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Animals Make Us Human | [Temple Grandin]

Animals Make Us Human

From renowned scientist and animal welfare advocate Temple Grandin, this groundbreaking book is a clarion call to awareness of the inner lives of humankind's far-too-often mistreated and neglected companions. Based on research spanning over 30 years, these stunning insights into the very real emotions and thoughts of animals are sure to be a source of fascination and inspiration.
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From renowned scientist and animal welfare advocate Temple Grandin, this groundbreaking book is a clarion call to awareness of the inner lives of humankind's far-too-often mistreated and neglected companions. Based on research spanning over 30 years, these stunning insights into the very real emotions and thoughts of animals are sure to be a source of fascination and inspiration.

©2009 Temple Grandin; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

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    CHESTER LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 07-09-14
    CHESTER LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 07-09-14 Member Since 2007

    Chet Yarbrough, an audio book addict, exercises two cocker spaniels twice a day with an Ipod in his pocket and earbuds in his ears. Hope these few reviews seduce the public into a similar obsession but walk safely and be aware of the unaware.

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    "ANIMALS’ FEAR, PANIC, & RAGE"

    Temple Grandin was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2. With the help of her parents and teachers, Grandin overcame communication difficulties created by autism. After receiving masters and doctoral degrees in animal science, Grandin has worked as a consultant to large slaughter houses and zoos to improve the quality of life for soon-to-be slaughtered cattle and imprisoned wildlife.

    As an educator, biologist, and writer, Grandin acknowledges the cycle of life but argues that humans do not have to be cruel when raising livestock, slaughtering animals, or confining animal’ species in restricted environments. Grandin proposes improvements in animal husbandry; particularly for animals grown to be slaughtered but also animals confined to zoos and nature preserves.

    Grandin and Johnson’s fundamental insight is that humans need to observe their animals to understand what they like, what they fear, what causes panic and rage, and how humans can make them happy within the circumstances of their lives.

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    Mary Janesville, WI, United States 08-06-12
    Mary Janesville, WI, United States 08-06-12
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    "Everyone should read Temple Grandin's books"

    Temple Grandin has a beautiful insight into the behavior of animals. She is not overly sentimental, but instead of clearly interested in all animals being treated with dignity and respect. This book makes me want to read all of her other books.

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    D. Martin Rockville, MD USA 07-01-12
    D. Martin Rockville, MD USA 07-01-12
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    "Start with Animals in Translation"

    I love Temple Grandin's writing. She's just one of those people who makes fascinating observations of the world. Her curatorial sense of what's interesting and worthy to share is spot on. For example: wolves in the wild are not, in spite of everything we hear, pack animals. Wolves prefer to live in nuclear families.

    That being said, Animals in Translation is the better of her two animal books. (She also wrote Thinking in Pictures about autism.) AMUH is more of a guide about specific animals. She goes through them in sequence: dogs, cats, horses, cows, pigs, chickens. If you're looking for a manual with specifics for your pet, or if you're a professional who works with animals, this is the more appropriate book. If you're more curious for insights into animal behavior and what it can teach us about our own humanity, Animals in Translation is definitely the place to start. If you like that, this book is enjoyable too, but understand that it's more of a how-to manual for interacting with different types of animals, and packs fewer fascinating new ideas per hour than AiT.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    chc4 05-14-10
    chc4 05-14-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Lifechanging"

    I loved this book. She is so totally amazing in her understanding of animals and human nature. People who eat meat should be required to listen to this book, then they would make sure that the animals they consume (especially chickens) are treated humanely.

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    John Dona Ana, NM, USA 08-04-09
    John Dona Ana, NM, USA 08-04-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Animals - why are they here?"

    The narrator is just not too lively. The book is not too lively. I'm more than 1/2 way through and I have yet to hear anything that is suggestive of the title - unless, we recognize our humanity by (a) owning or caging any animal we desire to own or cage; and (b) once we have them caged we have to learn how to continue to keep them caged successfully. Somewhere in the owning and caging I missed the part that supports doing those acts makes us human. The attitude that we can own and cage any animal that is not human somehow makes me feel a little less human. Learning tricks to continue to keep them caged successfully makes me feel a little bit sick not human. I will finish reading/listening to this book but I think the author is now on an uphill battle to try and successfully pull this off.

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    Leissa Converse, TX, United States 01-20-14
    Leissa Converse, TX, United States 01-20-14 Member Since 2005

    I LOVE audiobooks. Audible is the only way I read my favorite books.

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    "I loved this book."

    I liked listening to the way Ms. Grandin thinks. Also, Andrea Gallo does a good job of expressing Ms. Grandin's thought. Temple Grandin has had an amazing career in animal science and really enjoyed the way this book made the reader look at the world from the animal's point of view.

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    Amazon Customer Washington, DC 12-03-13
    Amazon Customer Washington, DC 12-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Childish writing and whimsical observations"
    What disappointed you about Animals Make Us Human?

    The writing was amateur. I have read Grandin's other works and felt they adequately reflected her intelligence and keen observations. This book just seemed to be full of cute little stories about animals that were more whimsy than rooted in scientific research. As others have mentioned, it's also repetitive and poorly organized. She seems to meander around an idea, or title a section/chapter a certain way, and only peripherally touch on the subject. Just not well writtten at all.

    Throughout, Grandin refers to "a woman I know" as "a lady I know" (or even more annoying, as the "shelter lady" for a woman running an animal shelter). This use of "lady" got under my skin for some reason. It just sounded like a kid was recounting a story and didn't have sufficient details to really tell it well. I also got annoyed when just about every sentence seemed to begin with "I think..." Of course we know this is what you think -- your name is on the book! The narrator's peculiar lilt while saying "I think" also made it sound like a little kid was reading from a script and emphasizing in all the wrong places. Little things like that just made the book lack dignity and sophistication.

    The book is sorely in need of an editor who can do Grandin's observations justice.


    Has Animals Make Us Human turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not at all.


    What didn’t you like about Andrea Gallo’s performance?

    She didn't have much to work with since the writing was very childlike. Another reviewer called it "junior highschoolish." I would agree with that. Simple sentences, phrases, and references to women as "ladies" made it sound like she was speaking to children. The narrator spoke so slowly I had to speed the track up just to tolerate it. She overemphasized certain words such that I felt like I was being read a bedtime story. I don't blame this reading entirely on the narrator, since, as I said, she didn't have a lot to work with in the first place.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Martha Humphreys Montana, USA 11-24-13
    Martha Humphreys Montana, USA 11-24-13

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    "Temple's genius enriches the rest of us"

    Whether Temple's assumptions about animals' emotions, comfort levels, and communication are accurate or not...no matter, as the entertainment value of this listen is high. If you love animals, you'll enjoy this book.

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    Cyndie Stevens Arlington, TX, US 05-05-13
    Cyndie Stevens Arlington, TX, US 05-05-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Animal Psychobabble!"

    This doctor spends too many words anthropomorphizing everything form dogs to ducks! She takes several unnecessary shots at Cesar Milan and makes several misstatements of fact such as information about the links between dogs and wolves.

    I think the title is misleading. I expected to read a book about the way animals help people be more human and humane, about the positive effects they have on us, etc. That is not at all what this book is about. The authors waxes nostalgic about the good old days when dogs ran free and were so much happier. This notion seems to be based on her childhood dog's behavior. She also manages to mention her diagnosis of autism at least in every chapter.

    She has done some interesting research but when I looked for peer reviewed information on her research or other research that backed up her findings, I couldn't find too much.

    It was so bad I couldn't finish it!

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Gail SANTA CLAUS, IN, United States 03-20-13
    Gail SANTA CLAUS, IN, United States 03-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "not what I thought"
    What would have made Animals Make Us Human better?

    boring


    What could Temple Grandin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Give real life examples. Something to bring you into the book


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I don't think a narrator could help the book


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    don't buy it

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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