What Shamu Taught Me about Life, Love, and Marriage

  • by Amy Sutherland
  • Narrated by Hillary Huber
  • 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

While observing exotic animal trainers for her acclaimed book Kicked, Bitten, and Scratched, journalist Amy Sutherland had an epiphany: What if she used these training techniques with the human animals in her own life?The next time her husband stomped through the house in search of his mislaid car keys, she asked herself, "What would a dolphin trainer do?" The answer was: nothing. Trainers reward the behavior they want and, just as important, ignore the behavior they don't. As she put more training principles into action, she noticed that she became more optimistic and less judgmental, and that their marriage improved.What started as a goofy experiment had such good results that Sutherland began using these training techniques with all the people in her life, with great results.

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What the Critics Say

"This engaging, often humorous, insightful book belongs in all public and academic libraries' self-help, psychology, and animal behavior collections." (Library Journal)

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Customer Reviews

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Easy and helpful

Very enjoyable book. Easy to get through quickly and to pick up some helpful tips that you can use right away. Oh, and you'll also learn some fascinating things about exotic animal behavior.
The author has a great sense of humor and I felt that on more than a few occasions this wasn't captured by the way the narrator read at all. Still worth the listen though.
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- Laureen Miki

Every human should read this book!

I wonderful way to learn how to better live in this world with a little more joy spread through progressive training
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- Alanna

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-28-2008
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.