• A Bad Birdwatcher's Companion

  • By: Simon Barnes
  • Narrated by: Simon Barnes
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 23-06-08
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks
  • 5 out of 5 stars 4.8 (67 ratings)

Editor reviews

An obsessively maintained bird diary or field notes aren't necessary prerequisites for loving birds, as bird writer and humorist Simon Barnes proves in A Bad Birdwatcher's Companion. Gently and amusingly narrated by Barnes himself, this audiobook is an unpretentious and helpful guide for anybody who takes pleasure from simply gazing out the window at a beautiful bird. Offering simple identifying features of 50 common British birds alongside playful observations on bird character, the best feature of this audiobook is a recording of each of the birds' songs, giving listeners a chance to compare these calls to what they hear outside.
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Summary

Simon Barnes is one of Britain's leading bird writers and humorists. His weekly column in The Times (London), his essays for the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) magazine, and his two books on bad bird-watching have made him one of the characters of the bird world.
Here, he reads his own illuminating introductions to the 50 main birds of Britain, supported by the distinguishing bird song of each species. He not only gives helpful identifying features, but enriches them with whimsical observations on their characters and tendencies. It is a delightful text, superbly presented by the author himself.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.
©2007 Naxos Audiobooks (P)2007 Naxos Audiobooks
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5 out of 5 stars
By j f wilson on 15-02-15

A great birdwatching book!

Wasnt sure what to expect from this audio book - but always like it when read by the author so decided to give it a try. I am so glad I did. In fact I have only just finished it and I'm going straight back to start it again. I have Iearnt so much and I find I remembered more by listening rather than by reading-just my style of learning I suppose. It is beautifully read and the passion of the author shines through. I would unhesitatingly recommend this book to anyone remotely interested in the natural world. Brilliant!

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Rogayah on 30-12-15

A plethora of birds

As a very keen indifferent birdwatchers this is very inspirational and will help me name names as well as make the pilgrimages to birding places to see and hear the birds on my wish list. I still remember a quote from the Wife of Bath's tale "as the bittern bombeth in the mire" Simon Barnes did not quote it, but he had other quotes and music to illustrate various birds he listed and how they have been woven into our music and literature

I share his enthusiasm for birds if not birding and to see and hear birds and their song can elevate a day from good to great. I hope this and his other books will encourage others too.

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