Best Talking-Animal Books

Best NOVELS (not picture books) featuring talking animals as either the main characters or secondary characters.
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202

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3.64 avg rating — 309 ratings
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202

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3.98 avg rating — 87,685 ratings
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3.99 avg rating — 1,223 ratings
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4.05 avg rating — 571 ratings
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205

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4.55 avg rating — 124 ratings
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205

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it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 2 ratings
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205

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3.33 avg rating — 12 ratings
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205

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3.93 avg rating — 73,306 ratings
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205

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4.52 avg rating — 157 ratings
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211

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3.84 avg rating — 19 ratings
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211

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4.28 avg rating — 42,063 ratings
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211

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3.71 avg rating — 76 ratings
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214

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4.35 avg rating — 9,373 ratings
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214

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4.57 avg rating — 126 ratings
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216

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3.75 avg rating — 5,933 ratings
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216

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4.48 avg rating — 107 ratings
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218

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4.33 avg rating — 352 ratings
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218

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3.90 avg rating — 34,872 ratings
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220

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4.11 avg rating — 18 ratings
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220

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4.52 avg rating — 95 ratings
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222

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4.54 avg rating — 476 ratings
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223

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4.51 avg rating — 72 ratings
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224

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4.49 avg rating — 81 ratings
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225

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3.88 avg rating — 359,836 ratings
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226

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4.66 avg rating — 92 ratings
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227

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3.93 avg rating — 11,511 ratings
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228

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4.19 avg rating — 801 ratings
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228

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4.18 avg rating — 9,927 ratings
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230

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3.93 avg rating — 13,006 ratings
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231

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4.09 avg rating — 4,292 ratings
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232

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3.88 avg rating — 4,132 ratings
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233

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3.82 avg rating — 14,358 ratings
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234

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4.12 avg rating — 3,779 ratings
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235

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4.06 avg rating — 14,070 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 8,222 ratings
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237

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4.07 avg rating — 10,008 ratings
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237

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3.92 avg rating — 1,397,478 ratings
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239

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3.65 avg rating — 420 ratings
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239

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4.05 avg rating — 5,764 ratings
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239

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3.66 avg rating — 35 ratings
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239

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3.91 avg rating — 42,029 ratings
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243

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3.91 avg rating — 3,033 ratings
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243

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4.22 avg rating — 213 ratings
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245

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4.16 avg rating — 179 ratings
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245

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4.25 avg rating — 150,629 ratings
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247

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3.90 avg rating — 2,786 ratings
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247

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3.87 avg rating — 5,425 ratings
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249

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4.18 avg rating — 153 ratings
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249

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4.01 avg rating — 15,743 ratings
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251

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3.79 avg rating — 30,929 ratings
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251

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4.23 avg rating — 169 ratings
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253

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3.55 avg rating — 56 ratings
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254

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4.17 avg rating — 219 ratings
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254

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3.81 avg rating — 7,592 ratings
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256

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4.19 avg rating — 343 ratings
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256

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4.14 avg rating — 1,753 ratings
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258

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3.99 avg rating — 1,124 ratings
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259

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4.15 avg rating — 144 ratings
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260

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3.99 avg rating — 1,260 ratings
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261

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4.54 avg rating — 154 ratings
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261

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3.88 avg rating — 40,110 ratings
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263

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really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 1,773 ratings
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264

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3.88 avg rating — 466 ratings
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264

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4.02 avg rating — 1,355 ratings
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266

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3.97 avg rating — 4,605 ratings
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267

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4.07 avg rating — 13,818 ratings
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268

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3.65 avg rating — 3,313 ratings
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268

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3.71 avg rating — 33,899 ratings
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270

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3.97 avg rating — 31,266 ratings
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270

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3.99 avg rating — 12,020 ratings
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270

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4.15 avg rating — 318 ratings
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270

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4.26 avg rating — 2,750 ratings
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274

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3.98 avg rating — 6,803 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 11,070 ratings
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276

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3.92 avg rating — 729 ratings
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276

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4.05 avg rating — 20,435 ratings
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278

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3.98 avg rating — 21,906 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 43,805 ratings
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280

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3.60 avg rating — 2,992 ratings
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281

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3.97 avg rating — 10,662 ratings
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282

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4.01 avg rating — 20,306 ratings
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283

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3.73 avg rating — 16,705 ratings
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284

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3.95 avg rating — 13,238 ratings
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285

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3.96 avg rating — 24,575 ratings
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286

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3.86 avg rating — 35,772 ratings
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287

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3.50 avg rating — 573 ratings
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288

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4.19 avg rating — 2,871 ratings
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289

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3.88 avg rating — 5,038 ratings
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289

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it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 2 ratings
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289

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4.50 avg rating — 8 ratings
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289

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3.68 avg rating — 2,515 ratings
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289

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4.50 avg rating — 4 ratings
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289

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3.82 avg rating — 479 ratings
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289

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4.54 avg rating — 8,261 ratings
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289

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it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 1 rating
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289

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3.79 avg rating — 164 ratings
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289

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4.80 avg rating — 5 ratings
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289

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4.29 avg rating — 17 ratings
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4.28 avg rating — 157 ratings
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645 books · 753 voters · list created August 15th, 2008 by Gail Harcourt-Brown (votes) .
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Gail 836 books
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Sarah 2607 books
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Jessica 6518 books
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Lindsey 200 books
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Susanna - Censored by GoodReads 3251 books
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Antoine 949 books
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Liz 562 books
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Cindy 8545 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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