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Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Inner Life of Animals by Peter Wohlleben, read by Thomas Judd.

Mother deer that grieve?

Horses that feel shame?

Squirrels that adopt their grandchildren?

We humans tend to assume that we are the only living things able to experience feelings intensely and consciously. But have you ever wondered what's going on in an animal's head?

From the leafy forest floor to the inside of a beehive, The Inner Life of Animals takes us from microscopic levels of observation to the big philosophical, ethical and scientific questions. We hear the stories of a grateful humpback whale, of a hedgehog who has nightmares and of a magpie who commits adultery; we meet bees that plan for the future, pigs who learn their own names and crows that go tobogganing for fun. And at last we find out why wasps exist.

As more and more researchers are discovering, animals experience a rich emotional life that is ready to be explored. The Inner Life of Animals will show you these living things in a new light and will open up the animal kingdom like never before.

©2017 Peter Wohlleben (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

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Put you in the brains of animal

do not matter is you are vegetarian or meat lover. the book provid a view on how evolution has brought human and animal through same process. so respect there feeling too.

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A peek into the animal world; marvellous!!

I loved the book tremendously. It gives us a delightful peek into the world of our fellow creatures whom we struggle to understand. The narration has been superb and has added to the content of the book.

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great read

life from a different perspective.. makes us think feel and observe nature and all the other living beings we share the planet with.beautifully written.

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Highly recommend!

Enjoyed every bit of this book. Though it mostly helped me with proving my thoughts were actually correct. I only wish for more people to be able to really understand this book. Thank you for the beautiful listen!

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  • Telebiopic
  • 14-09-20

Tremendously Insightful

The narrator’s performance was excellent. I am grateful to the author for revealing so many aspects of animal behaviour. Reading this book has got me away from pork and beef consumption.

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  • Mr. Jeffrey Cornish
  • 12-06-18

Fascinating

A brilliant insight into the inner lives of our fellow creatures. Every page contains something interesting...

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  • House of Luxury
  • 22-01-18

Inspiring

A very interesting and inspiring book. I have learnt a huge amount about the amazing animals we share the world with.

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  • Nike
  • 28-11-17

Very good

Lovely ideas and true to life and not too anthropomorphic. Some very useful observations. Thanks.

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  • Louise
  • 23-06-20

An enjoyable listen

Informative, with lovely relevant stories contextualising the content and making this an enjoyable listen.

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  • Alison Saunders
  • 12-04-20

Enthralling

wonderful insight into the lives of many of our animal friends and also some of those we may not even know exist. simply written without unfathomable scientific information but detailed enough to be absolutely enthralling.

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  • S. Durao
  • 10-02-20

marvellous

marvellous insite into the lives of animals from the man that gave us the equally marvellous insite into the lives of trees

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  • Shaun.J.Fox
  • 14-10-19

Fun and interesting.

Lots of fun stuff to think about and also great for dropping little fun facts in convocation with friends and family l.

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  • Lilja Sif Þorsteinsdóttir
  • 27-03-19

Such an important book

This book should be taught in every scool and found in every home. A very important book in these times of climate change as a result of our actions against nature.

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  • N. Rose
  • 02-01-18

Cute but not so deap

I enjoyed the book. But it’s mainly based on the author’s observations. I was hoping the book would go a little deeper into the subjects. I think the audiobook was read a little fast for my taste. So I was disappointed that the book was read by someone else than the tree book, which was lovely.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-02-18

i enjoyed it

though disagrees with author at few of his ideas. interesting sotries and i also leart something. thanks

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-12-18

the recording is appalling. he reads far too fast.

the recording is terrible! there has to be something wrong with performance as he reads far too fast. such a shame as I love the authors previous work.

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  • Lea Hullett
  • 06-08-19

Enlightening

Could not stop listening. Our companion and other animals are really so like us. Amazing book.

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  • David Johns
  • 06-10-20

Interesting & Informative

Excellent narration & intriguing case studies & examples but limited depth of detail compared to "The Genius Of Birds".

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-04-20

A beautiful book with a beautiful message

Just like his other book, Peter Wohlleben has managed to create a work of beauty, subtlety, insight, and respect. a thoroughly enjoyable read and a must for those interested in revisiting our preconceptions of other living creatures.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-07-19

worth it

definitely not as compelling and as groundbreaking as "The secret life of trees" but peter has a thoughtful way of making the experiences of animals more accessible to humans. wonderfully narrated

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  • Inge Buchanan
  • 06-12-18

A Great Read

Thoroughly enjoyed it. A fascinating insight into animal behaviour using a multitude of observations and interactions.

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  • Roshana
  • 08-02-18

a fantastic book

loved it. very insightful. definitely recommend it to others with an interest in understanding species other than just human beings