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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (9,336 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Clare Balding Narrator: Clare Balding Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The unabridged, digital audiobook edition of My Animals and Other Family, Clare Balding's wildly funny and deeply moving childhood memoir, read brilliantly by the author herself.

I had spent most of my childhood thinking I was a dog, and I suspect I had aged in dog years. By the time I was ten I had discovered the pain of unbearable loss. I had felt joy and jealousy. Most important of all, I knew how to love and how to let myself be loved. All these things I learnt through animals. Horses and dogs were my family and my friends. This is their story as much as it is mine.

Clare Balding grew up in a rather unusual household. As her father is a champion trainer, she shared her life with more than 100 thoroughbred racehorses, mares, foals, and ponies, as well as an ever-present pack of boxers and lurchers.

As a toddler she would happily ride the legendary Mill Reef and take breakfast with the Queen. She and her younger brother came very low down the pecking order. Left to their own devices, they had to learn life's toughest lessons through the animals, and through their adventures in the stables and the idyllic Hampshire Downs. From the protective Candy to the pot-bellied Valkyrie and the frisky Hattie, each horse and each dog had their own character and their own special part to play.

My Animals and Other Family is a funny, brave, tender story of self-discovery.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Aly | 2/18/2014

    " Durrell's account of his family's five-year stay on the Greek island of Corfu in the 1930s is both a funny chronicle of the lives of a host of true characters (human and animal) and a lovely description of the island and its inhabitants. In his own introduction to the book, Durrell describes living in Corfu as similar to "living in one of the more flamboyant and slapstick comic operas" and that's how the book reads. One word of caution: if you're looking for a plot-driven book, this is, by design, not the one for you; otherwise, it's a great pick! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by mitzi | 2/13/2014

    " I loved this book, it was informative and funny. I am a biology/zoology freak, so just to learn about all the wild bugs and animals was fascinating! I love learning about bugs, but living with bugs is a totally different thing, I can't do that ever!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Diane S. | 2/11/2014

    " What a delightful book and what a quirky family. Durrell is a natural born storyteller, he does such a great job with the visuals. I could really experience Corfu through his writing and some of the visulas were darn near hysterical. A turtle for a pet, a turtle who will come when called and loves strawberries. A baby pigeon who they hand feed and who than doesn't learn how to fly but follows them everywhere, running behind them and cooing. A traveler trader who has beetles tied around their waist and than tied to his hat, as he walks they fly and circle his hat. Such amusing characters, such vivid pictures of the bugs, fauna and wildlife. A very enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Anastasia Fink | 2/5/2014

    " This is one of my favorite books in life! Even though I read it way back in the eighties I keep the ragtagged coverless paperback by my bedside to read excerpts from or just re-read anytime. Durrell is naturlist and conservationist and damn good writer. My Family..., is all about his families life living in Greece while Durrell is young. I love all his adventures through the island and all the local people he befriends, his investigations and friendships with the greek animals and insects and the drama of his family. I have to always include this book as currently reading and read. "

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