Dr. Trout takes the listener on a vicarious journey through 24 intimate, heartrending hours in his life. His wry, companionable voice offers enlightening and engaging anecdotes about cuddly (or not-so-cuddly) pets and their variously zany, desperate, and demanding owners. If you've ever had a pet or special place in your heart for furry friends, Dr. Trout's inspiring account of loving and healing animals is for you.
©2008 Nick Trout; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks America
Books on tape -- every commuter's friend. American history is my choice but then, in books, as in music, I'm all over the place.
I happen to be a real James Herriott fan and I suppose I thought, unfairly, that I was going to hear a modern day version of his writing. But, of course, times have changed and it could not be quite the same endearing and folksy writing. That said, Dr Trout's work is fascinating and he is a very kind man. A real animal lover, he clearly favors dogs, which makes him top notch in my book!
Narrator Simon Vance is one of my favorites -- one of his most excellent narrations is Charles Dickens' David Copperfield! And as any audiobook aficionado knows, the narrator quite literally makes or breaks the reading. A terrific narrator can save a mediocre book, but a mediocre narrator cannot save a terrific book.
This book was a very entertaining listen for me, humorous and fast paced enough to keep it ever interesting. Well done.
I don't try write a review as if it were the only review a potential reader will see. I write things that I noticed.
Funny, heartwarming, hopeful
Weaving of many different stories.
Helps to have the dry British accent to remind one that though most of the book happens on this side of the "pond," the writer is a Brit. Adds to the dry British humor. And Simon Vance is just wonderful, as always. He leads the listener by the hand through the intricacies of the language and the stories.
I laughed, I cried, it had cats, (and dogs and a turtle). Actually mostly dogs.
To clarify my title, I refer to James Herriot and the _All Creatures Great and Small_ books, which I love and clearly Nick Trout loves. He refers to the stories and the author (and the TV series) several times. This book brings the spirit of those books to modern, fast-paced veteranary surgery beautifully. It is still about caring for animals (and their humans) and making the difficult calls with both empathy and practical intelligence. (And seeing the humor in between.)
bought this because i love animals and my daughter has two bostons!! sweet book, a bit sad, a bit slow, but ok.
I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel.
This book is about a 24 hour period in this vet's life. There are far more stories about animals than could be seen in 24 hours so as you listen make sure you pick up the patient's name and the time of day.
The sub-stories are all fascinating and I certainly appreciate my vet a lot more after this book. I gave the book a 4 because it took me until mid morning to determine the timing of his day (his mid-morning, not mine) and that the sub stories are only strengthening his tale. This did take some effort for the listening version. Had this been a paper copy it would have been easier to understand because of hard breaks and formatting of the page.
If you have a child that is considering being a vet, what a fantastic book. This was something my late teens were able to fully understand.
Great narration! I loved the British accent.
The story is so well done. Each chapter tells the story of some part of veterinary medicine, from the exotic (literally) to the mundane to the sad. All the while, we follow him though a day of caring for his furry patients. (Not literally one day, but told in that manner.)
The reader is amazing. He does a great job changing voices, including switching accents for the American and Venezuelan vets. The tone is very well done as well, which humor, dryness, or sadness when appropriate.
I wasn't expecting a James Herriot country vet approach so that wasn't an issue although the author seeemed to try and bring in some client experiences in a similar if less successful way. I was hoping for something with more insight into current veterinary practice. However this wasn't it. Perhaps I was expecting too much an Atul Gawande of veterinary medicine. But even on a lighter scale the book is a little too full for me of references to fluffs of blonde hair rising from the seat of the parked pickup, or referring to one of his clients as belonging to the Cleopatra school of make-up, etc. I'm not prudish but some of his client descriptions made me squirm. Padded I felt with awkward attempts at humor and too little content to do with medical practice or how animals experience it. A few moments of insight conveyed but thin in that regard.
I'm about to read Jon Ronson's new book, So You've Been Publically Shamed, and if Henning Mankell's Wallander novels are ever redone by Robin Sachs who read the last Wallander I'd get those in a heart beat.
Yes, I do like Simon Vance and probably overlooked my initial doubt about this book in part because he was the narrator.
Disappointment that it wasn't more substantial or better written, or just lighthearted humor in the day of a vet. Any one of those if not all.
Just an awkwardly written book I think. Maybe it will appeal to some because of the content but as much as I enjoy this sort of content I couldn't get past the author's posturing somehow.
I love Simon Vance's narrations. He adds an element of class, humor and compassion to all his readings. The author, Dr. Trout, brings the same qualities to his writing. If you like the James Herriot books and other day-in-the-life-of veterinary tales, you'll enjoy this book. My only suggestion, and this is minor, is that there could have been more emphasis on animal related tales and less indulgence in philosophizing.
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