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Discover the science of (not so) imaginary creatures

Adventures in Cryptozoology is the perfect resource for the explorer who loves Josh Gates' Expedition Unknown and Cryptozoology A to Z.

Explore the world through its most unlikely creatures: Cryptozoology, the study of hidden, monstrous, and legendary animals, is truly the art of discovering the unknown. Richard Freeman, Zoological Director of Centre for Fortean Zoology, has explored the corners of the five continents on the search for creatures that many people believe are non-existent. In this book, he shares the exciting stories of his investigations of the Yeti, Mongolian Deathworm, Loch Ness Monster, Orang-Pendak, Ninki-Naka, and more.

The line between myth and reality may be more narrow than you think: Cryptozoologists throughout the years have studied unknown species of reptiles, lake and sea creatures, apes, and hominins. The science and history of this field of study includes examples of creatures that were once thought to be mythological, but that have since been proven to exist.

Our monsters, ourselves: The history of fabulous beasts and our searches for them is a history of the cultures of the world and the secrets we keep.

If you're ready to begin your search for Sasquatch and learn to hunt monsters, Adventures in Cryptozoology is your guide. In this audio, you'll find:

  • Tales of mythical, extinct, and out-of-place creatures
  • Hints about Bigfoot and other ape-men
  • And tips for equipping your own cryptozoology adventure, including all the gear, field craft, and resources you'll need to record your findings
©2019 Richard Freeman (P)2020 Podium Audio

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By the most credulous man in the world

Generally enjoyable enough, but its a very dry read. Author is far too desperate to be taken seriously to make this at all entertaining.
Which is a shame.
However there could not be a more credulous author on rhe subject.
Imagine reporting to this author a sighting of something in the sea, thinking about it and suggesting its probably a basking shark and having the author say to you "No! you saw a SEA DRAGON!"
This is the level.
As a zoologist myself some of the unflitered hatred of "mainstream science" made me laugh out loud. How dare anyone want evidence for anything? Why wouldn't a serious scientist just take the word of someone reporting a sighting as concrete proof?
Because science is based on evidence.

I got this book in the hope of compiling a travel list for some weird holidays, going to unfrequented places in search of cryptids. But the reports and writing was such a dry and comparatively disorganised list of sighting reports from as far back as the 15th century that this simple task proved impossible.

Then throw in some blatant misrepresentation of scientific theories and I tuned out somewhat towards the end.
My favourite example of this is the authors explanation of the presence of "pendulous breasts" in humans.
His suggestion that they "help balance the big buttocks" of human women "so they can walk upright" is nonsense.
Their presence is so far unexplained and best explanation is they are an example of a runaway sexual trait such as peacocks tails.

Overall its worth listening to. But preferably with an analytical ear.

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Sophisticated exploration of mysterious beasts

Whether or not you countenance the possibility of strange (as yet) "unknown" beasts roaming the world, this book gives an eloquent and insightful introduction to the subject of cryptozoology. Of all the books covering the subject on Audible, this is the most credible and well written.

The author Richard Freeman has a huge passion for the subject and is renowned in the UK for being one of the most high profile and knowledgeable cryptozoologists. This expertise makes itself evident throughout the book, with each mystery animal put into historical and scientific context, often identified as a mythological version of a known (but sometimes extinct) animal, but sometimes identified as a creature potentially far more real.

Thoroughly recommended for those with an open mind, love of mystery and sense of wonder.

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  • C. A. Yeager
  • 23-09-20

One of the best!

Of all the many weird stories, cryptozoology, or monsters compilations this is by far the best I've come across. The stories are detailed and not rushed as many others are. The sea serpent section was truly strange and intriguing, with accounts I'd never heard before.

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  • James S Wood
  • 12-01-21

very interesting

very interesting lovely overview of the subject i hope the second volume also comes to audible

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  • Elizabeth Roush
  • 08-11-20

best Cryptid book ever read or less than 2

I absolutely love this book there was variety lots of information great details recommend it to anybody who has any kind of interesting Cryptids this book needs to be red

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  • Terri K.
  • 25-08-20

Great listen!

Give it go! It had a couple of cryptids you don't hear much very much about.

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  • Zachery Lemke
  • 14-06-21

Meandering

The book is at its most interesting when it is reviewing the various cryptids, the mythologies surrounding them, and is guessing at the possible real world explanations for said cryptids. However this type of analysis is constrained to the last 2 hours or so of the book. The rest is just a series of rather dry retelling of various sightings which all are rather monotonous to listen to, since they all follow a similar template to one another and only vary from said template in rather minor fashions. The most damning parts of the book however are when the author insists that scientific community is unfairly biased against cryptozoology, which veers close to conspiracy. Given the current as of this reveiw's American political landscape, where climate change is denied and the corona virus was left to rampage through America relatively unchecked by an uncaring administration who downplayed it's severity, I have found I have little tolerance left for people who try to shit talk and discredit the scientific community at large anymore

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  • Bal
  • 08-05-21

Very entertaining

Lots of good stories and information here, some old, some new. The reader did a fine job with pronunciation and enthusiasm. I will look for volume 2.

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  • Ryan
  • 21-10-20

Repetitive but interesting

I felt like I was sitting in a college course while listening. The narrator is very "Professor" like in his delivery. The chapter on lake and sea creatures felt long, drawn out and horribly repetitive. Otherwise, I enjoyed the stories and information.

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