icequeen wrote: ↑
August 20th, 2018, 7:58 pm
Praise received for Sue Anderson (Sue Anderson)
from our 'Thank a reader' feature
All of Sue's recordings!
Book: birding in british Guiana and venezuela
Reader: sue Anderson
What a delight to listen to this book covering familiar territory, fauna and sounds of the tropics. Was particularly surprised by the ease of pronouncing scientific names and imitating bird sounds. Went to your website and no longer surprised…a real treat listening and transporting myself. Thankyou!!
Hi Karin, Thanks very much for your kind words about my latest LibriVox read, Our Search for a Wilderness.
William and Mary Blair Beebe's account of birding in Venezuela and British Guiana was mentioned by Richard Prum in his The Evolution of Beauty
(2017), and I thought it would be a good fit with my interests in exploration and natural history--which it was!
Although I wasn't aware of it when I began reading Our Search
, I soon realized that the Beebes' survey of British Guiana birds and wildlife in the early 1900's could be a valuable resource for today's ecologists, who are worried about the impact of oil discoveries off the coast of independent Guyana, the subject of a recent NYTimes article: https://nyti.ms/2mxOPjS
Transcribing bird sounds was no easy task for the Beebes. William employed not only word approximations and pictographs--lines curving up and down on the page--but there were moments when he resorted to scrawling a staff on a bit of paper and pin-pricking the notes "where they seemed to come."
It's a lot easier today to capture nature's music. Proof of this is the sounding toad which I featured on the CD cover of the LibriVox Nonfiction Collection Volume 58
. You can enjoy this toad's full performance in a video I shot on my cell phone here on my website: http://audiobooks.oliveandseablue.com/arts/natureandscience/ecological-toad/