Seducing the Spirits

By Louise Young
Read by Cassandra Campbell

11.67 Hours 11/01/2009 unabridged
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When Jenny Dunfree, a graduate student in ornithology, is assigned to a birding project in a remote area of Panama, she is given one directive by her superior: don’t piss anyone off. Almost immediately, Jenny encounters problems with this assignment. While slogging on with her research, Jenny is required to attend weekly “town hall” meetings in the Kuna village. Jenny finds the native Kuna people to be a prickly lot, quick to take offense. But as the weeks pass, Jenny becomes acquainted with Pedro, a man cynical and detached from his own culture; Eulogio, the charismatic leader; Iris, who had married the previous ornithology student; the racially prejudiced Anselmo; and Ceferino, with whom Jenny shares a passion for the natural world. Jenny also encounters outsiders with their own agendas for the Kunas and the surrounding rainforest.

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Summary

Summary

When Jenny Dunfree, a graduate student in ornithology, is assigned to a birding project in a remote area of Panama, she is given one directive by her superior: don’t piss anyone off. Almost immediately, Jenny encounters problems with this assignment.

While slogging on with her research, Jenny is required to attend weekly “town hall” meetings in the Kuna village. Jenny finds the native Kuna people to be a prickly lot, quick to take offense. But as the weeks pass, Jenny becomes acquainted with Pedro, a man cynical and detached from his own culture; Eulogio, the charismatic leader; Iris, who had married the previous ornithology student; the racially prejudiced Anselmo; and Ceferino, with whom Jenny shares a passion for the natural world. Jenny also encounters outsiders with their own agendas for the Kunas and the surrounding rainforest.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Cassandra Campbell’s facility with accents helps to bring the characters to life and provides a contrast to the descriptive and reflective passages…Her smooth voice lends a sensual tone to this story of a young graduate student who falls under the spell of her tropical surroundings.” AudioFile
“A beautiful, passionate, first novel set against a detailed and revealing portrayal of life in the jungles of this remote region. The language of this story reflects the extremely sensuous nature of this area of tropical jungle. The animals, the sea, the landscape, the heat, and the languorous flow of the narrative will draw listeners into the exotic, sensual environment. Cassandra Campbell, an actress and a commercial and documentary voice-over artist, does an excellent job with the native dialects of the Kuna people. She easily shifts from Jenny, to male and female Kunas, and to those with Spanish accents as well. This audiobook is recommended to an adult audience with an appreciation for the natural world, adventure stories, and reflective writing.” Soundcommentary.com

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Author

Author Bio: Louise Young

Louise Young has worked with the indigenous Kuna people of Panama since 1996 as a cultural guide and technical advisor to a women’s cooperative.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 11.67
Audience: Adult
Language: English