Squirrels and Other Fur-bearers


Read by Laura Caldwell

(4.4 stars; 19 reviews)

Squirrels and other Fur-Bearers, a collection of essays by American naturalist and essayist, John Burroughs, provides fascinating insight into the daily life of small woodland creatures. Included in these essays are Burroughs' personal observations of squirrels, rabbits, mink, and chipmunks, as well as numerous other small mammals. Highly recommended for anyone, both young and old, with an interest in nature and wildlife. (summary by Laura Caldwell) (3 hr 13 min)

Chapters

Squirrels 18:26 Read by Laura Caldwell
The Chipmunk 23:09 Read by Laura Caldwell
The Woodchuck 7:55 Read by Laura Caldwell
The Rabbit and the Hare 7:15 Read by Laura Caldwell
The Muskrat 7:16 Read by Laura Caldwell
The Skunk 6:43 Read by Laura Caldwell
The Fox 25:21 Read by Laura Caldwell
The Weasel 24:42 Read by Laura Caldwell
The Mink 5:17 Read by Laura Caldwell
The Raccoon 5:24 Read by Laura Caldwell
The Porcupine 11:29 Read by Laura Caldwell
The Oppossum 6:05 Read by Laura Caldwell
Wild Mice 18:28 Read by Laura Caldwell
Glimpses of Wild Life 12:51 Read by Laura Caldwell
A Life of Fear 13:19 Read by Laura Caldwell

Reviews

Animals presented by an extraordinary naturalist


(5 stars)

Animals presented by an extraordinary naturalist. I am not going to listen to a children’s book about squirrels! At least that’s what I thought. But I clicked on it just because it was right there in front of me. I was quickly hooked. If you listen, as I did, you will find yourself being taken on quite a wild ride indeed! The author, naturalist John Burroughs, possessed extraordinary keen insight, enabling him to accumulate a vast knowledge of the wild animals he grew up with in the North Eastern woods of our country 140 years ago. His natural gift of understanding nature is combined with excellent writing ability. You will encounter stories of hunting and trapping, which to me is lamentable; but he states the facts as they were. I have known for quite a while that reader, Laura Caldwell, is among the best of the best, but it has dawned on me that she apparently also uses consummate technical skill when producing her readings. I normally listen in my darkened bedroom using a $300 20 year old Techniques stereo amplifier, considered by “audiophiles” to be lower end equipment. However, Laura’s readings are so clear, one can almost imagine her sitting in a rocking chair right there in the room reading to you. I am not going to listen to a children’s book about squirrels! At least that’s what I thought. But I clicked on it just because it was right there in front of me. I was quickly hooked. If you listen, as I did, you will find yourself being taken on quite a wild ride indeed! The author, naturalist John Burroughs, possessed extraordinary keen insight, enabling him to accumulate a vast knowledge of the wild animals he grew up with in the North Eastern woods of our country 140 years ago. His natural gift of understanding nature is combined with excellent writing ability. You will encounter stories of hunting and trapping, which to me is lamentable; but he states the facts as they were. I have known for quite a while that reader, Laura Caldwell, is among the best of the best, but it has dawned on me that she apparently also uses consummate technical skill when producing her readings. I normally listen in my darkened bedroom using a $300 20 year old Techniques stereo amplifier, considered by “audiophiles” to be lower end equipment. However, Laura’s readings are so clear, one can almost imagine her sitting in a rocking chair right there in the room reading to you.

Animals presented by an extraordinary naturalist.


(5 stars)

I am not going to listen to a children’s book about squirrels! At least that’s what I thought. But I clicked on it just because it was right there in front of me. I was quickly hooked. If you listen, as I did, you will find yourself being taken on quite a wild ride indeed! The author, naturalist John Burroughs, possessed extraordinary keen insight, enabling him to accumulate a vast knowledge of the wild animals he grew up with in the North Eastern woods of our country 140 years ago. His natural gift of understanding nature is combined with excellent writing ability. You will encounter stories of hunting and trapping, which to me is lamentable; but he states the facts as they were. I have known for quite a while that reader, Laura Caldwell, is among the best of the best, but it has dawned on me that she apparently also uses consummate technical skill when producing her readings. I normally listen in my darkened bedroom using a $300 20 year old Techniques stereo amplifier, considered by “audiophiles” to be lower end equipment. However, Laura’s readings are so clear, one can almost imagine her sitting in a rocking chair right there in the room reading to you.

Didn't finish


(1 stars)

I was listening to this book to help me sleep at night; the narrator has a smooth steady voice, and at least to begin with, the anecdotes about animals were sweet and interesting to listen to. As the book progressed, the author moved onto animals that are more of a pest to farmers, and therefore he discussed ways in which these animals are dealt with, such as trapping. Although I don't object to farmers protecting their livelihoods, either in the past or the present, it wasn’t great night time listening for me. However I persisted in the hope the author would move onto less damaging animals. But it was to no avail. I reached the midway point to a chapter on porcupines in which the author describes beating a porcupine to make its spines come out. He seems to be doing this out of intellectual curiosity, but it disgusted me too much to continue reading.


(5 stars)

I have listened to this book many times. I have insomnia, and have enjoyed these stories to help me fall asleep. But, a few of them have almost kept me awake wanting to know what happens next.❤️