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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Tantor; Library - Unabridged CD edition (November 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400143225
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400143221
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 6.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,215,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"White's reading deftly displays a wellspring of genuinely tender affection and respect, reflecting bittersweet poignancy and joy." ---Booklist Audio Review

About the Author

Rita Mae Brown is the bestselling author of numerous books, including Rubyfruit Jungle, The Hounds and the Fury, and the Sneaky Pie Brown mystery series.

Karen White has been narrating and directing audiobooks for more than a dozen years and has well over one hundred books to her credit. Honored to be included among AudioFile's Best Voices 2010 and 2011, she is also an Audie Award finalist and has earned multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards for narration and direction.

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Rita Mae Brown is the bestselling author of the Sister Jane novels-Outfoxed, Hotspur, Full Cry, The Hunt Ball, The Hounds and the Fury, The Tell-Tale Horse, and Hounded to Death-as well as the Sneaky Pie Brown mysteries and Rubyfruit Jungle, In Her Day, Six of One, and The Sand Castle, among many others. An Emmy-nominated screenwriter and a poet, Brown lives in Afton, Virginia.

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I think it would be a really good thing if more people understood that!
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This is a terrific book about one woman's love of animals while growing up, and into adulthood.
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I enjoy a book that is well written, informative, entertaining, and heartfelt.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Jill Meyer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 14, 2009
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I've read ALL of Rita Mae Brown's novels - other than the cat series - over the years, as well as her few works of non-fiction. I think she's a writer's writer. Some of the most beautiful paragraphs I've read come from her work, particularly "Six of One". She's a wonderful writer in that she often returns to the same characters many times, offering updates on our old favorites. I've really enjoyed most of her "Sister" Jane series and was looking forward to a new novel this fall, but I guess that's not to be. Maybe next year...

"Animal Magnetism" really should only be read by animal-lovers. I always refer to myself as a "'dog-liker', but a 'cat-lover'". Brown really is an "ALL-animal" lover and she writes in her latest book about the many dogs, cats, horses, birds, rabbits, and other animals she's loved over her lifetime. And, who've loved her right back. The book comes with pictures of her and various animals, I was only disappointed that while she often referred to her parents and grandparents, she never included any pictures of them. I would have loved to see the REAL "Juts" and "Aunt Mimi" ("Weezie"); her wild mother and aunt she's written about so many times.

Brown sort of makes herself seem as if she likes animals more than people. Maybe she does, but I remember standing in a long line, outside a Charlottesville book/coffee shop, in the early 1990's. She was inside, at a table, autographing her latest book. The line consisted of young, old, men, women, all ages and while it was a long evening, waiting in line, Brown was incredibly charming with EACH person, taking time to talk to everyone in turn. No one seemed to mind because we all knew we would get our own "face-time" with her!

Oh, and Rita Mae, if you read this, would you please - A.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By S. Roth on October 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I read this book in one sitting after going to a book signing for Dr. Brown. The first book I read of hers was "Riding Shotgun" and her use of language was so incredible it led me to read all her books. When you hear her speak, it's like a good chapter of her books. She speaks how she writes and you wish that it would never end.

This book reminds us of what all animal lovers already know. Our animals know more than we do. If we listen to them, we would really be much better off. Having lived with dogs, cats and horses for the last 40 years, I know this to be true, and yet sometimes I forget it. They always remind me. Animals relate to the basic simple needs of life. Eat (hunt), sleep and have fun. We should remember those things and endeavor to do the same.

I think anyone who is looking for some direction in this incredibly endangered world that we live in should read this book and get back to what really matters for humankind. Perhaps we wouldn't have half the problems we now have if we would remember those basic needs.

And by the way, Dr. Brown, I, too, would love to see more Celeste Chalfonte.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Story Circle Book Reviews on November 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The voice that emerges from the pages of Animal Magnetism is a strong woman's narrative. With a Yankee directness, somewhat urgent and straight to the point, the author calls to the reader to pay attention to important lessons about life that can be learned from the animal kingdom. This book was written during the throes of global economic turmoil in 2008-2009 and is full of common-sense wisdom gleaned from a life of observing and learning the language of cats, dogs, horses, foxes and birds.

Rita Mae Brown speaks with love about her farm and the animal companions with whom she shares her home, the rivers, and fields. The story begins and ends in the mountains of Virginia, deep in horse country where--to this horsewoman--life isn't complete without foxhounds, horses, foxes and cats. She writes about home and the significance of the places she lived growing up. Early chapters reveal more about family and four-legged characters than about herself and her descriptive language gives us a taste of what it was like growing up in the 1950's after WW2. We get to know her father and mother, and slowly we discover more about this fiercely independent woman who was carefully schooled in cotillion Southern manners. Terse sentences portray a woman who is usually short with words, yet the descriptive language she uses when sharing observations about her pets reveal her true passion.

The author makes no bones about her critical views of destructive human behavior when she speaks of California and Florida being lost to development. "The loss of animal habitat, the killing of the animals themselves can never be reversed." Her ideas are presented with an underlying wit and grit and the message is clear: "Country knowledge is shrinking.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Himri VINE VOICE on January 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Lessons of love and their intelligence in sensing impending death or trouble are abound in books like A cup of Comfort for Dog Lovers. The author's first lessons from animals she lived with from her childhood are pretty much the same. So we can believe her lessons from her long experience with animals in foxhunting.
The news for me are the ones about dog shows antiquating some breeds by their nature, hunting behavior of owl, fox, listening to the animal, disabled animals being shunned, a child's tears might not get you a toy unless the toy is a suffering animal, hierarchies in herd and pack animals, patience, coat characterstic dependence on heat tolerance.
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