The Butterfly Isles

  • by Patrick Barkham
  • Narrated by Simon Shepherd
  • 10 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Butterflies animate our summers, but the 59 species found in the British Isles can be surprisingly elusive. Some bask unseen at the top of trees in London parks; others lurk at the bottom of damp bogs in Scotland.
A few survive for months while other ephemeral creatures only fly for three days. Several are virtually extinct. Simon Shepherd reads this bewitching book charting Patrick Barkham’s quest to find each of them - from the Adonis Blue to the Dingy Skipper - in one unforgettable summer.


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A strangely nostalgic book

This unlikely book all about a year of butterfly spotting in 2009 is strangely nostalgic, packed with reminiscences of childhood and country pastimes. I'm not sure it would appeal to someone without a minimum of knowledge of lepidoptera, because the author constantly cites names and habitats, and it really helps being able to picture in one's mind's eye the particular butterfly and even the country surroundings he is walking in. I loved it. And so beautifully read, just the right pace, wonderful local accents, faultless;
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Are you a butterfly conservationist obsessive ?

Where does The Butterfly Isles rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It will continue to be high on my list to listen to during the winter until the butterflies come out again

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Butterfly Isles?

When Patick Barkham sets himself the target of sighting and photographing all 59 British butterflies in one summer - which means travelling up and down the Brbtish Isles in his spare time - to the deterioration and breakup of his relationship with his girlfriend.

Which character – as performed by Simon Shepherd – was your favourite?

One of the butterflies, eg, a peacock or comma

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, it's good to go back to different chapters

Any additional comments?

Don't let your self come a butterfly obsessive but do take part in the annual Butterfly Conservation count as climate change, industrial farming practices etc take their toll on the butterfly and moth population.

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- Penny Krantz

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-01-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios