of one man's pursuit of natural music in its purest form, and an impassioned case for the conservation of one of our most overlooked natural resources-the music of the wild.
TGIF! What are you reading? Send me your link so I can check it out!

14 comments:

  1. I love that cover. I might have to pick this one up just to find out what happened after he and his Gor-tex landed.

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    1. haha - gotta admit, the cover was the hook, squirrelqueen!

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  2. Wow, frightening snippet on p. 56! It sounds like there is some humor in this one, too, however. Thanks for sharing.

    Here's MY FRIDAY MEMES POST

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    1. i'm looking forward to this. i'm a bit slow on the reviews though! thanks for visiting - always a pleasure having you!

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  3. What a wonderful and beautiful gift book, enjoy! Seems like a treasure.

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    1. thank you tea! thanks for visiting!

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  4. Looks and sounds like a good read! Congrats on winning it!

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    1. i seem to be getting lucky these days. freda :)

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  5. Sounds like an interesting book, have to agree that the snippet from page 56 is a little daunting...lol

    Here's my Friday Meme Post: http://tinyurl.com/7gk2yae

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    1. hahaha. daunting, to say the least!

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  6. Sounds amazing! I really like how descriptive it is! I'm an old Twitter follower! Hop on over if you have the time:
    http://universeinwords.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/williams-friday.html
    Juli @ Universe in Words

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    1. thanks juli! have a great weekend!

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  7. Yikes... I'd be dead scared if I got picked up and flung like that!

    Check out my 'Friday 56',

    http://apaperbacklife.wordpress.com/2012/05/04/the-friday-56-45/

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    1. i am betting if if i got flung 15 feet, scared would be the least of my concerns :P thanks for coming by wuthingwillow!

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