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Our Symphony with Animals

On Health, Empathy, and Our Shared Destinies
Narrated by: Deepti Gupta
Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
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A leader in the fields of animal ethics and neurology, Dr. Aysha Akhtar examines the rich human-animal connection and how interspecies empathy enriches our well-being.

Deftly combining medicine, social history, and personal experience, Our Symphony with Animals is the first book by a physician to show how deeply the well-being of humans and animals are entwined. 

Interwoven throughout is Dr. Akhtar's own story of being a young girl who was bullied in school and sexually abused by her uncle. Feeling abandoned by humanity, it was only when she met Sylvester, a dog who had also been abused, that she found strength for both of them. 

Against the backdrop of her inspiring story, Dr. Akhtar asks, what do we gain when we recognize our kinship with animals? She travels around the country to tell the stories of a varied cast of characters - including a former mobster, an industrial chicken farmer, a Marine veteran - and comes face to face with a serial killer. 

Through storytelling that is entertaining, profound, and touching, Dr. Akhtar reveals what happens when we both break and forge bonds with animals. She demonstrates how humans are neurologically designed to empathize with animals, and how violence against them goes against our nature. In equal measure, the love and friendship we give to other species biologically reverberates back to us. 

Humanity's compassion for animals is the next step in our species' moral evolution and a vital component of our own health. Our Symphony with Animals is the definitive account for why our relationships with animals matter.

©2019 Aysha Akhtar (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • 02-09-19

This is a must read!!!!!!! I was blown away. 👏👏👏👏

It has been many years since one book created such a huge paradigm shift. Perhaps it was because I had never considered animals in a serious thoughtful way before.

I am telling everyone I know to read /listen to this book. If more of us read it, it could change the world we & animals inhabit.

You will not regret the time listening to it. Repeat—this book will change your mind!!

I’ll always be thankful that it came my way via Terry gross’s interview.