Best Talking-Animal Books
Best NOVELS (not picture books) featuring talking animals as either the main characters or secondary characters.
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 229,340 ratings
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 1,014,156 ratings
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 1,446,082 ratings
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4.44 of 5 stars 4.44 avg rating — 316 ratings
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 166,653 ratings
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 112,156 ratings
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 731,302 ratings
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 99,991 ratings
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 194,258 ratings
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 56,290 ratings
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 309,909 ratings
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 52,880 ratings
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 144,949 ratings
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 8 ratings
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 39,660 ratings
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 67,353 ratings
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 141,254 ratings
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 22,664 ratings
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 86,894 ratings
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 48,842 ratings
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 150,175 ratings
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5.0 of 5 stars 5.00 avg rating — 50 ratings
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 47,495 ratings
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 40,167 ratings
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4.89 of 5 stars 4.89 avg rating — 109 ratings
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4.69 of 5 stars 4.69 avg rating — 144 ratings
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 122,932 ratings
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4.96 of 5 stars 4.96 avg rating — 53 ratings
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 302,580 ratings
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 209,155 ratings
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 6,228 ratings
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 8,427 ratings
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 39,928 ratings
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 23,344 ratings
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 478,437 ratings
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 8,179 ratings
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 29,153 ratings
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 21,119 ratings
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 2,362 ratings
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 99,652 ratings
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 4,287 ratings
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 1,307 ratings
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 41,400 ratings
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 48,699 ratings
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4.89 of 5 stars 4.89 avg rating — 109 ratings
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 62,781 ratings
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 4,231 ratings
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 31,327 ratings
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4.93 of 5 stars 4.93 avg rating — 58 ratings
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 13,505 ratings
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 32,553 ratings
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4.43 of 5 stars 4.43 avg rating — 89 ratings
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 73 ratings
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 7,847 ratings
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4.54 of 5 stars 4.54 avg rating — 24 ratings
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 9,963 ratings
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 256,823 ratings
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 2,178 ratings
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 17,909 ratings
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 3,700 ratings
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 4,299 ratings
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 63,895 ratings
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 50,087 ratings
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 14,317 ratings
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 17 ratings
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 1,094 ratings
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 79,464 ratings
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4.34 of 5 stars 4.34 avg rating — 47,207 ratings
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 73,216 ratings
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 10,153 ratings
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 2,603 ratings
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 3,060 ratings
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 12,071 ratings
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 7,266 ratings
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 115,922 ratings
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 89,709 ratings
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 41 ratings
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 8,375 ratings
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 9,189 ratings
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 22 ratings
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 1,963 ratings
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 531 ratings
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 18,924 ratings
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 387 ratings
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 170 ratings
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 26,503 ratings
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 39,232 ratings
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 17,391 ratings
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 1,133 ratings
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 35,426 ratings
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3.46 of 5 stars 3.46 avg rating — 671 ratings
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 454 ratings
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 3,477 ratings
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 25 ratings
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 7 ratings
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 7,470 ratings
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 2,703 ratings
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4.58 of 5 stars 4.58 avg rating — 97 ratings
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4.46 of 5 stars 4.46 avg rating — 6,740 ratings
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376 books · 512 voters · list created August 15th, 2008 by Gail Harcourt-Brown (votes) .
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Lindsey 124 books
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Antoine 948 books
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Liz 404 books
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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.


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