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  • The Big Year
  • Written by Mark Obmascik
    Read by Del Roy
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The Big Year

A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession

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A classic in the making -- an account of the biggest year in birdwatching history.

In the USA, some 50 million people lay claim to being bird-watchers or “birders,” spending billions of dollars on birding-related travel and membership fees every year. A select, and utterly obsessed, few compete in one of the world’s quirkiest contests -- the race to spot the most species in North America in a single year. And 1998 wasn’t just a big year. It was the biggest. The Big Year is Pulitzer Prize-winner Mark Obmascik’s account of what was to become the greatest birding year of all time.

It was freak weather conditions that ensured all previous records were broken, but what becomes clear within the pages of this classic portrait of obsession is that while our feathered friends may be the objective of the Big Year competition, it’s the curious activities and behavioural patterns of the pursuing “homo sapiens” that are the real cause for concern. It is a contest that reveals much of the human character in extremes. Such are the author’s powers of observation that he brilliantly brings to life and gets under the skin of these extraordinary, eccentric and obsessive birders while empathizing with and eventually succumbing to the all-consuming nature of their obsession. The result is a wonderfully funny, acutely observed classic to rank alongside the best of Bill Bryson.

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About Mark Obmascik

Mark Obmascik - The Big Year
Mark Obmascik was the lead writer for the Denver Post’s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Columbine High School massacre. He has been writing on strange characters and the environment for many years. He is an avid outdoorsman and recently admitted to his own growing obsession with birds. He lives in Denver wit his wife and two sons.

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About Del Roy

Del Roy - The Big Year
Del Roy is a long-time voice actor and personality. After years of American radio and theatre he moved to film and television work, recorded voiceovers for hundreds of commercials as well as films and documentaries. His audiobook narrations include the library editions of The Electric Universe by David Bodanis and Last Train to Paradise by Les Standiford.

  • The Big Year by Mark Obmascik
  • February 03, 2004
  • Nature - Birds & Birdwatching
  • Random House Audio
  • $14.98
  • 9780739302521

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