Authors: Temple Grandin, Catherine Johnson –
Publisher: HarperAudio –
Genre: Science, Popular Science –
Overall rating: 5/5 –
Writing: 5/5 –
Duration: 11:36 (rel. short) –
Narrators: Andrea Gallo, Temple Grandin –
Narrator/performance: 4/5 –
Impressions: n/a –
Performance errors: 0/5 –
Complexity/reading level: 5/5 –
An eye-opening book about animals, the art of observation and the human conscience. It provides insightful information about domesticated animals such as dogs, cats and horses. The first half of the book would be useful to pet owners and is generally very interesting, at times perhaps even revolutionary. The second half deals with Temple Grandin’s life achievements in improving the living conditions of livestock and zoo animals. The second part is not drastic as such or guilt inducing – it may be approached by all readers. The book should be listed as popular science and there are several relaxing anecdotes in it but the science element is at times quite strong. For several reasons, some of the parts may prove a difficult experience for certain readers (I reacted quite strongly to the part about cats and also entirely skipped the part about birds, fearing a similar effect).
I especially enjoyed the parts about dogs, horses and… people. The Authors included in the book a set of observations about the behavior of humans. I especially enjoyed hearing the statement that leaders, such as top management in food farms, act as the conscience of the entire company and all of its employees. I rate the quality of argumentation presented in the book as flawless and its construction as brilliant. The book features a short lecture by Temple Grandin herself. Temple Grandin is currently probably my favorite autistic academic.
The champion book cover. A lovely picture of a lovely creature (you cannot go wrong with dogs). Beautiful lettering.