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3.92 out of 53.92 out of 53.92 out of 53.92 out of 53.92 out of 5 3.92 (12 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Diane Ackerman Narrator: Laural Merlington Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2009 ISBN: 9781400183142
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In an eye-opening sequence of personal meditations through the cycle of seasons, Diane Ackerman awakens us to the world at dawn-drawing on sources as diverse as meteorology, world religion, etymology, art history, poetry, organic farming, and beekeeping. As a patient and learned observer of animal and human physiology and behavior, she introduces us to varieties of bird music and other signs of avian intelligence, while she herself "migrates" from winter in Florida to spring, summer, and fall in upstate New York. Humans might luxuriate in the idea of being "in" nature, Ackerman points out, but we often forget that we are nature-for "no facet of nature is as unlikely as we, the tiny bipeds with the giant dreams." Joining science's devotion to detail with religion's appreciation of the sublime, Dawn Light is an impassioned celebration of the miracles of evolution-especially human consciousness of our numbered days on a turning earth. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • It's easy to live in the moment when you're immersed in Ackerman's glorious prose, studded with arresting phrases and breathtakingly beautiful images. The Washington Post

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LitProfSue | 1/3/2014

    " I love anything by Ackerman. This one is a collection of reflective essays on the impact of dawn on the author, interwoven with cultural, historical and scientific insights on the how humans have viewed the sunrise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gloriavirtutisumbra | 11/2/2013

    " This was very different yet very similar to her earlier books. Full of excellent stories that can take you in a hundred different directions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alesia | 8/2/2013

    " Beautifully written compilation of essays meditating on dawn, nature, humanity, life. Recommended if you like nature or reflective writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Francesca | 4/2/2013

    " So beautifully written and engaging, I learned so many interesting facts and connections between man and nature, and our shared rhythms and passages; poetic prose at its most insightful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 2/21/2013

    " More like poetry than prose, Ackerman's reflections on light and nature reveal the webs of connection between human and the natural world. To be savored rather than read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janice Mcmullen | 2/15/2013

    " Rather interesting but not a story, rather reflections and inspirations on nature. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 7/17/2012

    " Enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would - it was like reading a PBS Nature program and then some...learned some interesting tidbits. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debra | 11/4/2011

    " What a splendid book. Ms Ackerman lyrically relates dawn, usually my least favorite of times, to science, mythology, literature and herself in an utterly charming, enthralling book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 4/3/2011

    " Going back to a college favorite - Diane Ackerman writes wonderful mini-essays. Lots of interesting tidbits and encouragement to not just burrow back under the covers when the dawn chorus wakes me up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gloriavirtutisumbra | 2/4/2011

    " This was very different yet very similar to her earlier books. Full of excellent stories that can take you in a hundred different directions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Francesca | 5/21/2010

    " So beautifully written and engaging, I learned so many interesting facts and connections between man and nature, and our shared rhythms and passages; poetic prose at its most insightful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debra | 2/25/2010

    " What a splendid book. Ms Ackerman lyrically relates dawn, usually my least favorite of times, to science, mythology, literature and herself in an utterly charming, enthralling book. "

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About the Author
Author Diane Ackerman

Diane Ackerman is the author of many highly acclaimed works of nonfiction and poetry, including A Natural History of the Senses, a book beloved by millions of readers all over the world, and The Zookeeper’s Wife, which received the Orion Book Award. She has taught at Columbia and Cornell and has been published in the New York Times, Smithsonian, Parade, the New Yorker, and National Geographic.

About the Narrator

Laural Merlington is an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator with over two hundred titles to her credit. An Audie Award nominee, she has also directed over one hundred audiobooks. She teaches college in her home state of Michigan.