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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (212 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bernd Heinrich Narrator: Mel Foster Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9781400181759
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As the snow melts and the spring approaches, the animal kingdom awakens. In Summer World, Bernd Heinrich, the bestselling author of Winter World, brings us an up-close and personal view of that awakening and rebirth. Almost all life on the surface of the earth derives its energy from the sun, either directly through photosynthesis or indirectly by consuming plants, making summer the time when nature is most active-feeding, fighting, mating, and nesting. From frogs, wasps, and caterpillars to hummingbirds and woodpeckers, Heinrich explores these animals' adaptations for surviving and procreating during the short window of summer, and he delights in the seemingly infinite feats of animal inventiveness he discovers there. Infused with his inexhaustible enchantment with nature, Summer World encourages a sense of wonder and discovery for the natural world and its busiest season. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Audie Award winner Mel Foster's evenly paced, distinctly voiced, and accent-free delivery enhances the ambiance and perfectly conveys Heinrich's wonder at nature's flexibility. Library Journal Starred Audio Review
  • “This lovely book, meticulously etched and based on impassioned but exacting scientific research, illustrates why Heinrich is generally regarded as the most truly Thoreauvian of modern natural history writers.”

    Edward O. Wilson, New York Times bestselling author

  • “The marvels that Heinrich reveals and his own enthusiasm—a quality he admires in the animals around him—are certain to carry you along.”

    New York Times

  • “[Heinrich’s] skillful writing and delight in the season and nature are obvious. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Heinrich presents natural science at its engaging best.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Arie | 1/5/2014

    " Boring (and I consider myself a nature lover). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deb | 1/4/2014

    " The light color of the ink was very hard on these aging eyes and I couldn't bring myself to get through the book, even though I love Heinrich's nature writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dgg32 | 12/26/2013

    " Still great, but not as warm as Winter world. I really like Bernd's a step further approach: after describing the nature world, he wrote what the phenomenon could mean at other perspectives. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucas Miller | 12/26/2013

    " Written by a true natural scientist. Some interesting studies of wildlife and contemplations on environmentalism. My mind drifted a lot as I struggled to get through this one... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole Marble | 12/17/2013

    " A followup to 'Winter World', an excellent book full of insights into what Mother Nature is actually doing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karmasky | 8/8/2013

    " A slow read...only because I'm savoring every page and not skimming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barry | 5/27/2013

    " A peaceful and - for me - fascinating look at summer in New England through the eyes of a zoologist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dennis Ross | 12/7/2012

    " I am reading this on my Kindle, which is a mistake. I cannot really see the drawings. Nevertheless, I always learn something from Heinrich, and it sends me out into the meadow and woods looking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 2/17/2012

    " I liked Winter World better, but always enjoy Heinrich's nature writing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate | 9/3/2011

    " My middle child has confiscated this and now I can't find it. I hope it turns up before it's due back to the library. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 5/26/2011

    " A real naturalist describes in such detail, you can almost see it. This guy is really interesting, has some great stories. Can't wait to read his other books.

    Just from his chapter in the book, I id'd my first phoebe nest - even without a picture. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucas | 6/13/2010

    " Written by a true natural scientist. Some interesting studies of wildlife and contemplations on environmentalism. My mind drifted a lot as I struggled to get through this one... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate | 7/2/2009

    " My middle child has confiscated this and now I can't find it. I hope it turns up before it's due back to the library. "

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About the Author
Author Bernd Heinrich

Bernd Heinrich is the author of numerous award-winning books, including The Geese of Beaver Bog, Why We Run, Mind of the Raven, and his memoir, The Snoring Bird. He also writes for Scientific American, Audubon, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times. He is a professor emeritus of biology at the University of Vermont, and he divides his time between Vermont and the forests of western Maine.

About the Narrator

Mel Foster is a prolific audiobook narrator, having read dozens of titles throughout his career. He is the recipient of the prestigious Audie Award, as well as the AudioFile Earphones Award. A former advertising agency executive who used to record test tracks for commercials, his narration career was born out of encouragement from his clients who would often say, “why are we hiring someone else? I like this guy.”