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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (15 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jan DeBlieu Narrator: Mary Wood Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Siroccos, Santa Anas, chinooks, monsoons … the wind has as many names as moods. Few other forces have so universally shaped the lands and waters of the earth and the patterns of exploration, settlement, and civilization. Few other phenomena have exerted such a profound influence on the history and psyche of humankind. In Wind, Jan DeBlieu brings a poet’s voice and a scientist’s eye to this remarkable natural force, showing how the bumping of a few molecules can lead to the creation of religions, the discovery of continents, and the destruction of empires. She talks to survivors of a deadly tornado in Iowa, tries hang gliding over North Carolina’s Outer Banks, climbs sand dunes in Oregon and slickrock formations in Utah—everywhere exploring the effects, subtle and brutal, comforting and terrifying, of the wind.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “DeBlieu…has a poetic touch that adds a special grace to her prose when she turns to a subject in nature.”

    Scientific American

  • “Watching the wind ruffle the water, turn tree branches into whips, or capsize a sailboat, she uses her powers of observation and lyrical writing to beautifully communicate what she sees…DeBlieu traces the ways wind shapes our reality, the earth’s land and water, plants and animals, exploring everything in dramatic, immediate, and lucid prose…Read Wind and you’ll never again take an exhilarating kite-flying day for granted.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “[Woods’] melodic voice seems to smile while describing the influences of wind on life forms, geography, and our planet’s environment. The narrator’s cheerfully pedantic delivery suits a book in which science is mixed with the author’s own life experiences.”


  • “This is nature writing at its most expansive and rewarding.”


  • “The wind will never be the same for [listeners] after finishing this book, its presence now heightened and explicated. DeBlieu has achieved the Big Two: enlightenment and high entertainment.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the John Burroughs Medal for Distinguished Natural History Writing

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jrobertus | 10/28/2010

    " she tries for a mcfee/lopez kind of awe inspiring reflection on nature, but comes up a bit short. she discusses physical laws and the effects of wind on various cultures. "

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About the Author

Jan DeBlieu is the author of Hatteras Journal (1987) and Meant to Be Wild (1991), which was a Nature Book Club main selection and was chosen by the Library Journal as one of the three best natural history books of the year. She has also written for the New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian, Audobon, and Orion, and her essay on the wind, “Onto the Dragon’s Mouth,” was featured in the inaugural volume of American Nature Writing. She currently resides in Manteo, North Carolina.