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The Other Animals

Written by: Lulu Miller,Shruti Swamy,Kelly Weinersmith,R. Eric Thomas,Ken Lui,Daniel Mallory Ortberg,Kaeli Swift,Max McClure
Narrated by: Lulu Miller,Shruti Swamy,Kelly Weinersmith,R. Eric Thomas,Ken Lui,Daniel Mallory Ortberg,Kaeli Swift,Max McClure
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Please note: contains explicit content.

In The Other Animals, a worm goes through a breakup, a vulture contemplates the act of killing, a whale falls in love with a song, and more.  

This funny, moving collection of eight stories - written by a diverse crew of scientists, literary writers, and comics, and informed by science - explores what animal perspectives can show humans about the world we all share. It includes stories by Daniel Mallory Ortberg ('Texts from Jane Eyre'), R. Eric Thomas ('Elle'), Ken Liu ('The Paper Menagerie'), Lulu Miller ('Invisibilia'), Kelly Weinersmith ('Soonish'), Shruti Swamy ('O’Henry Award Winner'), Max McClure ('Grist'), and Kaeli Swift ('Audubon').

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  • Michael
  • 08-02-20

Unexpected Masterpiece?

Originally, I only gave this collection of books any form of attention because they were free and I had a while to wait before my next credit.
Now, having listened to each one, I cannot recommend them enough.
Although some, such as the book based on elephants, weren't as capturing as the rest; I haven't a single regret.
Each was interesting and entertaining.
I have to give special appreciation to the book 2 and book 9 as they really struck a chord with me.

Everyone should experience these audiobooks.

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  • evey
  • 23-01-20

so good

I love these audiobooks “the other animals” so much i wish i could find them on paper to keep them! thanks audible. Wonderful preface as well by Rachel Hamburg!

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  • Sarah
  • 27-01-20

Mostly disappointing except last one, Rectangles

As the title, they were mainly boring or a couple that made little sense. However, Rectangles was beautiful and what I was expecting that all the stories would be like. Worth listening to just this one, even if you skip the other ones before it. I was going to quit listening part way through the series, but I'm glad I didn't now.

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  • hartplatt
  • 01-09-20

Intriguing tales!

Great concept - viewing the world from the perspective of the every day creatures we share it with. The crow was my favourite as it made me think how human actions are perceived by other intelligent species. The marmot addressed ageing, the scorpion was habitat and beliefs, the snail/flatworm addressed relationships/friendships and ambition. Lots more beside these.

A little bit of paper rustling in the background but overall well read and enjoyable. I just wish that the whole audio file could be downloaded as one and not individual tales one at a time. I bake for a living and also listen in headphones when gardening. Both of which mean mega sticky or filthy hands so I can’t keep downloading each part!

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  • ASHISH SINHA
  • 30-07-20

Fascinating collection

Unexpected Downloads lead to Unexpected joys. A beautiful gem with brilliant short stories with Animal and Bird characters. Enid Blyton for Adults
well read and structured

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  • Elisabeth Spanggaard
  • 23-07-20

Umwelt considerations

absolutely mesmerising. Such an interesting and touching collection of stories. Making the animal kingdom understood to the human mind, without too much humanising.
An Incredible listen, only interrupted by the presentation, and conclusion by the audible narrator.

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  • redearth
  • 19-02-20

I couldn't listen to it.

I wasnt sure what to expect, but this is NOT for me. I found myself cringing listening to it. its just not to my taste I think.

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  • C E Andrews
  • 01-02-20

glorious

I loved these. the first and the last were my favourites, but all excellent.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-07-20

Up and down

Good variety but some better than others. Rectangles made me cry in a good way.

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  • Osiris
  • 28-01-20

Unusually weird.

Could not make out whether it was supposed to be funny (which it was not) . Guess tongue in cheek stories? Narrations good, but overall not for me.

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  • Valerie
  • 13-03-20

Enjoyable and insightful

This collection of short stories gives insight into the animal world. Written with depth and “humanity “the stories offer of moving insight into the animal world. Highly recommend

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  • Mani S.
  • 07-05-20

Strange, fascinating and underrated

Excellent collection of short stories. Some are really inventive, with no attempts to give an animal perspective about the human world. The micro lives of a symbiotic worm and the water striders were really impressive. It created a whole universe within the world we live in. There were a couple of stories which used animals to look at human lives. This was a bit uneven. However, the last story in the collection about the crows was excellent. Gently heartbreaking.

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  • Leonardo pouyanfar
  • 21-04-20

FABULOUS

I really enjoyed Listening to the stories they were all nice, It is absolutely worth your time.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-10-22

Rich in parts

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experiences and hard won personal insights as well as the perspectives Julia pulled together from many sources,
But as the book progressed her strong Christian beliefs dominated so much so that, as non Christian I had to skip those chapters.

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  • Ellen
  • 26-10-20

A couple of these are really amazing

I really loved couple of these, and a couple of others did nothing for me. But as they're all quite short, definitely worth listening to them all to find the ones that appeal to you.

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  • Valerie
  • 02-10-20

A very enjoyable collection of stories

Fresh and engaging. This set of short stories holds plenty of surprises, wit and biology too. Recommended.