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Mowat: Never Cry Wolf | [Farley Mowat]

Mowat: Never Cry Wolf

More than half a century ago, the naturalist Farley Mowat accepted an assignment to investigate why wolves were killing Arctic caribou. Mowat’s account of the summer he lived in the frozen tundra alone – studying the wolf population and developing a deep affection for these wild creatures (who were no threat to caribou or man) – is today celebrated as a classic of nature writing, at once a tale of remarkable adventure and an indelible record of the myths and magic of wolves.
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Publisher's Summary

More than half a century ago, the naturalist Farley Mowat accepted an assignment to investigate why wolves were killing Arctic caribou. Mowat’s account of the summer he lived in the frozen tundra alone – studying the wolf population and developing a deep affection for these wild creatures (who were no threat to caribou or man) – is today celebrated as a classic of nature writing, at once a tale of remarkable adventure and an indelible record of the myths and magic of wolves. Never Cry Wolf was made into a major motion picture by Walt Disney Productions.

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©1963 Farley Mowat (P)2010 Naxos Audiobook

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    Billy Bellingen, Australia 12-19-11
    Billy Bellingen, Australia 12-19-11 Member Since 2011
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    "wonderful"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    loved MOWAT'S curiously deep connection to self, with other persons, other creatures and his envirionment that has, ultimatly, brought about a change in the way we (human beings) make sense of the natural world. a wonderfully inspiring, humbling and thought provoking a book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    it's humanity


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

    Sims was Mowat, great stuff!!


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

    an extraordinary accout of one man's capacity for connection much much deeper than 'ordinary humanity'


    Any additional comments?

    sublime

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jenn Toronto, ON, Canada 12-06-12
    Jenn Toronto, ON, Canada 12-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A hilarious challenge to accepted ways of thinking"
    What did you love best about Mowat: Never Cry Wolf?

    It challenges you to examine your beliefs and why you believe them. And while you're doing so, you're laughing your head off. Mowat's dry wit lends itself wonderfully to the uncomfortable realization that we believe things simply because we were told to, not necessarily because they are true.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story itself is beautiful, exciting and heart-touching, a tale that is far away and yet somehow still very close indeed.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The moment in which Mowat decides to reject all his previous knowledge of wolves (which had at that point been proven wrong to him anyway) and view them with a clean slate was particularly touching. Ultimately, that is one of the most difficult (and rewarding) things for humans to do; reject what is "known" for what can be discovered


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good story and a good laugh and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a challenge to their thinking, a change in perspective and an appreciation of the fact that often the most "human" behaviour in nature doesn't come from humans at all.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 10-04-13
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 10-04-13 Member Since 2011

    A part-time buffoon and ersatz scholar specializing in BS, pedantry, schmaltz and cultural coprophagia.

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    "A noble failure and a wild success"

    One of those books that if fun to review because my feelings about it change depending on how I look at it. As a pure book of science reporting/writing, it is probably a noble failure. As a influential environmental book, it is probably a wild success.

    It is controversial (STILL) and entertaining (STILL) and a piece of shit/scat and a piece of art. My kids loved it for all the wrong reasons and I probably hate parts of it for all the wrong reasons. So, yes, I'm glad I read it, but I also recognize that it wasn't perfect (sorry, not many Darwins out there).

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Candice Auburn Hills, MI, United States 10-31-13
    Candice Auburn Hills, MI, United States 10-31-13 Member Since 2009
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    "A Funny Tale for the Whole Family"

    Farley Mowat is a naturalist. When he was young he had an amazing dog and two owls. He wrote about them both, 'Owls in the Family' and ;The Dog Who Wouldn't Be' . In this story, he writes about his experience dealing with bureaucracy and wolves. It is a laugh out loud tale of his study of a family of wolves who have an amazing family hierarchy. It includes an uncle, taking care of pups, who has a brief love affair with a husky. The end is very sad, the government decides to kill off many of the wolves, including those Farley had studied.
    Please buy this book, you will learn an enormous amount about wolves and how a naturalist studies animals. Then Audible will release, 'Owls in the Family' and 'The Dog Who Wouldn't Be' .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chaplin Hawkeye 05-31-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Me against Myself"
    Would you listen to Mowat: Never Cry Wolf again? Why?

    Of course!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    In the Movie and book it is the main character because it is his sense of humor that brings it all to life.


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

    Good enough.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not like the Movie.


    Any additional comments?

    The Movie has been one of my top favorites and shared enthusiastically with friends. The Movie brought my emotions to a peek from the get go. I will have to listen to the book again to get a handle on it. The first time I listened I was working around the house and my Kindle Fire is hard to hear. Me against Myself because that is my way and the story takes me there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Keith NEW WINDSOR, MD, United States 05-11-12
    Keith NEW WINDSOR, MD, United States 05-11-12 Member Since 2005
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    What did you love best about Mowat: Never Cry Wolf?

    This author is absolutely hilarious; it is hard to believe that the events are true.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mowat: Never Cry Wolf?

    When Mowat marked his territory and the wolves respected it. Also the dealings of Mowat with the beauracracy that he worked for are absolutely hilarious especially because they are so true.


    Have you listened to any of Adam Sims???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to other performances by Adams Sims so cannot compare this one to others.


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

    Wolves... Not what you think they are


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Toluca lake, US, Canada 12-11-12
    Ed Toluca lake, US, Canada 12-11-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great story, Farley had a real adventure"
    Would you try another book from Farley Mowat and/or Adam Sims?

    no


    Could you see Mowat: Never Cry Wolf being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    this would be good but you need to fix the end, the end was weak....


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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