The Natural History of Selborne


Read by Peter Yearsley

(4.4 stars; 7 reviews)

The Reverend Gilbert White was the curate of the village of Selborne, a village in Hampshire, from 1784 to his death in 1793, living most of his life in the village. The book is in the form of a collection of letters to two friends, discussing the natural history of the areas that he knew, and natural history in general. White's intense curiosity and his love for the world about him flow through his simple, straightforward style, and a gentle sense of humour colours many of his anecdotes. (Summary by Peter)

(9 hr 14 min)

Chapters

Introduction 17:57 Read by Peter Yearsley
Letters 1-6 - Pennant 35:53 Read by Peter Yearsley
Letters 7-13 - Pennant 41:26 Read by Peter Yearsley
Letters 14-22 - Pennant 42:30 Read by Peter Yearsley
Letters 23-31 - Pennant 37:15 Read by Peter Yearsley
Letters 32-44 - Pennant 49:03 Read by Peter Yearsley
Letters 1-6 - Barrington 30:58 Read by Peter Yearsley
Letters 7-15 - Barrington 44:30 Read by Peter Yearsley
Letters 16-20 - Barrington 40:54 Read by Peter Yearsley
Letters 21-28 - Barrington 42:31 Read by Peter Yearsley
Letters 29-38 - Barrington 44:14 Read by Peter Yearsley
Letters 39-47 - Barrington 46:16 Read by Peter Yearsley
Letters 48-58 - Barrington 41:10 Read by Peter Yearsley
14 40:02 Read by Peter Yearsley

Reviews

Soporific

(4 stars)

I've got to admit, this book was better than a sleeping pill. With the narrator's soothing voice and the author's detailed explanation of nature in his small corner of the world, it was very effective at knocking me out. Despite this it was still rather interesting. The author was fascinated by birds and their migration habits. He often posed questions that I longed to answer. He obviously had a very curious mind. Listening to his book was like hearing one half of a conversation. Sometimes I would have liked to hear the letters from his correspondents too. But the book would be much too large.

(4.5 stars)

Peter Yearsley brings out the warmth in every text he reads, including this fascinating, detailed environmental survey of an eighteenth century English village.