The Secret Life of Cows Audiobook, by Rosamund Young Play Audiobook Sample

The Secret Life of Cows Audiobook

The Secret Life of Cows Audiobook, by Rosamund Young Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Rosamund Young Publisher: Penguin Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 2.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 1.88 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: June 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780525627012

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61:38 minutes

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11 seconds

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22:05 minutes

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"Within a day of receiving this book, I had consumed it... Absorbing, moving, and compulsively readable."—Lydia Davis In this affectionate, heart-warming chronicle, Rosamund Young distills a lifetime of organic farming wisdom, describing the surprising personalities of her cows and other animals At her famous Kite's Nest Farm in Worcestershire, England, the cows (as well as sheep, hens, and pigs) all roam free. They make their own choices about rearing, grazing, and housing. Left to be themselves, the cows exhibit temperaments and interests as diverse as our own. "Fat Hat" prefers men to women; "Chippy Minton" refuses to sleep with muddy legs and always reports to the barn for grooming before bed; "Jake" has a thing for sniffing the carbon monoxide fumes of the Land Rover exhaust pipe; and "Gemima" greets all humans with an angry shake of the head and is fiercely independent. An organic farmer for decades, Young has an unaffected and homely voice. Her prose brims with genuine devotion to the wellbeing of animals. Most of us never apprehend the various inner lives animals possess, least of all those that we might eat. But Young has spent countless hours observing how these creatures love, play games, and form life-long friendships. She imparts hard-won wisdom about the both moral and real-world benefits of organic farming. (If preserving the dignity of animals isn't a good enough reason for you, consider how badly factory farming stunts the growth of animals, producing unhealthy and tasteless food.) This gorgeously-illustrated book, which includes an original introduction by the legendary British playwright Alan Bennett, is the summation of a life's work, and a delightful and moving tribute to the deep richness of animal sentience.

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“Her insight is unexpectedly charming and fascinating…She has channeled everything she has learned about these creatures into a wonderfully evocative and enlightening book…Many amusing anecdotes which illustrate the warmth of feeling between the family and their individual animals…A wonderful and heartwarming story.”

— Mail on Sunday (London) 


  • “Weaves entertaining anecdotes and profound insights harvested from a lifetime of caring for cows…A charming manifesto.”

    — Sunday Telegraph (London)
  • “Young muses on her herd members’ inner lives and shares best practices for keeping them happy and healthy…Young’s assertion that ‘all animals are individuals’ is certainly supported by these entertaining and tender stories.”

    — Publishers Weekly
  • “Young’s animal stories are truly charming and quietly convincing of the great value of a more natural form of farming.”

    — Booklist


  • A Literary Hub Pick for June

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About Rosamund Young

Rosamund Young runs Kite’s Nest Farm is on the edge of England’s Cotswold escarpment with her brother Richard and her partner Gareth. Nature is left to itself as much as possible and the animals receive exceptional kindness and consideration.