James Remsen, Jr. | Lindenhurst, NY USA | 07/18/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"No, that price is not a typo. Yes, this is a five-CD box set of nature sounds, no music included. And, unlike many other "budget" CDs, where you definitely get what you pay for in terms of sound quality, the recordings on these discs are clear and beautiful. If you like nature sounds but don't have a lot of cash, you can pick this box up for the price you would normally pay for ONE disc! The five discs in the box are called "Tropical Rainforest," "Bayou," "Jungle Talk," "Wilderness River," and the sampler. Each features sounds from the particular place described; the sampler includes a short piece from each of the discs plus some others in the "Echoes of Nature" series. It's hard to pick a favorite, but "Bayou," with its bird songs, rumbling alligators, and memorable finale (a frog chorus set against a distant evening thunderstorm) is especially evocative. "Jungle Talk" is great too, but be aware that it is not for relaxing, especially when the howler monkeys start roaring! If you want more listener comments on this series, I suggest you do a search for each of the five CD titles listed above; you will thus find more reviews with specific information on each. Suffice it for me to say that of the bargain nature discs out there, I have not found any that represent a greater value than these. Listen and enjoy!"
Zen De'al | Essex, Md. USA | 12/26/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One of the best things that I liked about this set is that it is all nature. No soft music in the back ground like so many others. You hear the river and the frogs and the thunder and .... I think you get the image. After a lousey day at work and its in the middle of winter I will put the jungle cd in and let it take me and my stress away. If you want just the natural sounds of the wild to help sooth out your day this set is one to get."
Excellent Set of CDs
Calamity Jane | 08/09/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"These nature CDs are a must for those who love them. They lack the usual background music that's so annoyingly prevalent in most nature CDs. The sounds are clear and crisp. There are no "breaks" between the tracks, as one flows easily into the other. This set contains no pops or crackles that are so common in cheaply-produced CDs.
Jungle Talk contains piercing monkey shrieks that aren't very relaxing at bedtime. Play it at the office or while puttering around at home. If you close your eyes you can easily "see" Tarzan, Jane and Cheetah walking hand-in-hand down a jungle path.
The Ocean Waves on the sampler has the best surf sounds I've ever heard on any CD. It sounds more like the night-surf of a lake rather than an ocean. The intensity changes from a giant swell to a distinct and delicate pitter of water on the sand. I'm asleep before the second track begins.
The Bayou is fabulous. If you have the desire, but not the guts to paddle a small boat through a swamp, then this CD is for you. You'll be tempted to dose yourself with mosquito repellant before starting your CD player.
This is a new purchase for me, so I've only briefly listened to the other CDs in this set. So far I'm content to switch between the ones I've mentioned, thus saving the others for another time. From what I've listened to, they are of the same high quality.
This is truly one of those purchases you'll feel good about making."
More fun, but more distracting, than the first
Gene Koo | Cambridge, MA | 04/14/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I've owned this and the first "Echoes of Nature" boxed set for almost 10 years now, primarily as "white noise" to drown out distractions. This second boxed set is a lot more fun than the first, especially if you've never been to the jungle -- pardon the pun, but listening to monkey calls is a real hoot. Unfortunately, that reduces their value as white noise. "Wilderness River" is still great for that purpose, almost as good as "Ocean Waves" from the first set.The other bummer is that the 5th CD is redundant if you already own the first set. But, at this price, you still can't go wrong -- just give it to someone as a gift!"
The Natural Sounds of the Wilderness
Lana Dee | Elkhart, IN USA | 08/19/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Finally. Nature sounds alone. Generally, nature is drowned out by boring "elevator music". Not in this case. The CD's contain actual nature sounds. I find these CD's great to listen to while at work. Very relaxing! "