COMMUNING WITH ANIMALS

The science of our similarities
For many of us, the connection we feel to animals—those that roam the earth and those that sleep at the foot of our beds (or on top of our heads)—is often as strong as the bonds we have with our fellow humans. We look to the natural world and into the eyes of our favorite companions for answers about what makes us all tick. This fascination has lead to groundbreaking research and heartwarming stories of the ties that bind us and just how much we have to learn from the cuddly, slimy, adorable, and frightening creatures who share our planet.
    • Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?

    • By: Frans de Waal
    • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
    • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    De Waal reviews the rise and fall of the mechanistic view of animals and opens our minds to the idea that animal minds are far more intricate and complex than we have assumed....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Finally the science catches up

    • By Philomath on 05-07-16

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Soul of An Octopus

    • A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness
    • By: Sy Montgomery
    • Narrated by: Sy Montgomery
    • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,380
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,275
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      4 out of 5 stars 1,277

    The Soul of an Octopus reveals what octopuses can teach us about consciousness and the meeting of two very different minds....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Eight legs and so much more!

    • By Kirstin on 07-02-15

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Being a Beast

    • Adventures Across the Species Divide
    • By: Charles Foster
    • Narrated by: Charles Foster
    • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 50
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    A passionate naturalist explores what it's really like to be an animal - by living like them....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Quietly brilliant. Great listen!

    • By evianho on 04-09-17

    Regular price: $24.50

    • Do Elephants Have Knees? And Other Stories of Darwinian Origins

    • By: Charles R. Ault Jr.
    • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
    • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
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    What makes a penguin a bird? Is a camel more closely related to a horse than to a giraffe? Why is a whale not a fish? Similar puzzles preoccupied Charles Darwin throughout his life....

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    • H Is for Hawk

    • By: Helen Macdonald
    • Narrated by: Helen Macdonald
    • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,982
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    When Helen MacDonald's father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated. An experienced falconer captivated by hawks since childhood, she'd never before been tempted....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Mabel The Hawk--The Fire That Burned The Hurts Away

    • By Sara on 04-09-15

    Regular price: $24.47

    • The Genius of Birds

    • By: Jennifer Ackerman
    • Narrated by: Margaret Strom
    • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 245
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    Birds are astonishingly intelligent creatures. In fact, according to revolutionary new research, some birds rival primates and even humans in their remarkable forms of intelligence....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • What a disappointment!

    • By S. Benedict on 07-05-16

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    • What a Fish Knows

    • The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins
    • By: Jonathan Balcombe
    • Narrated by: Graham Winton
    • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99
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    An underwater exploration that overturns myths about fishes and reveals their complex lives, from tool use to social behavior....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Engaging and Fascinating

    • By wbiro on 07-14-16

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Pets on the Couch

    • Neurotic Dogs, Compulsive Cats, Anxious Birds, and the New Science of Animal Psychiatry
    • By: Nicholas Dodman DVM
    • Narrated by: James Langton
    • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 561
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 513
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    Racehorses with Tourette's syndrome, spinning dogs with epilepsy, cats with obsessive-compulsive disorder, feather-plucking parrots with anxiety, and a diffident bull terrier with autism....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Oliver Sacks of Vets! Brilliant!

    • By Gillian on 08-28-16

    Regular price: $24.47

    • The Other End of the Leash

    • Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs
    • By: Patricia McConnell PhD
    • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
    • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 511
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    The Other End of the Leash shares a revolutionary new perspective on our relationship with dogs, focusing on our behavior in comparison with that of dogs....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • awesome information

    • By Angie on 07-06-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Dog Medicine

    • How My Dog Saved Me from Myself
    • By: Julie Barton
    • Narrated by: Julie Barton
    • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 325
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    An honest and deeply moving debut memoir about a young woman's battle with depression and how her dog saved her life....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Ssh, I've Got You, Buddy...

    • By Gillian on 09-19-16

    Regular price: $24.50

    • Beyond Words

    • What Animals Think and Feel
    • By: Carl Safina
    • Narrated by: Carl Safina
    • Length: 16 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 592
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    Weaving decades of field observations with exciting new discoveries about the brain, Carl Safina's landmark book offers an intimate view of animal behavior....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book by a scientist with a heart

    • By Sharon on 11-12-15

    Regular price: $31.49

    • Animal Madness

    • How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, Gorillas on Drugs, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves
    • By: Laurel Braitman
    • Narrated by: Madeleine Maby
    • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 119
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    For the first time, a historian of science draws evidence from across the world to show how humans and other animals are astonishingly similar when it comes to their feelings....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating book!

    • By Kathi on 06-11-14
    • How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, Gorillas on Drugs, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves
    • By: Laurel Braitman
    • Narrated by: Madeleine Maby
    • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
    • Release date: 06-10-14
    • 4 out of 5 stars 119 ratings

    Regular price: $22.67

    • Animal Wise

    • The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures
    • By: Virginia Morell
    • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
    • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 210
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    Noted science writer Virginia Morell explores the frontiers of research on animal cognition and emotion, offering a surprising and moving exploration into the hearts and minds of wild and domesticated animals....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • "The Age Of Animals..."

    • By Douglas on 12-13-13

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Animals in Translation

    • Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior
    • By: Temple Grandin, Catherine Johnson
    • Narrated by: Andrea Gallo
    • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 165
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    Temple Grandin’s professional training as an animal scientist and her history as a person with autism have given her a perspective like that of no other expert in the field....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful, but I have a bone to pick...

    • By Tango on 05-06-13

    Regular price: $31.49

    • The Elephant Whisperer

    • My Life with the Herd in the African Wild
    • By: Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,955
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      5 out of 5 stars 4,546
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,557

    When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautiful story, beautifully written

    • By Tango on 01-12-13

    Regular price: $27.99

    Sale price: $5.95

    • The Ocean of Life

    • The Fate of Man and the Sea
    • By: Callum Roberts
    • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
    • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
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    Who can forget the sense of wonder with which they discovered the creatures of the deep? In this vibrant hymn to the sea, Callum Roberts leads listeners on a fascinating tour of mankind’s relationship to the sea....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Must listen for nature and marine lover's

    • By Andrew Tennant on 03-07-18

    Regular price: $31.49