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The Big Year - A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession

Mark Obmascik

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A classic in the making -- an account of the biggest year in birdwatching history. In the USA, some 50 million people lay claim to being bird-watchers or "birders," spending billions of dollars on birding-related travel and membership fees every year. A select, and utterly obsessed, few compete in one of the world's quirkiest contests -- the race to spot the most species in North America in a single year. And 1998 wasn't just a big year. It was the biggest. The Big Year is Pulitzer Prize-winner Mark Obmascik's account of what was to become the greatest birding year of all time. It was freak weather conditions that ensured all previous records were broken, but what becomes clear within the pages of this classic portrait of obsession is that while our feathered friends may be the objective of the Big Year competition, it's the curious activities and behavioural patterns of the pursuing "homo sapiens" that are the real cause for concern. It is a contest that reveals much of the human character in extremes. Such are the author's powers of observation that he brilliantly brings to life and gets under the skin of these extraordinary, eccentric and obsessive birders while empathizing with and eventually succumbing to the all-consuming nature of their obsession. The result is a wonderfully funny, acutely observed classic to rank alongside the best of Bill Bryson. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Oliver Wyman

Length:

6h 17m


Chapters

Free Sample

04:20

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:23


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:18


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:35


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:28


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:03


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:08


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:38


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:19


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:09


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:18


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:51


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:56


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:28


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:05


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:44


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:13


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:03


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:46


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:47


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:33


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:11


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:59


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:08


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:45


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:29


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:21


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:26


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:33


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:50


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:05


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:21


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:24


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:24


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:26


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:18


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

02:48


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:40


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

02:12


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:53


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:46


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:33


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:03


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

02:53


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:01


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:10


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

00:58


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:27


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:23


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:47


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:27


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:15


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:24


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:00


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:44


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:33


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:11


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:42


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

02:29


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:49


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:25


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:35


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:00


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:35


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:34


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:37


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:31


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:41


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:56


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:44


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:00


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:38


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:33


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:46


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

02:56


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:43


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:00


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:33