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
This book was a very entertaining listen for me, humorous and fast paced enough to keep it ever interesting. Well done.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The true story in the life of animals!
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.
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.
I kind of expected this book to be hilarius like a James Harriot novel but it wasn't. Didn't finish it. Linda
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 .
The genuine compassion of this vet for his patients and their owners remain intact in spite of an occasional candid profanic utterance from the pet owners or a realistic sharing of the environmental conditions in the neighborhood of the animal clinic. It is written along the lines of James Herriot's "All Creatures Great and Small", minus the large animals.
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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