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The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and…

The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession (2004)

by Mark Obmascik

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An entertaining read about the true story of three die-hard birders on their Big Year. The non-fiction book reads like fiction, for the most part. While it is not Pulitzer prize writing, it is humourous and engaging, easy to get into and see through to the conclusion. A great insight on the world of birders and the competitive side of non-athletes. ( )
  LDVoorberg | Dec 3, 2017 |
I never would have thought that a story about obsessed men searching for birds for could be so engrossing. I couldn’t put this one down and only “adult” obligations kept me from reading it in one sitting. I found myself rooting for the underdog, who did not have the financial resources of the other two men to drop everything and fly cross-country to see a rare bird… while simultaneously acknowledging that I would do something extreme to my husband were he to run up tens of thousands of dollars of credit card debt to do the same. ( )
  memccauley6 | May 3, 2016 |
Such a fun, entertaining and educational read. I loved every minute if reading it. ( )
  librarymary09 | May 24, 2014 |
Snappily-written insight into why and how competitive birders do what they do. Also, on a side note, has the acknowledgements at the end, which I'm now convinced is the only sensible place for them. ( )
  adzebill | Apr 25, 2014 |
So, first i saw the movie. and that was good. Then i decided to read the book, and boy, even the names are different! besides all the changes from the book to the movie, i still thought this as a good book. Though i dont recomend it to anyone that doesnt enjoy birding and such, because they would have no clue what its talking about!! ( )
  13mushrooms | Jul 12, 2013 |
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Every January 1, a quirky crowd storms out across North America for a spectacularly competitive event called a Big Year—a grand, expensive, and occasionally vicious 365-day marathon of birdwatching. For three men in particular, 1998 would become a grueling battle for a new North American birding record. Bouncing from coast to coast on frenetic pilgrimages for once-in-a-lifetime rarities, they brave broiling deserts, bug-infested swamps, and some of the lumpiest motel mattresses known to man. This unprecedented year of beat-the-clock adventures ultimately leads one man to a record so gigantic that it is unlikely ever to be bested. Here, prizewinning journalist Mark Obmascik creates a dazzling, fun narrative of the 275,000-mile odyssey of these three obsessives as they fight to win the greatest— or maybe worst—birding contest of all time.

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