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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, Walter Dixon Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A fascinating exploration of humanity’s eternal bond with animals and an urgent call to answer the needs of millions of at-risk creatures

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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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