Animal Happiness

  • by Vicki Hearne
  • Narrated by Cassandra Campbell
  • 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A New York Times Notable Book of 1994! Highly respected author, philosopher, and animal trainer Vicki Hearne offers a treasure trove of animal anecdotes, all written in her unique and poetic style. Through entertaining stories about cats, horses, an ornamental carp, a scorpion, and tortoises, Hearne focuses on how each of these various creatures experiences happiness in its own special way. She takes issue with Ludwig Wittgenstein on lions and language, discusses the naming of pets, and considers the process of mourning a loved dog’s death.

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Audible Editor Reviews

Cassandra Campbell proves a lovely, lively performer in this engaging audiobook about the wonderful world of animals, and their simultaneously foreign and familiar internal lives.
Written by beloved poet and philosopher Vicki Hearne, who in her lifetime worked jobs from animal trainer all the way to Yale professor, Animal Happiness: A Moving Exploration of Animals and Their Emotions - from Cats and Dogs to Orangutans and Tortoises is an eloquent, elegant treatise on the role of animals in our lives and lore. Campbell’s soft, empathetic voice provides the perfect delivery of Hearne’s moving anecdotes about the deep love and reliance which humans feel for their dogs, cats, fish, and rats, and every other strange and wonderful creature in between.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Grossly Mis-represented!

What disappointed you about Animal Happiness?

From the description I expected interesting animal stories...however, about halfway through, the author gets all analytical and spends hours expounding on the author James Thurber and very little about his dogs. It's confusing, mis-leading and ridiculous and BORING!!! I want my money back!


Has Animal Happiness turned you off from other books in this genre?

Certainly from other books by this author.


Which character – as performed by Cassandra Campbell – was your favorite?

The animals, of course.


You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The initial animal stories are good, until the author gets all "existential".


Any additional comments?

Can I have a credit for the amount I paid?

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- Genevieve

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-13-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios