I was thoroughly entertained from beginning to end. I laughed heartily, felt sad, was horrified and cheered. I actually responded aloud when something struck a chord. I'll listen to this book again, and hope to catch things I didn't get the first time around. That is truly a first for me. Well done!!!
This story is both beautiful and horrible. There were times when I was cringing as I listened due to the brutality of some of the circus workers in the depression era. Some may find it hard to listen to for that reason. but it is a beautifully written and narrated novel. And the ending was just what I needed!
I enjoyed this story very much. I listened each time I went to go workout and it was a great motivating factor! Not a whole lot of action going on in this book but the way it's written, really keeps you hooked.
When I saw that this story was about a circus, I wasn't sure I was really interested. But my opinion changed quickly as the story unfolded and it became more about the creatures and the individuals than about a big top. For me this was a page-turner that kept me constantly intersted to see what would happen next. I wasn't happy with the "departure" of a couple of characters, but I guess that by adding that element, the writer was able to elicit some emotional reaction from the readers. The end was satisfying and I appreciated that, since there have been so many stories that I have read that ultimately became a disappointment for me. I will look for work by this author in the future.
A wonderful listen! This book made me shed tears of sadness and tears of joy! I NEVER cry at movies or reading books! Don't miss this one!
Thanks to Audible for suggesting this as the best listen of 2006. I loved it!
As a long-time commuter, I've been listening to books for years; for so long, in fact, that few books stand out anymore, but Water for Elephants is one that does. This story is solidly entertainly and memorable on all fronts--the story, the character development, the language, and the reader.