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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (167 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rita Mae Brown Narrator: Karen Whit Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Rita Mae Brown’s first memory is the sound of a deep, rumbling purr. From the cat that slept in her cradle to the horses, hounds, cats, and chickens who live on her Virginia farm today, Brown has always been surrounded by animals.

Listeners will meet Mickey, a long-haired tiger cat who joined Rita Mae on childhood exploits; Franklin, her grandmother’s parrot with a wicked sense of humor; R. C., a courageous and devoted Doberman who was killed by a pack of coyotes; Baby Jesus, a tiger cat from New York City with sharp teeth to match his attitude; and, of course, her beloved tiger cat Sneaky Pie.

Animal Magnetism is a celebration of these wonderful creatures and of their remarkable capacity to enrich our lives and our hearts.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Fans of Brown’s mysteries will clamor to meet the real-life models for Sneaky Pie Brown and other members of Brown’s literary menagerie.”

    Library Journal

  • “Brown shares stories of relatives and their pets, neighbors and their pets, her own pets, and other animals she has known, all written in a sit on the porch and I’ll tell you a story style that she has perfected.”


  • “White’s reading deftly displays a wellspring of genuinely tender affection and respect, reflecting bittersweet poignancy and joy.”

    Booklist (audio review)

  • “Karen White offers an amiable and effective reading.”


Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Virginia Adams | 1/26/2014

    " Was disappointed in this book. Not the typical Brown book, but I expected better than this. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Brandy Bacala | 1/24/2014

    " Honestly, this might be the worst book I've ever read. It's so unfocused and feels like a rough draft or someone's journal. Rita Mae Brown attempts to bore her reader's to death by going into such extreme detail about anything and everything you don't care about. As an animal lover myself, I was disappointed in how little of the book is about her pets or her connection to them. Instead the book spends way too much time describing fox hunting and how she is kind of a shitty pet owner in general. There are a few good stories and points made but it's lost in the jumble of disconnected thoughts. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone ever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Denise | 1/7/2014

    " Animal Magnetism is a simple, straightforward account of the animals that have inhabited Rita Mae Brown's life. The stories of the cats, dogs, horses, birds, and foxes (there is even an opossum!) that have touched her reveal life lessons that all animal lovers can relate to. Brown often gets on her soap box about issues such as animal abuse, government, and city life, but she does it in such a down to earth, humble, and direct way that it is hard to disagree with her. The love and appreciation she feels for all animals shines through and the animals themselves will touch your heart. The story of Susie Q, the draft horse that taught Rita Mae to ride, reminded me of my own experiences as a child and the story of Tack, her loving and courageous dog, literally brought me to tears. As much as I loved the animals in these stories, I also loved the opportunity to learn more about Rita Mae Brown herself. She reveals herself in this book and proves she is a person worth getting to know. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Wendyann | 12/31/2013

    " I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book by Rita Mae Brown. It was enjoyable, heartwarming, funny and insightful. The world should have more people like Ms. Brown who are passionate about animals and the natural world. "

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