• Never Cry Wolf

  • By: Farley Mowat
  • Narrated by: Adam Sims
  • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 09-13-10
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (228 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

More than half a century ago, the naturalist Farley Mowat accepted an assignment to investigate why wolves were killing Arctic caribou. Mowat’s account of the summer he lived in the frozen tundra alone – studying the wolf population and developing a deep affection for these wild creatures (who were no threat to caribou or man) – is today celebrated as a classic of nature writing, at once a tale of remarkable adventure and an indelible record of the myths and magic of wolves. Never Cry Wolf was made into a major motion picture by Walt Disney Productions.
©1963 Farley Mowat (P)2010 Naxos Audiobook
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5 out of 5 stars
By Billy on 12-19-11


Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

loved MOWAT'S curiously deep connection to self, with other persons, other creatures and his envirionment that has, ultimatly, brought about a change in the way we (human beings) make sense of the natural world. a wonderfully inspiring, humbling and thought provoking a book.

What did you like best about this story?

it's humanity

What does Adam Sims bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Sims was Mowat, great stuff!!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

an extraordinary accout of one man's capacity for connection much much deeper than 'ordinary humanity'

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jenn on 12-06-12

A hilarious challenge to accepted ways of thinking

What did you love best about Mowat: Never Cry Wolf?

It challenges you to examine your beliefs and why you believe them. And while you're doing so, you're laughing your head off. Mowat's dry wit lends itself wonderfully to the uncomfortable realization that we believe things simply because we were told to, not necessarily because they are true.

What did you like best about this story?

The story itself is beautiful, exciting and heart-touching, a tale that is far away and yet somehow still very close indeed.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The moment in which Mowat decides to reject all his previous knowledge of wolves (which had at that point been proven wrong to him anyway) and view them with a clean slate was particularly touching. Ultimately, that is one of the most difficult (and rewarding) things for humans to do; reject what is "known" for what can be discovered

Any additional comments?

I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good story and a good laugh and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a challenge to their thinking, a change in perspective and an appreciation of the fact that often the most "human" behaviour in nature doesn't come from humans at all.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Accidental Hero on 10-19-15

Breaking the myths

What did you like most about Mowat: Never Cry Wolf?

This is a really informative book and very funny in parts, despite its language being noticeably old.

The author paints the scene well, and it's not a stretch to be there at his camp. Soon we are introduced to wolves, and their personalities come shining through.

We learn about the dynamics of that family; the author describing the father (wolf) as that archetypal, all- (good) American dad that every kid wanted. The mother, who he calls Angeline, is aptly named for our modern-day associations.

Throughout there is an undercurrent of (fanciful) demonisation of the wolves, which are even being blamed for the recent deaths of dozens of caribou lying in a lake of blood, some with their heads missing. Of course it is the aftermath of (licenced) hunter kills ...the 20th Century "Jihadi Johns", with heads displayed as trophies.

For the wolves this myth has a terrible price (spoiler alert) as governments start baiting and killing wolves with arsenic and strichnine, including, and very sadly, the family we have just gotten to know.

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