Enslaved by Ducks: How One Man Went from Head of the Household to Bottom of the Pecking Order

Enslaved by Ducks: How One Man Went from Head of the Household to Bottom of the Pecking Order

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781541452114
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 04/11/2017
Sales rank: 869,115
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Bob Tarte wrote for the Beat magazine for twenty years. He has also written for the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Miami New Times, the Whole Earth Review, and other publications. He hosts the What Were You Thinking? podcast for petliferadio.com. Bob and his wife, Linda, live in Lowell, Michigan.

Stephen R. Thorne is a professional actor and a member of the Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island. He has played Hamlet, Henry V, and Tom Joad, among many other roles. Stephen has narrated over fifty audiobooks.

Table of Contents

Cast of Charactersviii
Chapter 1Belligerent Binky9
Chapter 2Ollie Takes Over28
Chapter 3Stanley Sue's Identity Crisis45
Chapter 4Howard the Clumsy Romeo67
Chapter 5The Real Trouble Begins89
Chapter 6A Wild Duck Chase110
Chapter 7Raccoon Rustlers127
Chapter 8Enslaved by Ducks146
Chapter 9Creatures of Habit169
Chapter 10Let's Talk Turkey189
Chapter 11Who Cooks for You?209
Chapter 12Comings and Goings226
Chapter 13Hazel Eyes250
Chapter 14Weaver in the Weeds271
Chapter 15The Parrot Who Hated Me291
Acknowledgments and Culpability310

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"All of us who feel a deep emotional connection with animals will respond to this book. As Bob Tarte realizes, there is no drug or therapy as effective as an animal who loves you."
—Jeffrey Masson, author of When Elephants Weep

"A beautiful, honest, hilarous, and touching book about the subtle and blatant ways animal companions take over our lives. It's impossible to read Enslaved by Ducks and not fall just a little bit in love with bob Tarte, his charming, heroic wife, Linda, and their menagerie."
—Jana Murphy, author of The Secret Lives of Dogs

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Enslaved by Ducks: How One Man Went from Head of the Household to Bottom of the Pecking Order 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having recently incubated & hatched a duckling, I was browsing the B&N shelves for books about ducks (you need more!). As soon as I saw the title I knew I had to have this one. I read it in the car on my way home (but only at the stop lights!) & read it to my husband once I got there ... nearly busted a gut just reading the cast of characters. Lots of fun.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just a laugh a minute. If you've ever been owned by a furry or feathery pet, you'll love this book. His writing is such fun to read and you can almost believe you're there with him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A cantakerous parrot is also involved as he tries to maintain, among his cotingent of adopted 'pets' a semblance..of domesticity-- & sanity! See also Wild Parrots of Telegraph' hill',2004. Maybe a docu will be filmed on this,too.
TheScrappyCat on LibraryThing 19 days ago
Funny, engaging story of a couple's lifetime with animals, mostly birds, ducks, turkeys...I liked this one a lot.
prebs99 on LibraryThing 19 days ago
A very funny book that will ensure you do not ever get a pet. Not even one rabbit.
bookymouse on LibraryThing 19 days ago
If you have ever been owned by a pet you will be able to appreciate the inadequacy felt by Bob Tarte. Having never been an animal person, Bob holds up fairly well as first his wife and later anyone and everyone deposits bunny after duck after parrot into his life. Though at times painful, he evolves into a do-it-yourself zookeeper and fence builder, and ultimately an animal lover. Bob Tarte invites us to laugh with him and even at him as he stumbles along the minefield of pet care.Bob Tarte is a laugh-out-loud writer with a gift for drawing the reader into the circus of his life. His wit and word play made this a refreshing and enjoyable read. He neither omits the inevitable loss that comes with the joy of pets nor sink into the fluffy saccharine sweetness that so often fills books about animals. With sarcasm and irony you will be drawn into the lives of 2 humans and the 5 rabbits, 3 parrots, 2 doves, 2 canaries, 4 parakeets, 1 starling, 2 cats, 14 ducks, 2 geese and 4 turkeys that control them along the way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The title sold me on the book, and turned out to be the most enjoyable part of this narrative. The book plodded slowly from the acquisition of a 'pet', its adjustment to the family, its demise, and finding a replacement, ad infinitum! I was so disappointed in the author's dull, repetitive style. As a nature and pet lover, I expected and hoped to be more involved in the story.