- Audio CD: 1 pages
- Publisher: BBC Physical Audio; Unabridged edition (7 April 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1405689315
- ISBN-13: 978-1405689311
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 27.9 x 12.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 175,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Guide To British Garden Birds: And Their Songs (BBC Audio) Audio CD – Audiobook, 7 Apr 2008
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Join presenters Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss in this fascinating guide to the songs of our most popular garden birds, as heard on BBC Radio 4.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
Generally this is a very good CD for the novice bird watcher to listen to. The only improvement that I can think of is having a further CD that relates to the less common birds not covered in this CD. That however is up to someone at BBC Radio 4!!
Some reviewers have complained about the couple of fellas wittering on and said they would have preferred to just hear the birdsong without the commentary, but I think the commentary adds a lot. Without it, listening to this would be quite hard work, whereas I find this a real pleasure and can listen to it over and over again (you have to if you want to memorise the songs).
If you're a hardcore birdwatcher who wants a detailed reference, this will disappoint, but if like me you just want to know what is making the racket in your garden, this is lovely.
The entire CD is narrated. Filled with interesting facts and usefull info about each of the birds, with handy little tips to recognise the bird calls.. (eg teacher teacher teacher - great tit).
It covers 22 common garden birds. Over 5 BBC Radio 4 programmes. The programmes are seemlessly connected
It is definatly good enough for repeated listens. For me it will be essential for memorising the details and of course to familiarise myslef with the bird calls. Some people may find they're style a bit waffley.
If you're expecting straight, succinct run through of the birds of britain.. eg - Saying the name then playing the bird call immediatly - this is not the CD for you. This CD is much more conversational and filled out with info.
The big negative- -
It would have been good to have a track listing on the CD sleeve. It does give an overview of the 5 programmes, but the CD is divided in to 22 tracks, an index of these tracks would clearly be very useful for reference purposes. When I converted the CD to MP3 a track listing was found though... but strangely the track names are wrong. So when I click greenfinch, I get the coal tit bit.
So - A very good commentary, but the big track listing mistake makes it more difficult than necessary to use as a reference tool, which is what I bought it for.
Job done, I cannot say too much of how much I like this.
Having never been a serious birdwatcher ( love them all the same ) i want to hear irrelevant off the beaten track by experts because it shows how fascinating birds are. But also how to enjoying them by an innocent enthusiasm.
Would recommend to anyone who appreciates broadcasters speaking from the heart on the subject, to those looking to refresh their more novice bird knowledge, and as a magnanimous humourous set of rambles on birds
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought as a birthday present for my partner but he says it's great especially for beginners.Published 5 months ago by Gill Munday
my grandson aged seven and I now play spot the birdsong not the bird we are both hopeless but getting better with the help of this cdPublished 11 months ago by bluebyyou
This is a really good guide for the bird watching beginner but is also a good CD just to listen to. I like the conversation between the presenters with snippets of information... Read morePublished on 4 July 2013 by anneg