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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (950 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bernd Heinrich Narrator: Mel Foster Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From award-winning writer and biologist Bernd Heinrich comes this intimate, accessible, and eloquent illumination of animal survival in winter.

The animal kingdom relies on staggering evolutionary innovations to survive winter. Unlike their human counterparts, who alter the environment to accommodate physical limitations, most animals are adapted to an amazing range of conditions. In Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival, biologist, illustrator, and award-winning author Bernd Heinrich explores his local woods, where he delights in the seemingly infinite feats of animal inventiveness he discovers there.

Because winter drastically affects the most elemental component of all life—water—radical changes in a creature’s physiology and behavior must take place to match the demands of the environment. Some creatures survive by developing antifreeze; others must remain in constant motion to maintain their high body temperatures. Even if animals can avoid freezing to death, they must still manage to find food in a time of scarcity or store if from a time of plenty.

Infused by the author’s inexhaustible enchantment with nature, Winter World awakens the wonders and mysteries by which nature sustains herself through winter’s harsh, cruel exigencies.

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

    " This was a fascinating and wonderful book! It's rare to find science and nature writing that is such a pleasure to read. If Bernd Heinrich had been my teacher, I might have done better in my science courses. The author's illustrations add a touch of whimsy to his already engaging book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Denise | 2/12/2014

    " At first I thought I was in over my head with some physics, but then it settled in to interesting science.I think I'd like to own this book as a reference for birds and plants. What a trip it would be to witness some of the goofy, quirky things this guy does to gather data! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dkujawinski | 2/11/2014

    " A nice combination of scientific knowledge as well as the personal discovery of how wildlife around him survived. It makes the scientific discovery process more a live and seeming do able. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jeremy | 1/31/2014

    " This is a well researched book. Howevcr, it treats the mundane and the fantastic with equal priority. It is worth reading, but can be difficult to hold your attention at times. "

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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.”