I discovered the joy of audiobooks several years ago when I got a job which is a 45 min drive one way. It continued to keep me mostly sane.
I don't write many reviews because not so many stories I listen to mean so much that I want to write one. This is an exception. I've not read Water for Elephants and I don't believe I will. My imagination is pretty good but it won't come as close as narrators David LeDoux and John Randolph Jones to recreating Jacob Jankowski's world. This isn't a complicated story and there aren't alot of twisting subplots. What it is, is a great tale told from either end of a man's life. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good story where the characters come alive and you can smell the circus. Bravo!
John Randolph Jones' narration was the bright spot in this one. In the middle I found myself waiting for the end, not because I was enthralled, but more because I wanted to get on to my next book.
What a gifted storyteller - the dual readers gave depth to the tale - this is definitely a novel worth listening to.
My husband and I both loved, loved, loved this book! Beautifully written and perfectly read, especially the voice of the old man. I highly recommend this one.
This book was extremely enjoyable to listen to. Both narrators did a great job creating the persona of Jacob. Although the main plot line is a love story, the better aspect of the story was a look into how quickly life passes us by and what is important. I downloaded based on reviews that I have read that said it wasn't too sappy and that while it was a love story, it wasn't like a 'chick flick'...which is true.
This is a fun story, with richly developed characters. The narrators are talented, particularly the actor who narrates the elderly version of the main character.
I had several people suggest this book but I am not much of a circus person and I really don’t like books about animals so I was hesitant but I am glad I listened. Water for Elephants is a definite must read and I thoroughly enjoyed it - much much better than what I was expecting.
I was really looking forward to reading about how smart elephants are in a story about them or that included them more than this one does. I read to chapter 9 or 10 and finally an elephant was introduced. I am disgusted that there is a titillating and graphic sexual encounter every time the younger reader reads. I read a lot of reviews about this for a long time before I finally bought this book and am very disappointed that I never found this mentioned in the reviews at that point. Am not impressed in this author nor will i read her works again.