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Living on the Edge: Amazing Relationships in the Natural World Hardcover – November 8, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-1579547929 ISBN-10: 1579547923 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; 1 edition (November 8, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579547923
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579547929
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #913,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Corwin, host of numerous television specials about wildlife, offers commentary on some of his favorite regions and animal inhabitants. He begins with his last bachelor's outing, spending several weeks in Arizona's Sonoran Desert, before his wedding. Corwin planned poorly and didn't think he would need equipment or supplies in this domestic wilderness. However, after one night of nearly freezing to death, he sought shelter in his car and then went to buy a tent. After this inauspicious start, Corwin spent nearly two weeks searching for snakes and reptiles, with only limited success. In his words, "There would be no Gila monsters flowing from their subterranean dens, and the eerie rasping shudder of a rattlesnake's rattle kept silent wherever I searched. Tortoises never ventured from their lairs into the light for me, and tricolor king snakes remained shadowed beyond my reach." Corwin's adventures in other parts of the world, like Tanzania, Costa Rica and Venezuela, are much livelier and more rewarding. Corwin enthusiastically describes the animals, the land and his concerns about protecting natural habitats in various countries. His passion for the wildlife he's studying is so strong that even readers not particularly fond of crocodiles, snakes and other scary creatures will find Corwin's writing captivating. He discusses the sloth-"At just under three feet in body length, and a total weight of around 10 pounds, the three-toed sloth is not very large, but if you're looking for the cutest mammal living in the Neotropics, this guy comes in a close second to the silky anteater." People familiar with Corwin's television specials will savor this book, and other armchair travelers will also find it an enjoyable voyage into exotic locales.
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Review

"A fun and educational visit to some of the world's most intriguing ecosystems with Jeff Corwin as the guide. Whether you are an armchair naturalist or a field biologist, you'll enjoy reading this book!"--Mark J. Plotkin, Ph.D., President, Amazon Conservation Team

"Jeff Corwin's delightful book about his animal adventures around the globe is an easy and enjoyable read, in the grand tradition of Gerald Durrell. It also establishes him as not just one of today's most popular nature program hosts but also as a serious wildlife biologist and a committed conservationist. Indeed, this book succeeds in capturing both the wonder of nature and the urgent need to conserve it-- and is indicative of Jeff's increasingly important role as a biodiversity crusader."--Russell A. Mittermeier, Ph.D., President, Conservation International

"One minute Jeff's telling you a story and you're riveted and laughing, and then suddenly you realize that this story is about the mating habits of frogs or the exoskeletal makeup of ants, and then you realize that learning about nature shouldn't be this fun. That's Jeff's genius."--Josh Dean, Deputy Editor, Men's Journal

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I totally and whole-heartedly recommend this book to any nature lover!
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Gives good complex look at the animals in different environments and shows the environmental issues challenging each place.
Sochele Sanchez
As a fan of The Jeff Corwin Experience, I eagerly bought this book when it first came out.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JET VINE VOICE on December 19, 2003
Format: Hardcover
As a fan of The Jeff Corwin Experience, I eagerly bought this book when it first came out. I was very excited to read it and was definitely not disappointed. Jeff's humor and wit are even more apparent in the book, and his knowledge is shown to be flawless.
The book is composed of four sections, each of which explore an area of the world: Arizon's Sonoran desert, the African savannah, the Costa Rican rainforest, and the Llanos of Venezuela. I found this selection perfect, as I'd seen specials on each of these previously. I hope, however, that maybe Jeff will explore other areas, perhaps Australia or Asia, in future books. Jeff does not merely describe animals or give facts about them; he composes an intricate story about each animal, sometimes to the point that you feel very concerned or saddened when something happens to the creature at hand. You are not really learning about Jeff's experience with the animals, you are experiencing them firsthand.
The book is definitely well-written. Jeff's humor and enthusiasm come across loud and clear. Also, the photographs are second to none, and almost all of them (except perhaps five) were taken by Jeff! My only disappointment about the book was that the editing was a tad sloppy, as there were typos and words missing at times.
Overall, however, this is a superb book for an Animal Planet viewer, an animal lover, an explorer, or a Jeff Corwin fan.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mary Jackson on December 5, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a very entertaining and educational book. I'm a fan of The Jeff Corwin Experience, and this book did not disappoint me. It is very well organized and well written, and I was amazed at the way it managed to drop me right down into the middle of the Costa Rican rainforest or the African savannah. What I particularly liked was the variety of bizarre and fascinating details that Jeff adds. I found myself sharing these bizarre facts (like giant anaconda orgies that can last for weeks and weeks...woohoo!)with all sorts of people who, no doubt, thought I was some sort of animal expert now. But best of all is Jeff's obvious enthusiasm for the subject matter, particularly the topic of conservation. It's hard not to enjoy his stories when he presents them with such passion and humor. I definitely recommend this book to Jeff Corwin fans and any readers who want to take a walk on the wild side.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Dean on November 23, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Excellent, vivid descriptions make it seem as if your right there next to Jeff seeing these amazing sights and critters. If the outdoors and the natural world fascinate you, this is another wonderful addition to your collection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Drew on February 18, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I am a devoted fan of the Jeff Corwin Experience and as soon as Christmas came around, I had only one thing on my mind:Jeff Corwins new book. As soon as I got it into my hands, I couldn't put it down.Once I started reading,I felt as if I had left home and was experiencing his adventures.The photographs are awesome. I even imagined myself "jumping" into them and coming out the other side. This book is great! Its humorous and it keeps your attention the whole time. A must read for all Jeff fanatics and animal lovers!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Juan Carlos Meza Jr. on January 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I'm naturally a huge fan of Jeff Corwin and his work to help nature and its inhabitants is very much needed these days. He does a wonderful job in putting you in the locale that he is in. Vivid descriptions and his natural mix of humor makes this an excellent book for any reading enthusiast. Great photos included. Definetely worth adding to your collection. You'll have lots of fun reading it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jcb257 on October 17, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is great! Altho I am a big fan of Jeff's and the Jeff Corwin Experience, I am still blown away by this book. Jeff describes everything vividly, yet in a beautifully poetic way (i've never heard of so many diff ways to describe the sunset). I was really surprised b/c he isn't like that on the show. I loved that many lesser-known animals are introduced, as well as the more common ones. Also, I loved that Jeff gave us the pecularities/specialties of each animal so I'm not just reading the same old boring stuff that I've read in too many nature books or seen on tv. I've learned a lot of things that I never knew about (ie: the symbiosis btwn strangler fig & wasp) and Jeff describes them all so vividly that it was even better than watching the show. The only complaint I have is that there's not enough pictures. But as I read along, I realized that Jeff already painted the whole scene for me that photos would just be icing on the cake. I totally and whole-heartedly recommend this book to any nature lover!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 18, 2004
Format: Hardcover
As a young child, I loved Jeff Corwin's old show Going Wild with Jeff Corwin but when his new show came out A Jeff Corwin Expirience, I was so excited.
Jeff's book was funny, educational, and an overall great book to read. He described the animals with such beautiful detail that you wouldn't excpect from a silly person like him. One minute I would be laughing really hard and then the next, I would realize that he was talking about the repreduction of toads or the consiquences of putting a certain kind of ants in your mouth.
Truely, a wonderful book!
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