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  • Written by: Farley Mowat
  • Narrated by: Adam Sims
  • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (73 ratings)

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Never Cry Wolf

Written by: Farley Mowat
Narrated by: Adam Sims
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Publisher's Summary

More than half a century ago, the naturalist Farley Mowat accepted an assignment to investigate why wolves were killing Arctic caribou. Mowat’s account of the summer he lived in the frozen tundra alone – studying the wolf population and developing a deep affection for these wild creatures (who were no threat to caribou or man) – is today celebrated as a classic of nature writing, at once a tale of remarkable adventure and an indelible record of the myths and magic of wolves. Never Cry Wolf was made into a major motion picture by Walt Disney Productions.

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©1963 Farley Mowat (P)2010 Naxos Audiobook

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Great story for long summer roadtrips

I first had this book read out loud to me by my Grade 6 teacher. I remembered loving it and when my kids became interested in wolves after a visit to a wolf sanctuary, I bought this for us to listen to on the drive to the cottage. They loved it and I had forgotten how funny it was. Mowat is a great story teller and the narrator was quite good as well. I only wish more of Mowat's books were available (The Dog Who Wouldn't Be, would be a great start)

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Wow!!!

Crazy and amazing!!! I was fascinated from beginning to END. I enjoyed learning about wolves from first hand account.

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Farley is a winner!

Story was awesome! The reader did a great job, but I can just imagine that Farley would have a dry time of voice that would be even more pleasing to the ear.

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Perfect Narrator for the perfect book

I read this book every year and this is my first time listening to it. the narration was spot on and hilarious when he needed to be. Loved it.

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An insight to wolves

An fascinating account of an observer of wolves and the sad history of the ignorance and brutality of humans.

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Excellent.

Loved this book. it was interesting, humorous but also sad at times. Highly recommend this. can't believe it took me so long to discover this great author.

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Fascinating story and wonderful prose

Farley Mowat has married scientific research with rich prose. The story brought vivid colour and dimension to what we consider a wasteland of cold, lifeless expanse. There are many characters, mostly with four legs (and names!), and each one sheds light on the mystery of the wolf and it’s northern environment.
Adam Sims buoyant narration kept the story light and entertaining. He was a great choice.
I only wish the book was longer. I don’t know if I want more research story, or more character story - both I guess!
I listened to this audiobook with my twelve year old son on a road trip and it melted the time away - he loved it.

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A New And Intriguing Perspective Of Wolves

I loved it!
The fascination of wolves and their nature.
A great narrator to match

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  • Darwin8u
  • 2013-10-04

A noble failure and a wild success

One of those books that if fun to review because my feelings about it change depending on how I look at it. As a pure book of science reporting/writing, it is probably a noble failure. As a influential environmental book, it is probably a wild success.

It is controversial (STILL) and entertaining (STILL) and a piece of shit/scat and a piece of art. My kids loved it for all the wrong reasons and I probably hate parts of it for all the wrong reasons. So, yes, I'm glad I read it, but I also recognize that it wasn't perfect (sorry, not many Darwins out there).

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  • Billy
  • 2011-12-19

wonderful

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

loved MOWAT'S curiously deep connection to self, with other persons, other creatures and his envirionment that has, ultimatly, brought about a change in the way we (human beings) make sense of the natural world. a wonderfully inspiring, humbling and thought provoking a book.

What did you like best about this story?

it's humanity

What does Adam Sims bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Sims was Mowat, great stuff!!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

an extraordinary accout of one man's capacity for connection much much deeper than 'ordinary humanity'

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sublime

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  • C. Suriano
  • 2013-10-31

A Funny Tale for the Whole Family

Farley Mowat is a naturalist. When he was young he had an amazing dog and two owls. He wrote about them both, 'Owls in the Family' and ;The Dog Who Wouldn't Be' . In this story, he writes about his experience dealing with bureaucracy and wolves. It is a laugh out loud tale of his study of a family of wolves who have an amazing family hierarchy. It includes an uncle, taking care of pups, who has a brief love affair with a husky. The end is very sad, the government decides to kill off many of the wolves, including those Farley had studied.
Please buy this book, you will learn an enormous amount about wolves and how a naturalist studies animals. Then Audible will release, 'Owls in the Family' and 'The Dog Who Wouldn't Be' .

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  • Jenn
  • 2012-12-06

A hilarious challenge to accepted ways of thinking

What did you love best about Mowat: Never Cry Wolf?

It challenges you to examine your beliefs and why you believe them. And while you're doing so, you're laughing your head off. Mowat's dry wit lends itself wonderfully to the uncomfortable realization that we believe things simply because we were told to, not necessarily because they are true.

What did you like best about this story?

The story itself is beautiful, exciting and heart-touching, a tale that is far away and yet somehow still very close indeed.

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

The moment in which Mowat decides to reject all his previous knowledge of wolves (which had at that point been proven wrong to him anyway) and view them with a clean slate was particularly touching. Ultimately, that is one of the most difficult (and rewarding) things for humans to do; reject what is "known" for what can be discovered

Any additional comments?

I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good story and a good laugh and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a challenge to their thinking, a change in perspective and an appreciation of the fact that often the most "human" behaviour in nature doesn't come from humans at all.

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  • Anne Palmer
  • 2019-08-21

Better Than the Movie

Learned a lot of new information about wolves that I never really picked up when the movie came out a very long time ago. Humorous. I wish he'd had a lot more time to study his wolves. Not surprised that the government totally ignored what he learned. It's always all about money and who's got it to spend. Great book though. Loved it.

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  • Emily
  • 2023-01-07

Need more please

there need to be more of his books available as audiobooks please. here 3 words.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2022-11-21

greatest book EVER written

Once again , humans never cease to let me down... nature is a gift and we are merely guests

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  • Lorna J
  • 2022-11-13

Funny and fascinating!

A comical story and brilliant insight into the beautiful habitat and lifestyle of wolves. This is a rare and enchanting glimpse into a world we know so little about, and repeatedly misunderstand

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  • Amy Thomas
  • 2022-05-02

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excellent workmanship, a high quality performance, and a truly riveting story. I have no more to say but alas the review is required to be a minimum of fifteen words. obviously audible gives not a care for being succinct.

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  • Arctic Ranger
  • 2022-03-11

fascinating study of wolves

very slow to start but good once he started talking about the wolves. Amazing the attitudes and ideas that dominated thoughts back then.