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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,956 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Temple Grandin Narrator: Deborah Marlowe Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9780307707482
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Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is a gifted animal scientist who has designed one third of all the livestock-handling facilities in the United States. She also lectures widely on autism because she is autistic, a woman who thinks, feels, and experiences the world in ways that are incomprehensible to the rest of us. In this unprecedented book, Grandin writes from the dual perspectives of a scientist and an autistic person. She tells us how she managed to breach the boundaries of autism to function in the outside world. What emerges is the document of an extraordinary human being, one who gracefully bridges the gulf between her condition and our own while shedding light on our common identity.



"There are innumerable astounding facets to this remarkable book...Displaying uncanny powers of observation...[Temple Grandin] charts the differences between her life and the lives of those who think in words."--Philadelphia Inquirer


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erica Ironside-meyers | 2/20/2014

    " This book is incredible. To be given a glimpse into what it's like for someone to live with autism is eye opening. The updates she has added are informative and very interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 2/15/2014

    " One of the most fascinating, and insightful books I have ever read. Every one with a special needs child, or knows of someone with special needs, should read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beana | 2/12/2014

    " Eye opening. Temple Grandin's work is completely unique in task and perspective. She's admirable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 2/1/2014

    " Fascinating. Got a little tedious towards the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cherisse | 1/25/2014

    " very unique. enjoyed understanding autism better through Temple Grandin's life. Book was enjoyable. I read it because i saw the film and wanted to know more about her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rikka Stewart | 1/21/2014

    " Fascinating insight into the world of Autism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica Lawson | 1/10/2014

    " This is a MUST READ for every parent! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eileen | 1/9/2014

    " I was disappointed that (as an autist) I did not find this book more helpful and inspiring. I hoped that it would help clarify Asperger's for me. It did not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison Tyler | 1/3/2014

    " The most fascinating book I've ever read about Autism (and I think I've read them all). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Madeline Benoit | 1/2/2014

    " Simply super: I'm a huge Temple Grandin fan, and this book made me even more of a supporter. Extremely informative and interesting, and gave me an inside look at autism and how it plays into our daily lives. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patrick O'Connell | 12/31/2013

    " Moderately interesting topic, not so interestingly written. It could have maybe used a ghost writer. The author suffers from autism, an increasingly common and socially isolating condition. It came through in the writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie Buran | 12/14/2013

    " This book was really interesting. Not only was an autobiography of Temple Grandin but it also gave you insight into the world of livestock farming and animal slaughterhouses. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 12/6/2013

    " Every parent and family member that loves someone on the spectrum should read this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb Tregilgas | 12/5/2013

    " An interesting work about autism and one woman's life living with it. She is amazing and the book reads a little like her mind. I see the connections and it has given me a better understanding of the students I work with. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bianka | 12/2/2013

    " Read this book and learn, Autistic does not mean retarded, This goes way beyond the silly Rainman perceptions most people have. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tisha | 6/1/2013

    " I guess I thought this would be more about Temple's life and less of a primer on how to deal with/raise/teach someone who is autistic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 5/20/2013

    " I read Temple Grandin after my time in the trenches at Dublin. I was hoping to gain some insight into my autistic students. It didn't help on that front (because of the severity of their deficits), but it was otherwise completely fascinating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy Vasseur | 5/16/2013

    " Written by a talented and compassionate designer of humane cattle slaughter houses, the author describes what it is like to live with Autism and to think visually. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 5/8/2013

    " Great book! Helped me in understanding many things about my own brain, as well as understanding autism better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ron | 4/11/2013

    " 50% done with book, but could not finish.. too much detail for an outsider like me. Grandin is truly a scholar, so if you want to know something about autism, this is a pretty definitive read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison Crabbe | 3/9/2013

    " Great book for anyone interested in, works with, or loves a person with autism. It's wonderful to have her perspective and wisdom! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy Young | 3/1/2013

    " Really a 3.5. She does such a good job of translating what is going on in her mind and really helping her readers to see what life is like for many with autism. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maggie | 12/17/2012

    " I could NOT get into this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 9/23/2012

    " Definitely gets into the head of someone with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, but generalizes personal experiences to all individuals with ASDs a bit too much at times. Very informative, very well researched, chock full of interesting facts, but a bit dry and concrete at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolynn | 6/3/2012

    " I found this book as fascinating as Animals in Translation. I am amazed and awed by Temple for overcoming all her challenges and having become an expert in the treatment of animals and the whole spectrum of autism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurel | 5/21/2012

    " Outstanding read!!! Temple conveys to the reader much insight into the world of Autism & Asperger's Syndrome on a personal level. HIGHLY recommend!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alaine | 4/5/2012

    " fascinating book about a very successful woman who looks at the world differently than the average person, if you like books about the mind, you will like it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine Roach | 8/21/2011

    " I love her books. It is so nice to hear from an autism expert who actually has autism and can therefore explain autism in a way that is understandable and helps us relate to those in our lives who are touched with autism. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rae | 5/21/2011

    " interesting, sometimes hard to follow "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher | 5/20/2011

    " brilliant. i was less keen on all the treatment protocols ,but the rest was incredible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 5/3/2011

    " Temple is the best! A Must read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 4/23/2011

    " Very interesting to have the perspective of a person with autism. My biggest criticism is the later part of the book is filled with a lot of opinions rather than facts. To be fair, there aren't a lot of facts about treatment to be had. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neena | 4/1/2011

    " Truly inspirational. If you have the patience, it is certainly worth the time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lily | 3/30/2011

    " This book takes a wonderfully winding route through Dr. Grandin's life, science, and her career. Much of the second half of the book is devoted to slaughterhouses and her work in designing the equipment, and I respect her all the more for the respect and love she has for these animals. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 3/15/2011

    " I'm looking forward to reading her later books. This one is fascinating and worth the read, but so, so, so, so in need of editing. Very stream of consciousness, repetitive, and all over the place. Part memoir, part discussion of autism and its symptoms/treatments. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 3/12/2011

    " There were aspects of this book that I enjoyed. I guess was expecting more of an emotional memoir, which is exactly what she states that she isn't. It was well written and a good book if you want a 1st person point of view on autism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 3/8/2011

    " Got to love this book both for the glimpse into the autistic mind and for the humanitarian aspect. What she does as a spokesperson for autism is incredible, and also what she does for the field of animal husbandry is incredible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erica | 3/7/2011

    " This book is incredible. To be given a glimpse into what it's like for someone to live with autism is eye opening. The updates she has added are informative and very interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cris | 3/4/2011

    " Quick read, interesting but not as informative as I hoped. There are too few insights into her education for a parent to glean what worked. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Misty | 2/28/2011

    " This is a great book written by an extraordinary woman. I first learned of Temple Grandin when I was watching a program on television about her coping with Autism. This book gives a new view into the lives of a person with Autism, it was so very interesting. "

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About the Author
Author Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin is one of the world’s most accomplished and well-known adults with autism. She is a professor at Colorado State University and the author of several bestselling books, which have sold more than a million copies. The HBO movie based on her life, starring Claire Danes, received seven Emmy Awards.