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Mind of the Raven Audiobook

Mind of the Raven: Investigations and Adventures with Wolf-Birds

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Publisher's Summary

Bernd Heinrich involves us in his quest to get inside the mind of the raven. But as animals can be spied on only by getting quite close, Heinrich adopts ravens, thereby becoming a "raven father", as well as observing them in their natural habitat. He studies their daily routines and, in the process, paints a vivid picture of the ravens' world.

At the heart of this book are Heinrich's love and respect for these complex and engaging creatures, and through his keen observation and analysis we become their intimates, too. Heinrich's passion for ravens has led him around the world in his research. Mind of the Raven follows an exotic journey - from New England to Germany, and from Montana to Baffin Island in the High Arctic - offering dazzling accounts of how science works in the field, filtered through the eyes of a passionate observer of nature. Each new discovery and insight into raven behavior is thrilling, at once lyrical and scientific.

©1999 Bernd Heinrich (P)2016 Tantor

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    Amazon Customer 05/02/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book if you adore corvids"

    Only a short review. Great book and it comes with huge insight. However, the narrator's voice is really slow and annoying. It is partially solvable by speeding up the playback to 1. 25 or even 1. 5 faster.
    I'd still recommend this to anyone who loves crows and ravens.

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  • Diana
    Antelope Valley, CA, United States
    09/11/16
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    "16+ hours of Ravens, great stories & narration"

    This is a very enjoyable listen. I figure the feedback is high because the people who will buy this book and spend more than 16 hours listening about ravens are people who are interested in ravens. I am on some Facebook groups where some people openly speak about hating ravens and shooting them. Personally, I don't mind if ravens take some of my chicken eggs, and when a pair of ravens brings their young here every year, it is fun to watch the youngsters learn about flying, watch their awkward landings, and their parents show them how to drink from my horses' water barrels. I have had a raven do barrel rolls as it flew toward me, on different days, and learned from this audio book that they can do that and more.

    I was surprised to learn that ravens can live for decades, can even be older than 50 years. Plus, a lot more about them. The stories of individual and groups of ravens studied were great, and all the conclusions that the author had come to about behavior and physical abilities were very interesting. The things biologists think to do to watch what an animal will do in reaction are fascinating. Sometimes funny.

    A previous book about birds in general, called Bird Sense, made me think hard about what biologists have to do to study birds. Lots of climbing of trees or cliffs for one thing. Or hiding in awful places for long hours. Mind of the Raven had more climbing, hiding, and wearing strange outfits to see what the birds were doing or would do. There was a lot of handling of dead animals to feed the ravens. Biology is interesting, but doesn't look easy.

    Norman Dietz, the narrator, did a great job. No dry documentary narration here, he has a sense of humor and there were parts in this book where I laughed out loud. If you enjoy humor, listen to the Patrick McManus books Norman Dietz narrated. They are funny. I am not into hunting or fishing, but the stories are hilarious.

    But, if you want to learn more about this intelligent bird, this book, Mind of the Raven, is a lot of fun because Bernd Heinrich really loves what he does.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Victoria
    05/04/17
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    "Raven"

    Lots of detailed information about the birds but difficult to stay focused on text because the narrators voice nor his tone did justice to the words written. Was very difficult to listen to him. After listening to as much as I could I came to fully believe understand the importance of the fit between voice, subject and ability to nuance the topic

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    28/05/17
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    "Narrator killed what potential it had"

    Old voice dull and conspiciously short of breath killed what otherwise might have been an enjoyable listen. Recommend reading the book instead. There are insights and enjoyable moments in ravens throughout and definitely something there for those of us interested and curious about the topic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • ret.Pet Pro
    Prescott, Arizona
    18/08/17
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    "IMind of the Raven, "
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No it's to ......... boring? The narrators voice tone and diction is not pleasant to my ear.


    Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

    I'm a retired animal professional, training, vet tech, and have read more books on these subjects then I can literally count. I am a great observer of our local Ravens but this audio just is not for my ears.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Different voice reading? I don't think this is a pleasure reading book.


    Was Mind of the Raven worth the listening time?

    Kind of


    Any additional comments?

    I did not go back a second time to listen. I will probably return it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • TaraMichelle
    25/07/17
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    "Eyes open to the amazing world of Ravens"

    Thoroughly enjoyed this audible book.
    The content & the articulate way it is written, together with the narrators voice transports you to the scene of the tale & when it has concluded it is like saying good bye to family.

    I now ponder there is a secondary gain from this book, a reminder that living in harmony with our fellow man & with nature is a gift to us all in the huge holographic scheme of things that we do not even realize. Its not all about me.

    Thank you for your years of time & research to share this book with the world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • C. Abel
    Keene, NH
    08/07/17
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    "Scholarly work"

    On the one hand, this is a scholarly work. Not just a book written by a tourist who interviewed some scientists. On the other hand, the author has spent thousands of hours playing cruel schoolboy pranks on hungry innocent birds.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Possum Bean
    Okatie, SC USA
    02/05/17
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    "A Very Good Listen"

    I knew almost nothing of ravens when I started this book but now I have a huge appreciation of how much work, time and amazing effort goes into field studies. From climbing huge trees (a few times a day!) to continuously recording notes, coming up with imaginative tests for the ravens, collecting varieties of food (such as roadkill, frogs, snakes and many calves), and traveling to different raven locals around the world - this is a work of science and love.

    The narrator Norman Dietz did a very nuanced job and I thought he was a great choice. This is a book of science much like what would be written up in a scientific journal, but skillfully interwoven with raven antidotes and stories about their inexhaustibly different behaviors - which in any other reader's voice could be read with too much emotion - or too little. This is one of those 'listens' where I had to check that it was not the author himself who was the narrator because Mr. Dietz was so perfectly believable speaking in the first-person.

    Is it dry and devoid of suspense, intrigue, romance? Not in the least, but be prepared to listen and hopefully appreciate Mr Dietz's voice as he reads the minutiae of facts such as 1 minute 40 seconds, intervals of 3 minutes every 6th time, etc. That might be boring to some but I found it demonstrated that the author was meticulous in his study of ravens, and I was just as fascinated by the scientific notes as the interwoven stores of Goliath, Lefty, White Wing, Hootie and the rest of the gang.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Green Queen
    30/03/17
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    "good account of studies"

    I learned a lot about Ravens and I am Tha fun for that. The reading was a little dry but don't well nontheless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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