• Sentient

  • How Animals Illuminate the Wonder of Our Human Senses
  • By: Jackie Higgins
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Perfect for fans of The Soul of an Octopus and The Genius of Birds, this “masterpiece of science and nature writing” (The Washington Post) explores how we process the world around us through the lens of the incredible sensory capabilities of thirteen animals, revealing that we are not limited to merely five senses.

There is a scientific revolution stirring in the field of human perception. Research has shown that the extraordinary sensory powers of our animal friends can help us better understand the same powers that lie dormant within us.

From the harlequin mantis shrimp with its ability to see a vast range of colors, to the bloodhound and its hundreds of millions of scent receptors; from the orb-weaving spider whose eyes recognize not only space but time, to the cheetah whose ears are responsible for its perfect agility, these astonishing animals hold the key to better understanding how we make sense of the world around us.

“An appealingly written, enlightening, and sometimes eerie journey into the extraordinary possibilities for the human senses” (Kirkus Reviews, starred), Sentient will change the way you look at humanity. 

©2021 Jackie Higgins. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Complicated subject in uncomplicated presentation

I got this because of the reviews and a need for an antidote to a bit too much fiction. Thanks to the writing style and the narration, it is a very easy and entertaining "read" about a very complicated set of concepts. A chapter or two at a time has enlivened my daily commute.