When I first saw this book, it came with the advice that one should not read it if one were in a place where sudden fits of uncontrollable laughter were frowned upon. What good advice that was. The story is an absolute stitch and the narrator perfect for it. I most heartily recommend it.
Finally, someone who realizes a dog is not a wolf in dog's clothing! Excellent in every way, and makes me appreciate my dogs all the more. Thank you, Dr. Berns!
What a breath of fresh air this book is! A non-technical book on the relationship between humans and animals that does not have a radical agenda is hard to find these days, and so I got this book with some trepidation. This book covers all aspects of the relations of humans and animals, to try to arrive at the how and why. It offers well-done research, clearly explained, and has been a delight to listen to from beginning to end. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
I heard about these books after hearing an interview with the author on the BBC. I thought the books would be interesting, but didn't anticipate lying in bed until 2 am still plugged in to my iPod, because I couldn't wait to hear what happened next. The story abounds with wonderful characters, excellent twists of plot and a well-researched ambiance. I'm looking forward to listening to the entire Matthew Shardlake series.
Up until now I have listened to all of Dan Brown's books pretty much in one go. There have always been interesting puzzles and characters you either quickly like or quickly love to loathe. This book, however, was an enormous disappointment. None of the characters engaged me much and puzzles were thin on the ground. The book reads as if it were meant to be the foundation of a screenplay. I'm sure the content would make a good movie, but as an entertaining read, it simply failed.
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