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The Galápagos

A Natural History
Narrated by: James Adams
Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Environment
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The natural and human history of the Galapagos Islands - beloved vacation spot, fiery volcanic chain, and one of the critical sites in the history of science

The Galapagos were once known to the sailors and pirates who encountered them as Las Encantadas: the enchanted islands, home to exotic creatures and dramatic volcanic scenery. In The Galapagos, science writer Henry Nicholls offers a lively natural and human history of the archipelago, charting its evolution from deserted wilderness to scientific resource (made famous by Charles Darwin) and global ecotourism hot spot. He describes the island chain’s fiery geological origins as well as the long history of human interaction with it, and draws vivid portraits of the Galapagos’ diverse life forms, capturing its awe-inspiring landscapes, its understated flora, its stunning wildlife and, crucially, the origin of new species. Finally, he considers the immense challenges facing the islands and what lies ahead. Nicholls shows that what happens in the Galapagos is not merely an isolated concern, but reflects the future of our species’ relationship with nature - and the fate of our planet.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2014 Henry Nicholls (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Jean
  • 23-10-18

Thought-Provoking

This is a most interesting book about the Galapagos Islands. Nicholls describes the history, geology, sea birds, plants, invertebrates, land birds, reptiles and ocean life. I particularly enjoyed the section about the famous giant tortoise including Lonesome George. He also describes the sea turtles.

The UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee in 2006 warned the Island is at risk. The number of the visiting tourists having reached the tipping point for the conservation of the Islands. The area was being over fished. Nicholls states the Ecuador’s President, Rafael Correa, declared the preservation of the Island as a national priority.

The book is well written and concise. Nicholls provides enough information for an excellent overview of the Islands. From this information a reader can choose an area for further study.

The book is five hours thirty minutes. The book was published in 2014. James Adams does a great job narrating the book. His slight British accent is perfect for the book as it reminds me of the trip by Charles Darwin. Adams is an actor and audiobook narrator.

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  • VK
  • 27-07-19

Great overview for anyone planning a trip to Galapagos

This is an enjoyable and palatable overview of the history and natural attractions of Galapagos that will provide a strong context for greater appreciation and understanding for any planned visit. It is worth it just for the saga of the blue footed boobies!

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  • Pierke Bosschieter
  • 15-04-15

Very enjoyable

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Ably written, concise overview of the natural history of the Galapagos islands. Listening to the audio book version I sometimes thought I was listening to Simon Winchester. John Adams' voice is very reminiscent of the voice of Simon Winchester. The clear prose style also does resemble Winschester's prose. So I was lured in under false pretenses, but it was definitely worth the listen, I enjoyed every minute of it.

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