• Of Wolves and Men

  • By: Barry Lopez
  • Narrated by: Matt Godfrey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (42 ratings)

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By: Barry Lopez
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Humankind's relationship with the wolf is the sum of a spectrum of responses ranging from fear to admiration and affection. Lopez's classic, careful study has won praise from a wide range of reviewers and improved the way books on wild animals are written. Of Wolves and Men explores the uneasy interaction between wolves and civilization over the centuries, and the wolf's prominence in our thoughts about wild creatures. 

Drawing upon an impressive array of literature, history, science, and mythology as well as extensive personal experience with captive and free-ranging wolves, Lopez argues for the wolf's preservation and immerses the listener in its sensory world, creating a compelling portrait of the wolf both as a real animal and as imagined by different kinds of men. With irresistible charm and elegance, Of Wolves and Men celebrates careful scientific fieldwork, dispels folklore that has enabled the Western mind to demonize wolves, explains myths, and honors indigenous traditions, allowing us to understand how this remarkable animal has become so prominent for so long in the human heart.

©1978 Barry Holstun Lopez; Afterword copyright 2004 by Barry Holstun Lopez (P)2022 Tantor

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To Better Know Wolves

This excellent non-fiction book by a superb and talented author is essential reading or listening for anyone interested in the natural history and behavior of wolves. It also includes much about wolves in human history and literature.

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Non fiction Has Never Been So Easy to Read

Lopez describes every angle of wolf lore and biology in a way that held my attention and fascination. I have a much greater appreciation of this majestic animal.

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groundbreaking study.

a book that broke with hundreds of years of legend & stories to ask humans to look at our relationship with wolves

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Very good book!

A freind recommended this book to me awhile back but at the time there was no audio book version of it on audible that I could find. I prefer reading books to listening to them of course, but I like to listen while I'm working, so when this finally came out I immediately used my credit on it and didn't regret it.
A very good, thought provoking, educational, interesting book. If you are interested in wolves, you should read it.
The narrator did a great job. I am very picky about narrators. There are a few very unimportant things about the narrator's performance that I could nitpick down to a 4 star rating if I wanted to be unreasonable, but I gave him 5 stars because compared to 95% of the other narrators I have listened to on here, he did an absolutely amazing job. LOL!

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  • Chris
  • 04-20-22

Could have been shorter

This book was interesting, but the middle chapters could have been condensed by at least two thirds.

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  • 03-15-22

truly a master anthropologist

Lopez leaves no stone unturned as he hunts through the life of the American wolf, the way this book is written is a shining example to anyone studying natural history from an anthropological outlook