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The Sense of Wonder

Written by: Rachel Carson
Narrated by: Kaiulani Lee
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Publisher's Summary

"If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in." -Rachel Carson

First published more than 50 years ago, this award-winning classic brings Rachel Carson's unique vision to a new generation of listeners. The Sense of Wonder is Carson's intimate account of adventures with her young nephew, Roger, as they enjoy walks along the rocky coast of Maine and through dense forests and open fields, observing wildlife, strange plants, moonlight, and storm clouds, and listening to the "living music" of insects in the underbrush. It is a refreshing antidote to indifference and a guide to capturing the simple power of discovery that Carson views as essential to life.

The Sense of Wonder is a timeless volume that will be passed on from children to grandchildren, as treasured as the memory of an early-morning walk when the song of a whippoorwill was heard as if for the first time.

©1956 Rachel L. Carson (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

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Loved it. Live closer to the nature

The story was a too short tbh but it was something we should care about "the lasting sense of wonder". Great performance

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  • Jefferson
  • 24-03-12

The Pleasure and Wonder of the Natural World

After finishing Stephen King's post-apocalypse epic fantasy The Stand, I needed something beautiful, uplifting, healthy, delightful, and short--something like Rachel Carson's The Sense of Wonder. As she remembers her rambles along the Maine coast and woods with her young nephew Roger, Carson writes a paean to the beauty of the world, to the magic of nature, and to the wonder of life. She writes a down to earth and ethereal manual that inspires you to open your eyes, ears, nostrils, and hands with the clear senses and enthusiastic mind of a child.

It's a poignant audiobook. I'm happy without children of my own, but listening to Carson sharing with her nephew the pleasure and wonder of things like booming and froth-throwing ocean waves at night, "sand-colored, fleet-legged" ghost crabs on the beach, "deep and springy" lichens in the rainy woods, and migrating birds flying "from darkness into darkness" across the moon, moved me to tears of joy and longing.

The Sense of Wonder is filled with beautiful and vivid descriptions, as when Carson and Roger find the source of some "living music: a creature of palest green, with wings as white and insubstantial as moonlight." The most important thing is not to know the names of what we find in the earth, sea, and sky, but rather to feel everything fully. The 32 minutes of The Sense of Wonder have more of the richness of life than do the 48 hours of The Stand.

Kaiulani Lee reads Carson's words like an ideal warm and wise aunt or grandmother.

If you have kids, The Sense of Wonder will inspire you to nurture and participate in the tingling awareness they have of the natural world. If you have no kids, The Sense of Wonder will remind you of your childhood's vast and pure perception of that world. The audiobook is like the "fairy bell ringer," the secretive insect whose "inexpressibly clear and silvery" song, "so faint, so barely-to-be-heard that you hold your breath as you bend closer," so thrilled Carson to hear and not to find.

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  • E.B.
  • 11-09-15

Wonderful thoughts

I should have noticed that this was barely 30 minute long reading. I was so much hoping for more for the price.
Still, it's a gem.

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  • John
  • 09-05-21

a beautiful essay of love

The beauty spoken and unspoken in this essay by Rachel Carson makes me yearn for my childhood and for a deeper closeness with my own.

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  • Rachel J.
  • 31-08-21

Eternally uplifting

This is an absolutely beautiful essay that will give you pause and make the practice of mindfulness and awareness seem simple and obvious. It is so brief and so beautifully read that I would encourage people to listen to it every now and again to remember how to love this world and this life. We do not get to choose if we wake up in the morning, but we can choose to celebrate every morning we are alive, and choose to be alive.

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  • Charlotte S.
  • 17-06-21

“Sense of Wonder” important?

Such an enjoyable read! The perspective of Ms Carson is absolutely wonderful to hear, and The narrator was gentle and relaxing in her reading. Highly recommend!

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  • anyqvist
  • 17-05-21

The Sense of Wonder

Beautifully written by Rachel Carson and beautifully read by Kaiulani Lee! I highly recommend this book.

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  • JennyStinny
  • 10-01-23

Beautiful words

Beautiful words. The entire piece is Heart warming. More parents need to read this book in 2023.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-12-22

Beautifully narrated!

I loved the narrator's voice and the story. Great reminder to stay curious in this one wild and precious life.

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  • Tiffany Maurer
  • 28-12-22

Short and sweet

This very short book reminded me of how important it is to experience the natural world through the eyes of a child from time to time. Teach your children to keep their sense of wonder throughout life. We often lose it as an adult and sometimes steal it away from our children. After listening, I can't wait to go spend more time in nature.

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  • Nannan
  • 28-11-22

What a delight!

I have enjoyed this reading of Rachel Carson’s book, The Sense Of Wonder, three times in a week. I find the reader’s voice, and the words she reads, so relaxing, so inspiring, motivational and actually anxiety reducing. It is now my meditation and one I can fall asleep to when I have trouble going back to sleep after waking at 2:00am with the concerns of the world on my mind. Thank you.

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  • Linda
  • 27-10-18

Makes you want to go outside and explore right now

I loved this book! Very short, but very inspiring! I was listening to it on a rainy and cold October night and it literally made me want to wake up my son and go outside exploring. Definitely makes me want to take my kids out in the nature more often and pay attention to the little details. There are so many ideas in this book on things to do and to talk about! Made me remember my childhood when my grandmother took me gathering herbal teas in the meadows and looking for edible mushrooms in the forests. I still know all the names of all wild flowers although I cant remember learning them or being thought what each flower is called. This book will inspire you to give your child a gift I was given as a kid.

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  • Shannon7
  • 21-01-23

Short but beautiful

Really lovely short book which inspires the listener to pay attention to the detail of the natural world around us. The specific knowledge of animal and plant names are not important, what is important is the acknowledgement of life and it’s processes.

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  • PPG
  • 29-12-22

Beautiful

This was like listening to a magical meditation

The narration was perfect. My dog was listening and went to sleep so peacefully. A treasure

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  • Debbie Hall
  • 28-12-22

a lovely half hour of inspiration

Picked on a whim from the freebies, because I liked the title, this lovely half hour on nature based wonder would definitely encourage me to seek out other things by the same author

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  • Kevski
  • 21-12-22

Fabulous glorious wonderful

A simple and eloquent way to describe and take in and share our surroundings and experiences.
The warmth of this work is amazing. In content and portrayal too. Beautiful.

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  • Richard
  • 19-12-22

Lovely words

A lovely story of the appreciation of nature for child and adult and the natural world and its beauty that we should all allow ourselves the time to take notice too.

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  • BellaMG
  • 12-12-22

made me cry from its simple beauty

All I can advise is that you read this book. listen to it and read it and gift it.

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  • Ferry41
  • 30-08-22

Plea for us all to go out and enjoy nature!

This is not a long book. However, it is very useful to remind us how many amazing things are very close by if we will only go out and notice them. The migrating birds outside of our apartment window. The small worlds within worlds on the forest floor. She reminds us that these wonders can be discovered anywhere. Even by going to a small local park. Recommended!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-08-22

Great!

I am really like this audio book. nice content. excellent narration in this content.
Fantastic story

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  • Heather Matuozzo
  • 22-06-22

Beautiful

Such an invitation to look at what is under your nose... Peaceful and evocative.

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  • Stephen Tollestrup
  • 06-01-23

wonderful

A gorgeous 30 minute meditation on the things that matter in our lives and world.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-03-22

the way home for our children away from maddness

there are many paths to the centre. this mode of awareness of cognitive freedom is truly joyful and filled with meaning. thankyou Rachel, again your light touches my heart and soul