H Is for Hawk

H Is for Hawk

Audiobook CD - 2015
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After the devastating loss of her father, falconer Helen Macdonald resolved to purchase and raise one of the most vicious predators--the goshawk, whose fierce anger mirrored her own--to help cope with her loss. And so she adopted Mabel and began an extraordinary journey.
Publisher: [Ashland, Oregon] : Blackstone Audio, Inc., [2015]
Edition: Unabridged
Copyright Date: ℗2015
ISBN: 9781481530941
Branch Call Number: CD- 598.944 M1354h
Characteristics: 9 audio discs (approximately 11 hr.) : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Blackstone Audio, Inc


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Mar 11, 2018

The first time I heard this I wasn't thrilled. Now after another few times listening I find satisfaction in her tale. If HM is reallky the narrator as listed, then she's excellent. Her descriptions are wonderfully detailed, especially the landscape.

Nov 18, 2017

I just pulled this from the shelf with no idea what it was about. Listening at night, I find the author's voice mesmerizing. I, too, have difficulty with the captivity of the goshawk but appreciate the attempt at understanding the bird (and her relationship with the bird), and the parallel thread of processing grief. I also appreciated her discussion of other enthusiasts - those with no insight wishing to control the bird, those with no patience, those with mechanical knowledge. Reminded me of the variety of parents of small children I often see.

Jul 17, 2016

H is for Hawk: Mabel, is well-drawn and very appealing as the central figure and for being herself -- a hawk. If she had been able to write, perhaps the book would've been much more succinct and appealing.
H is for Helen: The author seems both to get in the way and at times remove herself from the central drama, making it harder to relate to her. She is sympathetic for giving voice to the hawk's story, less so for overwrought musings about whether she has ruined her hawk and why her hawk doesn't want to relate to her, together with her almost clinical observation of the suffering of others.
H is for History: T.H. White should have been relegated to an appendix after a couple of paragraphs for context.
H is for Hesitant: I am hesitant to heartily recommend the book as an enjoyable read although it does have its merits.


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