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The Wisdom of Wolves

Lessons from the Sawtooth Pack
Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Biology
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Summary

From the world-famous couple who lived alongside a three-generation wolf pack, this book of inspiration, drawn from the wild, will fascinate animal and nature lovers alike.

For six years Jim and Jamie Dutcher lived intimately with a pack of wolves, gaining their trust as no one has before. In this book the Dutchers reflect on the virtues they observed in wolf society and behavior. Each chapter exemplifies a principle, such as kindness, teamwork, playfulness, respect, curiosity, and compassion. Their heartfelt stories combine into a thought-provoking meditation on the values shared between the human and the animal world.

An Esquire pick of best nonfiction books of 2018 (So Far).

©2018 Jim and Jamie Dutcher (P)2018 Blackstone Publishing

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fabulous!

I didnt know what to expect but I was most impressed: a new favourite!

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Fantastic!

I recently had a trip to Wolf Conservation centre in Salem,US. It was a breathtaking experience, to have the opportunity to connect to them, howl with them. words can't describe how it touched me.

This reinforced every reason i love Wolves.

I still cant believe there are people still so ignorant and egotistical that they believe they have the right to hunt such an pure and natural animal.

Great book thanks you for the knowledge.

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insightful and informative

really enjoyed this book.
It ended far to quickly.
I could have listened for hours more..
The narrator's were just perfect it felt like I was right there with them..

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Absolutely inspiring!

I knew a little about these fascinating creatures and how they are hunted to the verge of extinction in some parts of the world. Yet the emotional lives of these creatures, their perceptions and the reasons for their behaviour, remained a mystery to me. This excellent book lifted the veil. All I can say is it was absolutely inspiring. Five stars from me.

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  • Jordan
  • 18-06-19

Reframing our relationship

I struggled a bit with the premise of this book, but overall enjoyed its observations. I felt like they were trying to balance two worlds that have a possibility to overlap--that of cold, hard facts and the intuitive understanding of animals--and that it would have been a more effortless writing if they had been able to just write what they honestly felt. I especially liked Jaime's more poetic chapters because she seemed more unapologetically attached to the wolves. And wouldn't you have been, too?

Here's the rub and why this book made me think: our relationship with non-domesticated animals is complex and kind of weird. On the one hand we have the more scientific approach where people can critique every aspect of how human interaction might taint the subject's behavior and the inevitable bias we might have of anthropomorphizing an animal. On the other hand, though, I think this view comes with some faulty logic. Our human ancestors likely interacting and even potentially co-habitated with wild beasts like these wolves. We are learning more and more that people and animals even had relationships of hunting cooperatively. So the idea that human influence "ruins" the integrity of their observations is almost kind of asinine. And, I mean, anthropomorphizing as a concept means that we don't consider ourselves animals and I think that's something maybe we should humble ourselves to more often, but anyway...

This book is an enjoyable and earnest account of two peoples' experience with a wolf pack in a controlled, semi-wild environment. Their observations and interactions with the animals are sweet, gentle, and well-intentioned. They attempt to balance the scientific approach with human heart and it does give some beautiful details of unprompted behaviors from the wolves. If we really think that wild wolves wouldn't act this way, given the opportunity, we aren't admitting our cooperative experience as inhabits on this planet. Their world is not that far from ours and this book shows where that line we've created starts to blur.

If you don't want a book on wolves interacting with humans, then don't read this. But why not? Ultimately we all share this world and interacting may give us a view into their world that makes us less at odds and, given the statistics of wolf hunting and the animosity toward such a beautiful creature, maybe some understanding could go a long way to reframing our relationship with wild things.

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  • JP
  • 26-02-19

Good listen

The foreward is a little preachy and condescending, but once the actual story begins it's very good. The performances were good with Kate Mulligan being the best.

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  • H Briggs
  • 11-06-19

Amazing heartfelt story!

Amazing story about wolf life and their complex social structure. The story told here, of the Sawtooth pack, exhibits these creatures as compassionate, loyal, loving, grieving at times and intelligent sentient beings enjoying being what they are - wolves.

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  • Kay
  • 04-03-19

Understanding Wolves... Gives us wisdom

I never knew much about wolves but what tv or scary movies taught me... This book certainly changed that!
I bought a hard copy of this book... its a keeper. This audio version is done well... I'll be lusteni,g to it again!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-06-19

I got more out of it than I expected!

I downloaded this book due to my great interest in Wolves with a desire to learn more about them. I did that. What I did not expect however, is the emotion I felt from listening to the stories of these wolves. There undoubtedly are lessons we can learn from these fascinating creatures. They have shown to be selfless, caring, clever, forgiving and creatures of greater depth than we give them credit for. Listening to this great insight into wolves has caused me to reflect on my own life in becoming more pure in my intentions and actions. I also feel a greater appreciation for my own canine companion. I would recommend this book to any prospective listeners.

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  • ryan
  • 18-06-19

amazing story

this is the best and most tear jerking book I have listened to on audible by far

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  • Garden Worm
  • 05-01-20

Great Story and Incredible Life Lessons

I downloaded this book more at a curiosity than anything else and ended up loving it. The stories shared of the wolf packs brought a love and understanding towards them, and also amazed me how their stories could be tied into my own life. It was not just a book about wolves, but a window into how they live, their curiosity, and what makes them special. It helped remove some of my own personal fears as I gained a better understanding of them.

As I listened I ended up using some of the stories as lessons to discuss with my family and friends. I would recommend this book for those who want to learn more about these magnificent animals and also if you just want to listen to some great stories that can help you get to know yourself a little better as well.

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  • Anne Palmer
  • 31-07-19

A Must Read

I have always loved wolves, but have never taken such a deep dive into their family culture. I learned so much from this book, not only about the Sawtooth Pack but other packs and individuals that I now recognize when reading other books on wolves in and around Yellowstone. What a wonderful study and a great book.

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  • Annabells
  • 10-07-19

Interesting non-fiction about wolves

The first portion of this book is slow until they start talking about the wolves and pack, but just fast forward that if it annoys you. I commend the authors for what they're doing with the wolves. As a book, I'm not sure you'll get much more out of this than you would if you read a magazine article. However, the narrators are pleasant and if you know what you're getting, I think you'll enjoy hearing about their time with the Sawtooth Pack. I think this is an instance where the book would've greatly benefited from a professional writer/ ghostwriter who could've helped write more vivid prose. I realize this is non-fiction, but wolves themselves are so dramatic and personable, and the writing here is very journalistic. It creates distance that could've been reduced by a professional writer who could help "show rather than tell." If you're looking for imagery about wolves or Yellowstone, you're not gong to find it here.

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  • Penguin
  • 26-01-20

A must read for all

Beautifully written , beautifully spoken performance - I truly believe all of humanity should listen - before it’s too late for humanity.