Water for Elephants was superbly written and very believably narrated. I completely lost myself in the story as it rippled back and forth over a seventy year time span. Sara Gruen is a new author to keep an eye (or an ear) on. GREAT STORY!!!
I thought this was a really interesting book the way it went back in time but kept coming back to the reality of old age and all the condescending ill-treatment and disrespect that goes with it. I was enthralled and had to keep listening until the end. A great writer and I definitely recommend this book.
This is an amazing book..the best audio book I've listened to since utilizing the Audible service. Well narrated, moving story, compelling characters, and an important reminder to not take our octogenarians and nonogenarians for granted..what amazing stories are out there that we are missing? I'm so glad I listened to this one!!
This is a wonderful book. It touches the heart with the pain of aging. It shows so clearly how the past is contained within the present. I loved finding out about the depression era circus and the difficulties in just living. But the main character, himself troubled, had a wonderful, albeit difficult life. The love that was his raison d'etre was wonderful to read about. And if the ending was not quite believable it was what we all wanted and would want for ourselves.
The credit for this great listen really must go in part to the incredible narrators; beautifully voiced. Full of passion, I felt the emotion in his voice so many times it brought tears to my eyes. This is a well written book and an easy read. However as others have noted - quite difficult to listen to if you have a great love and devotion for animals as I do. I have never gone to circus' for that reason so I am not sure why I chose to read this. But it was quite terrific.
Well written, perfectly voiced, creative story line, surprising plot twists, interesting characters, murder, mystery, love story. Everything anyone could be looking for in a book. I just bought 3 for gifts. Kudos to the writer and actors. Incredible presentation and story. The best I've listened to since 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. This should be a classic.
Beautifully concepted audio -- with the young voice and the old voice. I almost couldn't listen to the end because of the sadness I felt -- but the author delighted us with the twists and turns. Loved it.
This book was one of my most favorite reads ever. Wonderful story that moved right along. The ending was ever so clever.
I hope somehow the author reads this so I can say, "Thanks".
This is one of my favorite listens so far. The two narrators go back and forth in time. Usually when this technique is used, I find myself more interested in one story than the other. Not in this book. As the narrators (who are both excellent) tell their story, I am captivated. What makes this book interesting to me is that it took me to the world of the circus, introducing me to characters that were sad, funny and entirely human....even the animals. I highly recommend this book.
I am a big fan of audiobooks, and this is one of the best. It is a terrific story, and the readers were fantastic. I would highly recommend it