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A Guide to Night Sounds: The Nighttime Sounds of 60 Mammals, Birds, Amphibians, and Insects (The Lang Elliott Audio Library) Paperback – August 11, 2004

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From Publishers Weekly

For country lovers and city-dwellers alike, Elliott presents this wonderful guide to the sounds animals make at night. Recorded at his company, NatureSound Studio in Ithaca, New York, this guidebook–CD compilation includes an hour’s worth of bird calls (from thrushes to herons to owls), alligators growls, frog croaks and various mammal noises. He narrates each one of the more than 60 animals in a soothing, Mr. Roger’s inflected voice: e.g. "among my favorite mammalian sounds are the barks, yips and howls of the coyote"; "there’s the forest dwelling whip-poor-will, whose whistled notes spring forth from Eastern forests just as thrush songs fade away"; "the woodcock… a plump, rather silly looking bird with a long fleshy beak that it uses to probe in moist ground for earthworms at night." While listening to these sounds—clear and distinct—one can flip through the book to view pencil drawings and color photos (not seen by PW) of each animal. In all, Elliott has compiled a sweet, concise nature guide.
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About the Author

Lang Elliott is the owner of NatureSound Studio, a wildlife recording company based in Ithaca, New York.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Lang Elliott Audio Library
  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books (August 11, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780811731645
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811731645
  • ASIN: 0811731642
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #462,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's nice to listen to in the car (for a while, at least). It's pretty useless, though, since the geographical area is not limited enough. There might be a couple of those 60 animals in your area, but about 50 of 'em won't be. This should be a series of CD's: one for the northeast, one for the southwest....and so on.
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If you live in the woods or country and are curious about what goes bump in the night, this book and CD will explain those noises. We kept hearing a wonderful creature but had no way to identify it. Turns out it was a screech owl (they don't hoot nor do they screech). This book has also helped identify several frogs & night birds. As a bonus, Lang has a very pleasant voice and the CD is well made.
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Night has always fascinated, and sometimes terrified, me. Blacklighting for moths alone in the Davis Mountains I heard in the distance the lonely calls of a group of coyotes - a sound that both thrilled me and made me uneasy. The sounds of a poorwill echoing through the canyons of Baja California's Sierra de la Giganta and whiskered screech owls near Geronimo Pass in the Peloncillo Mountains of Arizona-New Mexico gave the night a character that I will never forget.

My daughter gave me a copy of "A Guide to Night Sounds" for Fathers Day and I must say that it was great to hear some of the creatures I have heard on well-remembered nights and some that I have never heard, but hope to some day. Lang Elliot is a good narrator and does a great job of explaining the various sounds and behaviors associated with them.

My only complaint (and it is one that I'm sure many have) is that this just gives the listener a sampling of the huge variety of sounds one hears in the night. Around my house I hear night songs, not only from the mockingbird (which Elliott mentions along with the actual recording of a catbird), but also its close relative the curved-billed thrasher, which he implies has no night song. In recent times their night time chorus has been joined by the hoot of the great horned owl and in the close distance the wok of the black-crowned night heron. In rain storms both spadefoot and Bufo toads make considerable noise from the nearby fields. The list could go on and on, including broad-winged and cone-headed katydids, the barking of grey foxes and the chittering (just audible to some younger folk) of bats. I suppose that it would be hard to include everything and this CD contains a great sampling that leaves you with the wish for more.
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Picked up the cassette tape version of this at a thrift store years ago and the kids and I loved listening to it on road trips. It's great to hear the kids trying to identify the animal sounds we learned. Lang Elliott has a nice calm way of describing things and will make you smile with his impressions of the animal calls. So happy to have found the CD version now that I don't have a cassette player in the van anymore! Educational and fun, love it!
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This is a simple guide to common night time creatures. I liked that it wasn't indepth, giving more detail than necessary.
The CD is excellent. Lang Elliott has a pleasant voice and the sounds are clear and easily distinguished.
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A succinct but fun review of common night sounds. Excellent audio, and the narration is just enough to keep the entries from being too "rapid fire" and boring. I imagine children would also find the CD engaging to listen to in the car. If you have purchased other Lang Elliott audio compilations and found them too "disjointed" (ie-just a name and sound), this is the better alternative due to slightly more narration that lends the feel of a true "tour". The selections are for very common animals that are not esoteric or regional, so inevitably you will end up smiling and muse, "So, THAT is what I heard on my walk last week!" I do not know Lang personally, but the CD emits the vibe of a well crafted labor of love and appreciation for nature.
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