The story, presented from the perspectives of the 93-year old and 23-year-old hero, is lively, charming, interesting, and sensitive. The narration in the two voices is the best I have heard in dozens, and dozens of books this summer. The voice of the 93-year-old Jacob pulls you into the world of the circus, past and present, and into his life in the nursing home with deep feeling and pathos.
Don't let the narrator turn you off in the beginning. I started listening and thought that I would hate having to listen to an old man for the duration of the book but my opinion changed very quickly and found those portions of the book endearing in no time. It was refreshing to get to the end of the book and be surprised. Most books these days are predictable but this one had a few turns in it that I didn't see coming. A good read, very entertaining.
I was not sure about listening to someone reading to me least of all a story. This was wonderful. Would recommend it to anyone who wants a good story read in a way that brings the story to life!
What a nice surprise! This is storytelling at its best - past and present - thanks to the excellent narrators. One of the best this summer!
This is two stories, a challenged man in his 20's, and the same man challenged at 90 (or 93, what year is this?), each leading with humor and fantastic suspence to an inevitable disaster, or, well, jeeze, just listen to the story! You'll respect elephants so much more afterwards.
The book took some time to get going. The character development is excellent, the story is compelling, and I'm really happy to have taken the time to listen. A wonderful story definitely worth the credits.
Listen to about four audio books a months. Never without one.
I hesitated to purchase this book because of all the hype. I did not read reviews prior to listening to it. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I thought having two narrators really enhanced the book. Both narrators did an excellent job. It was fun to read about something I know nothing about. It also reinforced to me how fast time flies by and the young will soon become the old.
One star short of five because little was said about his children and what motivated them to not take him in. Still, a very enjoyable book!