I enjoyed this story very much. I listened each time I went to go workout and it was a great motivating factor! Not a whole lot of action going on in this book but the way it's written, really keeps you hooked.
When I saw that this story was about a circus, I wasn't sure I was really interested. But my opinion changed quickly as the story unfolded and it became more about the creatures and the individuals than about a big top. For me this was a page-turner that kept me constantly intersted to see what would happen next. I wasn't happy with the "departure" of a couple of characters, but I guess that by adding that element, the writer was able to elicit some emotional reaction from the readers. The end was satisfying and I appreciated that, since there have been so many stories that I have read that ultimately became a disappointment for me. I will look for work by this author in the future.
A wonderful listen! This book made me shed tears of sadness and tears of joy! I NEVER cry at movies or reading books! Don't miss this one!
Thanks to Audible for suggesting this as the best listen of 2006. I loved it!
As a long-time commuter, I've been listening to books for years; for so long, in fact, that few books stand out anymore, but Water for Elephants is one that does. This story is solidly entertainly and memorable on all fronts--the story, the character development, the language, and the reader.
This is a great story. I cried some, laughed some and even got mad some but in the end, I came away feeling really good. I would recommend this story to everyone...so I am.
This was a beautifully written love story told in the words of an old man speaking in the present interspersed with a young man telling the story in his past. The story telling is remarkable by the two readers who manage to make the book come alive. Highly recommended listening!
This is a wonderful, tender, compassionate and heartbreaking account of a life. Although it is very violent at times, the story is compelling; romantic without being saccharine. One of the few books I wish would have gone on much longer. The ending was very satifying. Powerful narrations by both actors...a great listen.
Undoubtedly the most heart warming story I have read in years. I admittedly am a romantic and love stories that end "and they all lived happily ever after." This novel comes close to that ending and so wins my favor automatically; however, the story itself was so moving - especially Jacob at 90 (or is it 93)and his observations of nursing home living. I relate to it so very much as I spend every day with my mother who is in a nursing home. Jacob tells it like it is and his reactions are certainly typical in every way - I grew to love him deeply as his story unfolds. I empathized with him and his circumstances every step of the way. I also loved Jacob at 23 and the unfolding story of his true love with all the surprises that it holds. His story too brings the romantic out in me even more. DO NOT PASS this book by -- read it and you will enjoy it, I guarantee.