Tell Me Where It Hurts

Humor, Healing and Hope in my Life as an Animal Surgeon
Narrated by: Simon Vance
Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
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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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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.

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Fascinating look at a modern veterinary practice

This is a charming recreation of a day in the life of a veterinary surgeon. We get to see the difficult decisions, the interactions with pet owners, and the care taken in training new graduates of veterinary school. Dr. Trout manages to convey the drama, the pathos, and the rewards of his practice. He understands the deep bonds between pets and their humans and writes about them with compassion. His sly humor keeps the book light in the face of so much animal affliction. I know much more about what goes into veterinary medicine than I did before reading the book, not just in terms of diagnosis and treatment, but also in terms of why animal care is so expensive. The book is fascinating from beginning to end, and Simon Vance narrates it perfectly.

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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.

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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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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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6 hours left and can’t finish it

Sorry but this just didn’t do anything for me. Couldn’t keep my attention, didn’t finish it. So wasted credit. Maybe a better narrator? In the past I used to read James Herriot books and loved them and maybe expected this to be like it.

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absolute necessity for every pet owner or pre-vet

a wonderfully written account of some of the biggest hardships that the humans that treat animals face on a daily basis in their career. so many questions are answered for pet owners, and so much relatability for those in the veterinary field.

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Great

I adore this book! I can't wait to read the others! I couldn't put it down.

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Great Book

Enjoyed this book. Great narrator also.

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Surprisingly uplifting!

I was afraid that this book was going to be sad. It turns out, that even when a few of the animals die, that it is handled in such a positive way! The narration is sterling! I would recommend this wonderful book to anyone who is interested in the veterinary sciences or who loves dogs. There are cats and some other animals in here, but mostly dogs. It was a fascinating and heart-warning listening experience!