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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (170 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jamie James Narrator: William Hughe Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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One of the most brilliant biologists of our time and a charismatic daredevil, Dr. Joe Slowinski had been obsessed with venomous snakes since his youth. In 2001, Slowinski led a team of young scientists deep into the wilds of Burma on a final tragic expedition. Immediately after being bitten by the many-banded krait, the deadliest serpent in Asia, Joe knew his life was in grave and imminent peril. Thus began one of the most remarkable wilderness rescue attempts of modern times, as Joe’s teammates kept him alive for thirty hours by mouth-to-mouth respiration.

The Snake Charmer is at once a brilliant biography, a pulse-pounding adventure story, an exotic travel book, and a fascinating introduction to the bizarre world of snake science.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Gritty and sad…chilling…both a tribute to Slowinski’s spirit and scientific accomplishments, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of an overly passionate ambition.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “It’s wonder, not suspense, that’s at the heart of this book. The Snake Charmer is more than a tale of derring-do, discovery, and death in the jungle; it’s also a story of the grandeur of the biosphere and the lengths some people will go to understand and protect it.”

    Barnes & Noble Review

  • “Absorbing, stylishly written account…Without impeding his narrative, James frequently veers into wonderful stories of snake lore, academic rivalries, rattlesnake roundups and other pertinent herpetological matters. An exquisitely crafted book that will grab even those who have no interest in snakes.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Both a biography of a flawed but dedicated scientist seeking to understand the natural world and a dramatic adventure/travel tale, this account gives the reader a fascinating look at the incredible hardships and dangers of field expeditions to impossibly remote places.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Steve | 2/19/2014

    " tells more than you want to know about field biology as a profession, including miserable expeditions and personality clashes. Also, the event at the center of the story is disturbing in so many ways... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by J.R. | 2/16/2014

    " Jamie James, who lives and writes in Asia, has crafted an intriguing and educational book on the life, achievements and death of Joe Slowinski, a leading American herpetologist, who was bitten by a many-banded krait, one of the world's most dangerous snakes, while on expedition in northern Burma. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marissa | 2/13/2014

    " Had a lot to offer the reader. Loved the way the chapters told a story based around a species of snake. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Book Concierge | 2/3/2014

    " Biography of herpetologist Joe Slowinski, who met his match with ah venomous snake bite in the jungles of Burma. Fascinating. "

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