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The Inner Life of Animals

Surprising Observations of a Hidden World
Narrated by: Thomas Judd
Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
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Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Inner Life of Animals by Peter Wohlleben, read by Thomas Judd.

Mother deer that grieve?

Horses that feel shame?

Squirrels that adopt their grandchildren?

We humans tend to assume that we are the only living things able to experience feelings intensely and consciously. But have you ever wondered what's going on in an animal's head?

From the leafy forest floor to the inside of a beehive, The Inner Life of Animals takes us from microscopic levels of observation to the big philosophical, ethical and scientific questions. We hear the stories of a grateful humpback whale, of a hedgehog who has nightmares and of a magpie who commits adultery; we meet bees that plan for the future, pigs who learn their own names and crows that go tobogganing for fun. And at last we find out why wasps exist.

As more and more researchers are discovering, animals experience a rich emotional life that is ready to be explored. The Inner Life of Animals will show you these living things in a new light and will open up the animal kingdom like never before.

©2017 Peter Wohlleben (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

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  • Mr. Jeffrey Cornish
  • 06-12-18

Fascinating

A brilliant insight into the inner lives of our fellow creatures. Every page contains something interesting...

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  • House of Luxury
  • 01-22-18

Inspiring

A very interesting and inspiring book. I have learnt a huge amount about the amazing animals we share the world with.

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  • Lilja Sif Þorsteinsdóttir
  • 03-27-19

Such an important book

This book should be taught in every scool and found in every home. A very important book in these times of climate change as a result of our actions against nature.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-24-18

i enjoyed it

though disagrees with author at few of his ideas. interesting sotries and i also leart something. thanks

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  • N. Rose
  • 01-02-18

Cute but not so deap

I enjoyed the book. But it’s mainly based on the author’s observations. I was hoping the book would go a little deeper into the subjects.

I think the audiobook was read a little fast for my taste. So I was disappointed that the book was read by someone else than the tree book, which was lovely.

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  • Nike
  • 11-28-17

Very good

Lovely ideas and true to life and not too anthropomorphic. Some very useful observations. Thanks.

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  • chris bolton
  • 08-22-18

Too much evolution

The only thing that spoilt this book is that he mentions evolution way too much giving no credit to a creator.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-13-18

the recording is appalling. he reads far too fast.

the recording is terrible! there has to be something wrong with performance as he reads far too fast. such a shame as I love the authors previous work.

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  • Lea Hullett
  • 08-06-19

Enlightening

Could not stop listening. Our companion and other animals are really so like us.
Amazing book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-29-19

worth it

definitely not as compelling and as groundbreaking as "The secret life of trees" but peter has a thoughtful way of making the experiences of animals more accessible to humans.
wonderfully narrated

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  • Inge Buchanan
  • 12-06-18

Terrific

I loved it. He teaches how to look at animals in a totally different way

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  • Roshana
  • 02-08-18

a fantastic book

loved it. very insightful. definitely recommend it to others with an interest in understanding species other than just human beings