Best Talking-Animal Books

Best NOVELS (not picture books) featuring talking animals as either the main characters or secondary characters.
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4.06 avg rating — 446,549 ratings
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4.31 avg rating — 287,971 ratings
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3.99 avg rating — 1,338,301 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 167,281 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 187,041 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 109,864 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 479,906 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 393,462 ratings
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4.26 avg rating — 235,316 ratings
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3.92 avg rating — 107,518 ratings
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3.89 avg rating — 113,651 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 63,978 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 248,086 ratings
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4.16 avg rating — 260,741 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 171,300 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 35,431 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 79,337 ratings
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4.26 avg rating — 546,530 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 110,495 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 217,182 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 71,235 ratings
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4.31 avg rating — 1,485,973 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 61,784 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 12,845 ratings
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4.30 avg rating — 79,374 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 77,081 ratings
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4.26 avg rating — 78,466 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 101,571 ratings
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3.63 avg rating — 11,021 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 46,101 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 5,303 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 33,348 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 12,606 ratings
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4.25 avg rating — 113,880 ratings
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4.28 avg rating — 3,049,453 ratings
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3.77 avg rating — 6,468 ratings
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4.35 avg rating — 65,027 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 46,938 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 464,871 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 7,185 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 367,958 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 65,297 ratings
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4.16 avg rating — 176,283 ratings
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3.91 avg rating — 291,745 ratings
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4.29 avg rating — 260,475 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 317,623 ratings
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4.05 avg rating — 5,275 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 5,713 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 2,233 ratings
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3.91 avg rating — 2,467 ratings
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4.27 avg rating — 117,878 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 11,450 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 35,997 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 388,469 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 40,371 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 412,111 ratings
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3.85 avg rating — 212,361 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 1,046 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 13,096 ratings
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4.01 avg rating — 235,692 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 8,422 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 76,396 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 4,557 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 194,698 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 436,418 ratings
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4.27 avg rating — 150,049 ratings
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4.44 avg rating — 38,517 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 27,280 ratings
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3.77 avg rating — 328 ratings
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4.32 avg rating — 21,853 ratings
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3.68 avg rating — 1,349 ratings
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3.90 avg rating — 3,469 ratings
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3.78 avg rating — 3,233 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 7,706 ratings
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3.88 avg rating — 4,559 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 14,236 ratings
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4.34 avg rating — 88,026 ratings
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4.23 avg rating — 88,138 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 23,312 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 78,129 ratings
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645 books · 752 voters · list created August 15th, 2008 by Gail Harcourt-Brown (votes) .
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Gail 836 books
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Sarah 2598 books
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Jessica 6462 books
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Lindsey 200 books
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Susanna - Censored by GoodReads 3250 books
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Antoine 949 books
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Liz 560 books
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Cindy 8556 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 Kristin (new)

Kristin 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."


message 17: by J.S. (new)

J.S. Burke Susanna - Censored by GoodReads wrote: "Anyone can vote on this list, or add books to it; at the top of the list, at the tab next to "all votes.""
Hi Susanna, what would cause a novel with talking animals to be removed from this list? Thank you.


message 18: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited Feb 24, 2019 10:53AM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I don't know. I notice a librarian (not me) deleted a number of books from this list recently, but she did not leave a note explaining her deletions (which is the preferred practice). The librarians' log format does not list novels removed, so I don't know what they were.

They might have been picture books. They might have been novels, but not with talking animals. I just really don't know.


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