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More than half a century ago, the naturalist Farley Mowat accepted an assignment to investigate why wolves were killing Arctic caribou. Mowat’s account of the summer he lived in the frozen tundra alone – studying the wolf population and developing a deep affection for these wild creatures (who were no threat to caribou or man) – is today celebrated as a classic of nature writing, at once a tale of remarkable adventure and an indelible record of the myths and magic of wolves. Never Cry Wolf was made into a major motion picture by Walt Disney Productions.

©1963 Farley Mowat (P)2010 Naxos Audiobook

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  • Billy
  • Bellingen, Australia
  • 12-19-11

wonderful

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

loved MOWAT'S curiously deep connection to self, with other persons, other creatures and his envirionment that has, ultimatly, brought about a change in the way we (human beings) make sense of the natural world. a wonderfully inspiring, humbling and thought provoking a book.

What did you like best about this story?

it's humanity

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

Sims was Mowat, great stuff!!

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

an extraordinary accout of one man's capacity for connection much much deeper than 'ordinary humanity'

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sublime

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  • Jenn
  • Toronto, ON, Canada
  • 12-06-12

A hilarious challenge to accepted ways of thinking

What did you love best about Mowat: Never Cry Wolf?

It challenges you to examine your beliefs and why you believe them. And while you're doing so, you're laughing your head off. Mowat's dry wit lends itself wonderfully to the uncomfortable realization that we believe things simply because we were told to, not necessarily because they are true.

What did you like best about this story?

The story itself is beautiful, exciting and heart-touching, a tale that is far away and yet somehow still very close indeed.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The moment in which Mowat decides to reject all his previous knowledge of wolves (which had at that point been proven wrong to him anyway) and view them with a clean slate was particularly touching. Ultimately, that is one of the most difficult (and rewarding) things for humans to do; reject what is "known" for what can be discovered

Any additional comments?

I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good story and a good laugh and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a challenge to their thinking, a change in perspective and an appreciation of the fact that often the most "human" behaviour in nature doesn't come from humans at all.

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  • Darwin8u
  • Mesa, AZ, United States
  • 10-04-13

A noble failure and a wild success

One of those books that if fun to review because my feelings about it change depending on how I look at it. As a pure book of science reporting/writing, it is probably a noble failure. As a influential environmental book, it is probably a wild success.

It is controversial (STILL) and entertaining (STILL) and a piece of shit/scat and a piece of art. My kids loved it for all the wrong reasons and I probably hate parts of it for all the wrong reasons. So, yes, I'm glad I read it, but I also recognize that it wasn't perfect (sorry, not many Darwins out there).

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  • Candice
  • Auburn Hills, MI, United States
  • 10-31-13

A Funny Tale for the Whole Family

Farley Mowat is a naturalist. When he was young he had an amazing dog and two owls. He wrote about them both, 'Owls in the Family' and ;The Dog Who Wouldn't Be' . In this story, he writes about his experience dealing with bureaucracy and wolves. It is a laugh out loud tale of his study of a family of wolves who have an amazing family hierarchy. It includes an uncle, taking care of pups, who has a brief love affair with a husky. The end is very sad, the government decides to kill off many of the wolves, including those Farley had studied.
Please buy this book, you will learn an enormous amount about wolves and how a naturalist studies animals. Then Audible will release, 'Owls in the Family' and 'The Dog Who Wouldn't Be' .

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amazing first contact

I read this book many years ago as a teenager and it is just as entertaining awesome and painfully full human foolishness ability to be foolish. what an amazing tale of wolf culture

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A book that changed me for the better

I’m not usually a fan of memoirs, but Mowat’s story is endearing, humorous, and truly entertaining. I first read his story of living as a scientist among a family of wild Arctic wolves when I was about twelve years old. Now, revisiting the tale as a grown woman, I can see how this story left its mark on me in my youth, truly changing me for the better. I highly recommend Farley Mowat’s Never Cry Wolf.

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Educational

loved it, couldn't put it down! very educational in regards to wolves, which is nice to not have a biased viewpoint on things.

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Never cry wolf.

After studies so interesting, I am disgusted our government inCanada would allow plane and poison to kill such useful and Nobel creatures. Read this great account and write to gov.ca about your opinion about the last chapter of the useless slaughter of foreign hunters into the article to kill our national treasure in such a way.

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A must read for any wolf lovers!

Everything about this book was far better than I could have ever hoped for. At first I bought this book out of my own love for wolves and was hoping to educate myself further. What I got instead was everything I was looking for and an witty and entertaining novel that had me laughing out loud and listening with full attention enraptured by this man's story.

I say at the top that this book is for wolf lover's but that's not wholly accurate. this book is for anyone and everyone. It is meant to educate the masses about the true nature of wolves and dissuade people from believing all the vicious lies spread by the public fear these magnificent animals.

I do have to say that in many case mowat had been extremely lucky. It is true that wolves are generally a very peaceful race but they are still predators. put a predator in a position that it feels threatened and they will defend themselves. However wolves do not ever go out of their way to attack people and should be treated with respect and dignity.

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Government's blindness

Great lesson about human's and government's wickedness, cowardice and disrespect with nature. I expect this big work have given some eco near government, at least some time later.

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  • Accidental Hero
  • 10-19-15

Breaking the myths

What did you like most about Mowat: Never Cry Wolf?

This is a really informative book and very funny in parts, despite its language being noticeably old.<br/><br/>The author paints the scene well, and it's not a stretch to be there at his camp. Soon we are introduced to wolves, and their personalities come shining through. <br/><br/>We learn about the dynamics of that family; the author describing the father (wolf) as that archetypal, all- (good) American dad that every kid wanted. The mother, who he calls Angeline, is aptly named for our modern-day associations. <br/><br/>Throughout there is an undercurrent of (fanciful) demonisation of the wolves, which are even being blamed for the recent deaths of dozens of caribou lying in a lake of blood, some with their heads missing. Of course it is the aftermath of (licenced) hunter kills ...the 20th Century "Jihadi Johns", with heads displayed as trophies.<br/><br/>For the wolves this myth has a terrible price (spoiler alert) as governments start baiting and killing wolves with arsenic and strichnine, including, and very sadly, the family we have just gotten to know.