For those of us who own pets, we know that there is nothing quite like that bond between human and animal. Whether it is mystery, humor, romance or remembrance you are after, enjoy these books that all feature animals.
All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot.
Read by Bob Askey. Reading time 16 hours 56 minutes.
An English veterinarian reminisces about his work in Yorkshire that began in 1937 when he was fresh out of school. He recalls tending to the farm and house animals and comforting people whose pets died. James Herriot autobiography series, book 1.
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Black Ribbon: A Dog Lover's Mystery by Susan Conant.
Read by Catherine Byers. Reading time 8 hours 6 minutes.
A mystery embedded in an encyclopedia of information about breeding and showing dogs. Holly Winter and her Alaskan malamute, Rowdy, enjoy Waggin' Tail dog camp, where participants eagerly compare dogs and exchange gossip. Then the spiteful Eva Spitteler dies under a collapsing dog-training ramp, and Holly suspects murder.
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Cat of the Century: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery by Rita Mae Brown
Read by Laura Giannarelli. Reading time 7 hours 56 minutes.
Mary "Harry" Haristeen accompanies her elderly friend Tally Urquhart to William Woods University in Missouri, where fellow alumnae are holding a celebration in honor of Tally's one hundredth birthday. When the alumnae association's treasurer disappears from the party and another board member is murdered, Harry and her pets investigate. 2010.
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The Call of the Wild by Jack London.
Read by L.J. Ganser. Reading time 3 hours 36 minutes.
Buck, a St. Bernard mix, is stolen and trained to be a sled dog in the Alaskan gold fields. Abused by both men and dogs, Buck learns to fight ruthlessly until he finds a master, John Thornton, whom he loves and respects. Call of the Wild series, book 1.
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The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern by Lilian Jackson Braun.
Read by Bob Askey. Reading time 5 hours 15 minutes.
Jim Qwilleran, a prize-winning reporter, and Koko, the Siamese cat with extraordinary talent and a flair for mystery, are joined by Yum Yum--a lovable Siamese adored by Jim and Koko. This unusual detective team investigates a very clever murderer. The Cat Who series, book 2.
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The Cat Who Came for Christmas by Cleveland Amory.
Read by Bill Wallace. Reading time 7 hours 35 minutes.
As head of the Fund for Animals, the author is forever saving and housing homeless dogs, cats, and birds in his New York City apartment. But he never allows himself to keep one as a pet because of his heavy travel schedule. Everything changes one fateful Christmas Eve, however, when Amory rescues and brings home an injured, terrified cat, and finds that he can't part with it. This is the story of their first year together, as the lives of man and cat intertwine. The Cat trilogy, book 1.
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The Cat Who Went to Paris by Peter Gethers.
Read by Robert Sams. Reading time 5 hours 33 minutes.
Gethers, a publisher and screenwriter, hated cats before his girlfriend presented him with Norton, a small grey Scottish Fold kitten who takes over his life. Gethers recounts their adventures from vacations on Fire Island to business trips abroad. The cat makes friends with everyone--flight attendants, hotel managers, movie stars, and, finally, Janis Gethers's true love, of whom Norton approves. The Cat series, book 1.
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Catnap by Carol Nelson Douglas.
Read by J. P. Linton. Reading time 8 hours 2 minutes.
There has been a murder at the American Booksellers Association convention. Also, Baker and Taylor, the feline mascots of a book wholesaler, have been catnapped. Cat detective Midnight Louie pads stealthily through the aisles of the exhibit booths in search of clues. He teams up with human female Temple Barr, the convention's public relations officer, to bring the criminal to justice. Midnight Louie series, book 1.
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King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry.
Read by James DeLotel. Reading time 3 hours 28 minutes.
The story of a magnificent Arabian stallion and the little mute stable boy who cares for him faithfully across the seas to England and France. When King Louis XV of France rejects the gift of this stallion, he does not know that the horse will become the founder of a strain of Throughbreds and ancestor of Man O' War.
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Old Yeller by Fred Gipson.
Read by Jack Fox. Reading time 3 hours 11 minutes.
1860s Texas. Fourteen-year-old Travis at first resents the big, yellow stray dog that hangs around his home, but he comes to love and depend on him. With his father away on a cattle drive, Travis is the man of the house and looks to Old Yeller for help and protection.
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The portable pet: how to travel anywhere with your dog or cat by Barbara Nicholas
Read by Michael McCullough. Reading time 2 hours 25 minutes.
A travel administrator with experience in taking her own pets along, offers some sensible advice on how and when to travel with pets. She emphasizes the need for thorough planning and alerts the reader to some federal and local restrictions on animal travel.
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Reason for Hope: A Spiritual Journey by Jane Goodall
Read by Corrie James. Reading time 8 hours 51 minutes.
A spiritual autobiography by the chimpanzee researcher, covering the sixty-five years since her birth in 1934. Describes meeting her mentor, Louis Leakey, in Africa in 1957 and her adventures studying chimpanzees in Gombe. Discusses her love of family, friends, nature, pets, and God. Explains her commitment to conservation and education. 1999.
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Underdog by Laurien Berenson.
Read by Carole Jordan Stewart. Reading time 7 hours 48 minutes.
Melanie Travis is presented with a pedigreed poodle and enrolls the pup in Jenny Maguire's elite dog handling school. When Jenny loses her own dog, Ziggy, Melanie offers consolation. But Jenny herself is dead within a week, and Melanie discovers Ziggy alive. The sleuth hits the dog show circuit on a hunt for Jenny's killer. Melanie Travis series, book 2.
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Watership Down by Richard Adams.
Read by John Horton. Reading time 15 hours 38 minutes.
A fable about a band of rabbits who set out bravely for a new home in the English countryside. They encounter many dangers and adventures along the way, and finally make it to safety after rescuing some does who become their mates.
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White House Pets by Margaret Truman
Read by Kerry Cundiff. Reading time 4 hours 33 minutes.
President Truman's daughter provides anecdotes about the domestic and wild animals kept by first families. Discusses dogs, cats, horses, and sheep as well as pigmy hippos and lion cubs received as gifts from foreign officials. Covers Washington's horses and hounds, Teddy Roosevelt's zoo, FDR's dog Fala, and Kennedy's menagerie. 1969.
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Woof! Writers on Dogs by Lee Montgomery
Read by Laura Giannarelli. Reading time 9 hours 33 minutes.
Essays exploring the bond between people and pets. Selections range from light-hearted--Abigail Thomas's "Sleeping with Dogs on a King-Size Bed"--to emotional, such as Rick Bass's "Sick Dog." Features National Book Award winner Denis Johnson, whose essay is written from the perspective of his military-minded bullmastiff, Colonel. 2008.
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