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Dragon Songs: Love and Adventure among Crocodiles, Alligators, and Other Dinosaur Relations Hardcover – 6 Nov 2013


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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing (6 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611458935
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611458930
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 16.3 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 690,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
As a naturalist with an interest in travel I found this book an excellent read. Vladimir documents his travels around the world in search of crocodilians with passion and humour. Although full of fascinating facts, the reader doesn't become bogged down with scientific jargon or useless information. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
If you liked Gerald Durrell, you'll like this book. 4 Nov 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A fascinating story of crocodile research and everything else. The language is a bit simplistic - the author is no Faulkner - but he sure can tell a story.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Superb book, full of passion and inteligence. And crocodiles. 20 Jan 2014
By O'K - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Vladimir Dinets has written an extraordinary book that should appeal to a large number of readers. It has much to recommend it-- a passionate quest for knowledge, a passionate love of nature, a passionate love of different cultures (and of women, culminating in the happy ending of a marriage and academic jobs for both parties) and true adventure.

To give you just a taste, one of my favorite passages has Vladimir neck deep in a pool, holding very very still as a huge "false-gharial almost twenty feet long entered the pool, and remained motionless for an hour." Vladimir was "so afraid that it would notice him"... not from fear of being eaten, but fear of the animal leaving before it sang its mating song, the nominal topic of this book and of his thesis research. His description of this episode, and of other encounters, is both thrilling and satisfying: "Finally the "song" came.... the vibrations were so intense that I felt like a victim of dynamite fishing. A tree growing above my head showered me with dry leaves. The giant remained still for another hour, then his mighty tail slowly moved, and he slid through the grass toward the river and disappeared."

Vladimir describes travels that quartered the world, and gave insights into the study of nature, and its condition, in multiple countries. He is an accomplished writer, with several books in other languages, and his authorship of this book is engaging and knowledgeable. I enjoyed his book greatly.

The hardback version was originally purchased for our Biology department, but I also purchased the kindle version for myself, which I have enjoyed reading on my own travels. Whether you are an armchair or an active traveler, I recommend this book with the highest enthusiasm.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A true present-day zoological epic reminiscent of the great adventurers of old times 18 Nov 2013
By R. Zertuche - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is fast paced, truly hilarious, and overall surprising. It's many adventures in one great bundle. I don't want to spoil it for you, but let me point out that the author has a webpage with beautiful full-color illustrations (click on Photos) to many of his trips, a great complement to the ones you will find in the book. See it here: [...]
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful book 12 Nov 2013
By Mark Kremenetsky - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Dragon Songs: Love and Adventure among Crocodiles, Alligators, and Other Dinosaur Relations

I have been following Vladimir Dinets blogs and books for several years always enjoyed reading and learning new things. Author evidently has a very rare combination of a deep knowledge of zoology and almost childish fascination with wonders of natural word. i am sure it is not easy to travel so much and still present such fresh feelings and observations. I would recommend this book also for teenager readings just to show an young generation that there is an amazing real world beside what technology offers us in a comfort of our houses.
Way to go.
Mark Kremenetsky
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Try the excerpt, buy the book. 5 Nov 2013
By K Charles - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I first came across the authors writings on his website, and later, his blog. This is his first novel published in English, and it's an insanely good read.

In Dinets we have an unusual mix. All too often solo adventurer types fail to commit their stories to paper before inevitably dying a spectacularly gruesome death. Conversely, the best adventure stories are written by armchair navigators who moan over a stray mosquito. Truth is stranger than fiction, and in this book Dinets makes a strong case that our one tiny world is more interesting than all the best scifi and fantasy novels put together - if only you're prepared to step beyond your front gate.

If only this book was required reading in middle school science classes, the national science crisis would be the stuff of memories.
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