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Author: Bernd Heinrich Narrator: Rick Adamson Publisher: HMH Adult Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2020 ISBN: 9780358243984
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Acclaimed scientist and author Bernd Heinrich has returned every year since boyhood to a beloved patch of western Maine woods. What is the biology in humans of this deep-in-the-bones pull toward a particular place, and how is it related to animal homing?

Heinrich explores the fascinating science chipping away at the mysteries of animal migration: how geese imprint true visual landscape memory; how scent trails are used by many creatures, from fish to insects to amphibians, to pinpoint their home if they are displaced from it; and how the tiniest of songbirds are equipped for solar and magnetic orienteering over vast distances. Most movingly, Heinrich chronicles the spring return of a pair of sandhill cranes to their home pond in the Alaska tundra. With his trademark “marvelous, mind-altering” prose (Los Angeles Times), he portrays the unmistakable signs of deep psychological emotion in the newly arrived birds—and reminds us that to discount our own emotions toward home is to ignore biology itself.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Deep and insightful writing.”

    Washington Post

  • “The content moves from story to story and is well suited to a wide audience. Adamson’s pacing keeps listeners engaged as he delivers scientific details, along with personal interludes. His varied inflections pull listeners into the natural world and the curious mind of Heinrich. Adamson also shines in delivering authentic-sounding conversations, particularly in the closing story about the human pull to return to one’s juvenile home. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “A graceful blend of science and memoir.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Natural history fans will love this book. Its appeal is multilayered, with many fascinating instances of Heinrich’s fabled fieldwork and plenty of hard science.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “A noted naturalist explores the centrality of home in the lives of humans and other animals…A special treat for readers of natural history.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About the Author

Bernd Heinrich is an acclaimed scientist and the author of numerous award-winning books, including the bestselling The Mind of the Raven, Why We Run, and Winter World. Among his many honors is the 2013 PEN New England Award in nonfiction for Life Everlasting. Mind of the Raven won the John Burroughs Medal for Natural History Writing and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He is a frequent contributor to national media and professor emeritus of biology at the University of Vermont.

About the Narrator

Rick Adamson is an award-winning voice artist with more than twenty years’ experience in voiceovers, spoken word events, event announcing, and children’s media, as well as commercials for well-known international corporations. He has narrated numerous television and film documentaries, including Croatia, co-narrated with Martin Sheen. His audiobook narration includes more than two dozen major books, as well as dozens of early-reader titles for juveniles. He won the prestigious Audie Award in 2011 for Best Inspirational/Faith-Based Fiction for In a Heartbeat, and he was among the finalists for the 2006 Audie Award for Best Personal Development/Motivational Work for Younger Next Year. He earned an AudioFile Earphones Award for the ensemble narration of Rough Water.