I couldn't ask for more. This book was interesting, engaging, funny, tragic and heartwarming. I loved it and recommended it to a half dozen friends after listening. What a great time. I didn't want it to end.
I enjoyed this novel about a rag-tag circus during the Depression. Jacob J. is a compelling main character and narrator. It's a good book for a long road trip - kept me engaged til the end.
This book is truly different. The characters are entertaining and the book is hard to put down. If you like history with your fiction, this book is for you.
This is one of the best books I've listened to. The two narrators added flavor and kept the pace going. It felt like I've known Jacob all my life. Made me remember the first time I went to the circus as a child and want to go there now with either Jacob. A very thought-provoking, poignant but happy book.
This story is absolutely captivating. One becomes attached to the characters almost instantly - not only because of the beautiful prose, but also the brilliantly acted narration.
Jacob as a young man ... and Jacob at 90... or 93. Now they (he) feel like family - I feel as if I was a part of that circus.
A must listen.
This was a terrific read and hard to put down at night. It was like running away to join the circus and becoming very connected with the story's most unusual characters. The writing is so rich one can almost smell the smells and hear the sounds of the train, the animals, and the music. All of the characters are enticing -- even the ones who are despicable in nature. I found myself really cheering for the main character in both his present situation and the past events of his life. I will never look at a circus or a nursing home patient the same again.
I loved this book. It is about a 93 year old man in a nursing home who had joined the circus when he was a young "almost veterinarian" during the depression. It's not the usual type of book I pick out, but am I ever glad I did. What a story. It moves skillfully back and forth between his life then and now. You'll laugh and cry as you listen to his exploits. The author paints such a believable picture of circus life, that you'll wonder if he was ever in the circus himself. The ending is a real surprise, too. Don't miss this one.