HIDDEN LIVES OF OWLS by Leigh Calvez plus Giveaway

Available now from Tantor Audio.616zsJc6WRL._AA300_
From the Publisher:

In this New York Times bestseller, a naturalist probes the forest to comprehend the secret lives of owls. Leigh Calvez takes listeners on an adventure into the world of owls: owl-watching, avian science, and the deep forest—often in the dead of night. These birds are a bit mysterious, and that’s part of what makes them so fascinating. Calvez makes the science entertaining and accessible while exploring the questions about the human-animal connection, owl obsession, habitat, owl calls, social behavior, and mythology.

My recording experience:
Leigh Calvez does a beautiful job of bringing the reader along on her experience of learning all about the owls she encounters. Recording this book, so many of my own owl-related memories bubbled up: dissecting owl pellets at my kids’ elementary school Science Night, the very scary owl in Beatrix Potter’s book The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin, the owl that mysteriously lived on our very urban street in Sherman Oaks, and best of all, the board book Owl Babies that my babies loved as much as I loved reading it to them. I had a great time listening to the different owl calls on the Cornell ornithology site, and doing my best to voice them, too! There is something magical about owls, and Calvez does a great job of exploring what it is that draws us to them as well as raising awareness about their threatened existence. A great gift for anyone who is interested in the environment, birds or naturalist writing.
Listen to a sample here:

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  Sally is the randomly selected winner and the CDs will be mailed out to her as soon as I get her address.  Thanks to all for entering!  I give away lots of books – to find out about them in the future, please consider following this blog, or my Facebook page, or on Twitter. Oftentimes, you can also enter there!

(If you’d like to buy a copy, using this link, I’ll receive a small percentage from Amazon through their Associates program. Narrators don’t earn royalties, so this is a way I can be compensated for marketing the book.)


6 thoughts on “HIDDEN LIVES OF OWLS by Leigh Calvez plus Giveaway”

  1. How interesting! I’ve been fascinated by owls for as long as I can remember. I cried when Hedwig died in Harry Potter. We were very fortunate to be treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of the Flights of Wonder attraction at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park. During the show, an owl often performs and they have a small collection of owls backstage. As part of our tour, we got to see all the birds backstage, view where they prepare their food, and we got to watch a show from backstage. I bet you do a fantastic job voicing the owls! Thanks for the chance!

  2. nrlymrtl says:

    Owls! Yes! Great horned owls are especially fascinating to me. I went to school in Socorro (NM Tech) and just south of there is the Very Large Array (VLA) which was featured in the Jodi Foster movie Contact. Anyway, we got an impromptu tour and there were very large great horned owls nesting in the repair bay. It was awesome! Now I live in northern NM and we have great horned owls across the river that occasionally take out a chicken and consider a cat for dinner.

  3. sallycootie says:

    It wasn’t owls, but I have wonderful memories of doing some bird watching with my grandmother. Her health didn’t allow us to trek around in the woods, but we would sit in our yard in the country and identify the birds by sight and sound. Opened my eyes to something I never paid attention to.

    1. Karen says:

      Sally, you are the randomly chosen winner of this book. I’ll email you to get your mailing address. Happy Audiobook Month!

      1. sallycootie says:


      2. sallycootie says:

        Received in yesterday’s mail. Thanks again, can’t wait to start walking and listening. Looks so interesting.

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