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The Tiger Audiobook

The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival

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Publisher's Summary

It’s December 1997, and a man-eating tiger is on the prowl outside a remote village in Russia’s Far East. The tiger isn’t just killing people, it’s annihilating them, and a team of men and their dogs must hunt it on foot through the forest in the brutal cold. As the trackers sift through the gruesome remains of the victims, they discover that these attacks aren’t random: the tiger is apparently engaged in a vendetta. Injured, starving, and extremely dangerous, the tiger must be found before it strikes again.

As he re-creates these extraordinary events, John Vaillant gives us an unforgettable portrait of this spectacularly beautiful and mysterious region. We meet the native tribes who for centuries have worshipped and lived alongside tigers, even sharing their kills with them. We witness the arrival of Russian settlers in the 19th and early 20th centuries, soldiers and hunters who greatly diminished the tiger populations. And we come to know their descendants, who, crushed by poverty, have turned to poaching and further upset the natural balance of the region.

This ancient, tenuous relationship between man and predator is at the very heart of this remarkable book. Throughout, we encounter surprising theories of how humans and tigers may have evolved to coexist, how we may have developed as scavengers rather than hunters, and how early Homo sapiens may have fit seamlessly into the tiger’s ecosystem. Above all, we come to understand the endangered Siberian tiger, a highly intelligent super-predator that can grow to 10 feet long, weigh more than 600 pounds, and range daily over vast territories of forest and mountain.

Beautifully written and deeply informative, The Tiger circles around three main characters: Vladimir Markov, a poacher killed by the tiger; Yuri Trush, the lead tracker; and the tiger himself. It is an absolutely gripping tale of man and nature that leads inexorably to a final showdown in a clearing deep in the taiga.

©2010 John Vaillant (P)2010 Random House

What the Critics Say

“Suspenseful and majestically narrated.... Vaillant has written a mighty elegy that leads readers into the lair of the tiger and into the heart of the Kremlin to explain how the Amur tiger went from being worshipped to being poached.” (Publishers Weekly)

The Tiger is the sort of book I very much like and rarely find.... In addition to tiger lore and scalding adventure, Vaillant shows us Russia’s far east and its inhabitants, their sometimes desperate lives interwoven with the economics of poaching and the politics of wildlife conservation. I was startled to learn about the zapovedniks and Russia’s primary place in global conservation. This is a book not only for adventure buffs, but for all of us interested in wildlife habitat preservation.” (Annie Proulx)

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    Ethan 12-23-15
    Ethan 12-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Educational but deceiving title"
    Would you try another book from John Vaillant and/or John Vaillant?

    Maybe


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    I feel like the title is somewhat misleading in a sense though I did do little research on the book before I bought it. Though the chapters that focus on the actual tiger draw you in, you are then thrown into a history and economics of the region in the next chapter which to me at least loses interest in the book. To me it seemed like there was a lot of added filler that doesn't really pertain to the title of the book. At certain parts of the book between the actual story of the tiger the author tries to draw ambiguous lines between the governing powers and economics to tigers. Not saying there are not connections but I realize this book seemed to more of an educational read rather than an in depth survival story.

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    Mark 12-22-15
    Mark 12-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome!"

    This book started a little slow for me; however, I'm glad I didn't give up on it. I absolutely was amazed by this true story and I couldn't get enough. Definitely my top five book of all time.

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    Mr Douglas Frank 12-03-15
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    "Interesting story with excessive back story"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The story about a man-eating tiger, and the subsequent hunt for it is quite interesting. However the author spends more time providing background detail concerning the geographic region and both the people and animals who live there than he does on the main story. As a result the book seems to drag out excessively.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The climax and the factual information that followed were quite interesting.


    Was The Tiger worth the listening time?

    Yes, but I'd grade the audio book a B minus. The story is interesting, as is some of the background information that was provided. However I felt the book would have been far more enjoyable if the author had moved the discussion about the tiger and the hunt for it along at a brisker pace.


    Any additional comments?

    The book does make one come away with a new found appreciation for both tigers and our need to both respect and protect them.

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    gerald miller wilmington,de. 11-10-15
    gerald miller wilmington,de. 11-10-15 Member Since 2009

    Gerald Francis Miller

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    Decent docudrama of the story of The Russian Far East and the tortured hunt for a man eating tiger. This is great if you want to know something if the Russian Far East and the tough people who live there. The Siberian Tiger and poachers who hunt in the region.

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    Laura 10-29-15
    Laura 10-29-15
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    "Too long"

    This 12 hour book would have been a great 6 hour book. There is just too much fill! The so called "Vengeance" of the Tiger crosses the line into anthropomorphism - the reference to the tiger's "sentient teeth" is beyond that.

    The author reads very well.

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    Jimmy Beans J 06-16-15

    Books are the file which remove the edges we all accumulate from day to day collisions with life. Lt. Gen. Marcus T. Leaf

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    "an immense amount of learning disguised as fun"

    a great way to waste away an afternoon or two. edge of the seat action which explores and explains all the details in and leading up to the main event which happens to be a tiger turned man eater in far eastern Russia during the mid nineties. The author who is also the reader lets his love of the subjects carry him away and often we the readers/listeners are forced to explore every cul de sac and avenue of events which he feels might provide context for his story. the fact that it actually does makes it fairly easy to forgive his one or two more questionable escapades. overall a very good read well worth the effort and richly rewarding for those who take it up.

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    BullBoxerInc.99 06-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Russia and Tigers"

    The book was well written and very informative. Many deep concepts that are interesting. Jumped to different points from time to time, but was overall very informative.

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    Bonnie Bee Norfolk, VA 05-24-15
    Bonnie Bee Norfolk, VA 05-24-15 Member Since 2008
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    "great book remember it is a true story"

    this book was exciting and revealed a lot about tigers and about how they are viewed by different cultures

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    LADY 02-20-15
    LADY 02-20-15 Member Since 2015

    I have been with audible long before they had an app for your phone. I no longer have Insomnia... what a blessing!!!

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    "I could't even finish the book"
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    If you are a hunter and like Nonfiction... go for it.... not my type of book.

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    EmmySkimmy 02-08-15
    EmmySkimmy 02-08-15
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    "Tantalising"

    My father mentioned this book to me in 2010 and how much he enjoyed it. I too have a love and interest in tigers. I have tried to read it several times, over the past five years, but other things such as small children and illness have detoured my efforts. Thank goodness for audibles; now I have the enjoyment of listening to books like this intriguing tale of the Amour tiger, the beauty and hardship of Eastern Russia, and the intertwined relationship of tiger, man, and environment. All of this swirling in my head between my ears as I clean the house, do laundry, drive my 30 min commute to work, or while I am hiking in the forrest surrounding my neighborhood. It was wonderfully written and read.

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