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Summary

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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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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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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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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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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glorious

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

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

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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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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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