Calls Beyond Our Hearing

Unlocking the Secrets of Animal Voices

Holly Menino

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A worldwide journey through the mystery and science of animal communication.
 
Calls Beyond Our Hearing is a fascinating exploration of animals, their voices, and their survival. Traveling from Panama to England, Africa to Puerto Rico, Quebec to America, Holly Menino learns from scientists, explorers, and cutting-edge studies about a wide variety of animal species as they feed, play, fight, mate, and communicate for survival. Voice by voice, researchers assemble the building blocks of animal communication, such as:
 
--How tungara frogs distinguish one mate from thousands of suitors
--The purposeful song duets of rare birds in a remote island wilderness
--England's iconic red deer and the interloper that is diluting the species
--How meerkats gather, warn or help each other, and reject outsiders with vocalizations
--The communication of elephants in close groups and across great distances
 
Calls Beyond Our Hearing will engage anyone interested in the musical world of creatures, and what animal communication can teach us about our own voices and songs.

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Sheila Jordan and the Mockingbird
 
 
This book begins with a concert and, three years later, a horseback-riding accident. The concert was a vivid experience of a woman’s singing, and it impressed on me what a powerful and pliant tool the voice is. The riding accident left me with a grade 3 concussion and an uncomfortable awareness of how fragile perception is.
First, the concert. In the summer of 2002 I am sitting in the audience for a concert that caps off the Jazz in July workshops at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

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"A charming meditation on the world of sound."--Kirkus Reviews

"With her literate and lively style, [Menino] makes her book a scientific page-turner... Inviting, rigorous and balanced." --The Washington Post

"Fascinating."--Tucson Citizen Review

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CALLS BEYOND OUR HEARING by Holly Menino | Kirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of CALLS BEYOND OUR HEARING Unlocking the Secrets of Animal Voices. Suffering from a concussion and hearing loss in the aftermath of a serious fall from her horse, Smithsonian and National Geographic contributor Menino (Mr. Darwin's Fox and My Coyote, 2008, etc.) was drawn to explore the fragility of perception.
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Holly Menino

HOLLY MENINO is the author of two previous books, Forward Motion and Darwin's Fox and My Coyote. A contributor to Smithsonian and National Geographic, she has served as editorial director and contributor on numerous public radio features on the natural world. She lives in New York.

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Calls Beyond Our Hearing
Unlocking the Secrets of Animal Voices
Holly Menino

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St. Martin's Press
April 2012
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429942362
ISBN10: 1429942363
272 pages
$7.99

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Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
April 2012
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312587574
ISBN10: 0312587570
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 272 pages
$25.99

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
April 2012
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250022301
ISBN10: 1250022304
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 272 pages
$17.99
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