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M. D. Travis

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  • The Seabird's Cry

  • The Lives and Loves of Puffins, Gannets and Other Ocean Voyagers
  • By: Adam Nicolson
  • Narrated by: Dugald Bruce-Lockhart
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

We have lived with seabirds for at least 300,000 years. From the beginning our view of them has been double, as creatures that are both deeply distant and yet strangely connected to us, both oceanic in what they represent and a mirror of what we are. They stand in for our relationship with nature as a whole. We use them and love them, nurture them and destroy them, revere them and make toys and hats and dinner out of them. It is a pattern that has evolved over history, and our relationship with seabirds has moved through these phases like steps in a game of hopscotch.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Like a huge wave crashing on me head!

  • By Scallywag on 16-11-17

Beautiful!

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Reviewed: 13-09-18

A fantastic book that is a must read for anyone who loves the sea or its wildlife. The breadth and depth in which the subject has been covered is match by the beauty of the prose. An outstanding and very enjoyable book well read.

  • Black Box Thinking

  • The Surprising Truth About Success
  • By: Matthew Syed
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,433
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,061
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,045

Columnist for The Times and best-selling author of Bounce: The myth of talent and the power of practice, Matthew Syed argues that the key to success is a positive attitude to failure. What links the Mercedes Formula One team with Google? What links Dave Braisford's Team Sky and the aviation industry?What is the connection between the inventor James Dyson and the footballer David Beckham? They are all Black Box Thinkers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful, entertaining and informative

  • By Callum on 01-12-15

Everyone should read this!

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Reviewed: 08-01-18

Everyone should read this. The book brings together many examples from many different areas to illustrate the need for failure in evolution. It is well researched and presented and an enjoyable, informative read.