I’ve been really into nature books lately. I can’t stop reading them (even though I’m sure my friends would rather I stop taking about dinosaurs and zombifying wasps). But they can rest easy, because my new fascination is octopuses (at least until I start the other five dinosaur books on my TBR). I did just finish reading Sy Montgomery’s The Soul of an Octopus, which I really enjoyed. But, before I jumped into that one, I listened to:
How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals by Sy Montgomery
Read by Sy Montgomery
3 hours and 42 minutes
Obviously, I like animals. A lot. I mean, most of them are nicer than humans (except dolphins, those things are beautiful assholes). But this book gave me a whole new perspective on some animals that I didn’t have a particular interest in. For example, I am now slightly more sympathetic towards spiders. I’ll still kill one that’s in my bed, but it’s less terrifying to think of them as tiny animals, instead of gross bugs.
I’m still not a huge dog person (don’t hate me! I’m allergic), but I do think they’re cute. And it was interesting getting to know the different personalities of Sy Montgomery’s various collies. But, mostly, I liked the other animals mentioned in this book. Weirdly, the tarantula made the biggest impression on me. And I loved the octopuses (though I wish I’d read The Soul of an Octopus first, because this book kind of summarizes the early chapters of that one, and it felt a bit repetitive since I read them so close together). I did really like how Sy Montgomery, whose entire life revolves around animals, chose to tell her memoir through her time with specific animals that impacted her the most. It was clever and thoughtful, and unlike any memoir I’ve read before.
My one issue with this was that the narration, while good, was a bit slow for me. But I generally get annoyed when people talk slowly (even in person), so this could be just me. However, once I sped it up to 2x speed on Audible, this ended up being a really great, quick listen. I finished it in just a couple hours. I did like that the author read this herself, especially since it’s a memoir.
While this wasn’t my favorite audiobook ever, I do think it was an interesting one. It would make an excellent starting point if you’re looking to get into memoirs or books about nature, since it’s a nice blend of both. Plus, you can definitely finish it in an afternoon, which is always nice.
If you’re interested in this audiobook, you can use this link to sign up for a free trial of Audible, and choose How to Be a Good Creature as one of your two free books!
I hope you enjoyed this post! If you have a favorite audiobook, share it in the comments – I’m always looking for good audiobook recommendations.