26 Book Reviews submitted by our Members...sorted by voted most helpful
Peter P. (pwp7669) - , reviewed Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior on
Helpful Score: 5
A very well-written book by an autistic author who has become a nationwide expert on animal behavior because of some very interesting parallels between how animals and autistics view and respond to events. As the grandparent of an autistic youngster, I found the book hugely interesting.
Fascinating book! It's about animals, but it's also about autism, and explains, very even-handedly, numerous theories that have been advanced regarding both topics. But it's far from dry, as Grandin and her co-author have allowed Grandin's unique voice and viewpoint to come through clearly, filled with an interesting combination of scholarship, personal experience with both animals and autism, and humor.
Fantastic book! It is an unusual mixture of science, philosophy, heart, humor and imagination. If you care for animals and have a curious mind, you will love this book. I'd love to meet Temple Grandin to discuss her ideas in person.
This is an insider's view that offers real perspective on the mysteries of autism (at least as she experiences it). Grandin's understanding of animal psychology enables her to advise on slaughterhouse management and she is one of the world's premier designers of such facilities. But as an animal lover I take issue with Candace Pert's assertion that animal lovers will be "thoroughly charmed" by this book. While the author's personal story brings valued insights, this is mostly a book with lots of explanations and theory on animal behavior and how to extrapolate that to human behavior and autism. It's a valuable read in behavioral science, but it doesn't touch the deeper questions of animal sentience or the inherent ills (and associated social ramifications) of large scale animal production and slaughter.
tani reviewed Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior on
Helpful Score: 2
Absolutely fascinating. This is one of those books that open up a whole new world of ideas for you. Half-way through reading it, I just had to order more books by Grandin, and they have proven equally fascinating.
This book was an incredible journey. The author has an amazing story and her insight to animals is keen. I feel like I have a better understanding of my dog's perspective. This is a must-read for animal lovers.
Fascinating from both my viewpoints as a biologist (having studied behavior) and as the parent of an autistic child. Even without a "stake" in the story, you will find this book to be very interesting. If you're a dog lover or anyone interested in either human or animal behavior, you'll find some new insights to think about.
This book fascinated me because of my work in adult psychiatry in a major urban hospital.
None of my colleagues would have believed that someone diagnosed with autism or it's cousin, asperger's, could be as "functional" or as successful as this gal, Temple Grandin, has been in her life!
This malady is nothing to sneeze at and has had many a parent and relative pulling their hair out trying to understand what is often a disabling condition with it's victims
I'd give it 6 stars if I could. unable to ever live an independent life.
On a primitive level that is at once earthy and transcendant otherworldy, Grandin claims to understand animals better than the non autistic person, regardless of how long someone has been working with animals or how skilled the person is.
This book leaves no doubt that she's right.
A simple thing like a shadow falling across the pathway in a shoot cattle are to be lead to their slaughter in can make them stop in their tracks. Wild horses can't get them to move, but Grandin understands them too.
She gets on her hands and knees and see things the way cattle do as they are to move through these narrow corrals to their death. It doesn't take her long to figure out the problem.
Is she unusually tuned in to animals or could any of us discover the same things she does if we're just quiet and calm enough and stop seeing things only one way? Could we learn what Grandin already has in her brain's circuitry or is this a matter of the heart?
This book is a fascinating read for both animal lovers and people curious about autism or just want to understand that we may not be as limited as we think, and people with autism may not be either.
All of Temple's Books are great. I don't know if understanding autism decodes animal behavior but her reading about her experiences and man breeding for certain traits can do more harm than good. i.e. breeding the brains out of dogs and raping roosters. Fascinating.
I really enjoyed re-reading this book! The first time I read it, I think I was a bit disappointed by how much of the information revolved around livestock. This time, maybe because I expected it, it didn't bother me as much. I was really surprised that some of the anecdotes were about Australian Cattle Dogs. Still, I think my favorite sections remained the same - the evidence linking wolves and men, and the section on animal language. I am very interested in reading her new book!
Didn't finish. This might have been a pretty good book if the author had been able to get out of her own way. Grandin is so busy telling us how wonderful and clever she is that what seems to have been her original intent -- understanding animal behaviors -- gets lost in the ego-storm.
I posted it before I had a chance to read it, but I found this pretty satisfying just to open up to a random page and read it. Full of interesting information (why some animals lower their heads to stare at you, etc...)
People with autism can often think the way animals think, which puts them in a perfect position to translate "animal talk". In this groundbreaking book Temple Grandin draws on her own experience with autism as well as her distinguished career as an animal scientist to deliver and extraordinary message about how animals think, act, and feel. Funny, informative and full of incrediable insight, this book will forever change the way we look at our fellow creatures.