Non Fiction

How to Examine a Wolverine by Philipp Schott

Narrated by Geet Arora


I saw this book/audiobook a few times on the blogosphere, and when I saw a chance to listen to it, I picked it up.
I am not an animal person per se. I prefer them at a distance, even as I appreciate their intelligence and emotions. I happened to read the entire James Herriot Collection late in high school and loved them enough to think that a passing interest in animals would still endear me to this kind of a book.
This collection of essays turned out to be quite different from what I expected (given my limited experience with veterinary books). It took me a couple of chapters to get over the initial disappointment that each tale is short and comes with the required background information, be it personal or related to the animal, in particular, preceding it. I settled in to enjoy the variety that I was introduced to.
This is the second volume of such essays written by a veterinarian in Canada. The different stories and types of animals all work well together to provide a very diverting set of accounts. At this point, I must mention that I loved it as an audiobook and might not have appreciated so much information without the narrative style. The narrator did an excellent job of bringing the author’s emotions to life. I could have imagined that the author himself was talking about his memories! The small twists in some of the events made me chuckle. It has a lot happening, and it is not the kind of book I could read in single sittings. It had to be absorbed a little at a time. This meant it took longer than I expected to work my way through it. I am not sure one would have to be an ardent animal lover to best appreciate this work. Anyone with a mild curiosity about the professions and the work involved could get something interesting from it.
I received an ARC thanks to Netgalley and the publishers but the review is entirely based on my own listening experience.

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