I have experienced these amazing creatures in Kruger National Park and two private game reserves in South Africa. I wanted to hear some history.
His performance conveyed empathy; however, his accent was more heavily weighted to British than the rich, lilting South African dialect.
I was overwhelmed by the author's sobering account of the African elephants' plight. He provides insight into the secretive life of the hierarchy within the herd. These sentient beings touched me by their extraordinary familial interactions.
Wow. Broke my heart, filled my heart. Story of a refuge that takes in elephants labeled rogue. But really, it's about a man, his love for African wildlife and living in the bush. It's about the politics, it's about the economy, it's about love, it's about death...fascinating and riveting.
Yes, I really enjoyed the story and Simon Vance is one of my favorite narrators. He made the story come alive and the emotions, of the people and the stories of the land and it's difficulties really touched me. I know I missed a few things and will have to listen again.
How Lawrence Anthony fought to save these rogue elephants against all odds and at some points succeeded, and at others he did not. Noting was 100 %. But the story did teach lessons.
As always Simon Vance and his performance is fantastic. I have several books that he has narrated (one of the reasons I got this book)
Yes, but I won't say because it will ruin the story
This was an amazing story and I'd love to hear a follow up about his progress for saving animals in Africa.
This is an excellent book full of real life in the African terrain. Drama so intense sometimes that it could have been a fiction page turner. There were certain parts of the African life that I found unpalatable culturally and also from a Christian perspective but references to these were minute. Anyone can tell that this man loved animals and what he learned from them is masterfully portrayed in this book.
This was an amazing story. I am an animal lover and never knew that elephants were so smart and have such a strong sense of family. I laughed and I cried and I know where I want to go when I get my passport.
Yes. It was so inspiring to hear about this mans life and how he managed to make a difference in the world.
The elephants!! They were so intelligent, gentle and beautiful.
I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.
Lawrence Anthony is the proprietor of a game reserve in Zululand, Africa. The name of the game reserve is Thula Thula. He is asked to take a herd of wild elephants who have been causing numerous problems at another reserve. What determines his decision is the fact that if he doesn't "rescue" them, they will all be put down. He also likes the thought of a challenge.
Lawrence had a way with all animals and he was counting on this to save the elephants from certain death. He knew he had to give it a try.
This is the memoir of a man who loved all animals and was taught by the elephants to become a listener. Lawrence worked long and gently with the elephants and was rewarded with a shared kindness.
This memoir is a good and gentle read. I thought the narrator, Simon Vance, did a great job and made the story flow. The characters were well developed and that included some of the animals. There is humor, warmth and sadness. Listening to the book was a pleasant one. I don't think you would be disappointed if you were to purchase this memoir.
The listener is also provided with some education about Africa, its people and its land. I think the words, do unto others as you would have others do unto you would explain Lawrence Anthony's memoir. Enjoy a great listen.
I absolutely LOVE this story - the narrator... ::::swoon:::: wonderful! I haven't even finished the book yet and I had to shout from the rooftops how much I love it. I just want this book to never end.
Simon Vance is my new crush lol... every character is outstanding....
This story is love, it's humanity, and loyalty... it's kindness and shows the connections we CAN have with life...where ever we find it. Gah, I love this book! It makes me want to go to Thula Thula!
I was worried that this would be too much like a documentary, but it was not at all.
Excellent story which evoked such compassion!
I dont particularly like elephants or Africa, but there were many nights I stayed up past my bedtime in order to hear what happened to the elephants. It is a powerful book.
The book contains British, French and African voices. The narrator does an excellent job reading for these voices.