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Tell Me Where It Hurts: Humor, Healing and Hope in my Life as an Animal Surgeon | [Dr. Nick Trout]

Tell Me Where It Hurts: Humor, Healing and Hope in my Life as an Animal Surgeon

From the frontlines of modern medicine, Tell Me Where it Hurts is a fascinating insider portrait of a veterinarian, his furry patients, and the blend of old-fashioned instincts and cutting-edge technology that defines pet care in the 21st century. Dr. Trout takes the listener on a vicarious journey through 24 intimate, heartrending hours in his life.
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From the frontlines of modern medicine, Tell Me Where It Hurts is a fascinating insider portrait of a veterinarian, his furry patients, and the blend of old-fashioned instincts and cutting-edge technology that defines pet care in the 21st century.

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

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    ButterLegume Middletown, MD, United States 04-18-13
    ButterLegume Middletown, MD, United States 04-18-13

    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.

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    "So close, yet not quite."

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tina Nibley, UT, United States 06-11-10
    Tina Nibley, UT, United States 06-11-10 Member Since 2007

    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.

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    "Very Good, but busy"

    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.

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    Kimberly M. Beer 01-25-10 Member Since 2009
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    "A good listen for animal lovers."

    This book was a very entertaining listen for me, humorous and fast paced enough to keep it ever interesting. Well done.

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    Regina Woodland Park, CO, United States 01-01-10
    Regina Woodland Park, CO, United States 01-01-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Great Book"

    Enjoyed this book. Great narrator also.

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    history buff louisiana 08-26-09
    history buff louisiana 08-26-09 Member Since 2008

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    "great topic, slow listening"

    bought this because i love animals and my daughter has two bostons!! sweet book, a bit sad, a bit slow, but ok.

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    Alice 10-22-14
    Alice 10-22-14 Member Since 2011

    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.

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    "Modern, urban, fast-paced, semi-American Herriot"
    If you could sum up Tell Me Where It Hurts in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, heartwarming, hopeful


    What did you like best about this story?

    Weaving of many different stories.


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I laughed, I cried, it had cats, (and dogs and a turtle). Actually mostly dogs.


    Any additional comments?

    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.)

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    KB Maryland 07-12-12
    KB Maryland 07-12-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Very ententertaining, very well written"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Tell Me Where It Hurts to be better than the print version?

    I found the audio edition of this book to be better then the printed version because it allowed me to sit back "see" the animal clinic and how the patient, the client and the doctor interacted. Simon Vance makes the book LIVE and allow a depth to the book I wouldn't have gotten if I read it in print.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The different voices held my attention. The story talks about the emotional needs our animals meet. It explains how different people can develop different points of view on treating our animals like our human families.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The true story in the life of animals!


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    Linda Colebrook, NH, United States 01-16-10
    Linda Colebrook, NH, United States 01-16-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Tell Me Where It Hurts"

    I kind of expected this book to be hilarius like a James Harriot novel but it wasn't. Didn't finish it. Linda

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    Caryl SPRING VALLEY, MN, United States 12-21-09
    Caryl SPRING VALLEY, MN, United States 12-21-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Very entertaining"

    Loved the detail and the writing

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    Luci Zahray texas, usa 12-13-09
    Luci Zahray texas, usa 12-13-09 Member Since 2009
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    "a bite of fun"

    Dr Nick Trout condenses years of experience into a day packed with thrilling surgerys, post-op complications, the bitter sadness of death and the overriding joy of recovery. As a senior surgeon for a teaching veterinary hospital, Dr Trout sees an interesting varity of cases and animals; he also surpervises students. He and we share the anxiety of a case that isn't going well and learn from the trust and love of the animals for whom he .

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