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3.91 out of 53.91 out of 53.91 out of 53.91 out of 53.91 out of 5 3.91 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bernd Heinrich Narrator: Mel Foster Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2009 ISBN: 9781400181766
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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. Download and start listening now!

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  • The stories are plain engrossing---in their elucidation, their breadth of examples, and their barely contained sense of awe and admiration. Kirkus

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 1/27/2014

    " Great natural history writing and insight into the winter world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben | 1/24/2014

    " wow. this is beautifully written, more readable than most novels, and is a geyser of evolutionary and ecological theory grounded in elegant and simple experimentation. if you want to learn about evolution, whether you have a strong science background or not, this is a great book to do so with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Cleland-sipfle | 1/19/2014

    " Those poor little kinglets, but otherwise a wonderful book about life surrounded by snow and under the snow. He's a wonderful naturalist and observer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 1/7/2014

    " A nice blend of science and story telling... easy to read, even when he gets into some statistics! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Smellsofbikes | 1/6/2014

    " Amazing book about metabolic modifications animals do to overwinter, from freezing, through low-temp thermoregulation, to tactics used by birds involving tradeoffs between sleep and eating time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 12/23/2013

    " Great book! Not only informative but truly entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa Guimont | 12/3/2013

    " An up-close and personal look at the winter habits of New England animals. The key to survival is unique to all species and fascinating. I applaud Bernd Heinrich for braving the cold to investigate the wildlife! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 12/1/2013

    " Fascinating stories of how animals survive the harsh winter world, focusing on the Golden Crowned Kinglet. All the typical charm and personalized science of Heinrich "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 9/13/2013

    " Beautifully written, made me appreciate living in New England more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kris | 3/14/2013

    " Too science-y. Some really cool facts here, but I just wanted to be wowed by facts. I wasn't interested in the in depth science behind them. If science is your thing, you'll probably like it a lot more. No problems with the writing style, pretty lively despite the dry material. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 11/29/2012

    " Fascinating search for a bird I never heard of! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heather Denkmire | 5/20/2012

    " I hate how there isn't a "gave up" option. I did not read this. I got into the first chapter and decided it's just too sciencey for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie Jewett | 2/21/2012

    " Despite the fact that it looks like it took my over a year to read this book (really there was just a 12-or so month gap between the first couple of chapters and the last several) I really liked it. Heinrich's writing is so easy to read and I think it would be very cool to take a class from him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 9/23/2011

    " A truly wonderful nature book, very informative a very well laid out. My favorite Heinrich yet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 7/28/2011

    " Very interesting! The information was presented in a thought provoking and easy to understand fashion. I didn't know that some frogs freeze solid underwater in the mud over the winter! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bridget | 6/26/2011

    " Really interesting information, but the writing is bit dry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Conchetta | 3/8/2011

    " I just listened to this. I would have learned more by reading it but this was enough for my mild interest in natural history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 2/28/2011

    " This is a really great read about how animals adapt to winter. Heinrich looks at the various adaptations of animals overwintering in Northern woods, from insects to beaver.

    I found this very fascinating; its approachable by anyone while still being full of information. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Petra X | 2/28/2011

    " I ordered this so long ago and now its finally come. I am so looking forward to reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jon | 1/18/2011

    " fun book to have around about all the crazy things animals do to survive the winter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gayle | 1/15/2011

    "
    Extra interesting: More so right now in January when I am freezing "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danna | 1/7/2011

    " Lots of interesting stuff but can't say I'm terribly fond of the writer's egoism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 1/4/2011

    " This book is great at foraging around the topic of surviving cold winters outdoors. Thought it could have been tightened up a bit and perhaps it was a tad too long. All the same, jam-packed with super-interesting and ingenious adaptations of animals and insects to get by in extremes environments. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heather | 11/22/2010

    " I hate how there isn't a "gave up" option. I did not read this. I got into the first chapter and decided it's just too sciencey for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 8/29/2010

    " A nice blend of science and story telling... easy to read, even when he gets into some statistics! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 7/13/2010

    " Most everything you wanted to know about winter ecology, but were afraid to ask... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 5/15/2010

    " 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! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melody | 1/7/2010

    " Great fodder for thought and discussion on a winter hike or curled up in front of a snowy window. This book and some good cold weather gear could change the way someone feels about winter for the better. "

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About the Author
Author Bernd Heinrich

Bernd Heinrich is the author of numerous award-winning books, including The Geese of Beaver Bog, Why We Run, Mind of the Raven, and his memoir, The Snoring Bird. He also writes for Scientific American, Audubon, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times. He is a professor emeritus of biology at the University of Vermont, and he divides his time between Vermont and the forests of western Maine.

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.”