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I enjoyed this book though it was not quite what I expected. It does start out slow, stating information about human brain chemistry and wolf brain chemistry and how they relates to the evolution of the dog. However, it eventually comes together and you realize why the author goes into such detail. There are some cute stories about the author's dog, but I would have liked more anectodes. I was hoping for more information about the evolution of specific dog breeds and their orginal uses which did come up briefly, but was definitely not enough. The narrator does an excellent job. This book was just not quite what I expected, but if you are a true dog lover or are just interested in evolutionary science you will probably enjoy this book. If you are looking for anectodes and practical information about dogs, this book will probably be too slow and scientific for you.
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What disappointed you about The Wolf in the Parlor?
The author is really full of himself. He readily generalizes all the awful characteristics of many pure breeds and mixed, e.g. terriers and their owners are basically nasty in temperament. But his poodle can do no wrong (oh, except the poodle seems to undress him with his eyes, but that was just during puppy hood, he out grew his one fault). Not only is his poodle perfectly trained, but the author states in amazement that the dog howls in perfect pitch to his wife's piano playing THEN a few chapters later the author discusses his own color blindness and tone deafness. Really now, if he is tone deaf how would he have any clue as to the perfect pitch of his poodle? That's when I realized this author really is just so full of himself and delivering surely completely biased psudo-information. Sorry I wasted a credit on it.
What does George K. Wilson bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?
Nice reading voice, and he definitely relayed the conceit of the author well.
You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
Yes, it go me so annoyed I actually rated and reviewed something online, something that I rarely do.
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