Listening to the Animals

Becoming the Supervet
Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
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In this inspiring, uplifting and heartwarming memoir, world-renowned veterinary surgeon Professor Noel Fitzpatrick explores his journey to becoming The Supervet. 

Growing up on the family farm in Ballyfin, Ireland, Noel's childhood was spent tending to the cattle and sheep, the hay and silage, the tractors and land, his beloved sheepdog, Pirate, providing solace from the bullies that plagued him at school. It was this bond with Pirate, and a fateful night spent desperately trying to save a newborn lamb, that inspired Noel to enter the world of veterinary science - and set him on the path to becoming The Supervet.

Now, in this long-awaited memoir, Noel recounts this often-surprising journey that sees him leaving behind a farm animal practice in rural Ireland to set up Fitzpatrick Referrals in Surrey, one of the most advanced small animal specialist centres in the world. We meet the animals that paved the way, from calving cows and corralling bullocks to talkative parrots and bionic cats and dogs. 

Noel has listened to the many lessons that the animals in his care have taught him, and especially the times he has shared with his beloved Keira, the scruffy border terrier who has been by Noel's side as he's dealt with the unbelievable highs and crushing lows of his extraordinary career. 

As heartwarming and life-affirming as the TV show with which he made his name, Listening to the Animals is a story of love, hope and compassion, and about rejoicing in the bond between humans and animals that makes us the very best we can be.

Written and read by Noel Fitzpatrick.

©2018 Noel Fitzpatrick (P)2018 Orion Publishing Group

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wow .. .

an inspirational journey. a must for any animal lover. a story you will never forget

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Awesome

just finished reading this book and I thought that it was very inspiring and up lifting.

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  • Cathyjh
  • 02-03-19

Fantastic!

Fantastic book. Read by Noel with such emotion. would highly recommend to all animal lovers

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  • Milori
  • 04-15-19

Amazing

I’m far from emotional but this book nearly had me crying. What an amazing individual, more should follow his example the world would be a better place.

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  • Maid Marian
  • 01-21-19

Vet on a mission

This book is not so much an autobiography as a vehicle for Noel's mission to unite animal and human medicine A worthy cause and a common-sense idea, but I was expecting a story of Noel's life, uninterrupted by his 'preachings.' I love the Supervet programmes, even though I'm not an animal owner. You can't help but the like the man, you just warm to him because he's so genuine - what you see is what you get.

In this book he bares his soul to us, the listeners, and for that I commend his bravery!

I've listened to it once but probably won't listen again, as I do with many of my audiobooks.

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  • mrs nicky mallett
  • 04-20-19

loved this book

love this book had me in tears at times, due to the emotion Noel's voice .A must read.

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  • Bowbow
  • 12-13-18

Absolutely outstanding

Huge fan of professor Noel Fitzpatrick, following his tv series, then went too see him on tour and read his Number 1 bestselling book and now listening too it being read by Noel. Highly recommend this book. It will make u smile. Laugh out loud and cry. It’s amazing
10/10 !!!! BUY IT !!

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  • caroline
  • 01-17-20

One man one vision

This is not a vets casebook book this is a story about a man who p against huge odds became what he dreamed of becoming
In places heartbreaking to listen to I cried real tears but I also laughed out loud and stepped back to consider huge moral issues
Noël Fitzpatrick has a vision of one medicine for the benefit of all
Having listened to this book I find myself agreeing with him
This is an incredible book which will make you sit back and really think
about moral beliefs and the issues that we face in both animal and human medicine
Please read listen to it and pass his vision on so we can live in a better world

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-18-19

wow

this was enjoyable, interesting and emotional at times, I would recommend to anyone who likes animals

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  • njw54
  • 04-16-19

One for the Supervet fans

I was a bit disappointed in this book..too much technical/ medical detail (and I'm huge fan all things medical) and narration was over egged.. I struggled to finish it..

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  • Concerned Listener
  • 04-15-19

Great Book

Such an interesting story it keeps you hooked all the way through and makes you think. Loved it

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  • Nana Chris
  • 04-15-19

Outstanding and inspirational

What a story. Heartfelt and uplifting. It made me laugh and cry but never stops you having hope that there will be more Noel Fitzpatricks out there to listen to the animals. Thank you Noel.

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  • Kate White
  • 10-20-19

What a read...

Lovely book which shows you can do anything if you really want. Reply heart felt no punches spared. Was great a bit too much technical details but a good book. Will watch the supetvet with new eyes now.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-19-19

Incredible and heartfelt

Noel is a kind, emotional and empathetic man, which clearly comes across in his book and his narration.
His love for animals and dedication to science shines through the book in a very real, heartfelt and sometimes humorous way as does his warmth towards human beings.

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  • Celia
  • 09-20-19

Really well read by Noel himself, great book

Well written and well read. Made me teary in lots of parts. Insightful and amazing path so far.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-11-19

A wonderful humanbeing

I have watched all the tv episodes of Supervet and listening to this recording has made me realise how much love and devotion Noel has not just for the animals but for their owners too
Hope all his big dreams are realised
Funny and emotional performance of the book, coming from the heart

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  • Martina
  • 06-27-19

Wonderful Insight

Noel Fitzpatrick is simply awe-inspiring, I admired his work and his drive and passion for animal care watching the Supervet but after listening to his audiobook and how he became the Supervet I was blown away.
This emotional recount of his journey to becoming the man he is now was filled with tears and laughter and I will listen to it again and again, simply inspiring!!!

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  • Arkay
  • 05-31-19

A beautiful soul

Loved this audible version of Noel’s autobiography. He generously bears his tender heart and soul.
I laughed much and cried too. I could relate to some of the cruelty, isolation and heartache he endured.
This determined man is on a mission from God.
Finally I give my middle finger to the cowardly gang of brutal sadistic torturers who made Noel’s life a daily living hell!

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  • Nic
  • 02-13-19

A LOVE story. One man's driving passion.

A love story. Noel Fitzpatrick is a man of passion and perseverance for animals. A goal to do the best for all animals drives and shapes his life. This earth is a better place for having him in it. You will cry, you will want to hug him.
One medicine for all humans and animals is a realistic and achievable goal. The best audio book I have ever listened to. Thank you Noel Fitzpatrick. You make me want to be a better human being.

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  • Mad cow
  • 02-01-19

Call Me anytime u need

Amazing human service that this mans lives and breaths animals
Big hugs to you for all your work
Wish I could come visit you and show how much your storyline means.
Loved you show love your work
Be strong an carry on
Your the best thing that has happened for animals, god bless your Cotton little Sox

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  • Sues
  • 01-23-19

Very Good

Beautiful Man
Inspirational writing and the his Irish accent is
Full of kindness and love.

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  • EarthDweller
  • 01-20-19

Loving the animals...

Though called “Listening to the animals”, this is about loving animals, life, dreams, goals, family and self belief.
Noel tells a story that leaves you in laughter and tears. It’s not a story though. This is life. Full of love, heartache, yearning, not feeling good enough and striving anyway.
The enthusiasm, life and love as Noel recounts these memories makes it really special.
...May each of us find ourselves deserving of the unconditional love of an animal...