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Animal Instincts

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  290 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
Book by Titchmarsh, Alan
Paperback, 400 pages
Published June 18th 2001 by Pocket Books (first published 2000)
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Aug 08, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I love Alan Titchmarsh as a presenter; will not hear anything against the man. But this is the first book of his I have read and I can't say I was terribly impressed.

I don't think the book was terribly well written and it was all just a little too glib and convenient in plot development.

What's worse, while I do enjoy the odd bedroom scene in a book, unfortunately this was narrated in my head by Mr Titchmarsh himself... it just felt indecent!!

I think I'll be sticking to his gardening publication
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May 23, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-life
Carried on until page 87 and then thought, what's the point in going on with this story so gave up. I got this book off free-cycle so the previous owners obviously weren't that attached to it either!!

It wasn't appalling, but there was just nothing making me want to read it - not the characters, not the plot, not anything! I kept wondering when the humour mentioned on the back cover would begin - Rosamunde Pilcher even claiming it made her laugh out loud. I obviously never got to the funny bit!
Nov 02, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Boring! Gave up half way through
May 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a terrible book which I read this afternoon at work. It had been abandoned in a corner which is the best place for it.
Yet!! Fuck me, but it's so bad I laughed til I cried. So, maybe even Jinty O'Hare has a place in this world :D
A nice relaxing read

A well thoughtful read and how life isn't as straight forward as we would like it to be. Liked the way it twists and turns right to the end. Could even visualize the beautiful Devon country side.
As I now have to drive to work and no longer have the pleasure of reading on the train I have decided to give audio books a go and this book by Alan Titchmarsh is my second one. Unfortunately I have to agree with some other reviewers as the writing although not awful was not that good either and the story was weak. Sorry but listening to Alan reading his own story, with what I felt was no emotion in his voice, didn't help the story. The worse bit was Alan reading the love scenes which made my to ...more
Nov 29, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened-to
A very gentle book about a man who returns to Britain from Australia to sort out his recently deceased father's estate. While it covers some difficult subjects, such as Altzheimers disease, a potential suicide, banning of hunting and conservation, it does so as part of a quiet and slow plot. While the writing isn't wonderful, it is not awful either, and I enjoyed listening to Titchmarsh read his book.
Louise Randall
Enjoyable read if a little boring. It may be just me but found some of the characters behaviour very frustrating and not really believable. Ending of the story was not believable to me. Also, a few of the reveals at the end of the book were fairy obvious from the start and found it hard to believe that they weren't obvious to the main character.

It started out promisingly, and I was quite enjoying it but somehow the end seemed rushed and I really could not connect to it. It was like...okay...okay...okay...what? the premise is really nice though, however could have been explored way better.
Sarah Tucker
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you read his books anyway this is still a fun and well written book. Can honestly say I don't have any trouble in being swept into his books. Don't believe what you read about it being hard to get into. Read some of his other books then go back. Fab!
Aug 02, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved listening to Alan read his own story. His voice is so soothing and interesting. The story itself want awful. But not life changing either.
Stephen Coleman
Aug 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Good story.
Apr 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Feelgood bedtime reading and a bit of everything in there!
Well, I like him anyway...
Alice Dove
Maybe better stick to gardening, nice guy but I reckon even I could write something as good as this! It was pedestrian, sometimes it stimulated the interest but often lacked it.
Dec 22, 2012 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sho by: Mum
Shelves: romance, gave-up, fluffy
well, I didn't have any high expectations of this. It was getting to be a bit boring so I applied the "life is too short and you have 42 books on your to-be-read-shelf" rule.
Jul 02, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gentle (for the most part) romantic romp set in the English countryside but not afraid to include issues such as nature conservation, fox hunting, dementia and euthanasia.
Lizzy B
Sep 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Better than the last lighthouse keeper. Some interestin
g humour. Still v. Lightweight almost holiday chicklit.
Nov 29, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An ok read. Might try another by him cos I have heard that some are really good.
Apr 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great character descriptions and a mass of emetions and feelings and wonderful landscape descriptions. Pleasure and light read after a busy day.
Amanda Kent
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite enjoyed the romp through the countryside .
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