The Whispering Land by Gerald Durrell audiobook

The Whispering Land

By Gerald Durrell
Read by Rupert Degas

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The Zoo Memoirs Series: Book 2

6.20 Hours Unabridged
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Fans of Gerard Durrell’s beloved classic My Family and Other Animals (the inspiration for The Durrells in Corfu on Masterpiece PBS) and other accounts of his lifelong fascination with members of the animal kingdom will rejoice at The Whispering Land. The sequel to A Zoo in My Luggage, this is the story of how Durrell and his wife’s zoo-building efforts at England’s Jersey Zoo led them and a team of helpers on an eight-month safari in Argentina to look for South American specimens. Through windswept Patagonian shores and tropical forests in Argentina, from ocelots to penguins, fur seals to parrots, Durrell captures the landscape and its inhabitants with his signature charm and humor.

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Summary

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Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Fans of Gerard Durrell’s beloved classic My Family and Other Animals (the inspiration for The Durrells in Corfu on Masterpiece PBS) and other accounts of his lifelong fascination with members of the animal kingdom will rejoice at The Whispering Land.

The sequel to A Zoo in My Luggage, this is the story of how Durrell and his wife’s zoo-building efforts at England’s Jersey Zoo led them and a team of helpers on an eight-month safari in Argentina to look for South American specimens. Through windswept Patagonian shores and tropical forests in Argentina, from ocelots to penguins, fur seals to parrots, Durrell captures the landscape and its inhabitants with his signature charm and humor.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Animals come close to being Durrell’s best friends…He writes about them with style, verve, and humor.” Time
“No one can be funnier than Mr. Durrell in relating his own adventures or the antics of the claw and paw set.” Christian Science Monitor
“There’s a moment in this enchanting audiobook that displays narrator Rupert Degas’s talent to the full. It occurs when the naturalist author is at a cocktail party in Buenos Aires and has to talk to a pompous Englishman whose dismissive attitude towards Argentinians offends the young Durrell. Degas imitates this Brit’s accent in such a fine tone that it sounds like he is talking through cotton balls. Degas’s delivery in this scene and throughout this magical mystery tour of Patagonia and other remote parts of Argentina enthralls the listener. The young Durrell, who continues to collect animals for his Channel Isle zoo, is a most engaging Englishman—articulate, eccentric, and focused on his animals—be they toucans, coatimundis, or peccaries. And he is great fun. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“Expertly narrated by Rupert Degas…Durrell’s enthusiasm for all manner of fauna is ably conveyed by Degas, as is his gift for wry, fanciful description…Durrell writes with Dickensian relish, ably assisted by Degas’s tremendous facility with character voices, and with accents that range from West African pidgin to Argentinian Spanish, German, French, Malagasy, and parrot…Less showy than these verbal pyrotechnics but no less masterful is Degas’ interpretation of Durrell himself, droll and slightly posh, with a wry appreciation for the foibles and eccentricities of man and beast alike, anchored by an earnest, clear-eyed sense of kinship with every living thing. Alternately breezy, curmudgeonly, fascinated, and bemused, Degas perfectly captures Durrell’s spirit, and the abundant charm of his literary escapades, which are certain to divert and educate listeners of almost any age.” Booklist (audio review)

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Author

Author Bio: Gerald Durrell

Author Bio: Gerald Durrell

Gerald Durrell (1925–1995) was a British naturalist, zookeeper, conservationist, author, and television presenter. He wrote more than twenty-five nature books, as well as the memoirs My Family and Other Animals; Birds, Beasts and Relatives; A Zoo in My Luggage; The Whispering Lands; and The Garden of the Gods. A student of zoology, he founded the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust on the Channel Island of Jersey.

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Details

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Travel
Runtime: 6.20
Audience: Adult
Language: English