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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (311 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dan Koeppel Narrator: John McDonough Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2005 ISBN: 9781440796777
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The goal is unreachable for one person. But these two, working together, figure it's possible. The author and his father have seen over 7,000 species of birds of the 9,000 known. Delight in these three interwoven stories: their compulsion to see and catal Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Marvelous. I loved just about everything about this book.” 

    Simon Winchester, author of The Professor and the Madman

  • “A lovingly told story…helps you understand what moves humans to seek escape in seemingly strange other worlds.” 

    Stefan Fatsis, author of Word Freak 

  • “As a glimpse into human behavior and family relationships, To See Every Bird on Earth is a rarity: a book about birding that nonbirders will find just as rewarding.” 

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Everyone has his or her addiction, and birdwatching is the drug of choice for the father of author Dan Koeppel, who writes affectionately but honestly about his father’s obsession.” 

    Audubon

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Parker | 2/18/2014

    " A fascinating story of the quest for the longest life list. In addition to being a great personal story, the travel tales are tantalizing and bird lore very informative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peggy | 2/18/2014

    " " To see Every Bird on Earth" opens with the author celebrating with his father, when his father sees his 7000th bird. Known as somewhat of a bird fanatic in my own family I was instantly drawn to this book. I immediately counted the birds that I have positively identified and realized what an amatuer I am, when the number is 130. This book, however was not just a book about bird watching. It was the story of a son who longed to have a relationship with his father; a story of a family and the conflicts that any of us who wished our parents paid more attention to us can relate to. I also loved hearing about Peterson who's field guide is well known to all birders, and was fasinated by the stories of people determined to see as many birds as they can. I have no desire to spend every waking moment counting birds, it did reawake in me the desire to get my binoculars out and see more birds. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel Stewart | 2/16/2014

    " A fascinating look into the world of birders - particularly the intense "listers" who have seen thousands of bird species in their lives. I consider myself a casual birder and found the intensity and passion of the birding community incredibly fun and interesting to learn about. This isn't the best book in the world, but it certainly tells a good father/son story while sharing with you the quirks of these unique people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charmaine | 1/31/2014

    " Enjoyed this book far more than I expected. It took me a little while to read the book, but every time I picked it up I enjoyed it. For an amateur birder it is a dangerous book and could give someone ideas of becoming a big lister. While that isn't feasible anytime in my near future, it has definitely given me a renewed interested in birds and has also given me insight into the world of birders that was quite fascinating. I'm not sure if this book would appeal to someone who doesn't already have an interest in birds. I can't decide if I liked it so much because of the writing or because I enjoyed hearing about all the birds Koeppel's father and other saw. I am disappointed to be finished reading the book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elia | 1/30/2014

    " interesting to get insight into the subculture of birding, and also a good personal story. A bit slow at times. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tobias Rohmer | 1/24/2014

    " Honestly fairly difficult for me to get though, despite not being long at all. The focus on birding in this story is just so different from mine, I found myself gritting my teeth a lot. A LOT. ...And reading especially irritating passages to anyone near me so they could understand why it took me about a month to make it through this <300 page book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 1/17/2014

    " Well, I certainly don't think this book improved my view of Big Listers as kind of self-centered and emotionally dysfunctional (after reading a book also about the amazing Phoebe Snetsinger) but I thoroughly enjoyed this son's view of his dad's growing listing obsession, and how he eventually resigned himself and even accompanied his father on a birding trip (one on which his father achieved his 7000th bird.) His efforts to connect with and understand his father, even though he'd been hurt himself, were inspiring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Otto | 1/17/2014

    " Fascinating book on the idea of birding. Loved that the overarching story of his fathers career as a big lister was really just an excuse to write about life, both his father's and his own. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathan Shepherd | 1/16/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book! It captured the passion of one man for a hobby - and obsession - the birds. It's told through the lens of his son trying to understand his father, who was (is?) still alive while the book was being written. It's a unique window into the world of competitive birding, and it seems to share both the beauty behind it and the ugly edges, too. The resolution could use some work, but the rest of the book sang to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bcoghill Coghill | 1/8/2014

    " Best birding book I have read since the one about the Big Years. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 1/5/2014

    " I love birding. After reading this book I realized I will never have a life list like the most obsessed birders! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 12/16/2013

    " A compelling read, for the most part. Made me meditate on the drive to compile lists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamela | 12/9/2013

    " Purchased for my mother but I have to read it to make sure it's appropriate. I love this style of writing. The story of the father and son interlaced with the birds. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sphinx Feathers | 11/30/2013

    " Interesting, but oftentimes overly personal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracey Boswell | 9/12/2013

    " This book is not just about bird watching. It's about the passion of our collecting, interests and hobbies; the activities which make us who we are outside of our work (or maybe a crossover with our work.) A keeper, share it with someone you care about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 8/3/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. It has a lot of character development. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Guimont | 7/27/2013

    " A very funny book from a son's point of view. The son relates the quest for his father's insatiable appetite to see as many birds as he can. Birders are the ultimate list makers and the list is never-ending. The list becomes an obssession and a race. It was very comical and an enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rwc | 5/27/2013

    " Not as good as "life List". More More personel reflection then birding adventures. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 1/5/2013

    " An inspiration for fledgling (hah) birders and compulsive list-makers like me. A son chronicles his father's discovery of birding as a child and subsequent rise into the ranks of famous listers--people who travel the globe trying to check birds off their life lists. I feel so...insignificant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 12/1/2012

    " I don't really understand the obsession of counting birds if you're not really interested in them. But the descriptions of the author's family life and family dynamics I enjoyed very much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 6/25/2012

    " accounts of top-ranking world birders are not easy to find and this is one of the few. I liked his book on the history of the banana better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 5/24/2012

    " Great book, a fascinating look at natural places over time as well as a personal narrative about a man's search for his passion to see as many living species as he can "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ken | 4/16/2012

    " This book really is more about Koeppel's relationship with his father, and less about birding. If you're looking for an impressive world-birding travelogue, I recommend Phoebe Snetsinger's Birding on Borrowed Time. For a great book about birding, check out Kaufman's Kingbird Highway. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 3/27/2012

    " I really did not like this book much. I thought the subject would be really interesting but the birds turned out to be an afterthought to the author's poorly written self-indulgent book about his sad sad life. Yawn. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cace | 5/11/2011

    " Any birder will enjoy this book! But the author also did a great job of making a hard, difficult man (as seen through the eyes of his son) seem human after all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany | 10/15/2010

    " I liked this book, but I felt bad about how dysfunctional his family was as a result of his dad's obsession with birding. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 8/26/2010

    " I don't really understand the obsession of counting birds if you're not really interested in them. But the descriptions of the author's family life and family dynamics I enjoyed very much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 6/23/2010

    " accounts of top-ranking world birders are not easy to find and this is one of the few. I liked his book on the history of the banana better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracey | 4/22/2010

    " This book is not just about bird watching. It's about the passion of our collecting, interests and hobbies; the activities which make us who we are outside of our work (or maybe a crossover with our work.) A keeper, share it with someone you care about. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 7/26/2009

    " An interesting combination of the world of big list birdwatchers, travel, and family dynamics. On CD it was sometimes hard to figure out whether the father or the son (the writer) was speaking but it usually didn't matter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 4/22/2009

    " A very funny book from a son's point of view. The son relates the quest for his father's insatiable appetite to see as many birds as he can. Birders are the ultimate list makers and the list is never-ending. The list becomes an obssession and a race. It was very comical and an enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzy | 1/4/2009

    " A surprisingly good book - I enjoyed it very much! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bcoghill | 1/2/2009

    " Best birding book I have read since the one about the Big Years. "

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About the Narrator

John McDonough, one of AudioFile magazine’s Golden Voices, has narrated dozens of audiobooks, and won eleven Earphones Awards. He is known for his narrations of children’s books, including Robert McCloskey’s Centerburg Tales and Albert Marrin’s Commander-in-Chief Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. Outside of his audiobook work, he has starred in a revival of Captain Kangaroo on the Fox Network.