• The Song of the Dodo

  • Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions
  • By: David Quammen
  • Narrated by: Jacques Roy
  • Length: 24 hrs and 36 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (173 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

David Quammen's book, The Song of the Dodo, is a brilliant, stirring work, breathtaking in its scope, far-reaching in its message - a crucial book in precarious times, which radically alters the way in which we understand the natural world and our place in that world. It's also a book full of entertainment and wonders.

In The Song of the Dodo, we follow Quammen's keen intellect through the ideas, theories, and experiments of prominent naturalists of the last two centuries. We trail after him as he travels the world, tracking the subject of island biogeography, which encompasses nothing less than the study of the origin and extinction of all species. Why is this island idea so important? Because islands are where species most commonly go extinct - and because, as Quammen points out, we live in an age when all of Earth's landscapes are being chopped into island-like fragments by human activity.

Through his eyes, we glimpse the nature of evolution and extinction, and in so doing come to understand the monumental diversity of our planet, and the importance of preserving its wild landscapes, animals, and plants. We also meet some fascinating human characters. By the book's end we are wiser, and more deeply concerned, but Quammen leaves us with a message of excitement and hope.

©2019 David Quammen (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Extensive and Entertaining

Long but in a good way, covers a lot of the early history of the discovery of evolutionary biology and how it has been influenced by the study of islands in particular. It's packed with cool stories and excellent information. This is aimed for intermediate readers who are already somewhat familiar with the history and study of evolution, biology and ecology.

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A f*cking masterpiece

It's a book that will open up the world of ecology to the layperson. One of those books that every human alive should read.

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A great read on Ecology, Evolution and Extinction

I have this twice and now listened to it... I learn more every time I pick it up. I also find it a great source to review in order to pursue further studies.

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An excellent, understandable science book

I loved this. The information presented here is very important to all who live on this earth.

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Very interesting and captivating.

excellent for anyone interested in conservationism. only lacks marine conservation information but that would be another volume, and the research is probably not as advanced.

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informative

Author keeps the listener reader captivated with skillful weaving of entertaining personal tales of adventure and treatise of scientific knowledge gained by generations of researchers. Highly recommendable.

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Learn the science of extinction and conservation

This book gives a wonderful description of the history of the science of extinction, evolution, and conservation.

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Well written. Good content.

This book is a phenomenal read for anyone interested in the Extinction of species.

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Can be quite repetitive, BUT

An excellent overview of the concepts of extinction, island biogeography, and evolution. Highly recommend.

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Long, but well worth it

Excellent account of the origins of the theory of evolution and it’s use today as it applies to island biogeography, which is an important field for more than just islands. Very detailed, yet also engaging.