Non Fiction

Inside Animal Hearts and Minds by Belinda Recio

Narrated by Hayden Panettiere

I read this book on the heels of another with similar content. That book was about animals who rescue, while this is a slightly lighter collection of ‘special behaviour’ that certain animals have shown and, with them, stunned the humans around them. There was even some overlap between the two, with a couple of short instances I recognised from the other.
I would not recommend reading these in tandem, but both are definitely worth the read/listen. My experience is obviously mildly different because of the timing.
This book contains exactly what it promises, some touching and other funnier instances of animals making connections with humans and showing the latter what they are more than capable of. It is a mere fraction of animals’ capacities, I am sure, but they are fascinating to hear. This is the kind of positive book to pick up and go through a chapter or two at a time.
The author has done a lot of research – she likes and manages to convey that affection for the subject. I think the physical copy will come with pictures which might actually be even better, although the narrator does a great job of getting the images of the animals and their antics to come alive.
I cannot pinpoint any individual chapter that struck me more intriguing than any other, but I think if you have any favourites before going in, I am sure you can find a narrative or two that might mean more to you.
I would read the author again or listen to a book narrated by the same narrator in the future if I get the chance.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.


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