Synopses & Reviews
As the snow melts and the spring approaches, the animal kingdom awakens. In Summer World
, Bernd Heinrich, the bestselling author of Winter World
, brings us an up-close and personal view of that awakening and rebirth.
Almost all life on the surface of the earth derives its energy from the sun, either directly through photosynthesis or indirectly by consuming plants, making summer the time when nature is most active—feeding, fighting, mating, and nesting. From frogs, wasps, and caterpillars to hummingbirds and woodpeckers, Heinrich explores these animals' adaptations for surviving and procreating during the short window of summer, and he delights in the seemingly infinite feats of animal inventiveness he discovers there.
Infused with his inexhaustible enchantment with nature, Summer World encourages a sense of wonder and discovery for the natural world and its busiest season.
"Audie Award winner Mel Foster's evenly paced, distinctly voiced, and accent-free delivery enhances the ambiance and perfectly conveys Heinrich's wonder at nature's flexibility." ---Library Journal Starred Audio Review
The highly anticipated, intimate, accessible, and eloquent illumination of animal survival in summer, from award-winning nature writer Bernd Heinrich, the bestselling author of Winter World.
About the Author
Bernd Heinrich is the author of numerous award-winning books, including The Geese of Beaver Bog, Why We Run, Mind of the Raven, and his memoir, The Snoring Bird. He also writes for Scientific American, Audubon, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times. He is a professor emeritus of biology at the University of Vermont, and he divides his time between Vermont and the forests of western Maine. Mel Foster is a former ad agency executive who used to record test tracks for commercials. An audiobook narrator since 2002, he won an Audie Award for Finding God in Unexpected Places by Philip Yancey and an AudioFile Earphones Award for the novel Match Made in Heaven by Bob Mitchell. Mel is the author of several novels, including Shaking Hands with Lefkowitz, and he hopes that one day listeners will get the opportunity to hear him reading something that he's written himself.