When Elephants Weep

  • by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, Susan McCarthy
  • Narrated by David Ackroyd
  • 3 hrs and 5 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This engaging and authoritative portrait of animals' emotional lives is as groundbreaking as Darwin's Origin of Species in the facts and insights it presents about the animal kingdom. You'll meet an Indian elephant known for his facial expressions, a shy gorilla who is proficient in sign language and loves to play house with dolls, and an African grey parrot who, when left at the veterinarian's, cried, "Come here! I love you. I'm sorry. I want to go back." Animal lovers know that their dogs, cats, and birds have complex emotional lives, and now scientists have begun to chip away at this traditional scientific taboo.


What the Critics Say

"A masterpiece, the most comprehensive and compelling argument for animal sensibility that I've ever seen." (Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, author of The Hidden Life of Dogs)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Beautiful discussion on all emotions...

The book is a simple, straight forward look on where humans have viewed other animals historically, proof to point to not support and support the view, and how as a whole, animals feel. This will be a "well duh" but beautiful book for animal lovers. This may or may not challenge your view if you view humans as "top of the food chain" or to have "dominion over all animals". But it worth the quick read and shows real thought to subject.
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- Chris

Enter the mind of another being

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

Humans tend to be arrogant about their supposed superiority but this book shows how wrong this is. Animals other than humans are not dim robotic shadows of humans but worlds unto themselves.

Who was your favorite character and why?

There isn't a character. The authors are describing the mental lives that other species live.

Have you listened to any of David Ackroyd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I don't think so but he did very well.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes and I did.

Any additional comments?

If you think "man shall govern the beasts" or whatever the Bible says Wrong. The BibLe written by humans. Don't think anyone witnessed GOD guiding someone. Other species on this planet are just as important and entitled to their lives.

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- Elizabeth

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-1999
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books