©2009 Temple Grandin; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
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.
I LOVE audiobooks. Audible is the only way I read my favorite books.
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.
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.
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!
Give real life examples. Something to bring you into the book
I don't think a narrator could help the book
don't buy it
Temple Grandin's down to earth views on animal behavior and the stories of various animals.
How to read your animal and teach tricks.
I very much enjoyed Temple Grandin's views on animal behaviour and habits. She was reasonable and explained her views well. I learned from this book and will remember them for a lifetime.
It's somewhere in the middle. Not a favorite genre but it was a great book to listen to, ultimately.
No. She does a nice job. She keeps your interest, even during the slower, less-interesting topics.
It made me think a lot about animal welfare and what I could do to improve things and bring awareness.
Not in this case. I have heard the author speak in person and would have enjoyed the book more if it had been her voice. The reader was not familiar enough with the material to make it sound convincing.
Who else but Temple Grandin could have written this book? This book is her.
Mediocre. Lifeless. Uninformed.
When Temple talks about her childhood. She could have turned out to be a bitter, lonely person. It's amazing what she learned and what we can all learn from her.
Once again, Temple Grandin has taken us into her world in which she understands animals. I will never look at a zoo animal or farm animal the same!! We have friends who are sheepherds - and I have a new appreciation for the excellence of the way they practice their profession!
Interesting book, at times too academic (which is understandable, given the research-basis tone of the subject). Most of the ideas (findings by the author) are not new; the likes of encouragement over punishment, quality of life etc. The final chapter/epilogue seems to be the most important message of the whole book, a pledge for all people (e.g. handlers, pets' owner) to provide animals a better life. It is my deepest hope that human mankind will get this.
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