This is a book that can be read, and read again. Sara Gruen has a written a heart warming tale of Jacob Jablonsky, a would-be vetinarian, who as a result of personal tragedy, finds himself working for a circus during the depression era. Ms. Gruen deftly juxtaposes the old and the young Jacob, facing life's challenges and making decisons that define who they are and whom they will be. An elephant never forgets.....and I will never forget this novel.
Sarah Gruen's novel is the best read I have had all year!!! He portrayal of her aging protagenist is so genuine and realistic.
This is an absolute must read for anyone with aging parents or caring for the elderly. It is insightful and funny. A real breath of fresh air.
Water for Elephants is destine to be a classic
I just want to say that both readers were awesome. This book had me looking forward to my commute. The writing was so vivid, it was almost like watching a movie. I highly recommend this wonderful listen.
Absolutely mesmorizing! From the first words, this book captivates, absorbs and enthralls the listener. Never boring, this book travels through years of a man's life and transforms a by-gone era into the here-and-now. One of the best books I've ever "read."
I really enjoyed the book. Great twist on running away with the circus. The ending was a slight disappointment, but I really enjoyed the book up until the last chapter. The 2 views (one of Jacob at age 90 (or 93) and one at the age 23) was brilliantly done. I felt that the elder narrator hit the character on the head. Great listen.
This is a wonderful story of a 90 or maybe 93 year old man looking back on his younger years with the circus.
I am so glad there were two different actors for the main character. The voices for young Jacob and old Jacob were perfect.
This book had me captivated from the first chapter. It reels you with a dramatic prologue and keeps you spellbound for the rest of the story. Two voices are used to protray our prtagonist at different ages, making the transition seemless and enchanting. The story is told with flair and dramatics and the actors give life to each different character. 'Water for Elephants' is a magical circus story, spinning a love story with colourful characters and charasmatic animals. I would recommend this story to young and old, male and female. I loved it!