Trade Ed. Random House Audio 2016
DD ISBN 9781524721947 $17.50
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2016
DD ISBN 9781524721954 $66.50
Consciousness hasn't been proven in animals, but Charles Foster has tried to approximate it with his immersive experiences in wildness. He's sampled the lives of badgers, otters, foxes, red deer, and swifts and here shares his thoughts. Foster's narration is often amusing, delivered with self-mockery in his British accent. For example, he likens the tastes of worms that make up most of a badger's diet to wines and recalls being sneered at by a vole while attempting fox-like behavior. At other times, he waxes philosophical on the way animals "inhabit the instant" and on the unfair methods hunters use to kill deer. Listeners may not get a full understanding of being a beast, as the title promises, but the author's insights are entertaining and thoughtful. J.A.S. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine [Published: JULY 2016]
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