Water for Elephants is one of the most depressing story lines I've read in quite some time. Sara Gruen is an excellent writer and it is her turn of words that kept me listening to the very end. On the positive side, the ending is great - it made me want to cheer aloud! If you enjoy excellent writing that allows you to conjure a vivid mental picture of each scene, you won't be disappointed. The character development is fabulous and you'll have friends and enemies among them.
I just finished this book, and I already miss the characters. Both interesting and entertaining, this book had characters I grew to care deeply about and the best narration I've experienced in any audio book. Brilliant!
Fascinated by the circus trains of Ringling Brothers' Circus in my homestate, this story, my first audiobook, was a wonderful introduction to having stories read to me as I travel. Though I cared more for the memories and struggles of the older character, the story overall was captivating and dear. I learned to my dismay that I neglected to put part 2 on my device though before a trip.... Augh!
This is about the most enjoyable book I've come across on audible. Funny, serious, dramatic and sweet all at the same time. If you've ever taken care of an elderly family member or are aware of your own mortality, you'll find this an touching, easy listen that you'll want to share with others.
I love, love, love this book so much. The dual narrators are superb. The story telling is excellent. I wouldn`t change a thing, even the niggling question at the end: did it really happen or did he make it up...
This was one of the very best audio productions I've heard but the characters in the story were too one-dimensional for me. If you like your villains thoroughly evil this is the book for you! I also had a very hard time listening to the descriptions of animal cruelty and skipped over a couple of particularly nasty descriptions.
Interesting novel but the characters needed to be more developed.
The reading of this book provided a dimension that I do not think could be captured by reading it to your self. It made me glad that I bought the audio book instead of the bound volume.
I was worried that this was going to be a "chick book," especially since most of the reviews I read were from women. This book does have a love story in it, but it's definitely not just for women, it's a very good story. I could have done with less of the old man, but over all I really enjoyed it. I highly recommend it.
The only thing bad I can say about this book is that it ended! The story is told from two time periods, one from the young Jacob, and one from the older Jacob. I learned a lot about the nitty gritty of circus life in the depression era. I highly recommend this book, and I really enjoyed the narration as well. Great story including love, youth, old age, loss, and joy.
This is an entertaining novel with very effective narration. The use of two readers, one as "young" Jacob and one as "old" Jacob is very helpful in navigating the leaps between flashbacks and current day. The story of Jacob's time in the circus keeps the reader involved while older Jacob undergoes the trials of growing old and no longer being able to care for himself. An interesting look into the depression era circus as well as the psyche of an aging man.