Trade Ed. Naxos AudioBooks 2019
DD ISBN 9781781982341 $17.50
Rupert Degas delivers a bang-up performance--including tiger growls and buffalo snorts--of Gerald Durrell's colorful and often comic memories of his first job as a student keeper at England's Whipsnade Zoological Park. Be forewarned that the legendary founder of the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust wrote the book in 1970 about events in 1945. While he's forward-thinking about animal preservation, some references, including "red Indians," are dated and off-putting (even if he clearly admired America's indigenous tribes more than subsequent European settlers). That said, Degas narrates with zest and believably inhabits everyone from the endearing lady who fed (and fed and fed) our lad to keepers of every personality and accent. Plus, those animals, including the bear who sang duets with the author. A.C.S. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine [Published: MAY 2019]
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