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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (249 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Wayne Pacelle Narrator: Wayne Pacelle, Wayne Pacelle, Walter Dixon Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2011 ISBN: 9780062047151
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“If the animals knew about this book they would, without doubt, confer on Wayne Pacelle, their highest honor.”
—Jane Goodall

The Bond is the best overall book on animals I have ever read. Brilliant and moving.”
—John Mackey, CEO and Co-founder of Whole Foods Market

The Bond is at once heart-breaking and heart-warming. No animal escapes Wayne Pacelle’s attention; nor should his book escape any human animal’s attention.”
—Alexandra Horowitz, New York Times Bestselling Author of Inside of a Dog

The president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, the world’s largest animal protection organization, Wayne Pacelle brings us The Bond, a heartfelt, eye-opening exploration of the special bond between animals and humans. With the poignant insight of Animals Make Us Human and the shocking reality of Fast Food Nation—filled with history, valuable insights, and fascinating stories of the author’s experience in the field—The Bond is an important investigation into all the ways we can repair our broken bond with the animal kingdom and a thrilling chronicle of one man’s extraordinary contribution to that effort.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Majestic in sweep and beautifully written, The Bond is a monumental achievement. I can’t think of any other book that is so valuable.”

    Jeffrey Masson, New York Times bestselling author

  • “If the animals knew about this book, they would, without doubt, confer on Wayne Pacelle their highest honor.”

    Jane Goodall, New York Times bestselling author

  • The Bond is the best overall book on animals I have ever read. Brilliant and moving, it will change the way we see the world and the way we see ourselves.”

    John Mackey, CEO and cofounder of Whole Foods Market

  • “Pacelle believes that ‘a bond with animals is built into every one of us’ and explores these bonds, along with the battles the HSUS has fought…Pacelle’s accounts are engaging, and readers interested in learning more about the HSUS will enjoy the many vivid, poignant stories. Pacelle offers a list of ‘Fifty Ways to Help Animals,’ ranging from political activities to shopping, giving readers the means to affect change in the lives of animals and perhaps strengthen their own bond with them in the bargain.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This well-argued, well-documented, and deeply disturbing book is an essential for pet owners, animal lovers, animal-science students, and anyone concerned with the ethical treatment of animals.”

    Library Journal

  • “Describes the activities of the Humane Society of the United States…and presents the compelling case that by challenging cruelty to animals we are defending our own humanity. Reviewing the complexity of the human-animal bond, the author attacks convenient moral blindness…allowing ‘economic interests to do as they please’…Pacelle is an activist and an optimist who believes that change will come and that, as with every great cause, ‘it begins with each one of us.’”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Walter Dixon’s delivery, while obviously sympathetic, gives listeners the opportunity to absorb and contemplate the text without feeling bludgeoned by blustery outrage. His restrained approach, subtle rather than strident, hits just the tight note…Listeners will enjoy the touching accounts of mutually beneficial relations between animals and humans. Dixon’s interpretation is that of a devoted ranger educating park visitors on the natural world.”

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  • The Bond is at once heart-breaking and heart-warming. No animal escapes Wayne Pacelle’s attention; nor should his book escape any human animal’s attention.”

    Alexandra Horowitz, New York Times bestselling author of Inside of a Dog

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • A Washington Post Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carla | 2/17/2014

    " If you are an animal lover...and concerned about their future...this book is for you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 2/5/2014

    " Some of this book was a stretch in connecting the bond between humans and animals, in particular the author's self-serving statements about how great the HSUS is. I know that they do good work but at times it seemed to me that this was almost a political campaign document. Having said that, the book was informative. Having read it as a sandwich with "The Inner World of Farm Animals" in between starting and finishing Pacelle's book, I will find it hard to not return to my vegetarian diet. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Emily | 1/31/2014

    " I just couldn't finish it... Finally gave up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edward Sullivan | 1/18/2014

    " If you are already knowledgable about and active in the animal welfare movement, there's not much in this book that will be news to you. This is, however, an excellent introduction and overview of animal welfare history and issues. A great title for high school library collections. "

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

    " This is an interesting book that discusses a lot of issues relating to animal-human relationships. But the cover is misleading, as it is more of a memoir of a man who has worked in the world where humans and animal intersect for his entire adult life. It's not an academic treatise on anthrozoology. But it is a nice introduction to the state of the modern Western (Anglo?) approach to animals. Pacelle does provide historical context, both by describing the changes he has seen and going even further back. Although the fact that he's the president of the Humane Society of the US means he clearly has his own agenda, he does a good job of really explaining why he believes certain things are wrong. He also talks about why it's important to always try to have an alternative when you are opposed to something--if you want a group to stop doing something to animals, find a solution that will make them and you happy and make things better for the animals. Whale watching is his prime example of this. So, if you are curious about what "the animal people" really think and what organizations like the HSUS, the ASPCA, your local no-kill animal shelter, and so on are trying to do, this book will give you a very personal description of that. If you are entrenched in animal rescue or animal rights work, you may not find much new information here (but you'd probably enjoy it, anyway). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 1/14/2014

    " Provided some excellent insight into some issues that need to be raised with animal welfare. While I disagreed with some of the viewpoints, I still think it made an excellent read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 1/1/2014

    " A beautifully written book - exquisite grammar, beautiful stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 12/14/2013

    " Everyone needs to read this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 11/30/2013

    " This book is a must read if you care about animals! It contains a huge amount of information! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suebee | 11/8/2013

    " There are people out there truly making a difference in the lives of animal .... Love you Wayne "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nuria C | 11/6/2013

    " Great book if you want to understand and grasp the political journey of animal rights but I would have loved it to have encouraged and highlighted the importance and connection that animal rights has with veganism "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenn Lee | 10/27/2013

    " Wayne Pacelle is my ideal man. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 10/13/2013

    " Just a few chapters in so far and this is a well-written book that is an enjoyable read, and I think it would be enjoyed by people who are NOT interested in animal rights or the humane society but just like animals. A good book all around so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanja | 8/15/2013

    " ..definitely a great book to feel not only warm and fuzzy but also to think about some things that could be done.....Wayne Pacelle has done a lot and there is so much to do....great book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 8/12/2013

    " If you are a humanitarian and love animals as well, this is an excellent book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/26/2012

    " Not surprisingly this is a book that makes you think (probably why it took me 2+ months to read). Worth reading if you support animal rights... had made me more serious about finding a local free-range/grass fed farm to purchase meat from! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 8/25/2012

    " I needed this book. It has been a very long time since I first researched these topics in high school. It has reminded me of some issues I had become lazy over, and renewed my resolve to make some changes in my lifestyle. This is an absolute must-read for any animal lover. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 7/20/2012

    " Why do people have to be so mean??????? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/8/2011

    " All-encompassing look at the role of animals in our lives, the bond we share with them, and the humane effort. Obviously slightly biased toward the HSUS, this is still a good read, with practical ways to make a difference on a personal level. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 4/8/2011

    " Provided some excellent insight into some issues that need to be raised with animal welfare. While I disagreed with some of the viewpoints, I still think it made an excellent read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leila | 4/8/2011

    " A good introduction to animals rights and welfare "

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