The Soul of All Living Creatures: What Animals Can Teach Us About Being Human Audiobook, by Vint Virga Play Audiobook Sample

The Soul of All Living Creatures: What Animals Can Teach Us About Being Human Audiobook

The Soul of All Living Creatures: What Animals Can Teach Us About Being Human Audiobook, by Vint Virga Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Vint Virga Publisher: Tantor Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 4.17 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.13 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: October 2014 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781494575953

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Longest Chapter Length:

47:31 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

01:18 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

29:04 minutes

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Publisher Description

As an emergency room clinician four years out of veterinary school, Dr. Vint Virga had a life-changing experience: he witnessed the power of simple human contact and compassion to affect the recovery of a dog struggling to survive after being hit by a car. Observing firsthand the remarkably strong connection between humans and animals inspired him to explore the world from the viewpoint of animals and taught him to respect the kinship that connects us. In The Soul of All Living Creatures, Virga draws from his decades in veterinary practice to reveal how we can enrich our own appreciation of life, enhance our character, nurture our relationships, and deepen our grasp of spirituality. Virga discerningly illuminates basic traits shared by both humans and animals and makes animal behavior meaningful, relevant, and easy to understand.

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“A veterinarian who specializes in behavioral medicine examines the spiritual bond between humans and their pets…Virga, who describes numerous instances from his practice, is convinced by his own experiences and modern research that ‘animals’ neurons are very much the same as ours, generating images, emotions, memories and thoughts’…They help us focus on the moment and experience the ‘heights of joy as well as heart-wrenching depths of sorrow,’ and they make us feel more connected to ‘the greater world in which we live.’ An insightful affirmation of our love of animals.”

— Kirkus Reviews 


  • “An inspiring, joyful, uplifting account of the magical bonds between humans and the earth’s creatures.

    — Larry Dossey, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Healing Words
  • “This book is a thoroughly engaging and thoughtful consideration of the ways in which humans can benefit from closer attention to the ways of animals.”

    — Bark magazine
  • “Touching…compassionate…The Soul of All Living Creatures invites us into the inner lives of animals both domestic and wild…Coupling his personal observations with the research of others, Virga shows us that animals can indeed teach us vital things about being human.”

    — Barnes&, editorial review
  • “How is it that animals so touch our hearts? A specialist in veterinary behavioral medicine, Virga probes these and other questions…Each chapter focuses on a particular trait—connection, sensitivity, mindfulness to adaptability, forgiveness, presence, and others—and the author regales readers with stories of animals who exhibit such traits.”

    — Publishers Weekly
  • “Animal lovers will appreciate this tribute to the connection between humans and animals.”

    — Booklist
  • “Vint Virga, veterinarian and animal behaviorist for 25 years, has a wealth of experiences to draw on in shaping his view of the world. As a narrator, his deep, soothing voice is calming while still holding listener interest. Virga uses case studies of animals he has worked with to show how human-animal relationships illuminate truths about the qualities of sensitivity, mindfulness, and adaptability. Quietly introspective, measured, and tender, Virga’s audiobook is sure to be appreciated by animal lovers and gentle souls.”

    — AudioFile
  • “A beautiful, wise, and inspiring book that will greatly enrich your relationship with all the animals in your life, including the human ones.”

    — John Robbins, author of The Food Revolution and Diet for a New America
  • Animal lovers will appreciate this tribute to the connection between humans and animals.

    — Booklist


  • Winner of the 2014 Silver Nautilus Book Award

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About Vint Virga

Vint Virga, DVM, has been a distinguished practitioner and leader in veterinary medicine for over twenty-five years and is recognized for his insights into our relationships with animals. As a specialist in veterinary behavioral medicine and a consultant to zoos and wildlife parks, he has used his expertise throughout the animal kingdom. He has been a featured guest on PBS’s Nature and National Geographic Explorer. He lives in southern New England with his wife, daughter, and their two Norwegian forest cats.