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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:

Del Roy

Length:

10h


Chapters

Free Sample

03:40

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:16


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:39


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:20


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:42


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:16


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:09


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:40


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:13


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

02:40


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

02:54


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:45


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:02


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:36


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:28


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

02:10


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:12


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:20


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

02:48


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

01:53


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:13


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:05


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:00


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:13


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

02:40


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

02:27


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:06


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:30


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:41


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:11


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:21


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:12


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:18


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:47


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

02:45


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:01


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:28


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:00


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:05


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:15


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:39


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

02:28


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:52


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:47


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:25


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:21


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:25


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

02:57


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

01:49


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:40


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

02:50


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:29


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:17


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:38


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:19


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:43


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:25


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

02:52


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

01:02


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:06


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:40


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:27


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:02


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:17


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:30


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:05


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:10


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

01:59


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:43


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:36


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:13


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

02:28


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:28


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:36


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

03:18


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:28


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:20


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

03:18


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:21


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

02:30


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

03:23


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

03:05


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

03:45


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:26


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

02:49


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

02:53


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

03:35


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

03:10


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

02:35


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

03:27


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

03:57


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

03:04


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

02:30


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

02:38


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

03:15


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

02:49


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

03:01


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:57


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

02:40


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

03:48


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

03:41


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

03:28


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

03:18


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

03:19


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

03:25


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

03:44


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:13


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

03:01


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

01:25


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

02:23


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

03:41


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

03:15


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

05:01


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

03:11


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

02:59


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

04:02


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

02:37


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

01:56


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

02:52


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

03:32


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

03:37


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

03:35


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

02:35


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

03:30


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

03:00


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

03:51


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

03:58


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

03:16


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

02:41


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

03:37


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

03:34


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

02:53


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

03:49


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

02:48


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

02:19


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

03:40


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

03:20


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

03:33


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

02:55


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

03:52


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

03:02


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

04:13


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

03:05


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

02:54


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

03:13


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

03:49


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

03:26


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

02:40


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

04:03


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

02:17


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

03:04


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

02:36


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

03:58


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

03:11


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

04:09


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

03:12


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

03:51


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

03:59


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

01:05


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

02:47


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

02:12


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

03:36


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

02:29


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

03:19


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

03:06


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

02:50


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

03:28


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

03:27


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

03:49


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

03:27


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

03:20


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

03:17


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

03:46


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

02:38


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

03:53


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

01:21


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

03:07


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

03:01


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

03:22


Chapter 179
Chapter 179

03:30


Chapter 180
Chapter 180

04:24


Chapter 181
Chapter 181

05:08


Chapter 182
Chapter 182

03:31


Chapter 183
Chapter 183

04:13


Chapter 184
Chapter 184

04:33


Chapter 185
Chapter 185

00:42


Chapter 186
Chapter 186

04:16


Chapter 187
Chapter 187

00:48