The Song of the Dodo by David Quammen audiobook

The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions

By David Quammen
Read by Jacques Roy

Simon & Schuster Audio 9780684827124
24.61 Hours Unabridged
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David Quammen's book, The Song of the Dodo, is a brilliant, stirring work, breathtaking in its scope, far-reaching in its message -- a crucial book in precarious times, which radically alters the way in which we understand the natural world and our place in that world. It's also a book full of entertainment and wonders. In The Song of the Dodo, we follow Quammen's keen intellect through the ideas, theories, and experiments of prominent naturalists of the last two centuries. We trail after him as he travels the world, tracking the subject of island biogeography, which encompasses nothing less than the study of the origin and extinction of all species. Why is this island idea so important? Because islands are where species most commonly go extinct -- and because, as Quammen points out, we live in an age when all of Earth's landscapes are being chopped into island-like fragments by human activity. Through his eyes, we glimpse the nature of evolution and extinction, and in so doing come to understand the monumental diversity of our planet, and the importance of preserving its wild landscapes, animals, and plants. We also meet some fascinating human characters. By the book's end we are wiser, and more deeply concerned, but Quammen leaves us with a message of excitement and hope.

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Summary

David Quammen's book, The Song of the Dodo, is a brilliant, stirring work, breathtaking in its scope, far-reaching in its message -- a crucial book in precarious times, which radically alters the way in which we understand the natural world and our place in that world. It's also a book full of entertainment and wonders.
In The Song of the Dodo, we follow Quammen's keen intellect through the ideas, theories, and experiments of prominent naturalists of the last two centuries. We trail after him as he travels the world, tracking the subject of island biogeography, which encompasses nothing less than the study of the origin and extinction of all species. Why is this island idea so important? Because islands are where species most commonly go extinct -- and because, as Quammen points out, we live in an age when all of Earth's landscapes are being chopped into island-like fragments by human activity.
Through his eyes, we glimpse the nature of evolution and extinction, and in so doing come to understand the monumental diversity of our planet, and the importance of preserving its wild landscapes, animals, and plants. We also meet some fascinating human characters. By the book's end we are wiser, and more deeply concerned, but Quammen leaves us with a message of excitement and hope.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

"The Song of the Dodo is a stunning work of scientific reporting and travel writing. Quammen’s intelligence is so dependable, his narrative witty, compelling, acutely aware.” Barry Lopez, New York Times bestselling author
“In a wonderful weave of science, metaphor, and prose, David Quammen, author of The Flight of the Iguana, applies the lessons of island biogeography—the study of the distribution of species on islands and islandlike patches of landscape—to modern ecosystem decay, offering us insight into the origin and extinction of species, our relationship to nature, and the future of our world.” Amazon.com
“That a book on so technical a subject could be so enlightening, humorous, and engaging is an extraordinary achievement.” Publishers Weekly
“The book’s virtues include Quammen’s vivid account of his treks to the world’s wild places and interviews with the experts he finds there…There is much to glean here about the wonders, and also the fragility, of life on earth.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: David Quammen

Author Bio: David Quammen

David Quammen is an author and journalist whose books include The Song of the Dodo, The Reluctant Mr. Darwin, Spillover, and the New York Times bestseller The Tangled Tree. Spillover was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and a Scientific American Book of the Year. He has received numerous awards, including the Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction, the John Burroughs Medal for nature writingand the PEN/Spielvogel-Diamonstein Award for the Art of the Essay. He has written for numerous magazines and is a contributing writer for National Geographic.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Science
Runtime: 24.61
Audience: Adult
Language: English