Best Talking-Animal Books
Best NOVELS (not picture books) featuring talking animals as either the main characters or secondary characters.
1
by
4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 743,779 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
2
by
4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 238,027 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
3
by
4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 1,063,560 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
4
by
3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 1,502,973 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
5
by
4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 172,623 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
6
by
4.41 of 5 stars 4.41 avg rating — 324 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
7
by
4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 115,416 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
8
by
3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 754,301 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
9
by
3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 104,352 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
10
by
3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 204,717 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
11
by
4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 58,739 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
12
by
4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 316,543 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
13
by
3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 55,377 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
14
by
4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 148,847 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
15
by
3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 41,201 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
16
by
3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 70,245 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
17
by
4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 8 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
18
by
4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 145,497 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
19
by
4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 24,466 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
20
by
3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 89,718 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
21
by
3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 51,126 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
22
by
3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 155,110 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
23
by
5.0 of 5 stars 5.00 avg rating — 50 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
24
by
3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 49,899 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
25
by
3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 216,869 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
26
by
4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 127,866 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
27
by
4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 41,540 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
28
by
4.88 of 5 stars 4.88 avg rating — 109 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
29
by
4.66 of 5 stars 4.66 avg rating — 146 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
30
by
4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 313,514 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
31
by
4.96 of 5 stars 4.96 avg rating — 53 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
32
by
3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 41,505 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
33
by
3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 6,502 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
34
by
4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 8,750 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
35
by
4.71 of 5 stars 4.71 avg rating — 45 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
36
by
4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 24,113 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
37
by
4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 499,187 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
38
by
4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 8,498 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
39
by
4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 30,287 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
40
by
4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 22,040 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
41
by
3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 2,598 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
42
by
4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 104,839 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
43
by
3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 4,454 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
44
by
3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 1,396 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
44
by
4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 42,908 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
46
by
3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 32,302 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
47
by
4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 50,545 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
48
by
4.88 of 5 stars 4.88 avg rating — 109 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
49
by
4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 65,283 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
50
by
3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 4,382 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
51
by
4.93 of 5 stars 4.93 avg rating — 58 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
52
by
3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 13,997 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
53
by
4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 34,237 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
54
by
4.41 of 5 stars 4.41 avg rating — 92 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
55
by
4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 66,385 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
56
by
4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 8,185 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
57
by
3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 10,448 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
58
by
4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 266,408 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
59
by
3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 2,305 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
60
by
4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 18,996 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
61
by
4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 3,843 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
62
by
3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 4,521 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
63
by
4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 51,188 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
64
by
3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 15,011 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
65
by
4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 17 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
65
by
4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 78 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
67
by
4.5 of 5 stars 4.50 avg rating — 22 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
68
by
4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 1,175 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
69
by
3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 3,187 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
70
by
4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 81,208 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
71
by
4.34 of 5 stars 4.34 avg rating — 48,147 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
72
by
3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 7,564 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
73
by
3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 77,608 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
74
by
4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 10,439 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
75
by
4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 92,739 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
76
by
4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 2,786 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
77
by
4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 12,531 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
78
by
3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 19,696 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
79
by
4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 119,251 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
80
by
3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 2,022 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
81
by
4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 48 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
82
by
4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 8,892 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
83
by
3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 9,555 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
84
by
3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 23 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
85
by
4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 553 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
86
by
3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 408 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
87
by
3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 179 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
88
by
4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 27,258 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
89
by
4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 41,185 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
90
by
4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 17,985 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
91
by
4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 1,199 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
92
by
3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 36,832 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
93
by
4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 34,237 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
94
by
3.48 of 5 stars 3.48 avg rating — 704 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
95
by
4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 464 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
96
by
3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 3,576 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
96
by
4.75 of 5 stars 4.75 avg rating — 8 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
98
by
3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 26 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
99
by
4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 7 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
100
by
3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 7,787 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
flag this list (?)
425 books · 531 voters · list created August 15th, 2008 by Gail Harcourt-Brown (votes) .
25 likes · like
Lists are re-scored approximately every 5 minutes.


Gail 836 books
3 friends
Sarah 2086 books
237 friends
Jessica 2194 books
102 friends
Lindsey 124 books
11 friends
Susanna - Censored by GoodReads 2581 books
521 friends
Antoine 948 books
138 friends
Liz 415 books
36 friends
Cindy 6486 books
127 friends

More voters…


Comments (showing 1-13 of 13) (13 new)

dateDown arrow    newest »

message 1: by Amy (last edited Dec 27, 2009 12:53PM) (new)

Amy I s'pose the ones I chose (or added) are not actually "talking" animals, but animals who talk to the reader; they are the narrators.


message 2: by Ted (new)

Ted You forgot Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. and Life of Pi
by Yann Martel. I'm sure there are a ton more. But are there any books where its set in real life and then an entire species start talking to the humans?


message 3: by Mark (last edited Jun 19, 2011 09:12PM) (new)

Mark Another new YA novel is The Listener, by Maris E. McCambley. One reviewer described the book as follows:

Imagine discovering one day that you have the ability to communicate with animals, and that the animal world has sent emissaries to ask for your help to prevent millions of needless deaths each year--not just animal deaths, but human as well. Imagine further that a very small but influential percentage of animals don't want your help, and they're determined to stop you.

Twenty pages into this novel you will believe that animals have spoken to you your entire life, and you just haven't been paying attention. The author has a wonderful ear for dialog, and seems to know exactly how a dog, or cat, or hawk, or rat, will respond to any given situation. I haven't "heard" animal dialog this good since I listened to E.B. White read Charlotte's Web. 8 - 12 year-old kids will love this book, but I would not rule it out for adults, especially those who have a warm place in their hearts for small, furry animals.

Here is the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4d3Bu...

Amazon (Kindle) link:
http://www.amazon.com/The-Listener-eb...

Barnes & Noble (Nook) link:
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/The-...

Here is the Smashwords link: http://www.smashwords.com/books/searc...


message 4: by Krisitn (new)

Krisitn The wind in the willows should totally be at the top of this list.


message 5: by Vianh (new)

Vianh What about the "Cottage Tales" by Susan Wittig Albert? I have only read one so far but it was really cute. The animals help to solve the mysteries.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads You could add them; it's easy to add books to lists. Up at the top of the list, at the tab next to "all votes."


message 7: by Vianh (new)

Vianh Susanna wrote: "You could add them; it's easy to add books to lists. Up at the top of the list, at the tab next to "all votes.""

Oh I see. I just added it. Thanks! :)


message 8: by Srinivas (new)

Srinivas thanks for the list.
i have a special interest in animal literature. this list, exact what i want, has.


message 9: by Angela (new)

Angela Oliver Um, there's no talking animal in "Wynn Dixie"!


message 10: by Roddy (new)

Roddy I'd love to see Julie of the Wolves on here, or the sequel: Julie's Wolfpack by Jean Craighead George. Otherwise great list, and I've already added Wind and the Willows to my library holds. So happy to see The Trumpet of the Swan on this list and hope it influences someone to pick it up if they haven't.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads You could add them; it's easy to add books to list. At the top of the list, at the tab next to "all votes"; it will give you the choice of adding from your own shelves, or doing a general database search.


message 12: by Wanda (new)

Wanda Dear Librarian - As far as I know, Martha Grimes' novels do not feature talking animals nor animals as narrators. Thank you.


Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) Wanda wrote: "Dear Librarian - As far as I know, Martha Grimes' novels do not feature talking animals nor animals as narrators. Thank you."

Several of them do, actually -- Grimes has a gimmick about "talking" (or at least "thinking"/"soliloquizing") dogs and cats in particular ... The books I added are all cases in point, where this phenomenon occurs most prominently.


back to top



Anyone can add books to this list.