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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (9,159 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Aldo Leopold, Stewart L. Udall Narrator: Stewart L. Udall, Aldo Leopold Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2002 ISBN: 9781598871906
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First published in 1949 and praised in The New York Times Book Review as “a trenchant book, full of vigor and bite,” A Sand County Almanac combines some of the finest nature writing since Thoreau with an outspoken and highly ethical regard for America's relationship to the land.

As the forerunner to such important books as Annie Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Edward Abbey's Desert Solitaire, and Robert Finch's The Primal Place, this classic work remains as relevant today as it was nearly sixty years ago.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie | 2/18/2014

    " a re-read for me, it's nice to get into the pace of someone who simply reflects on what is going on in his small plot of god's green earth... as it turns brown with the seasons, and the winds of autumn blow, and the migrating geese move on, and then the next season comes.... good to read in small doses and feed your soul "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzq | 2/17/2014

    " This wasn't what I expected and seemed slow at first, but I think it's beautifully written and I enjoyed it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Linda | 2/13/2014

    " Too much harsh reality about the demise of our precious natural resources. I have tried to read this book for 40 years and every time I am swept away by the beauty of the place and by overwhelming sadness that no one, not enough people, the government and the stewards of our earth, never got it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynda | 2/11/2014

    " This book was given by a friend who said it was the best book he ever read. It was very good and sertainly brought nature alive to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Smartmonkey | 1/6/2014

    " A great, if somewhat disjointed, series of essays by one of the founding fathers of the modern paradigm for Wildlife Management. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen Helton | 1/3/2014

    " I read this as a teenager and it inspired me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet Beach Davis | 12/30/2013

    " A life changing book. I read it at least once a year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim | 12/13/2013

    " "Land Ethic" = major paradigm shift "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William | 12/12/2013

    " Evocative and illustrative, Aldo Leopold's essays drives readers into a world untouched by today's machinery. He conjures images and metaphors to analyze his arguments, making it persuasive: asking us to change our view on land, wildlife, and the esthetic of conservation. Even by today's standards, Leopold's writing can be seen as radical. Nevertheless, this collection of his writings gives us enough material to philosophize and ponder about the decaying forests and our monotonous lives in modern society. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jocelyn | 11/30/2013

    " A classic in the genre, and a life-changer as presented to me in college by Dr. Goff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Austin | 11/12/2013

    " Leopold's lessons can be sorted into two categories: timeless and antiquated. His respect for all things outdoors is admirable, but his constant criticism of mechanization is tiresome. I wonder what he would think of my iPhone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J | 11/8/2013

    " A wonderful outlook on Nature in general and life in the midwest in specific. Since reading the book I've taken much pleasure in goose song and prairie patches. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Casey | 10/4/2013

    " Plain and simple, amazing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Simmons tomhave | 9/16/2013

    " Required reading in college, that I was very happy to have read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vera | 7/24/2013

    " Nothing I can say can come close to describing what this book means to me. It's all about connecting with what's around you, all the time. Absolutely beautiful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 7/2/2013

    " A classic ecological literature book, still so relevant and great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew Kurtz | 6/17/2013

    " What many of my friends find uninteresting, I found very engaging. This book changed the way I see the outdoors. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dorothy | 5/16/2013

    " A classic! Buy and read it again and again! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larry | 5/5/2013

    " I found this book an amazing read. The seasons pulse through the Almanac. I found myself nostalgic and yearning for a country I have yet to visit and a time lost to all of us. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolin Atchison | 4/16/2013

    " Modern classic. Talk about a man connected to the land ... So beautiful and so inspiring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie Bailey | 1/31/2013

    " This is a book about paying attention to nature, but it is not all preachy or heated. It reads like a journal and makes me wish I had more opportunity to track grouse. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashleigh | 12/10/2012

    " Great Great Great book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monica | 8/11/2012

    " I checked this book out from the Madison Public Library. I recommend a beautiful special edition with pictures from his farm, very close to Madison. I was moved to tears by this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meghann | 4/20/2012

    " What I learned from this book...maybe not ALL hunters are bad... but I wish that they would leave Bambi alone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve Robinson | 4/13/2012

    " A classic work first published in 1949 and still a great read. Recommended for those who are interested in wildlife, nature or environmental issues. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan Rodriguez | 3/30/2012

    " A great book on environmental philosophy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 3/20/2012

    " Not usually my genre yet Leopold's detailed and attentive description of his surroundings expressed the care he felt for them nealy as much as his arguments. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 12/1/2011

    " Concise and written intelligently. Many levels are touched in this environmental discourse. Also serves as a natural history of Wisconsin. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Seanpeters | 11/26/2011

    " One of my top ten favorites. Have read it several times and will continue to do so!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb McCool-Cloute | 11/21/2011

    " This is an absolutely delightful book. I hope you get the one with the photos as it shows how beautiful Wisconsin and it's change of seasons truly is! Leopald was such an eloquent author. I felt I could "hear" what he was writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Advie | 9/14/2011

    " I was given this upon completing the Master Naturalist classes in my area I am slowly reading it..and it is amazing how nature hasn't changed too much "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenn | 7/14/2011

    " I really enjoyed A Sand County Almanac but the I was ambivalent about the Essays from Round River. At times he seemed pretentious and did not seem to understand that not everyone was lucky enough to have a property like his. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Seanpeters | 4/25/2011

    " One of my top ten favorites. Have read it several times and will continue to do so!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 4/19/2011

    " Sounds funny, but I've been reading this in time with the seasons, or trying to. It's not super long so it requires some pacing in order to do this. I especially appreciate Leopold's appreciation for a good dog. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 4/13/2011

    " Good story of the region that we live in. It was similar to Wallace Grange's "Those of the Forest". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jocelyn | 3/22/2011

    " A classic in the genre, and a life-changer as presented to me in college by Dr. Goff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Smartmonkey | 3/16/2011

    " A great, if somewhat disjointed, series of essays by one of the founding fathers of the modern paradigm for Wildlife Management. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 3/6/2011

    " Somewhat modern day Thoreau...what a great work. I read it over and over again....then I go for a walk in the woods. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ed | 2/27/2011

    " Reads slowly, but it is good, well written, and thoughtful. Aldo Leopold was a fantastic naturalist and an astute observer. I found it best to read in bits and pieces, not to just devour in a short period of time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire | 2/26/2011

    " Absolutely beautiful, particularly Part I. A must-read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 stephanie | 1/17/2011

    " Beautiful, deeply insightful and worldly, encompasses the world ethic as a community not as a commodity, and the need for people to commit to the ethic of the good of the land for the good of the land's sake. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nisarg | 1/16/2011

    " Wish more people could think like that... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beverly | 1/13/2011

    " It inspired me to action when I first read it 26 years ago; it continues to inspire me. I am a bit saddened though by the number of people I know who have read it and are not inspired into action. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linnae | 1/5/2011

    " I enjoyed the essays about Leopold's land and the wild animals that come there. His essays on conservation helped me understand the history of the issues at stake a little better, and articulated clearly why conservation matters. Not an outstanding read, but a solid one.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Will | 12/31/2010

    " The author in some ways was far ahead of present-day thinking on ecology. I feel inadequate to describe how much this book affected me. A real "life-time" book! Hopefully, I will be able soon to adequate to the task of reviewing this fantastic work. "

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