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5.0 out of 5 starsGreat for readers. More in depth and informative, less illustration.
Reviewed in Canada on January 24, 2020
Lots of detail... more for the 'reader' less for a casual 'almanac story' enthusiast. Reads like a continuous novel versus many "quick tip" nature books. Would do well with some added illustrations... but VERY informative!
This is British. Not as helpful for Canada and Britain. However, I was able to get some things out of it. Had I known it was British, I probably would not have purchased. What little I can apply to Canada is not worth the price of the book. Not going to return it though as it is interesting . . . and one never knows when a trip to Britain comes up! lol
Not a very good book.. Some guys comments as he meandered about.. Information he shares appears to be based heavily on the the Bibliography list which is very long..... I have 31 years of Backpacking and over 30,000 miles of trail traveling... I would not recommend this book..
COMPRE 2, UNA SIRVIO Y LA OTRA NO, NUNCA PUDE DEVOLVERLAS PUES EL TERMINO PARA HACERLO ES MUY CORTO, LA CAMARA LLEGO Y SOLO TUVE 1 MES PARA PROBAR Y COMO NO ESTABA EN EL PAIS CUANDO LAS PROBE YA NO HUBO OCASION DE DEVOLVER UNA DE ELLAS. NUNCA FUNCIONO. LA OTRA SI PERO NUNCA PUDE PONER EL RELOJ. NO ES AMIGABLE.
In the first chapter, "Getting Started", Gooley writes about atmospheric inversions and the effects that arise from them. He mentions refraction of light causing distortion of the sun at sunset, "Fata Morgana", and “tropospheric ducting”. Suspiciously, all these topics are discussed in the same order in the Wikipedia article on atmospheric inversion. Maybe a coincidence, but my suspicion that this book lacks authority was not dispelled by further reading. The book reflects no formal training of the author in ecology or other fields of science. It is a fairly superficial treatment of most topics, most of the “clues” are trivial and should not be generalized, while the writing is tedious and often marked by pedantry. This more a random collection of trivia than an organized, useful set of guidelines. A knowledgeable author would not make mistakes like claiming that algae absorb carbon monoxide.
I have read many books on hiking, survival and tracking and I thought this would be a great edition to my collection with something practical I could use. Holy crap this thing sucked. I wasted my money and I am still not sure what I was reading.
This book is not an insightful look into reading nature. It's full of below basic knowledge of surroundings told through personal observations that are incredibly boring. I've tried to read this many times and couldn't complete it. I've also tried to use it as a quick reference for some things to look out for on hikes. Again, useless. I would say that if you have any basic knowledge of the outside world then this is not a book to purchase.
Unable to access kindle edition - opening the book continuously crashes the kindle app on my phone and the reader app on my Kindle Fire HD 10. Apparently, learned from another reviewer that it is accessible from the desktop app on my PC. I spent over an hour w/ Amazon tech support to resolve but nothing changed. No offer to refund even some of my $$ for the inconvenience. Rep promised to forward to troubleshooting and said he would "follow the job ticket closely to be sure it's resolved," but I've heard nothing in over a month. Clearly seamless interface is not Amazon's current priority