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Product details

  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; MP3 Una edition (July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441789278
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441789273
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.5 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,369,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gripping. . . . A compelling tale of emotional force and high suspense. "The Wall Street Journal"
Adams takes us to places where no author author has taken us. "The Washington Post"
Engrossing. . . . Bears the abundant mark of sheer genius. "The Plain Dealer"
Better and more powerful than "Watership Down." "Providence Journal"
Marvelous. . . . An excellent drama. "Newsweek
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Excellent. "New York Daily News
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Adams writes brilliantly about animals. . . . When these dogs are on the move, they compel us to follow, trotting along the narrative path on all the legs we have. "Saturday Review
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The genuine and moving feeling for animals that dominated "Watership Down" emerges here in intense dramatic form. Adams engenders such compassion, such desperate, urgent sympathy for the plague dogs, that the reader yearns for a happy ending. "Publishers Weekly"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Richard Adams is the author of many bestselling novels, including "Watership Down" (1974), "Shardik" (1976), "The Plague Dogs" (1978), "The Girl in a Swing" (1980), "Maia" (1985), and "Traveller" (1988), as well as several works of nonfiction, including his autobiographical "The Day Gone By" (1991). The winner of the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Award for Children s Literature, he currently lives in Hampshire, England." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Richard Adams was born in Berkshire in 1920, and is probably best known for his debut novel, "Watership Down" - a story he originally told to his children, to help pass the time on long car journeys. "The Plague Dogs" was his third novel, and was first published in 1977 - and, like its predecessor, it was adapted into an animated film.

The book's two heroes are Rowf and Snitter - two dogs, and victims of scientific research. Rowf is a large, black mongrel who is constantly being drowned and resusitated while Snitter, a fox terrier, has had brain surgery. (There seems to be little point to the experiments - they're apparently being carried out just for the sheer hell of it). Naturally, Rowf has come to hate the water tank, while the surgery has left Snitter suffering from regular bouts of confusion. Unlike Rowf, who'd been bred for research, Snitter had once been a pet - and despite his operation, he knows there are better people out there than the "whitecoats." The pair are incarcerated at the Animal Research (Scientific and Experimental) labs, based in northern England's Lake District. (The institution's acronym, I'm guessing, gives some idea of what Adams thought about animal experimentation). The book opens on a Friday evening, and Snitter notices that Rowf's cage hasn't been properly closed. He manages to wriggle underneath the partition and the pair manage to escape into the outside world.

Although delighted to have escaped their tormentors, there soon realise that life on the outside isn't going to be easy. At first, Snitter tries to find them a new master - but each effort, naturally, ends in disaster. They soon realise they'll have to feed themselves, and find somewhere dry to sleep.
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This book is extraordinarily well written. It is the only book to make me cry whilst reading it, and the issues it raises are both though provoking and significant to the present day. Before people condem the issues as fabricated fiction, I would like to point out that in my copy of the book,at least, the author states that every experiment described in the book has been performed in real life. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone, and it takes a little while to get into, so don't give up on it until you have at least read the first hundred pages.
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This, Richard Adams' third book after 'Watership Down' and 'Shardik', is probably his best. The book dismisses 'Watership Down''s relative sentimentality for more brutal subject matter but still manages to champion animals over humans for a happy ending. It's also a very philosophical work, as the story goes beyond the escape of the principal characters of Rowf and Snitter into the human and political world to show its rank underbelly. Brilliant.
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Before buying a copy of The Plague Dogs I took out a request from the library and ended up with an older edition. It was a wonderful hardback - the illustrations of the Lake District by the late Alfred Wainwright complimented Adams' rich, vivid prose perfectly. Sadly though, the illustrations have been removed from this recent (2015) re-issue, hence why this book loses a star in my estimation. The story itself remains unaltered, and it's as good as it's ever been.

The Plague Dogs is a simple tale as its core, treading the fine line between fact and fantasy, but it's certainly not a kid's book - there's too much hard swearing and gory imagery to recommend it for such audiences. It's an excellent YA novel, however, and will almost certainly inspire thought and conversation among anyone with an interest in animal welfare issues.

Want more of a challenge from talking animal stories? Then look no further than The Plague Dogs!
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Re-reading this book, after 30 years, I am again impressed by the sheer power of the author's writing. You don't just feel on the side of the two dogs, Rowf and Snitter, but you begin to think like them.
Snitter, in the lucid moments when he is not affected by experimental brain surgery, shows a fine understanding of human nature, learned from a kind master. Rowf has never been domesticated, and is strong and brave, but ignorant. Tod, the fox who befriends them, is canny.
Although the story starts in an Animal Research Station (from which the dogs escape), the author does not take sides on animal experimentation, merely reporting factually; he is not so even-handed when it comes to fox-hunting, the death of Tod is very upsetting.
The book takes you on a Lakeland tour, helped by Wainwright's maps, but out-of-season in late Autumn, when it is the domain of the sheep farmers, their dogs and sheep. Some of the humans come across as stereotypes (although I loved Annie Mossity!), but the redemption of the journalist Digby Driver is a nice touch.
The one difficulty I had with this book is the variety of dialects, both human and animal.
All in all, this is a book well worth reading, if you can find a copy- as it is out of print in paperback.
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This was shown on Amazon with one cover, but actually arrived from the seller with the same cover as the copy I read and re-read many times in my youth. That put me in a good mood right away, and the book is still my favourite of those I have read by Richard Adams.

Younger readers might find the political interludes a distraction but this is an excellent tale well told.
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