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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. Wilson Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2009 ISBN: 9781400183401
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A man and a puppy exhumed from a 12,000-year-old grave send a two-time Pulitzer Prize–winning science writer on a journey to the dogs. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb Holden | 1/17/2014

    " If you like dogs and want to learn more about them from a historical and scientific standpoint, this is the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenifer | 1/17/2014

    " This showed up as 'The Wolf in the Parlor: The Eternal Con" on my library receipt *chortle*. Despite a glaring (to biologist me), albeit minor error about mitochondria, this was an interesting reflection of a science writer on the relationship between humans and dogs in general and his relationship with his own dog. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie Stevenson | 1/12/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book! Anyone who is a dog-lover, has a dog or is thinking about getting a dog should really consider reading this little gem! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shay | 12/8/2013

    " Very interesting! I loved the psychological connections. A must have for any dog lover! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean Gogolin | 12/3/2013

    " If you like dogs and good science writing, don't miss this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steph | 11/25/2013

    " Explores the mysterious origins of the domestication of the dog from follower wolves. An interesting blend of science and personal stories, if you stick through the first few dry chapters, you will be rewarded. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Thethockmonthter | 8/31/2013

    " Significantly more how-I-became-a-dog-person memoir than I had expected, but engaging enough that I didn't mind. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Papajack | 7/15/2013

    " Got to keep up with my vampire reading friends. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Willis | 5/21/2012

    " While not what I was expecting based on the jacket description, this was a great philosophical and zoo-anthropological look at how dogs and humans came together and why we've stayed together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scheufler | 1/13/2012

    " Really, really fun book that traces the origins of dogs from wolves and why we humans have such a close relationship with them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie | 11/22/2011

    " "A Wolf in the Parlor" is about the search for the history of the man/dog connection- REALLY interesting book, well written, in conversational style...I just may be sad to finish it (not something I often say about non-fiction!) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JBF | 10/18/2011

    " this book had just a little bit too much science for me - these non-fiction slow reads just don't work for me sometimes. also, the author's hypothesis was not presented quickly or clearly enough for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cicely | 8/15/2011

    " kind of scattered, scientific yet personal...makes some thought provoking points on the relationship between humans and domestic canines. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer | 7/1/2011

    " I'm amazed that this guy is a Pulitzer-winning journalist. He renders an interesting topic boring due to his tiresome love for his own prose style. Not recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 6/22/2011

    " I find the relationship between dogs and people fascinating, so I was patient with this leisurely, rambling exploration of the topic. Spoiler alert! Franklin believes dogs caused humans to evolve just as much as humans caused dogs to evolve from wolves. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 5/27/2011

    " I didn't care for this book. It poorly compares to Inside of a Dog. It is a combination of info about dogs in history and the senses of a dog and a memoir about the author's experience with his own dog and his career as a journalist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 4/6/2011

    " A good intro. to current theory on the relationship between humans & dogs. Might have been better as a long article instead of a book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/27/2011

    " I really wanted more dog and less human - this felt like way too much human time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 9/26/2010

    " The entire book was fascinating to me. I loved how the author based the book on research but also on his own connection with dogs in his life. Great book for any dog lover. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 7/2/2010

    " If you like dogs and want to learn more about them from a historical and scientific standpoint, this is the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 CaliAngie | 4/25/2010

    " I really enjoyed this book! Anyone who is a dog-lover, has a dog or is thinking about getting a dog should really consider reading this little gem! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 4/12/2010

    " I didn't care for this book. It poorly compares to Inside of a Dog. It is a combination of info about dogs in history and the senses of a dog and a memoir about the author's experience with his own dog and his career as a journalist. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie | 4/2/2010

    " "A Wolf in the Parlor" is about the search for the history of the man/dog connection- REALLY interesting book, well written, in conversational style...I just may be sad to finish it (not something I often say about non-fiction!) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scheufler | 3/29/2010

    " Really, really fun book that traces the origins of dogs from wolves and why we humans have such a close relationship with them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anne | 3/20/2010

    " I wanted more science and way less introspection. "

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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.

About the Narrator

George K. Wilson is a working actor in stage, film, television, and commercials with almost one hundred audiobook narrations to his credit. He began in broadcast journalism with American Forces Radio and Television and is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He had a lead role in the cult film classic Attack of the Killer Tomatoes and appeared on television’s One Life to Live, Ryan’s Hope, and The Doctors and has been heard on voice-overs for The Guiding Light and The Cosby Show, as well as many television and radio commercials.