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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (208 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jon Franklin Narrator: George K. Wilso Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Of all the things hidden in plain sight, dogs are one of the most enigmatic. They are everywhere, but how much do we really know about where they came from and what the implications are of their place in our world? Jon Franklin set out to find out and ended up spending a decade studying the origins and significance of the dog and its peculiar attachment to humans. As the intellectual pursuit of his subject began to take over Franklin’s life, he married a dog lover and was quickly introduced to an ancient and powerful law of nature: love me, love my dog. Soon Franklin was sharing hearth and home with a soulful and clever poodle named Charlie.

And so began one man’s journey to the dogs, an odyssey that would take him from a twelve-thousand-year-old grave to a conclusion so remarkable as to change our perception of ourselves. Building on evolutionary science, archaeology, behavioral science, and the firsthand experience of watching his own dog evolve from puppy to family member, Franklin posits that man and dog are more than just inseparable—they are part and parcel of the same creature. Along the way, The Wolf in the Parlor imparts a substantial yet painless education on subjects as far-ranging as psychological evolution and neurochemistry. In this groundbreaking book, master storyteller Franklin shatters the lens through which we see the world and shows us an unexpected, enthralling picture of the human-canine relationship.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mandy | 2/15/2014

    " It's hard for me to rate non-fiction because I don't read a lot of it. I thought this book was interesting, especially when the author talked about how dogs perceive the world versus how we perceive the world. I found myself bringing up things from the book in conversation. If you're a dog-lover or interested in psychology (I'm both) then you might find this an interesting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bill | 2/8/2014

    " Human-canine symbiosis? I'm afraid Jon didn't quite sell me. His thesis would have made for a great 50-page essay; at 274 pages, it's a bit much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jan | 1/21/2014

    " Finally finished this very long and sometimes repetitive treatise on the human/canine relationship. It was good, but as I said....long. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Anjie Brown | 1/19/2014

    " This guy is a pompous boob who can't seem to follow a thought through to completion. Do NOT recommend! "

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About the Author

Jon Franklin is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism and the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing, among numerous other awards. He was a science writer for the Baltimore Evening Sun and is now a journalism professor at the University of Maryland. He is also the author of The Molecules of the Mind, a New York Times Book of the Year.