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Extended Audio Sample Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (Unabridged), by Annie Dillard
3.99967180833607 out of 53.99967180833607 out of 53.99967180833607 out of 53.99967180833607 out of 53.99967180833607 out of 5 4.00 (9,141 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Annie Dillard Narrator: Tavia Gilbert Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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In this classic of literary nonfiction, Annie Dillard takes us through a year of on-foot explorations through her own landscape, bringing anecdotes, curiosities, and insights about all she observes and experiences. In the summer, she stalks muskrats in the creek and thinks about wave mechanics; in the fall, she watches a monarch butterfly migration and dreams of Arctic caribou. She tries to con a coot, unties a snakeskin, witnesses a flood, and plays King of the Meadow with a field of grasshoppers.

Throughout her wanderings, Annie Dillard's keen observations, poetic sensibilities, introspective reflections, and reverence for her surroundings show us the world outside as we have never seen it before. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nina | 2/13/2014

    " Beautifully elegant and poetic nature writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Findley | 2/11/2014

    " I read this at a slow pace, sitting with Annie Dillard's words as she sat with the insects, plants, and muskrats of Tinker Creek. Informative anecdotes flow seamlessly into meditations on spirituality, in a way that's never dull and almost always illuminating. I haven't done this in ages, but I took out a pen to mark certain passages, because there were so many beautiful phrases I wanted to remember. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly LaFon | 2/4/2014

    " Five stars for Annie Dillard keeping me riveted through what is essentially eight hours of a woman staring at a pond. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zachary Blount | 1/28/2014

    " Incredibly beautiful, poetic and thoughtful. It really gives one a greater appreciation for the marvels of the natural world. I think this might join the ranks of my favorite books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Briana Paris | 1/22/2014

    " Enter the gorgeous and poetic realm that Madam Dillard occupied on her hiatus at Tinker Creek. Submerge yourself deep into any of the seasons. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janet | 1/22/2014

    " Read this about halfway through - I just didn't connect with it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 1/22/2014

    " This book has been on my to-read shelf for years, and I finally got around to it, prompted by a quote from the author posted on a college friend's Twitter feed. Some books, perhaps most books, I have learned to read at a faster pace, reading for concepts, ideas, plot sequences, etc. When reading in this way, sentences are read at a glance as opposed to word for word. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is different. All the way through, I found myself reading every word. The higher altitude method would not do for me, I wanted to savor every word. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is a beautifully and intelligently written meditation and memoir about life, death, nature, the world and physical universe; how to experience and understand them and how we relate to the world in which we live. Nothing is sugar coated or kept behind the curtain. Our natural world is portrayed in all its wonder and horror, and we are invited to consider what it all means, and where we fit in. After I started reading the book, I looked up Annie Dillard on the Internet and was astounded to find that she was in her late 20's when she wrote this masterpiece. I loved it, and I recommend it to all. This is my first book by this author, but I'm now anxious to read and savor more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Waring-Crane | 1/20/2014

    " I've read Dillard's essay "Living Like Weasels," and am excited about finally owning and reading a copy of this award-winning title. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Corbin | 1/19/2014

    " Beautiful and challenging. The closest comparison I can make is that this book was like reading a Terrence Malick film, and much like a Malick film I sometimes felt mystified and worried about what I had gotten myself into. However, in the end the experience is rewarding, and it will be even more so upon repeated exposure. I look forward to reading this and more of Dillard's work in the coming years. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James Sater | 1/14/2014

    " Ruined my college career. I didn't want to write if I couldn't write as well as A.D., so I wound up with several incompletes in my major (English). I come back to it periodically, and I am always blown away by it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marlaine | 12/27/2013

    " How to see "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Aric Daley | 12/25/2013

    " Just got this book in today. I have no idea what is it about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 12/24/2013

    " My first "nature" piece--completely delicious descriptions of things like ants. So worthy of the Pulitzer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessie | 12/7/2013

    " Annie Dillard is one of my favorite writers. She is an obvious naturalist and writes about her encounters with nature and life...she writes beautifully, poetically, and intellectually! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 polly | 3/9/2013

    " this book changed my entire perspective when I was a teenager; I felt like the top of my brain had been removed (that's a good thing). Wonderful naturalist writing interspersed with theology. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alice | 11/10/2012

    " This book was so beautifully written, but it took a long time to get through since I was more philosophical than I'd anticipated. Still, it made me look at nature very carefully this summer "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 CS | 6/12/2012

    " This book turned me into a nonfiction junkie. Annie Dillard, life changer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Valerie | 6/3/2012

    " Going our on a limb here but didn't enjoy this. Incredible knowledge of nature. Analogies got a bit ridiculous. Appreciate her intensity but too much for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catchastar | 3/30/2012

    " wow. this is gorgeous. a work of literary art. some parts were entrancingly disturbing, but as a whole, this book is a masterpiece of the engish language. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Lee | 1/21/2012

    " Still amazing after all these years. A great listen. Calmed me in the last month of school. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jess Chou | 10/22/2011

    " Learned some interesting things, but read at your own peril. Definitely threw this book across the room a few times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 7/26/2011

    " I beautiful book that reminds me of what means to live a life of attention to beauty and detail, a life in reverence to nature and small(big) discoveries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 6/27/2011

    " I read this book in pieces. I think i enjoyed it more because of that. She has such an artful way of observing the world that brings a richness to her writing. Worth a gander. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 6/19/2011

    " Vintage Annie Dillard. Her interweaving of natural history and the writer's perspective is unique. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki | 6/7/2011

    " I read alot of Annie Dillard, she is so insightful and always illuminates things I always have known, but never really thought about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Lee | 6/2/2011

    " Still amazing after all these years. A great listen. Calmed me in the last month of school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 5/22/2011

    " read it a few years ago. need to read it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Virginia | 5/18/2011

    " Annie Dillard truly leads an inspirational life. She finds the "wondrous" in all things. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 5/17/2011

    " Without question, one of the most powerful books I've ever held. As a result, I write better and see better. And most likely, I live better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrienne | 5/15/2011

    " Annie Dillard has a gift for rendering the common everyday experiences of life into profound reflections of who we are and what life means. For those who have lived in the countryside, these stories will really strike home. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arlene | 4/24/2011

    " Beautiful nature writing. Favorite quote: "what you see is what you get." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cambria | 4/9/2011

    " The prose is amazing. It took me 9 months to read, though....difficult but rewarding. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ke | 4/7/2011

    " There is a lot about reading. I like her comparisons. A lot of it is beautifully written. I find what she wrote about parasites quite interesting. "

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