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H Is for Hawk

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Helen MacDonald

Narrated By: Helen MacDonald

Date: March 2015

Duration: 11 hours 9 minutes


When Helen Macdonald'sfather died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated. An experiencedfalconer captivated by hawks since childhood, she'd never before been temptedto train one of the most vicious predators: the goshawk. But in her grief, shesaw that the goshawk's fierce and feral anger mirrored her own. Resolving topurchase and raise the deadly creature as a means to cope with her loss, sheadopted Mabel and turned to the guidance of The Once and Future King author T. H. White's chronicle The Goshawk to begin her journey into Mabel's world. Projectingherself "in the hawk's wild mind to tame her" tested the limits ofMacdonald's humanity.

By turns heartbreaking andhilarious, this book is an unflinching account of bereavement, a unique look atthe magnetism of an extraordinary beast, and the story of an eccentric falconerand legendary writer. Weaving together obsession, madness, memory, myth, andhistory, H Is for Hawk is adistinctive, surprising blend of nature writing and memoir from a very giftedwriter.


  • Cold Country

    A forlorn woman's memoir of bereavement begins well, with her memories and comparisons with the life of TH White, but her constant evaluation of every thought, word, and deed quickly becomes tedious, as she slowly devolves into grim self-indulgence and an excuse to behave badly.At first I had compassion for her, but by the end I disliked her justification for every sort of rudeness and demands on other people. Would not recommended this book unless one has a particular interest in training hawks.

  • Nancy Krehlik

    The first time I listened to this book, I didn't like it very much. The narrator's voice did not hold my interest. I decided to listen to it again and to listen intently. This time I find the book captivating. If ins the information about Hawks / Goshawks very interesting. I am enjoying the author's story along with T.H. White's story . So glad I gave it a second chance!

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