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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Leigh Ann Henion Narrator: Nicol Zanzarella Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2015 ISBN: 9780698189010
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One woman reclaims her sense of wonder by seeking out the globe’s most incredible natural phenomena

Heartfelt and awe inspiring, Leigh Ann Henion’s Phenomenal is a moving tale of physical grandeur and emotional transformation, a journey around the world that ultimately explores the depths of the human heart. A journalist and young mother, Henion combines her own conflicted but joyful experiences as a parent with a panoramic tour of the world’s most extraordinary natural wonders.

Phenomenal begins in hardship: with Henion deeply shaken by the birth of her beloved son, shocked at the adversity a young mother faces with a newborn. The lack of sleep, the shrinking social circle, the health difficulties, all collide and force Henion to ask hard questions about our accepted wisdom on parenting and the lives of women.Convinced that the greatest key to happiness—both her own and that of her family—lies in periodically allowing herself to venture into the wider world beyond home, Henion sets out on a global trek to rekindle her sense of wonder.

Henion’s quest takes her far afield, but it swiftly teaches her that freedom is its own form of parenting, one that ultimately allows her to meet her son on his own terms: with a visceral understanding of the wonder he experiences every day at the fresh new world. Whether standing on the still-burning volcanoes of Hawai’i or in the fearsome lightning storms of Venezuela, in the vast animal movements of Tanzania or the elegant butterfly migrations of Mexico, Henion reveals in Phenomenal a world of sublimity and revelation.

Henion’s spiritual wanderlust puts her in the path of modern-day shamans, reindeer herders, and astrophysicists. She meets laypeople from all over the world, from all walks of life, each going to great lengths to chase migrations, auroras, eclipses, and other phenomena. These seekers trust their instincts, follow their passions, shape their days into the lives they most want to lead. And somewhere along the way, Leigh Ann Henion becomes one of them.

A breathtaking memoir, Phenomenal reveals unforgettable truths about motherhood, spirituality, and the beauty of nature. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Part travel memoir, part parenting manifesto, and part inquiry into those ‘fleeting, extraordinary glimpses of something that left us groping for rational explanations in the quicksand of all-encompassing wonder.’"

    Oprah.com

  • “Quite interesting…[Henion] meets truly extraordinary thinkers and doers with years of wisdom to impart… intricately detailed, impeccably researched, eloquently described stories about the world’s most phenomenal places.”

    Oregonian

  • “Narrator Nicol Zanzarella takes on an expansive, reflective tone that is expressive of Henion’s journey, which takes her to amazing locations around the world to experience such unique natural phenomena as a spectacular display of lightning in Venezuela and vast animal migrations in Tanzania…Zanzarella seeks to portray the author’s sense of wonder.”

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About the Author

Leigh Ann Henion is a writer and photographer based in western North Carolina. Her essays and articles have appeared in the Washington Post, Smithsonian, Oxford American, Orion, Preservation, and a variety of other publications. She has garnered a variety of accolades for her work, including a Lowell Thomas Award and the North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship. Phenomenal is her first novel.

About the Narrator

Nicol Zanzarella is an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator and a theater and television actress. She has appeared in productions of Richard III, Romeo and Juliet, The Winter’s Tale, Cousin Bette, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, and many others. She is a member of the Ensemble Studio Theater in New York.