Listening to the Animals by Noel Fitzpatrick

Listening to the Animals

THE NO.1 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER. A powerful, heart-warming and inspiring memoir from the UK's most famous and beloved vet, Professor Noel Fitzpatrick - star of the Channel 4 series The Supervet. Growing up on the family farm in Ballyfin, Ireland, Noel's childhood was spent tending to the cattle and sheep, the hay and silage, the tractors and land, his beloved sheepdog Pirate providing solace from the bullies that plagued him at school. It wa...

Details Listening to the Animals

TitleListening to the Animals
Release DateOct 18th, 2018
GenreNonfiction, Biography, Animals, Autobiography, Memoir

Reviews Listening to the Animals

  • Sara
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Noel Fitzpatrick is perhaps best known in the UK for his tv programme ‘The Supervet’, which centres around his small animal practice treating exceptionally difficult cases with a certain degree of innovation and passion. His book looks deeper into this passion for his work, as well as expanding on Noel’s life growing up in rural Ireland, and his difficult route to the so calle...
  • Sharon
    I have been a huge fan of the TV show The Supervet, so when I discovered there was a book out about Professor Noel Fitzpatrick I knew I had to get a copy and I’m so glad I did. This is the story of how Noel became a world-renowned Neuro-orthopedic veterinary surgeon. We follow Noel from his childhood years growing up, the family farm in Ireland to his school days where he was bullied which was distressing to read about. Overcoming all of that, ...
  • Nicola Clough
    I love watching the supervet so much and couldn't wait to read this book. I have never laughed and cried so much at the same time the book is simply brilliant and tells the story of Noel from childhood through to adulthood and how he had to work to become a vet but also shows how he had a hard life with the bullies but how determined he was to get what he wanted. He's an amazing guy and his book is simply brilliant from the first page and lovely ...
  • Aoife
    If anyone loves dogs and cats, or just animals in general and the revolutionary ways veterinary medicine can now save our beloved pets from things that could have meant disaster years ago, this book is one for you.Noel Fitzpatrick is best known as ‘The Supervet’ thanks to the programme of the same name on Channel 4 and gives viewers an inside look at his veterinary surgery where he and his team use a range of bionics, engineering and mechanic...
  • Margaret Bamford
    I love this book as it shows how hard he worked to get where he is today. He is an inspiration to anyone who is an animal lover.
  • Alayne Emmett
    That was an interesting book to read. I admire Noel Fitzpatrick and what he does to help animals so reading this was quite an eye-opener as he has had a big struggle in his life to get to where he is today. Some of it was a bit technical but I got through it .
  • AnnMarie Lucas
    Such a good book written by such a lovely man!
  • Janet
    Just loved this book , the man is wonderful.I did feel that he found talking about his early life in Ireland, and his romantic attachments, a little awkward. However the chapters on his patients, and the building of his dreamed of practice, were so interesting that I could not put the book down.The way that Noel is so absorbed in his work, and the way he seemed to find a little difficulty socialising whilst in his youth, made me wonder if he is o...
  • Rhona Lattka
    It took me a few chapters to fully get into, but once I did I couldn’t stop. Noel has such incredible stories to tell. It’s clear he really is a genuine and fantastic person. Heartwarming story.
  • Pamela
    I have always enjoyed watching Noel Fitzpatrick's TV programme The Supervet and so was delighted to be given this memoir. From his early years on a farm in Ireland to his creation of a state-of-the-art Referrals Centre in Surrey, this is a heartwarming and enjoyable story.I guess many readers come to biographies looking to learn more about the subject's personal life, and Noel Fitzpatrick does share stories of his childhood and his romantic rel...
  • Rebecca If Only I Could Read Faster
    I have watched Noel Fitzpatrick on television since his days on the BBC as The Bionic Vet. Of course, now he is better known as The Supervet, star of the Channel Four programme that has been shown on prime time tv for years.From what I have seen about Noel, he really is someone very special, his dedication is clearly evident, as is his genuine love of animals, and the fact that he loves hugs.I have often wondered about who he is, the man behind t...
  • Julie
    It is always interesting to read a book like this, about someone who has had a lifelong passion for what they do. Noel Fitzpatrick was a bit of a lonely boy growing up on a rural Irish farm, who develops an persona of Vetman - someone who protects and looks after all animals. He has gone on to specialize in Neuro and Ortho cases, to develop new procedures and new prosthetics for animals, lecture in the UK and Us and open his own hospital, as well...
  • Zara
    I absolutely love Noel Fitzpatrick and his TV series 'The Supervet' so I was extremely excited when I heard he had a book coming out. His book doesn't disappoint, and is extremely inspiring - he has led an interesting life, has had his ups and downs, experienced bullying at school, sadly puts himself down even now (why, Noel, why??), but as his TV series shows, he has come out the other side shining and successful - there's one up to those bullie...
  • Chloé
    Maybe just a little bit biased though.
  • Chris H
    Very interesting insight into the early years of a remarkable man. Mostly entertaining though sometimes a little over technical
  • Misfits farm
    Noel. Where do I begin. Many of us have admired him since watching “Supervet” on the TV. I remember watching this first TV appearances as “The Bionic Vet” before he was so well known by the great British public. This is the story of his life, from his humble beginnings on a farm and how he tentatively and sometimes brutally(due to the conditions such as cold and wet) learned the beginnings of his skills which we today see as the eminent s...
  • Pete
    I really wanted to read and enjoy this book, having been given it as a Christmas present. However I found it rather disappointing, and strangely it read almost like three different books, each third (roughly) is written completely differently and each has its good and bad points.But before I get on to the actual book, I have to say that I find the author's work, dedication, compassion and obvious intelligence truly inspirational and I love the 'S...
  • Michelle
    I truly enjoy The Supervet, a TV show about love and hope. In Listening to the Animals, Noel takes the reader back to his childhood on a farm in Ireland, where his vet dreams once began. The first 100 pages cover his life on the farm, childhood fantasies and anecdotes that shaped him. Other themes are the prominence of religion in 1970s rural Ireland, childhood bullying and self-doubt. I had mixed feelings about this part of the book - I found so...
  • Julie Haigh
    Supervet - Super book!James Herriot's books were among the first memoirs I read many years ago. Since then I've read a few more of this type of book, and recently 3 on the trot. Noel Fitzpatrick's book was wonderful and certainly lived up to all expectations.He relates his family story, and circumstances which made him desire to become a vet. The book starts with his childhood in Ireland. At the age of 10, he's already dealing with lambing. He li...
  • Louise
    The book starts with Noel Fitzpatrick recalling how he used to get up at two o'clock in the morning as a ten year to go off into the fields during lambing time. It was 1978 at his family's farm in Ballyfin, Republic of Ireland. He tells of his fathers' fiercely strong work ethic and how he educated him in every aspect of farming.Noel remembers extreme bullying at school and how incredibly hard he had to work to qualify as a vet. Later chapters re...
  • ms daisy mcinnes
    If you have ever had your heart taken by an animal this book is for youIf you have ever been lucky to feel the unconditional love of an animal, and the pain that comes when you finally have too part, the book will inspire, uplift, and make you cry all in equal measure, if this man's love, compassion, ambition, drive and sheer selfishness could be bottled the world would be a much greater place. Here's to the man who not only talks to the animals ...
  • Laura
    I absolutely loved this book. I’ve watched The Supervet for years and am always impressed with the love and compassion Noel has for both his fluffy patients and their human families. His ability to explain what’s going on and comfort them is not something every vet is able to do. This book is not focused on Noel and his life so if you’re looking for a gossipy, tell-all this isn’t the book for you. If you’re looking for a book that encou...
  • Sarah Knight
    There is so much more to Noel Fitzpatrick than what we see as The Supervet. This is a memoir, charting his life from a boy on a farm in Ballyfin to the vet the majority of us think we know today, who specialises in bionic limbs for animals and fights for communication and knowledge sharing between veterinary science and human science. It's an incredibly honest book, where Noel openly talks about his failings and struggles, as well as his successe...
  • Julie
    I don't usually read biographies, but made an exception for this person, seeing as they have a Border Terrier. And I am very fond of Border Terrier's, since Impi joined our family in 2006. The story, which in effect it is, is well written and engaging. In fact it reminded me somewhat of Graham Norton's book 'A Keeper' in the way that it was written.There are technical veterinary terms in the book, but these are explained, sometimes with other tec...
  • Cherryonion
    A really inspiring and touching story of Professor Fitzpatrick's dream of 'One Medicine' and how he became the Supervet. Like many readers, I suspect, I first became aware of Noel from watching The Bionic Vet and The Supervet on TV. The man and his team are amazing, advancing veterinarian medicine into the future. I've watched the show in awe and have laughed and cried with his successes and failures. His book first describes his life growing up ...
  • Claire Allan
    after a long two months, I've finally finished Listening To The Animals by Noel Fitzpatrick and have to say it was more then I was expecting and I felt so much emotion reading this book. I've watched The Supervet for years and always wanted to know more how Noel became the vet we see on The Supervet and when I found out he was writing a book I really wanted to read it and when I finally got it for Christmas I started reading it instantly and I wa...
  • Rebecca
    I very much enjoyed this book. I'm a huge fan of the Supervet TV series and was delighted to see his memoir. He describes his life growing up on a farm in rural Ireland and the events which were to plant the desire in him to become a vet. He writes with such warmth about his parents and siblings and there are some wonderful descriptions of his early days as a vet.I was amazed at his desire to become a specialist orthopaedic surgeon and at all tha...
  • Irene
    This is Noel’s story of how from very humble beginnings in rural Ireland he became the much loved vet we see on television today. From the most basic education, he propelled himself forward by exceedingly hard work to achieve his aims and goals in life. I loved and found most of this book fascinating, obviously the animals encountered and their treatments, if needed, but the conference and lecture sections were decidedly dull and I had to skim ...
  • Trish
    I love his show and I think he is doing wonderful things, so I wanted to read the book.I found it a very dull read. I'm sorry Noel. It's like he just got away with writing it exactly as he thought it - not edited? I don't know how to explain, but it was boring. Some kind of cute parts, a good news story as far as where he came from and how he got there. As far as he never really thought himself too brilliant, but he's done brilliant things. He so...
  • Kath
    Wow what an intense read. Noel Fitzpatrick is incredibly intelligent, imaginative and oh so sensitive. I wanted to scoop up and mother the little boy who was bullied so badly. He makes himself even more vulnerable in this book where he shares personal thoughts, failures and longings. He is a visionary who cares deeply and this ambition drives his whole lifestyle. (I think he would be very difficult to live with.) There was some rambling and repet...