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This book was not really a book on dogs, but more a broad book on the development of domestication and socialization of species, dog, chimps, humans.
It was interesting but if you are just looking for something focused on dogs you may want something else like Dog Sense by Bradshaw.
It is a tie between the long bloated intro trying to prove only "they" are the true behaviorists, and the horrible reader that made it sound so very snotty.
Maybe a calm male reader or one that didn't sound so superior and condescending.
The whole "we are on tv" people involved in the book.
I just can't get past the first half hour, it is so condescending and desperate to prove they are on tv and famous as well as the ones not on TV have a large amount of education which makes them the professionals and only having a vet degree, and large amount of education makes them absolutely correct over other people.
I understand they need to prove why they should be acknowledged as professionals and have the education to write the book, but the way they went about it was extremely off putting. the fact they talk down about other behaviorist that are not signed up with them, in a snarky way stating they can't change their ways due to pride, is not very professional and does not instill my faith in them as a professional, because there is too much bias.
I have watched Stillwell's tv show, and I was not very impressed by the way she interacted with the families or the dogs. I did not realize she is associated with the writers of this book until I downloaded it. I am all for positive reinforcement and actually do clicker training with my dogs, thanks to Karen Pryor.
So based on their presentation, I am not confident in the content that may be in the book past their horn tooting. I feel that they come across too biased, and snotty. I will look for more Pryor like books and stay away from crap that tries to hard to be the new kings of the dog behavior world.
If you want to give the book a try, do yourself a favor and skip the intro and don't allow it to cloud your view on the book, and maybe you will enjoy it and find it beneficial.
The book, Science of dogs, is a good substitute if you want an interesting audible dog behavior book.
It was not what I had thought it would be, I enjoyed the suspense and the way the story changed and evolved.
Narration was awesome. All the character's voices fit them, and the narrator did an excellent job of going between chars with out slipping, which really allows me to just fall into the book and enjoy the story.
I wanted to, but it is a nice long book, just don't have that kind of time :) It did have good stopping points where it wasn't too hard to put down and catch back up.
I could not get past the third story, it was really just horribly disjointed maybe it got better, but I just could not continue, not even the narration pulled me in.
May have gotten better after the three I had listened to, the premise was interesting which is why I had picked it. It just didn't work for me.
Yes, I enjoyed her humor and slightly different take on the typical vampire detective superwoman of the night world.
Just the other books in the series that she has read. Performance wasa enjoyable, easy to to get into.
Seemed a bit shorter than the other books, the ending felt rushed, making it feel a bit incomlete or rough.
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