The Whispering Land
Read by Rupert Degas
Following on from the events in A Zoo in My Luggage, The Whispering Land sees Gerald Durrell and his wife Jacquie travel to Argentina to collect animals for their newly established zoo. With rare insight and unique charm, Durrell pulls the listener into the tropical landscape of Patagonia, where he witnesses magical moments with penguins, seals and ocelots, and encounters a hilarious cast of characters, including a swearing parrot and a belching guanaco.
Running Time: 6 h 12 m
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Digital ISBN: 978-1-78198-232-7 Cat. no.: NA0355 Download size: 131 MB Edited by: Sarah Butcher Text: © 1961 Estate of Gerald Durrell BISAC: TRV000000, NAT046000 BIC: WTLC, RNKH1 Released: February 2019
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There’s a moment in this enchanting audiobook that displays narrator Rupert Degas’s talent to the full. It occurs when the naturalist author is at a cocktail party in Buenos Aires and has to talk to a pompous Englishman whose dismissive attitude towards Argentinians offends the young Durrell. Degas imitates this Brit’s accent in such a fine tone that it sounds like he is talking through cotton balls. Degas’s delivery in this scene and throughout this magical mystery tour of Patagonia and other remote parts of Argentina enthrals the listener. The young Durrell, who continues to collect animals for his Channel Isle zoo, is a most engaging Englishman – articulate, eccentric, and focused on his animals – be they toucans, coatimundis or peccaries. And he is great fun.