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This book will appeal to all who love real life adventure stories set in faraway, exotic places, particularly if the protagonist travels to do good works. The author is in Africa to study the little known Bonobo, almost identical looking to their primate cousins the Chimpanzee, but oh so different in several notable ways. Where Chimps are competitive and can be violent, Bonobos work together in peaceful groupings and use sexual contact for almost every type of emotion and communication, including with their human caregivers. You will fall in love with these quirky, delicate and loving creatures.
I love animal stories and was fascinated to learn about the Bonobo. I loved the author's sense of humor and compassion.
There is an episode where a female Bonobo develops a strong crush on the author's husband, also a researcher, and is hilariously demonstrative in her advances. Woods humorously recounts how astonished she is to realize she's insanely jealous of this competing female's attention to her beloved!
The scientific experiments that showed Bonobos innately cooperate with one another without being taught were fascinating. I laughed out loud at several of the passages depicting the sexual activity by the Bonobos: they have sex constantly with random members of their social group from an extremely young age, as casually as humans shake hands. And they not-so-subtly request that humans touch them in certain places as this is their customary way of greeting one another. Obviously this can create some awkward moments which the author, and talented reader Eyre, treat with humor and grace.
Much better than I expected! Murder mystery/thriller is not normally my genre of choice and I'd never read Crais, but this is an engaging story that will keep you listening and on the edge of your seat.
Can't think of another book to compare this to: the story is a combination of murder mystery thriller, human and dog PTSD tale, and story of loyal companionship.
Drill-sergeant style police canine corps director Leland was the best! Andrews read him beautifully, with the perfect combination of sternness and heart. His dogs love him, his human charges fear him.
"We can all heal."
Loved, loved, LOVED the insight into canine training for bomb-sniffing and police work. As a lifelong doggie lover I am amazed to learn what our loving companions are capable of!
Rob Lowe is a bright and articulate guy who (sorry to be trite) is so much more than a pretty face. It's almost heart rending that he's been written off as a pretty boy when he has a lot to say about politics, human nature, addiction, integrity and so much more.
Lowe recounts many, many fascinating and funny Hollywood stories. He dishes the dirt from behind the scenes without trashing anyone: very classy. But the best part: who knew he did such dead on impressions of just about everyone in Hollywood? I advise listeners that this is one book you'll want to listen to rather than read so you get the full effect of Lowe's take on Cary Grant, Patrick Swayze and many more.
Witty YA lit tale that deals with date rape, body image and first sexual encounters.
Anais' first kiss with Froggy, how she fell on and off her diet, her relationship with her faraway older sister.
Parker is very believable as a teen and as a listener you forget she is not Anais herself.
I listened to this book over a few weeks while I had time in my car and it was very easy to pick up where I left off without a lot of memory jogging. A relaxed, undemanding story.
I expected "The Giver" to be a "kid's book." Technically it is, but any adult could appreciate this book. The Giver depicts a future world defined by utter conformity, which reminded me of Orwell's 1984, and had me thinking about this book for a long time. The reading level is certainly accessible to a 4th or 5th grader; but I'd recommend reading or listening to this with your kids so you can discuss and review the content. Nothing objectionable: it's just really deep, with an emphasis on thinking for oneself, with an uplifting message.
I'm not sure what I expected when I was steered to reading (or more accurately, listening to) this book for my monthly book club. But what a delightful surprise! Troost's literary voice is fact-filled yet witty, sometimes zany, in the style of Nick Hornby. His descriptions of the amazing contrasts found in this incredibly remote South Pacific atoll - bleak poverty, unthinkable sanitary conditions alongside endearing characters and unimaginable natural beauty - led me to seek out more information and photos of Tarawa and the rest of Kirabati (formerly known as The Gilbert Islands). Troost's often hilarious asides, read with droll Brithish-ness by narrator Simon Vance, had me laughing out loud more than once. If you like travelogue with a strong side dish of humor, I highly recommend this book!
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