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Wildlife Wars

The Life and Times of a Fish and Game Warden
Written by: Terry Grosz
Narrated by: Pete Simonelli
Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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In Wildlife Wars, Terry Grosz serves up fascinating stories - alternately hair-raising, hilarious, and heart-wrenching - from his 30-year struggle to protect wildlife in America. A natural storyteller, Grosz writes about the remarkable characters he met - on both sides of the law - as he matched wits with elk poachers, salmon snaggers, commercial-market duck hunters, and a host of other law-breakers. Best of all, though, these stories are so remarkably entertaining you won't want to put them down. Wildlife Wars is the winner of the 2000 National Outdoor Book Award, Nature and the Environment Category.

©1999 Terry Grosz (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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the mountain of a man

great book. although the only flaw is the author loves to talk about being "a mountain of a man" and talks about being the 300lbs Game warden that people can't get away from... I think you will read more about his size than anything.

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  • leigh
  • 2015-08-14

Author is his own biggest fan.

Couldn't finish this book. If you like listening to a guy praising himself, referencing his "impressive size no less than 200 times, and mistake writing tickets for "hunting his fellow man", then go for it. Not terrible stories, once you get past all the self-praise.

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  • ross
  • 2017-03-01

Title should be: "reckless egomaniac tells lies"

What disappointed you about Wildlife Wars?

The author is an unabashed egomaniac and tells stories of his wreckless and overzealous pursuits while he views himself as a divine hunter of man. What a joke.

What was most disappointing about Terry Grosz’s story?

The fact that Terry can't get over himself. Ridiculous.

What about Pete Simonelli’s performance did you like?

Good narration. No complaints at all about the narrator.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Wildlife Wars?

I would have stuck to truthful stories and less talk about the author's perceived divinity and greatness. A glaring example of an overzealous, self righteous almost lawman putting multiple human lives in danger to satisfy his insatiable ego.

Any additional comments?

This author would have been in prision if the stories he tells were true. Firing 30 times at unarmed kids running away isn't something to brag about. Idiot.

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  • Joe
  • 2015-10-05

Good stories, annoying author

Overall the book was interesting and I learned a lot about the duties of fish and game enforcement officers, but I can't overemphasize how often the author mentioned his enormous size. It was disgusting. Literally hundreds of times he says how huge he is and is so proud of it that by the end of the book I was tired of hearing from him. If you can live with that it's worth a read.

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  • Caldwell
  • 2018-04-14

Fun and entertaining listen

If you could sum up Wildlife Wars in three words, what would they be?

Griping, Fun, Outdoors

What other book might you compare Wildlife Wars to and why?

Although there is not a direct comparison that I have, it fits the outdoor genera with books like Into the Wild, The Monkey Wrench Gang, The Golden Spruce, A River Runs Through It.

Have you listened to any of Pete Simonelli’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is my first Pete Simonelli book. I did enjoy his reading.

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

The secret life of those that protect our natural resources!

Any additional comments?

I really did enjoy this read and have recommended it to friends and family.

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  • Shane W. Daugherty
  • 2017-11-18

What a great book!

This book was a pleasure to listen to. I wish it went on forever. One of my favorites.

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  • S. Spencer
  • 2016-07-12

Interesting perspective

I enjoyed this book, probably won't be one that I re-read. The book is a collection of memoir essays by a California game warden so it was an interesting perspective on conservation from someone completely dedicated to preserving nature but, as he describes himself "not exactly a tree-hugger." I don't think it's meant to be bombed right through since the stories can get a little repetitive, so I would suggest listening to a story or two between other books.

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  • TCarbide
  • 2016-03-04

Comically bad writing

The stories are fine, but the writing is atrocious. The stories should just have been told orally. The writing definitely takes away from the stories.

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  • Travis C Fletcher
  • 2019-09-29

Self-satisfied garbage

Full disclosure: I only made it through the first chapter, and that was only to see how many times the author had to remind the readers that he's a big guy. 5 times, by the way. The writing style is hacky and sophmoric, and is composed more of generic cop cliches than actual original thoughts. He spends the first hour confirming that he is, in fact, the embodyment of every negative stereotype you can think of for cops. Arrogant and agressive with a severly over-inflated sense of importance. Oh, and he's a pretty big guy. Did I mention that? Like 6'4". Big guy.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-08-22

Would be a lot better without...

Would be a lot better if I didn't have to hear about his "6'4" 320lb" frame every 30 seconds. Otherwise great book but that part gets annoying very fast.

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  • adrian
  • 2019-07-27

Auto-fellatio

The author mentored his body size in every chapter. Tooting his own horn too much for my liking. Imagine a game warden story told by a wrestler.