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A Sand County Almanac

And Sketches Here and There
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
Length: 4 hrs and 16 mins

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First published in 1949 and praised in the New York Times Book Review as "full of beauty and vigor and bite", A Sand County Almanac combines some of the finest nature writing since Thoreau with an outspoken and highly ethical regard for America's relationship to the land. As the forerunner to such important books as Annie Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Edward Abbey's Desert Solitaire, and Robert Finch's The Primal Place, this classic work remains as relevant today as it was more than 70 years ago.

©1949 Oxford University Press, Inc. (P)2020 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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  • Rachel G.
  • 2020-06-22

Great in some ways; in others, wtf!

First off, after I finished Sand County Almanac, I told my son, who’d recommended it to me, “I have a new favorite book.” I love the way Leopold writes, at all times mindful of the smallest details as well as how those fit into a much larger and longer story. Some have compared his writing to Thoreau’s. Nah, it’s much better than that. It’s Thoreau without the (sorry, Thoreau fans - I’m actually one of you) pretentiousness.

I do have a bone to pick though. While Campbell does a fine job reading the story, it just sounds weird coming out in a woman’s voice. It’s not just all the parts - and there are many - where Leopold is clearly expressing a man’s perspective; the whole sensibility of the book is a male perspective. I’m honestly surprised Campbell agreed to do the project.

OK, now for the wtf. As I said, this is my new favorite book, so naturally I wanted to get it in print. Just arrived today and I opened it at random to see if I recognized an old friend. I was in a section called “Arizona and the New World “. Huh? There was no such section in the book I listened to. Guess what: the current version on Audible is abridged. But wait! Doesn’t it say in the description “Unabridged Audiobook”. Yep, it sure does. Are you sitting down? Of the 224 or so pages in the printed book, about 95 are not included in the audiobook.

Want another wtf? When I told my son about all this, he was mystified. We checked his version of the book he had downloaded from Audible.com. It’s all there, the entire text. And, his version is read by Mike Chamberlain. It also turns out that version is “no longer available”.

What the heck happened? Contract dispute? Who knows? But I do know this really is not acceptable.

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  • Bobby Leahey
  • 2020-05-15

One of the best books I have ever read

An important portrayal of how important and beautiful nature is. I would suggest that this book be read by every person to help them better understand and appreciate the world around them.

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  • Chris Johnes
  • 2020-08-02

A Conservationist Classic

if I were only allowed 10 books on my bookshelf, this would be one of them. The stories are engaging and the message is timeless. My only disappointment was, had the reader been male, I could have fantasized that it was Aldo Leopold's voice.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-07-30

classic I have loved for nearly two decades

I study ecology and biodiversity in college and later went on to be a industrial wind turbine technician. the introduction in this version comes across as condescending and out of touch demonizing and polarizing and made me resent the chosen narrator for the rest of my favorite novel a novel that should be mandatory consumption for all people of all nations and ages.