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Nostalgic, warm, and insightful, Ever By My Side is about the power of animals to shape our lives, to teach us, and to bear witness to our struggles, triumphs, hopes, and fears.
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By N. Rogers on 02-09-12
Wonderful Account of Dogs in This Vet's Life
What did you like about this audiobook?
Honest, Self-Aware, Thought-Provoking
How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?
In many ways this book is similar to the author's previous two books which were primarily accounts of his experiences with dogs and cats in his clinical career. All three books blend a professional approach with his personal empathy for the animals and humans involved. However, this book focuses on the development of his personal connection with his own animals along with his maturing relations with his family. His deep love for all is clear throughout.
Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?
I enjoyed the scene where his daughter's Labrador swam out into a large lake chasing swans and a panicked call to 911 resulted in the appearance of a rescue team willing to go all out to save the dog or recover her remains for the little girl. I won't reveal the end result of this adventure. Read the book!
What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?
A vet's personal account of the animals in his life and how they made him a better man
Do you have any additional comments?
I recommend this book highly to all animal lovers.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By GrandmaG on 10-11-12
This guy is no James Herriot!
It's probably my fault. I downloaded this book after listening to the "All Creatures Great and Small" series, which I adored. I was hoping for more of the same, but alas, no. This book is really an autobiography, beginning in the author's childhood, the dogs the family had, and the family's joys and sorrows during that period. There are a few "tongue in cheek" comments that might cause a chuckle, but that's about it for the humor, IMO. His father admires James Herriot (James Alfred Wight), and recommends that he become a vet. When he is in high school, they drive to the area where James Herriot lives and practiced veterinary medicine and he gets an autograph. Then he goes to college and subjects you to detailed medical descriptions as he travels around the English countryside as a medical student working with various vets. That was where I got bored (in chapter 6). I suppose this book might be interesting to a young person who is considering veterinary medicine. It can be considered lighthearted in some ways - not overly technical, but it was not for me.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful