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The Genius of Birds

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Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
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In The Genius of Birds, acclaimed author Jennifer Ackerman explores the newly discovered brilliance of birds and how it came about.

Consider, as Ackerman does, the Clark's nutcracker, a bird that can hide as many as 30,000 seeds over dozens of square miles and remember where it put them several months later; the mockingbirds and thrashers, species that can store 200 to 2,000 different songs in a brain a thousand times smaller than ours; the well-known pigeon, which knows where it's going, even thousands of miles from familiar territory; and the New Caledonian crow, an impressive bird that makes its own tools.

This elegant scientific investigation and travelogue weaves personal anecdotes with fascinating science.

©2016 Jennifer Ackerman (P)2016 Isis Publishing Ltd

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only one issue

chapters are way too long (ranging between 37 minutes and 1 hour 53 minutes), such made it hard to listen to a whole chapter at a time, but otherwise great book

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A brilliant book, loved it. Amazing and intriguing observations of bird life. They're true geniuses!

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A must read for all bird and animal lovers!

Enjoyed it from start to finish. Wonderfully written, packed with fascinating information. This should be a must read for all people caring for birds! I loved it!

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  • Mr Kipling
  • 22-08-2017

An interesting listen

I can't fault the content of this book, it's a very interesting listen with plenty of balanced discussions about a wide variety of birds and their cognitive abilities.

The one thing I struggled with was the length of each chapter; they could easily have been split into smaller chapters with overarching themes. It often feels like although sections of a chapter are related, it would be much easier to digest in smaller chunks.

For example, halfway through I decided to start listening to the book at 1.5x speed and the longest chapter still took an hour and a half! If you struggle to focus for long periods of time then perhaps this isn't the book for you.

On the other hand, if you're looking to expand your knowledge of our feathered friends then this book will scratch that itch, with loads of great information on all sorts of topics relating to intelligence in birds from an author who clearly has a passion for them.

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  • F
  • 25-10-2019

Really hard to listen to her voice

It’s utterly fascinating but I have found her voice very hard to listen to, which has ruined the whole experience

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  • mouri savrouli
  • 20-08-2020

Difficult to concentrate

The reader has a voice pace and performance that made it very difficult for me.

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  • frustrated castaway
  • 28-07-2020

Genius

Wonderful book. Expanded my understanding of birds. I never thought they were stupid but their intelligence astounds. Well written, well read. Thoroughly gripping and just as good as The Bird Way.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-01-2019

An interesting read, hard work at times

A great book full of amazing information, slightly lacking flow at times. The book is ordered by measures of intellect and as such, felt disjointed as it jumps from one species to another, one continent to another and one example to another.