The Truth about Animals by Lucy Cooke audiobook

The Truth about Animals: Stoned Sloths, Lovelorn Hippos, and Other Tales from the Wild Side of Wildlife

By Lucy Cooke
Read by Lucy Cooke

Basic Books, Hachette Book Group 9780465094646

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781549197932

  • ISBN: 9781549172502

  • ISBN: 9781538584453

Runtime: 10.48 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Science
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Mary Roach meets Sam Kean and Bill Bryson in this uproarious tour of the basest instincts and biggest mysteries of the animal world

Humans have gone to the Moon and discovered the Higgs boson, but when it comes to understanding animals, we still have a long way to go. Whether we are seeing a viral video of romping baby pandas or a picture of penguins “holding hands,” it’s hard for us not to project our own values—innocence, fidelity, temperance, hard work—onto animals. So you’ve probably never considered if moose get drunk, penguins cheat on their mates, or worker ants lay about. They do—and that’s just for starters.

In The Truth about Animals, Lucy Cooke takes us on a worldwide journey to meet everyone from a Colombian hippo castrator to a Chinese panda porn peddler, all to lay bare the secret—and often hilarious—habits of the animal kingdom. Charming and at times downright weird, this modern bestiary is perfect for anyone who has ever suspected that virtue might be unnatural.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The eclectic stories come thick and fast, with an equally varied human cast dedicated to uncovering the truth, scientifically or otherwise. Cooke illuminates and mickey-takes in equal measure, and the truth as she tells it is not only unexpected but often bizarre, bawdy, and very, very funny. " BBC Wildlife (London)
“A joy from beginning to end. Who could resist a writer who argues that penguins have been pulling the wool over our eyes for years, and that, far from being cute and gregarious, they are actually pathologically unpleasant necrophiliacs?” Guardian (London)

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Author

Author Bio: Lucy Cooke

Author Bio: Lucy Cooke

Lucy Cooke is an award-winning filmmaker who has written, produced, and directed several popular documentary series for BBC, PBS, Discovery, and National Geographic. Her first book, A Little Book of Sloth, was a New York Times bestseller. She earned a Masters in zoology from the University of Oxford. She lives in London.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, Playaway
Category: Nonfiction/Science
Runtime: 10.48
Audience: Adult
Language: English