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From the frontlines of modern medicine, Tell Me Where It Hurts is a fascinating insider portrait of a veterinarian, his furry patients, and the blend of old-fashioned instincts and cutting-edge technology that defines pet care in the 21st century.

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

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So close, yet not quite.

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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A good listen for animal lovers.

This book was a very entertaining listen for me, humorous and fast paced enough to keep it ever interesting. Well done.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Great Book

Enjoyed this book. Great narrator also.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Modern, urban, fast-paced, semi-American Herriot

If you could sum up Tell Me Where It Hurts in three words, what would they be?

Funny, heartwarming, hopeful

What did you like best about this story?

Weaving of many different stories.

What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Helps to have the dry British accent to remind one that though most of the book happens on this side of the "pond," the writer is a Brit. Adds to the dry British humor. And Simon Vance is just wonderful, as always. He leads the listener by the hand through the intricacies of the language and the stories.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I laughed, I cried, it had cats, (and dogs and a turtle). Actually mostly dogs.

Any additional comments?

To clarify my title, I refer to James Herriot and the _All Creatures Great and Small_ books, which I love and clearly Nick Trout loves. He refers to the stories and the author (and the TV series) several times. This book brings the spirit of those books to modern, fast-paced veteranary surgery beautifully. It is still about caring for animals (and their humans) and making the difficult calls with both empathy and practical intelligence. (And seeing the humor in between.)

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great topic, slow listening

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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  • Tina
  • Nibley, UT, United States
  • 06-11-10

Very Good, but busy

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.

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  • Linda
  • Colebrook, NH, United States
  • 01-16-10

Tell Me Where It Hurts

I kind of expected this book to be hilarius like a James Harriot novel but it wasn't. Didn't finish it. Linda

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Loved this book!

Any one who loves an animal should read this book! Been there, done that moments with understanding the vet's side of things makes you look at things differently.

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Enjoyable stories but egotistical author

Very much enjoyed the small stories woven throughout but feel the author is a bit egotistical.

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Just Amazing

The story is so well done. Each chapter tells the story of some part of veterinary medicine, from the exotic (literally) to the mundane to the sad. All the while, we follow him though a day of caring for his furry patients. (Not literally one day, but told in that manner.)

The reader is amazing. He does a great job changing voices, including switching accents for the American and Venezuelan vets. The tone is very well done as well, which humor, dryness, or sadness when appropriate.

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