The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating (MP3 CD)

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The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating By Elisabeth Tova Bailey, Renee Raudman (Read by) Cover Image
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Felled by a mysterious debilitating illness, the naturalist Elizabeth Tova Bailey can not even raise her head.  She only has enough strength to observe the activity of a wild snail placed on her bedside table by a loving carer.  Watching the deliberate slow activity of her resilient terrestrial companion becomes both her meditation and her life source as her world narrows to the universe of illness. Written over the course of her recovery, this profound and lyrical book is as delicate and beautiful as a Faberge egg.

— Cheryl


Elisabeth Tova Bailey tells the intimate and inspiring story of her year-long encounter with a snail. While an illness keeps her bedridden, she becomes an astute and amused observer of the snail's surprising nocturnal adventures as it lives in a flowerpot on her nightstand. Intrigued by the snail's clear decision making abilities, hydraulic locomotion, mysterious courtship, and molluscan anatomy, Bailey takes the listener deep into the life of this tiny amazing animal. With wit and grace, The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating recounts a remarkable journey of human and gastropod survival and resilience, and shows how the natural world illuminates our own human existence. Winner of the William Saroyan International Prize for Nonfiction, the John Burrough Medal Award for Natural History, and a National Outdoor Book Award. If you enjoyed Wesley the Owl, The Guest Cat, and Marley & Me, you'll enjoy this unique interspecies audiobook listen.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781491589915
ISBN-10: 1491589914
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance
Publication Date: July 7th, 2015
Language: English