Just get it, I swear you will be entertained. The naration is spot on, and the charaters are as well drawn as it gets.
Gruen did an absolute amazing job with the imagery in her novel Water for Elephants. The circus is a colorful and exciting spectacle, and she was able to capture the beauty of it. On the other hand, in the midst of the excitement she painted a darker picture of the underlying world that puts that whole show together. From the dark characters, to the animals, and even to the conditions in which they live, Gruen captured all of this in both beautiful and grotesque imagery. Fantastic read, highly recommend to anyone who appreciates attention to detail and a good story.
Give this book 90 minutes and you will be caught. It is a beautiful story with all the things you need; tragedy, romance, history. It is simply enthralling.
It was a bitter-sweet story enhanced by listening to a recording with two readers who sounded age-appropriate. Wanted to read it in advance of movie with Rob Pattinson, can't wait. Technical problem with the recording, Audible seems to have mixed up parts one and two. The standard Audible intro and middle-section instructions about reaching the end of a part, but not the end.... are on the second (last download), but no introduction on the opening. A little confusing at first, wasn't sure I was at the beginning of the book.
This was one of those books that I was hesitant to push pause. I really enjoyed the story and the characters were so realistic. The villain has a side that is so like-able that you find yourself questioning the fact that he is a villain. The hero is flawed which makes him even better and the romance is wonderful yet downplayed. You actually care about Jacob and not just his relationships. The story shifts between past and present and without giving too much away the ending really brings it all together. This is an amazing read and i highly recommend picking it up.
I loved this book. The two narrators were perfect and add a great touch to such a wonderful novel.
One of the best parts of listening to a book on audio is when the narration ADDS to the story that would otherwise be lost if it were just simply read from a novel. The narration of the younger man and then the older man by two different narrators is what made this book 5 stars in addition to the story that just captivated me. Made me see circus life in a whole new way.