This was probably the best Audio book I have heard in over 10 years of traveling and listening to Audies. I have an 88 year old father, or 90, and it made me really think about the daily things he must be thinking as he thinks back on his full life and large family. An incredibly simple story but with characters you care about from the first chapter on. Incredible.
This audiobook was a joy to listen to. It was definitely well written and seemed to portray the Depression-era realistically. The plot was complex and, at no point, boring. The book has all the elements of a great story - love, hate, revenge, animals, and a dwarf...you will get to experience a full range of emotions with the interesting characters. I especially enjoyed the first person narrative way the story was told and the narrators were both awesome!
Good book, good narration.
I hate the music at what was probably the beginning and end of each CD on the original recording. It's goofy and distracting to have to listen to music over the narration.
A very interesting group of characters. Set during the depression, life takes a turn for this this soon-to-be college graduate. An animal lover myself, I enjoyed learning a little about the elephant and other animal antics. While the nursing home scenes made me laugh, they also made me sad for the 90+year old "prisoners" of their own bodies and circumstances. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it with no reservations.
Couldn't put it down - stayed with this story hour after hour. Takes the listener to a time and place not often visited. Invests the listener in the lives and well-being of its characters. Compelling story - well written, nicely narrated.
I love books on the circus. After the rave reviews I had high expectations. I found the story boring, the narration silly, and the characters one-dimensional. Very disappointing.
The things I know for sure I am are: Christian, Wife, Mother, Daughter, Granddaughter, Sister, American, Patriot, Friend, Teacher, Student, Seeker, and Thinker. I am far from perfect but I do try to be kind, honest, honorable, trusting and trustworthy. Lover of sunshine, books, southern food, vacations in national parks, singing in my car, cookie dough and icing, and cucumber margaritas.
I have to give this book 5 giant stars on every level.. plot, characters, narration.
This is just one of the best choices in books I made in 2006. The book was excellent, but the narration made the book even better! Don't judge this book by its cover. I bypassed it on several occasions because the cover made it look like "not my kind of book", but it is just such a charming and heart warming story. Loved it. Take a chance with this one. You just will fall in love with these characters. Its like they are real. I am sad the book is over...
I purchased this based on listener reviews and was not let down. It was one of my favorite listens of 2006--sweet, romantic, funny and exciting. The voice of David LeDoux (young Jacob) reminded me very much of an actor named Jonathan Woodward (from episodes of Buffy and Firefly); for me there is a permanent mental picture of him inserted into the narrative (and in a film version, he would make a wonderful Jacob). John Randolph Jones grabbed my heart even more--he was so perfect in his reading.
I sent the book to my 93 (yes, 93) year old Grandmother--I only wish she could hear the audio version of the novel and experience it like I did.
Water for Elephants has all the elements of great fiction. It transports a reader to the facinating life of a traveling circus..and at the same time, beautifully and insightfully speaks to the one thing we all have in common one way or another....growing old. But, what really sets this audiobook apart, is the deliciously cantankerous narration of the aging Jacob who brings his chapters alive when juxtaposed to the rest of this wonderful story. His voice growls and gurgles with the richness of a long long life.
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!!!