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  • Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Virginia Morell
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter

    Noted science writer Virginia Morell explores the frontiers of research on animal cognition and emotion, offering a surprising and moving exploration into the hearts and minds of wild and domesticated animals. Did you know that ants teach, earthworms make decisions, rats love to be tickled, and chimps grieve? Did you know that some dogs have thousand-word vocabularies and that birds practice songs in their sleep? That crows improvise tools, blue jays plan ahead, and moths remember living as caterpillars?

    Douglas says: ""The Age Of Animals...""
    "Other Ways of Knowing"
    If you could sum up Animal Wise in three words, what would they be?

    Through other minds

    What other book might you compare Animal Wise to and why?

    Mary Austin's The Land of Little Rain for its close perception of nature especially from the view of the nonhuman.

    Which character – as performed by Kirsten Potter – was your favorite?

    I liked the chapter on elephants very much.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, it is that engaging. And each chapter reports on different animals, so it holds your interest.

    Any additional comments?

    This is a very good introduction to recent developments in the study of animal cognition.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Swann's Way

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By John Rowe

    Swann's Way is the first volume of Proust's supreme masterpiece, the seven-part novel entitled Remembrance of Things Past. In it, Proust recalls the early youth of Charles Swann in the small town of Combray as seen through the eyes of the narrator. It then shifts to Swann himself, now a fashionable man caught up in turn-of-the-century Paris and a tortured love affair.

    Cheryl says: "A masterpiece, brilliantly read"
    "Minority Report"
    What did you like best about Swann's Way? What did you like least?

    While I recognize the intellectual and literary skill of Proust, I'm sure I am in the minority of educated readers who find Swann's Way tedious, even with the frequent interesting insights into mental functioning, as in the famous "madeleine" passage. Perhaps I am too old to enjoy coming-of-age narratives, and perhaps I've read too many British novels to enjoy yet one more set of eccentric aunts and grandparents. In any case, reading/listening to the whole of Proust is more of a life commitment than I am willing to make.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Marcel Proust again?


    Have you listened to any of John Rowe’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but he does a good job with this novel.

    Could you see Swann's Way being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Don't care to see this happen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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