The two narrators for this book were exceptional! The story is beautifully written and the readers did a fabulous job bringing the characters to life. I was terribly sad to get to the end - since it really was just the beginning in many ways and I wanted the storytelling to go on.
It is this kind of exceptional material that is making Audible.com a place I can't resist!
I loved this book! Ecspecially the ending, it was great to read a book that you could close with a smile on your face! So many books these days have sad endings, I loved this one! The characters were entertaining, the story was fabulous.
I loved this story and I loved the narration. Usually I delete a story off my Ipod after I am done but I've kept this one for months because it was so beautiful. The voices were outstanding. This was the best narration I've heard. The plot line was great. I loved the back and forth between the main character in his 20s vs. the main characer in his 80s. It was so powerful and I was deeply engrossed in the story in both time periods. This is everything that an audio book should be even down to the music that plays in the background.
I have listened to Water for Elephants three times since downloading it, and I'm sure I will enjoy it again. It's an absolutely delightful look inside a circus in the 1930s, read brilliantly by two different narrators. It is easy to keep track of whether you are in Jacob's youth or old age because of the young/old narrator switches. The cast of characters includes a dwarf clown with a dog named Queenie as his best friend, an old crippled drunk, and of course Rosie the elephant. I ended up caring so much about Jacob, I was sad when the story was over.
I was a little skeptical about this one because of the circus theme, I thought it might be cheesy. However, this was a very well written book and extremely enjoyable to listen to. The characters are full of color and I could actually picture them in my mind. I would very much recommend this to anyone whether they like circuses or not.
Nice love story. Someone implied it had similarities to "The Time Traveler's Wife," which is why I downloaded it, but I couldn't find the similarity. Not exactly a page-turner for me.
This book will make you laugh , and cry...it is such a different setting that most books - but it is a great story. And after it you will probably want a pet Elephant for yourself :-)
Gives great insight into what circuses are really like. The characters are distinct and are memorable. The author paints a picture of the various scenes and you feel like you're there with them. Great listen!