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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,376 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Temple Grandin, Catherine Johnson Narrator: Andrea Gallo Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2016 ISBN: 9781440708435
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From renowned scientist and animal welfare advocate Temple Grandin, this groundbreaking book is a clarion call to awareness of the inner lives of humankind’s far-too-often mistreated and neglected companions. Based on research spanning over thirty years, these stunning insights into the very real emotions and thoughts of animals are sure to be a source of fascination and inspiration.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Provocative…We’re lucky to have Temple Grandin.”

    New York Times

  • “Part owner’s manual and part business proposal, Animals Make Us Human argues that we can treat animals better if we consider the emotions that motivate them…For pet owners, her perspective is invaluable.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Packed with fascinating insights, unexpected observations, and a wealth of how-to tips, Grandin’s peppy work ably challenges assumptions about what makes animals happy.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “The text provides thought-provoking scenarios and references several animal studies…readers will be able to glean new perspectives about animal welfare.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marvin | 2/18/2014

    " Excellent followup to Animals in Translation. In this book, Temple Grandin writes on how we can better the lives of our domesticated animals by acknowledging their own uniqueness and studying their behavior in a natural environment. The authors categorizes the primary mental states for animals (yes, we humans fit in here too) into Fear, Rage, Panic, Seeking, and Play, then shows how these states operate for each animal. Dogs, cats, horses, cows, pigs, and chickens all gte their own chapters while there are two last chapters on wildlife and zoos. There are lots of revelations throughout. I thought the cat chapter was disappointing. It appears we know very little about cats which is why this chapter relies on personal anecdote more that field research. Still the book is a must read for anyone who owns an animal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie Jewett | 2/12/2014

    " Such an interesting take on the reasons animals behave the way they do and how we can help them live better. I will admit I didn't read every word. I skimmed the chapters on horses, cows, pigs, and chickens, because even though I have poultry (2 ducks and 3 chickens), Dr. Grandin writes about chickens in an industrial setting. Mine already have covered nest boxes and lots of space to roam and engage their seeking behaviors so I think they're pretty happy. Lots of good info to help my understand my dog and my cat better, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joan | 2/9/2014

    " Temple Grandin's new book is amazing. I bought it with my Kindle and devoured it - but when I tried to go back and access things I'd read earlier, well, I finally went to the bookstore and just bought the hardcover book. This lady is a one-woman revolution and she has changed life on this planet for the better in so many ways. I can't recommend this book highly enough. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louise Reid | 2/1/2014

    " I read this awhile ago so cannot comment in detail about it, except that it created interest in finding out more about human-animal communication. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 1/22/2014

    " She kept repeating the same things, making me think that I was accidentally re-reading portions of the book when I know I wasn't. I found the overall themes of the book interesting, particularly animal psychology and why certain captive enviroments are perceived as negative despite the fact the emmulate the animals natural habitat. I like that Dr. Grandin does not condemn the practices of raising animals for food, but does advocate making the limited lives of the animals positive. She offers comprehensive, cost-effective solutions to animal welfare in the farming industry without condemning the industry as a whole. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris | 1/21/2014

    " I only read the zoo and cat parts of this book. It was so interesting. I love how Temple Grandin's mind works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Delight | 1/18/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book anout the emotional lives of animals. I've long admired Temple Grandin, her research, and her commitment to making the best life for animals while acknowledging that a vegetarian world is not realistic. Thousands of pigs, cows, and hopefully chickens can thank Grandin for easing the trauma of slaughter. And if you dislike McDonald's or Wendy's, you should know that they have forced their suppliers to work with Grandin to establish standards for the treatment of the animals. But back to this book...one thing that I really appreciate about this book is that it's research based. Sure, it's warm and fuzzy when you're talking about the emotions of animals, but this warm and fuzzy is based on studies. I loved the section about dogs and now realize that for my dog the anticipation is just as good, if not better, as getting what he's anticipating. This is a great read for people who really dig animals, and even those who don't. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 1/17/2014

    " I'd heard a lot about Temple Grandin--this is the first of her books I read. I'll look for more. Good read for anyone looking into some insight into how our food is produced. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelli | 1/9/2014

    " Her insight is incredible. It's as if she were part animal herself. A fascinating read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynda Weinstein | 12/8/2013

    " Very interesting view of people their pets and how what we do affects other animals. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides | 11/14/2013

    " How did I not review this until now? Anyway, this was maybe more like 3.5 stars. But it was interesting and clearly written. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in animals, be it as pets or food or as zoo exhibits. (Or all of the above.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy Sebesta | 11/12/2013

    " Absolutely brilliant insights, and lots of very practical approaches. Her writing is simply inspiring. Be sure to read Animals in Translation, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adelaide | 9/30/2013

    " Temple Grandin is amazing. This book helped me the behaviors of my dog, Chaco. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deirdre Keating | 12/12/2012

    " I didn't read all the chapters, focusing mainly on the dog chapter. Fascinating and very unique view. I really wonder whether the human-dog relationship will continue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie-anne | 10/21/2012

    " Truly makes you think. It is clear and well written, guessing you aren't going in with much knowledge but not treating the reader as stupid either. I liked how the book was organized and the information given. I admire Temple Grandin and look forward to reading more by her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather Kennedy | 7/15/2012

    " Enjoyed reading this one!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Boyter | 12/28/2011

    " Her books fascinate me! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pinky | 9/23/2011

    " Not an easy book to read, but I learned so much about how to keep my animal happy. And if Temple Grandin continues to eat meat after all of her research and auditing, I will too. But I will only eat chicken nuggets from Wendy's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 3/30/2011

    " I read the chapters on dogs and cats, and thought Grandin's research was really interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dianne | 3/18/2011

    " What an incredible book-about animals and people. So much information but
    very easy to read. Absolutely loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie | 2/19/2011

    " I thought Animals in Translation was a better read but this was an extremely good follow-up to it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacie | 2/3/2011

    " Loved this book! Great stories about all different types of animals. Any animal lover should read this! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 1/20/2011

    " Really in-depth look at animals and what we can learn from studying them. Fascinating parallels between animals and humans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danna | 1/17/2011

    " Loved this book. Learned so much about so many things and, as usual, when I read about the emotional and intellectual lives of animals, myself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jcooper | 1/13/2011

    " Maybe should have been five stars. "

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About the Author
Author Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin is one of the world’s most accomplished and well-known adults with autism. She is a professor at Colorado State University and the author of several bestselling books, which have sold more than a million copies. The HBO movie based on her life, starring Claire Danes, received seven Emmy Awards.

About the Narrator

Andrea Gallo is an audiobook narrator whose works include Ungifted by Gordan Korman, The Nosy Neighbor by Fern Michaels, Kings of the Earth by John Clinch, and In Search of Eden by Linda Nichols, among many others.