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Summary

100 of the most heroic, inspirational and sometimes hilarious animals from history, brought to life by national treasure Clare Balding.

Bobbie the Wonder dog crossed more than 2,500 miles of plains, desert and mountains to find his way home - and became the inspiration for Lassie. 

Cher Ami the pigeon, despite being shot twice, delivered a message that saved the lives of 194 soldiers in 1918.

Trakr the police dog spent two days exhaustively searching Ground Zero and found the last survivor of the 9/11 attacks.

Ever since Alexander the Great named a city after the horse who saved his life in battle (and another after his dog), human history wouldn't be the same without the awe-inspiring tales of amazing animals.

Now BAFTA-winning presenter, number-one best-selling author and all-round national treasure Clare Balding picks out the most heroic and heartwarming (and sometimes hilarious) animals from history and tells their stories. 

From Simon the sea cat to Greyfriars Bobby's 14-year vigil over his master's grave, to the elephant that saved a small girl and Paul the World-Cup-predicting octopus, Heroic Animals brings to life incredible feats and moving moments which highlight the timeless special bond between human and animal.

©2020 Clare Balding (P)2020 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Fab.

Great listen while dog grooming in the back of my van. Will listen again while not working. But already can’t wait for the sequel ;-) A must listen for all and tell me, who couldn’t listen to Clare all day?

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Boring...

I wouldn’t recommend, I can’t help but think a lot of the content has unnecessarily been put in to ensure there is enough to make it a book, dragging it out. The story wasn’t very captivating.
Narrator is quite monotone so not an enjoyable listen. The best thing is that it helped me fall asleep.

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Interesting stories for animal lovers

Quite enjoyed this although after a while it became rather monotonous. I read it as I always do - as a whole. In retrospect it would have been better if I had spread it over a longer period of time, dipping into it every now and again, and reading other books in between. Many of the stories were heart- warming and enjoyed it when Clare read quotes by others in gentle foreign accents which added a bit of colour to the tales.

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So interesting, Clare always tells a story well

I really enjoyed this book, I found it very interesting. Some stories make you laugh, some make you cry. Clare Balding tells each story so clearly, you feel really involved. I really enjoyed this book and is a must listen.

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Wonderful

Amazing tales, love Clare Balding's writing style and narration. Laughed and cried a plenty. Only recommendation would be to ditch the accents, don't feel they add anything.