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I'll admit it freely; I picked this book up wanting a happy, informative, feel-good piece of nonfiction about how dogs perceive humans. I got that ... kind of. Gregory Berns clearly knows his field, and his research appears very thorough to a non-scientist. I am a non-scientist. I was able to understand the majority of Berns' experimentation with dogs and MRI scanners, and to visualize most of what was said, given having only as-seen-on-t.v. ideas of the equipment specified. However, as a non-scientist, the science didn't really *interest* me very much and I found it a bit too detailed and ... well, sciencey for me. This being said, any student of medicine or biology would eat this up with a spoon! Berns is understandable and thorough, and he not only explores dog brains, but the brains of extinct animals, dolphins, and Australian marsupials. The book was VERY informative, and although I wouldn't re-read it, I'm glad I spent the time listening to it.
The narrator was excellent. It felt as if he read the entire thing to me in one sitting, without even a bathroom break. His voice is smooth, pleasant and well-modulated, and I (a former English teacher and proofreader) did not notice any mispronunciations of words that could have in ANY way detracted from the information presented.
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Gregory Berns has a special place in my heart due to all of his work showing how magnificent the minds of dogs are. In this book he shares research into the conscious minds of other animals, too, encouraging readers to consider the thought processes animals are capable of.
I can't give the performance 5 stars because Mr. Hempel kept saying "att-RIBUTES" when it seemed to me the sentence called for "ATT-ributes."
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