• On the Run

  • Daring, Real-Life ALF Adventure Stories of Animals Rescued from Laboratories
  • By: Ingrid E. Newkirk
  • Narrated by: Ingrid E. Newkirk
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 05-13-05
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: PETA Foundation
  • 3 out of 5 stars 3.1 (25 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Sit back and listen as PETA president and co-founder Ingrid Newkirk reads excerpts from her book Free the Animals, an action-packed story of the people who, often risking life and limb as well as their own liberty, rescue animals from laboratories, fur farms, and factory farms. Told from the point of view of "Valerie", founder of the most famous and intriguing American direct action animal rights group of them all, the Animal Liberation Front, Free the Animals debunks the myths supporting animal exploitation and lets the heart-wrenching stories of "the ones who got away" present an eloquent plea for animal rights.
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Customer Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mark on 05-27-06

Inspiring and riveting

Just finished this book and loved it. My wife listened to it twice and told me I had to hear it. It's riveting as well as inspiring. Basically, it's about people helping rescue animals in horrible situations.

For those who can't bear to hear about animals being mistreated, the descriptions are not lengthy or too graphic. You get just enough information to understand what's happening and then it's back to the action. It's the same with any philosophical talk about obligations toward and mistreatment of nonhuman animals. This is kept to a minimum, just enough to understand why the people are doing what they're doing in each situation.

As for Tricia's one-star review below, she clearly didn't listen to the book. For instance, she says the animals are released to the wild to face an even worse life. Homes are lined up for all of the animals saved in this book. She also calls the groups extremist. As for that, you'll have to listen for yourself. Almost all cases described here involved people working in the labs who couldn't take the cruelty anymore and sought out people who could help them help the animals. There's so much kindness and thoughtfulness in the book that the only "extreme" behavior on display is that done by those experimenting on animals. For instance, there are the dogs whose ear drums are shattered and their bodies harmed as they are forced to replicate deep-diving situations. No progress is being made on treating the mild cases of the bends suffered by Navy men and women. No progress for 40 years. Yet the dogs keep being tortured because if they aren't, the lab doesn't get its federal funding renewed.

The production values are dated but very listenable.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Kurtis on 07-09-05

Moving, Educational, Suspensful, Necessary

In a world where imprisoning and torturing innocent beings is commonplace and apathetically accepted, it brings a sense of comfort knowing that organizations such as PETA, and ALF are trying every non-violent method possible of freeing these animals and bringing there suffering to the attention of as many people as they can.
This is a wonderful audiobook. It contains many examples of their work, vividly described. The adventures are true, and will suredly touch the hearts of everyone.
The sooner we realize that the 'things' we consume (from food, to clothing, to makeup, and on) carry with them suffering, pain, and torcher... The sooner we will ALL make the conscious effort to end it.
Enjoy, as I did.

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9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By natasza on 06-03-16

Fascinating story about real human beings

What did you like most about On the Run?

It reads like a best detective story. The fact that it is all true makes it hard to put down. Extremely valuable in disclosing what taxpayerers money are used for.

What did you like best about this story?

Very well told without unneccessary sentimentalism . Yet deeply moving. Matter of fact style.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?


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