From the beginning to the end of this tale I felt like I was in the skin of character. His love for the animals and his lady gave me insight to the life during the depression and life in the circus. The author and narrator(s) did a great job of keeping it real and making me feel the heartbeat of plot.
I got so much out of this book told in two voices; the man at 23 and the same man at 93. It was an astounding story. I thought about it for days after finishing.
This story of a veterinary student who loses everything and joins a circus is told through the eyes of a young man and the old man he becomes. It is a touching and tender story of love and loss, richly drawn with characters you'll remember long after you finish the book. The readers - one young, the other old - are exceptional.
But also was very well written to evoke such deep feelings, feelings of rage, hate, happiness, sadness and nostalgia. I loved both readers, the narration is done very well; never getting lost within past and present. Highly recommend.
This is an interesting story with good plot and character development. What made it wonderful was the narration - two actors/narrators played (and read) the roles of young and old Jacob. They were outstanding and made the story come alive.
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."