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The Tiger Audiobook

The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival

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Publisher's Summary

It’s December 1997, and a man-eating tiger is on the prowl outside a remote village in Russia’s Far East. The tiger isn’t just killing people, it’s annihilating them, and a team of men and their dogs must hunt it on foot through the forest in the brutal cold. As the trackers sift through the gruesome remains of the victims, they discover that these attacks aren’t random: the tiger is apparently engaged in a vendetta. Injured, starving, and extremely dangerous, the tiger must be found before it strikes again.

As he re-creates these extraordinary events, John Vaillant gives us an unforgettable portrait of this spectacularly beautiful and mysterious region. We meet the native tribes who for centuries have worshipped and lived alongside tigers, even sharing their kills with them. We witness the arrival of Russian settlers in the 19th and early 20th centuries, soldiers and hunters who greatly diminished the tiger populations. And we come to know their descendants, who, crushed by poverty, have turned to poaching and further upset the natural balance of the region.

This ancient, tenuous relationship between man and predator is at the very heart of this remarkable book. Throughout, we encounter surprising theories of how humans and tigers may have evolved to coexist, how we may have developed as scavengers rather than hunters, and how early Homo sapiens may have fit seamlessly into the tiger’s ecosystem. Above all, we come to understand the endangered Siberian tiger, a highly intelligent super-predator that can grow to 10 feet long, weigh more than 600 pounds, and range daily over vast territories of forest and mountain.

Beautifully written and deeply informative, The Tiger circles around three main characters: Vladimir Markov, a poacher killed by the tiger; Yuri Trush, the lead tracker; and the tiger himself. It is an absolutely gripping tale of man and nature that leads inexorably to a final showdown in a clearing deep in the taiga.

©2010 John Vaillant (P)2010 Random House

What the Critics Say

“Suspenseful and majestically narrated.... Vaillant has written a mighty elegy that leads readers into the lair of the tiger and into the heart of the Kremlin to explain how the Amur tiger went from being worshipped to being poached.” (Publishers Weekly)

The Tiger is the sort of book I very much like and rarely find.... In addition to tiger lore and scalding adventure, Vaillant shows us Russia’s far east and its inhabitants, their sometimes desperate lives interwoven with the economics of poaching and the politics of wildlife conservation. I was startled to learn about the zapovedniks and Russia’s primary place in global conservation. This is a book not only for adventure buffs, but for all of us interested in wildlife habitat preservation.” (Annie Proulx)

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    gerald miller wilmington,de. 11-10-15
    gerald miller wilmington,de. 11-10-15 Member Since 2009

    Gerald Francis Miller

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    Decent docudrama of the story of The Russian Far East and the tortured hunt for a man eating tiger. This is great if you want to know something if the Russian Far East and the tough people who live there. The Siberian Tiger and poachers who hunt in the region.

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    Laura 10-29-15
    Laura 10-29-15
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    "Too long"

    This 12 hour book would have been a great 6 hour book. There is just too much fill! The so called "Vengeance" of the Tiger crosses the line into anthropomorphism - the reference to the tiger's "sentient teeth" is beyond that.

    The author reads very well.

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    Jimmy Beans J 06-16-15

    Books are the file which remove the edges we all accumulate from day to day collisions with life. Lt. Gen. Marcus T. Leaf

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    "an immense amount of learning disguised as fun"

    a great way to waste away an afternoon or two. edge of the seat action which explores and explains all the details in and leading up to the main event which happens to be a tiger turned man eater in far eastern Russia during the mid nineties. The author who is also the reader lets his love of the subjects carry him away and often we the readers/listeners are forced to explore every cul de sac and avenue of events which he feels might provide context for his story. the fact that it actually does makes it fairly easy to forgive his one or two more questionable escapades. overall a very good read well worth the effort and richly rewarding for those who take it up.

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    BullBoxerInc.99 06-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Russia and Tigers"

    The book was well written and very informative. Many deep concepts that are interesting. Jumped to different points from time to time, but was overall very informative.

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    Bonnie 05-24-15
    Bonnie 05-24-15 Member Since 2008
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    "great book remember it is a true story"

    this book was exciting and revealed a lot about tigers and about how they are viewed by different cultures

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    LADY 02-20-15
    LADY 02-20-15 Member Since 2015

    I have been with audible long before they had an app for your phone. I no longer have Insomnia... what a blessing!!!

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    "I could't even finish the book"
    Any additional comments?

    If you are a hunter and like Nonfiction... go for it.... not my type of book.

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    EmmySkimmy 02-08-15
    EmmySkimmy 02-08-15
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    "Tantalising"

    My father mentioned this book to me in 2010 and how much he enjoyed it. I too have a love and interest in tigers. I have tried to read it several times, over the past five years, but other things such as small children and illness have detoured my efforts. Thank goodness for audibles; now I have the enjoyment of listening to books like this intriguing tale of the Amour tiger, the beauty and hardship of Eastern Russia, and the intertwined relationship of tiger, man, and environment. All of this swirling in my head between my ears as I clean the house, do laundry, drive my 30 min commute to work, or while I am hiking in the forrest surrounding my neighborhood. It was wonderfully written and read.

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    Pavel 01-10-15
    Pavel 01-10-15 Member Since 2013

    P.K.

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    "A great book!"

    The Tiger is definitely among my ten most favorite books. I highly recommend it to anyone.

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    Jim 12-16-14
    Jim 12-16-14 Member Since 2012
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    "1990s russia with a little Tiger thrown in"
    What disappointed you about The Tiger?

    I thought I purchased a book about a killer tiger but instead I got a sociopolitical lesson on Russia


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure......I am a little gun shy at the moment from getting burned on this book. I think I will just listed to my podcasts for a few days.


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Vaillant’s performances?

    absolutely not!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    boredom


    Any additional comments?

    I lasted 7 chapters and decided to cut my losses. I promised myself, if the next chapter starts off with anything other than the actual story that was promised, I have to walk away. If you dig hearing about Russian politics and economics, then this book is for you. If you are expecting "Jaws" in the jungle, don't bother. Unless you are a Russian history major, this book is actually dangerous to listen to while driving, because the risk of falling asleep is high. Scratch 1 credit on this one.

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    Dale 11-14-14
    Dale 11-14-14 Member Since 2009
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    "The Best So Far"
    What did you love best about The Tiger?

    On the surface a book of tigers, but behind the words you'll uncover the meaning of existence. Our individual struggles to survive, thrive and prosper against the backdrop of limited resources. You are at once the tiger and the hunter. Great listen not to be missed.


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