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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Film Tie-In edition (8 Dec. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857500694
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857500694
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A true and unexpectedly exhilarating tale of guile, obsession and competitiveness as rich and involving as any novel... You will care" (The Week)

"An adrenaline rush of a book... about an obsession almost as mad as it is magnificent" (YORKSHIRE POST)

"An exciting road trip of a story... This sense of thrilling liberation, forays into uncharted territories and an understanding of what drives these men is as much part of the story as the quest itself" (THE LIST)

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Wacky, wonderfully funny (and occasionally alarming) story of the race to win the greatest bird-watching competition of all time - now a major film, starring Jack Black, Steve Martin and Owen Wilson.

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An entertaining and informative account of the race between three birders to beat the Big Year record in 1998. The Big Year is a competition to see the most species on the United States and Canada in a single calendar year. Mark Obmascik's book uses the diaries of the three twitchers as well as recollections from fellow birders as they pile on the air miles, criss-crossing the continent to hopefully see reported rarity and vagrant species.

Obmascik writes in a witty anecdotal style and really gets under the surface of the three otherwise very diverse individuals as they race, unwittingly at first, for the same prize. As well as the humour and entertainment value, his book is also very informative chronicling, for example, the history of man's discovery of bird migration as well as the introduction of new species to the US such as the Himalayan Snowcock.

The Big Year is an excellent, enlightening read and is highly recommended for anyone interested in birding or the psychology of those obsessed enough to travel the length of the country to possibly see a singe, new rare species.
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Saw the movie first and fell in love with the concept of trying to see the maximum number of birds in a calendar year. The book itself is very different from the movie. In my opinion both literary and cinematic experience are a must.
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An enjoyable read although I think you probably have to be a birdwatcher to fully appreciate it. The non birdwatcher, however, might begin to understand the passion which leads birdwatchers to travel such huge distances for a bird. Perhaps it should be prescribed reading for all girlfriends contemplating a future lifetime with a twitcher....At least they would be forewarned! For those of us who remain birdwatchers with just the occasional twitch, we can appreciate how much money we have saved!!!
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Its hard not to like this book if you are a birdwatcher which I am, the characters are ace made better because they are real and well its all very epic, the truth is that the records set by these guys will prob never be broken due to the fact that trips to Attu in Alaska no longer happen. In short if I could afford it I would love to do it, but I can't so reading this is the next best thing.
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I am not one for reading, but I was plugged this book by fellow colleagues & finally made the purchase. Bing a birder myself I was bound to enjoy it more than the average person but once started I found it very difficult to put down. Enjoyable from beginning to end & could associate with some of the situations that occur in the book. If you are part of the birding community then this is a ‘must read’. If not then still worth reading.
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Format: Paperback
Appallingly bad film, especially with the cast and the possibilities. Amusement few and far. Not enticing or entertaining with the best bit being turning it off and chucking it in a bin. So bad I would not inflict on another even through a charity shop sale
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Hold up a pair of binoculars in the approximate direction of a bird anywhere in the US and random members of the public walk over and ask if you are "doing a Big Year". This book explains what they are talking about. A fascinating insight into the psychology of collectors and nature lovers illustrating just how dedicated some individual's are to achieving their goal.
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Recommended to me whilst on holiday in Florida and noting the wonderfully prolific species of birds from brown pelicans to red cardinals. The story is a bit boring but the references to the numerous bird species will be of interest to the ardent birder.
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