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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 White Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2009 ISBN: 9781400183227
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

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

    Booklist

  • “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.”

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sallie | 12/26/2013

    " Only for the hardest core fans of Rita Mae and Sneaky Pie Brown. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steph | 12/24/2013

    " Really good short stories about her relationships with animals. Inspiring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claudia | 12/16/2013

    " Good stories about her life with animals but she added too many political rants for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol | 12/11/2013

    " Interesting to see how increasingly opinionated this author becomes as she ages. Curmudgeon comes to mind. Her love for animals and her support of rescue efforts is more than admirable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debra | 12/1/2013

    " Very uneven. Parts were wonderful, discussing Ms Brown's lifelong relationship with animals. But then she'd veer off on a political or economic tangent, a rant about opinions differing from hers, which took away from the book. Not recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 11/12/2013

    " a great read for animal lovers! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate | 10/14/2013

    " Love Rita Mae; love animals. Did not love this book. Too disjointed, no flow to the story, and lacking her trademark humor and wit. Loved the idea of this book, but couldn't read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie A. | 5/11/2013

    " I have more respect for her as a person now, but I really must learn that if the library shelves books in the biography rather than pet section, there is a reason for that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hayley | 5/6/2013

    " I don't always agree with Rita's politics but her history and experience with animals is a pleasure to read about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/18/2013

    " Rita Mae Brown has written fiction with animals (the Sneaky Pie cozy mysteries) and about animals (her foxhunting series), but this memoir is the true story of how her life has been enriched by the many animals she has known. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Emily | 2/18/2013

    " I couldn't even get through the first chapter. I would not recommend it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anne | 2/17/2013

    " i was appalled at the lack of depth in this rich, rich area to explore. if a new writer tried to submit something like this through our current publishing houses in the US, automatic rejection. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joella Tunnell | 1/11/2013

    " A wonderful book, the author is a true animal lover, and has amazing insights about them esp. cats, dogs, & horses, as an owner of many of them. She turned my mind around about fox hunting also - "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 6/29/2012

    " I love that Rita Mae Brown's cat's name is Sneaky Pie Brown and even though I don't 100% love RMB's politics, I love her love of animals. This was a nice, soft memoir. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/3/2012

    " Not to bad.. interesting as far as a biography goes.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trudi | 10/1/2011

    " Non fiction. Delightful reminiscences by Rita Mae Brown of the animals she has known and loved. She really makes the dogs, cats, horses, etc. come alive for the reader. And her love for all animals is apparent in every chapter. A quick read and one that would be enjoyed by all who love animals. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 9/16/2011

    " Enjoyable look into the life of one of my favorite authors, and the influence of animals in her life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn Diane | 7/24/2011

    " I love this book. Reading this book strengthens my belief that a life lived without loving an animal (and having that love returned) is not life as God intends it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Debra Arthur | 4/2/2011

    " Great book. I enjoyed every page. As a native Virginian, farm owner, fox hunter and hunted with Al Tawes and the bassets - how could I not enjoy every word! It made me reflect on all the animals that have come through my life and how much they have ment to me too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Shafer | 3/16/2011

    " Loved this book. It gave so much background to the author's life as a writer and helped me understand where so much of her fiction sprang from. What a gift. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa | 1/10/2011

    " Anyone who has read Rita Mae Brown's Mrs. Murphy or Sister Jane mysteries knows her devotion to animals, so this can be a delightful book. She does seem tell us more often than is becoming that she resents the minimum wage law. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anne | 1/5/2011

    " i was appalled at the lack of depth in this rich, rich area to explore. if a new writer tried to submit something like this through our current publishing houses in the US, automatic rejection. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claudia | 12/13/2010

    " Good stories about her life with animals but she added too many political rants for me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sallie | 10/10/2010

    " Only for the hardest core fans of Rita Mae and Sneaky Pie Brown. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol | 9/5/2010

    " Interesting to see how increasingly opinionated this author becomes as she ages. Curmudgeon comes to mind. Her love for animals and her support of rescue efforts is more than admirable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 7/12/2010

    " Really good short stories about her relationships with animals. Inspiring. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Emily | 6/24/2010

    " I couldn't even get through the first chapter. I would not recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 5/26/2010

    " I love that Rita Mae Brown's cat's name is Sneaky Pie Brown and even though I don't 100% love RMB's politics, I love her love of animals. This was a nice, soft memoir. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa | 4/27/2010

    " Anyone who has read Rita Mae Brown's Mrs. Murphy or Sister Jane mysteries knows her devotion to animals, so this can be a delightful book. She does seem tell us more often than is becoming that she resents the minimum wage law. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trudi | 4/26/2010

    " Non fiction. Delightful reminiscences by Rita Mae Brown of the animals she has known and loved. She really makes the dogs, cats, horses, etc. come alive for the reader. And her love for all animals is apparent in every chapter. A quick read and one that would be enjoyed by all who love animals. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debra | 2/25/2010

    " Very uneven. Parts were wonderful, discussing Ms Brown's lifelong relationship with animals. But then she'd veer off on a political or economic tangent, a rant about opinions differing from hers, which took away from the book. Not recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/21/2010

    " a great read for animal lovers! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Debra | 1/12/2010

    " Great book. I enjoyed every page. As a native Virginian, farm owner, fox hunter and hunted with Al Tawes and the bassets - how could I not enjoy every word! It made me reflect on all the animals that have come through my life and how much they have ment to me too. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate | 12/28/2009

    " Love Rita Mae; love animals. Did not love this book. Too disjointed, no flow to the story, and lacking her trademark humor and wit. Loved the idea of this book, but couldn't read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joella | 11/22/2009

    " A wonderful book, the author is a true animal lover, and has amazing insights about them esp. cats, dogs, & horses, as an owner of many of them. She turned my mind around about fox hunting also - "

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