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3.54 out of 53.54 out of 53.54 out of 53.54 out of 53.54 out of 5 3.54 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alan Tennant Narrator: Alan Tennant Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this extraordinary narrative, Alan Tennant recounts his all-out effort to radio-track the transcontinental migration of the peregrine falcon—an investigation no one before him had ever taken to such lengths.

On the Wing transports us from the windswept flats of the Texas barrier islands—where the tundra falcons pause during their springtime journey north—to the Arctic, and then south, through Mexico, Belize, and into the Caribbean, in a hilariously picaresque and bumpy flight. At the helm is Tennant's partner in falcon-chasing, George Vose, a septuagenarian World War II vet who trusts his instincts as much as his instruments. As the two men nearly lose their lives and run afoul of the law in the race to keep their birds in view and their rattletrap Cessna gassed up and running, Tennant renders with gorgeous precision and skill the landscape and wildlife they pass on the way and the falcons that direct their course.

On the Wing is a breathtaking encounter with these majestic birds—the icons of pharaohs, Oriental emperors, and European nobility—whose fierce mien, power, and swiftness have fired the human imagination for centuries. This is an unforgettable tale that speaks to all our dreams of flight.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Tennant carries with him…a passion, a humor, and a sense for describing people and place that transform his adventure into a highly readable tale. [On the Wing] is the best sort of nonfiction—the kind that sounds as if it were written by a novelist who values the energy of story above all else.” 

    Chicago Tribune

  • On the Wing reads like an avian version of On the Road…Tennant is a dreamer, a watcher, and a chaser.” 

    Dallas Morning News

  • “[Tennant’s] writing burns with the same intensity with which he lives, and his book makes it clear that his way of living—with passion and a disregard for the everyday—is the best way.” 

    National Geographic Adventure

  • “Travel is an excellent launching pad for interesting inquiry, and Tennant’s pensive digressions range from dinosaurs to DDT…Reading about [falcons] as individuals in Tennant’s skillful, often lyrical language, is both privilege and pleasure.” 

    Seattle Times

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction, 2004
  • A 2004 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Science & Technology

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marissa | 7/25/2013

    " Slow to get into, but eventually quite gripping to follow the journey of Tennant as he follows a handful of peregrine falcons. The observations on the falcons are interesting, but even more are the environmental degradations Tennant happens across throughout the Americas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carla | 1/16/2013

    " This is a well written journey about 2 men following a couple of peregrine falcons. I wish it had more pictures! LOL I love peregrines so I knew I'd like the book but I was surprised about how engrossed in the story I became and how close you feel to the author and the falcon! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by David Quinn | 12/20/2012

    " This is a good book to read at the beach or on vacation. It has many interesting facts about nature and lots of funny moments. The author's love of nature comes through and enhances the story. I thought it was very well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Monica | 9/12/2012

    " An engaging story perfect for any bird lover! "

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