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"If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in." -Rachel Carson

First published more than 50 years ago, this award-winning classic brings Rachel Carson's unique vision to a new generation of listeners. The Sense of Wonder is Carson's intimate account of adventures with her young nephew, Roger, as they enjoy walks along the rocky coast of Maine and through dense forests and open fields, observing wildlife, strange plants, moonlight, and storm clouds, and listening to the "living music" of insects in the underbrush. It is a refreshing antidote to indifference and a guide to capturing the simple power of discovery that Carson views as essential to life.

The Sense of Wonder is a timeless volume that will be passed on from children to grandchildren, as treasured as the memory of an early-morning walk when the song of a whippoorwill was heard as if for the first time.

©1956 Rachel L. Carson (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

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  • Jefferson
  • 24-03-2012

The Pleasure and Wonder of the Natural World

After finishing Stephen King's post-apocalypse epic fantasy The Stand, I needed something beautiful, uplifting, healthy, delightful, and short--something like Rachel Carson's The Sense of Wonder. As she remembers her rambles along the Maine coast and woods with her young nephew Roger, Carson writes a paean to the beauty of the world, to the magic of nature, and to the wonder of life. She writes a down to earth and ethereal manual that inspires you to open your eyes, ears, nostrils, and hands with the clear senses and enthusiastic mind of a child.

It's a poignant audiobook. I'm happy without children of my own, but listening to Carson sharing with her nephew the pleasure and wonder of things like booming and froth-throwing ocean waves at night, "sand-colored, fleet-legged" ghost crabs on the beach, "deep and springy" lichens in the rainy woods, and migrating birds flying "from darkness into darkness" across the moon, moved me to tears of joy and longing.

The Sense of Wonder is filled with beautiful and vivid descriptions, as when Carson and Roger find the source of some "living music: a creature of palest green, with wings as white and insubstantial as moonlight." The most important thing is not to know the names of what we find in the earth, sea, and sky, but rather to feel everything fully. The 32 minutes of The Sense of Wonder have more of the richness of life than do the 48 hours of The Stand.

Kaiulani Lee reads Carson's words like an ideal warm and wise aunt or grandmother.

If you have kids, The Sense of Wonder will inspire you to nurture and participate in the tingling awareness they have of the natural world. If you have no kids, The Sense of Wonder will remind you of your childhood's vast and pure perception of that world. The audiobook is like the "fairy bell ringer," the secretive insect whose "inexpressibly clear and silvery" song, "so faint, so barely-to-be-heard that you hold your breath as you bend closer," so thrilled Carson to hear and not to find.

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  • E.B.
  • 11-09-2015

Wonderful thoughts

I should have noticed that this was barely 30 minute long reading. I was so much hoping for more for the price.
Still, it's a gem.

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  • Charlotte S.
  • 17-06-2021

“Sense of Wonder” important?

Such an enjoyable read! The perspective of Ms Carson is absolutely wonderful to hear, and The narrator was gentle and relaxing in her reading. Highly recommend!

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  • anyqvist
  • 17-05-2021

The Sense of Wonder

Beautifully written by Rachel Carson and beautifully read by Kaiulani Lee! I highly recommend this book.

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  • John
  • 09-05-2021

a beautiful essay of love

The beauty spoken and unspoken in this essay by Rachel Carson makes me yearn for my childhood and for a deeper closeness with my own.

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  • Glenn A. Martinez
  • 28-07-2021

32 minutes of a “Sense of Wonder”

The JOY of sharing and going “lite” on instructions.

Better you share the joy of discovering and let their curiosity do the rest.

Rachel shares the many memories that a walk in the park can refresh. Worth a listen as you stroll thru a park or woodland. Thanks

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-07-2021

Nice writing, but similair to other pieces

Rachel Carson is amazing with writing poetics scientific reflections on nature and life. I believe many of her sentiments and nostalgia is already referenced in her other work, but this is still a nice read.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 20-07-2021

Unfinished Work, Enjoyable but Lacked Cohesiveness

Struggled to finish but Ms. Lee's performance was soothing and warm, like being read a bedtime story.

Because it is an unfinished work it is short, I really wish Ms. Carson had the time to have finished it. The glimmer of an idea.

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  • motey joe
  • 28-04-2021

love

i dearly wish rachel had lived to write so much more and my only complaint is it's over so soon.💜

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  • Hope-Full
  • 27-03-2021

Beautifully inspiring....

Intricately beautiful! My whole being smiles with geniune appreciation for this dear lady's love and admiration of nature and life. Thankful for this gift.

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  • Linda
  • 27-10-2018

Makes you want to go outside and explore right now

I loved this book! Very short, but very inspiring! I was listening to it on a rainy and cold October night and it literally made me want to wake up my son and go outside exploring. Definitely makes me want to take my kids out in the nature more often and pay attention to the little details. There are so many ideas in this book on things to do and to talk about! Made me remember my childhood when my grandmother took me gathering herbal teas in the meadows and looking for edible mushrooms in the forests. I still know all the names of all wild flowers although I cant remember learning them or being thought what each flower is called. This book will inspire you to give your child a gift I was given as a kid.

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  • colin hayes
  • 14-01-2021

A magical book

One of the most beautiful inspirational and inspiring books you could ever read or have read to you

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