The Tiger

The Tiger

A True Story of Vengeance and Survival

Audiobook CD - 2010
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It's December 1997, and a man-eating tiger is on the prowl outside a remote village in Russia's Far East. The tiger isn't just killing people, it's annihilating them, and a team of men and their dogs must hunt it on foot through the forest in the brutal cold. As the trackers sift through the gruesome remains of the victims, they discover that these attacks aren't random: the tiger is apparently engaged in a vendetta. Injured, starving, and extremely dangerous, the tiger must be found before it strikes again.
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, p2010.
ISBN: 9780307715074
0307715078
Branch Call Number: CD 599.756 VAILLANT
Characteristics: 10 sound discs (12 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.

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spiderfelt_0
Jan 30, 2017

This was a captivating mix of narrative non-fiction with historical, political, and biological background. While not a subject matter of any particular interest or relevance to my life, the author kept me thoroughly intrigued. How sentient are large predators? Was this tiger deranged, opportunistic or was he seeking revenge? What part do humans play in this complicated ecosystem? The author poses troubling ethical questions that left me scratching my head.

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sepharad
Feb 27, 2016

Top notch. Unlike others, I found the diversion into the historical background of the Siberian tiger and his interactions with humans fascinating, especially the history of the Korean Tiger Hunters Guild. I would have missed this extra material, were it excluded.

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comicgeek
Feb 22, 2016

I really enjoyed this true account of a Siberian tiger out for revenge. Gripping suspense and I learned a lot too!

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DalysJ
May 12, 2011

Very interesting and the actual scenes with the tiger are incredibly gripping. The author does tend to wander off a bit, giving extensive background information, but overall this is a great listen.

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MOM_MY11206
Apr 11, 2011

The author tries to build suspense by interrupting the main narrative with tangents about nearly every character (or so it felt), as well as Russian then Soviet and finally Russian again management of the resources and people of the Amur region. The story of the hunting of the man-eating tiger is compelling, but it loses steam often because of the disruptions. I would recommend readers pick up the book and skip this audio version. While it is not my typical practice, I believe I would have been less frustrated with this book if I had been able to flip past the parts that slow the story down.

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