Best Talking-Animal Books

Best NOVELS (not picture books) featuring talking animals as either the main characters or secondary characters.
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4.34 avg rating — 222,052 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 147,993 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 458 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 86,317 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 292,656 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 389,076 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 85,572 ratings
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4.29 avg rating — 192,996 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 196,364 ratings
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3.88 avg rating — 93,676 ratings
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3.84 avg rating — 54,510 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 202,456 ratings
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4.01 avg rating — 129,315 ratings
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4.25 avg rating — 419,518 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 30,262 ratings
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3.91 avg rating — 66,644 ratings
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4.71 avg rating — 85 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 80,417 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 172,747 ratings
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4.38 avg rating — 8 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 57,890 ratings
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4.29 avg rating — 935,597 ratings
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4.29 avg rating — 57,793 ratings
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4.96 avg rating — 55 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 11,577 ratings
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4.01 avg rating — 53,360 ratings
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4.53 avg rating — 160 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 30,854 ratings
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4.33 avg rating — 58,956 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 11,175 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 66,179 ratings
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3.61 avg rating — 8,878 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 40,092 ratings
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4.71 avg rating — 55 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 30,049 ratings
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3.76 avg rating — 5,690 ratings
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4.29 avg rating — 90,632 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 4,492 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 39,795 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 83,295 ratings
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4.32 avg rating — 171,230 ratings
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4.20 avg rating — 369,821 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 130,207 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 59,519 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 5,066 ratings
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3.91 avg rating — 2,006 ratings
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4.29 avg rating — 96,521 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 338,015 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 181,437 ratings
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563 books · 662 voters · list created August 15th, 2008 by Gail Harcourt-Brown (votes) .
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Gail 836 books
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Jessica 2881 books
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Lindsey 177 books
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Antoine 949 books
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Liz 498 books
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Cindy 8064 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 (Lioness at Large) 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.


message 14: by Laurel (new)

Laurel Freddy and the Ignormus by Walter R. Brooks Part of a series of "Freddy" books; a pig and other animals on the Bean Family Farm not only talk to each other but talk to people too. The books have humor, adventure, poetry and drama. Ostensibly for children, Brooks (a New Yorker writer) was amusing himself and entertaining adults as well as children. "Freddy" might be a pig, but he taught my brothers and me everything we needed to know about being human.


message 15: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Strauss You should add Murakami's "The Windup Bird Chronicals", and Poe's "The Raven" (even though that's technically a poem). Also, "Varjak Paw" is an AMAZING book about a cat and kung-fu. Lastly, what about Gaimen's "Coraline"?


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Anyone can vote on this list, or add books to it; at the top of the list, at the tab next to "all votes."


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