I am an English teacher in China and can now read and write some Chinese.I have been to 13 countries on 4 continents.I am an avid audiophile
I also listened to this in Sri Lanka,where I was able to get up close with these magnificent beasts.The author takes on a small head of destructive elephants marked for slaughter.He builds a safari camp with his sophisticated French girlfriend and they battle poachers,an escape and even have to kill one elephant that goes on a rampage.What is very touching is to hear how he gradually gains the trust of these renegade behemoths.The narrator speaks with a very clear British accent and the book was written in an entertaining manner.This was not the case with Ivory's Ghosts,anther Elephant book,that demands close attention to the details.That book was more of a history,and science book.Man has a big dilemma to deal with these creatures.They need space,copious amounts of water and abundant food,but then man is increasing his numbers all the time.Encroaching on the wild and shrinking the animals rightful home.
Now I have loved Elephants since I was a wee lassie, so with a title like this one I would certainly gravitate toward it. There were so many things that went on in the years that this book covers you never knew what the next curve of the ride was going to be.
It did not pull any punches there were sad things and wonderful things and some things that you did not know what was going to happen for sure until the very end. But mostly I was entranced to hear this man's account of these wonderful creatures. Even with his attempt to keep them sort of wild, but the Matriarch trusting him, the sensitivity and intelligence of these giants was evident and what I would have guessed about them.
Now I know that not everyone will rush to read this book, but speaking from my heart where the 5 year old still resides that wanted to keep a big elephant in the living room because it ws the biggest room in the house. Try it and see if you do not smile in your heart.
This book showed how amazing elephants are, how intuitive and "sensitive". I enjoyed Mr Anthony's ingenuity in finding ways out of difficult situations. I was quite surprised by how much I enjoyed the reader and the book.
Mr. Vance did an excellent job reading this book. I never would have thought to "read" it with an English accent. His accent when using the African vernacular added an authenticity to the book.
Well, yes, but I don't want to say and ruin the moment for anyone planning to listen or read this book.
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Wow, what a surprising story. I loved every minute of it. Not only is it a true story but it's told by a real storyteller. I learned a lot about elephants while laughing and crying with Lawrence Anthony. Anthony's passion for the wildlife of Africa shines through.
Simon Vance was terrific at bringing all the characters in Anthony's narrative to life -- especially the African natives.
The side story of rescuing the animals from the Baghdad Zoo!
After finishing this narrative, I immediately searched for more of Anthony's stories and was happy that another of his books has made its way to Audible (about the endangered White Rhino). I've got my fingers crossed his third book about the animals in the Baghdad Zoo makes its way to Audible.
Anthony was a man of real integrity and I am so glad I read his book. I've recommended this book to so many people since listening to it. An elephant never forgets and I will never forget this story.
This man is my hero. To go through all that to save elephants is incredible. To save any animal at that cost!
Animals are intelligent!
This book reminded me a bit of the Born Free story in subject, as well as the hurdles the author has to face.
I thought his voices were wonderful.
If you think elephants are not intelligent, sentient beings, you'll change your mind after reading this.
I couldn't stop listening. The author obviously has a deep respect for animals, from the stately elephants, all the way down to a little spider. The love and caring that is shown by the author needs to be more prevalent in this world. Well-written, well-read and had me hooked from the beginning.
Everything is great- the story line, the narrator's voice and his performance, the spirit of Zulu land.
Learning about these magnificent animals and their way of life, their habits, sensitivity and way of communicating with us.
All of them.
It made me do both.
I knew by all the previews that it would be a great book. However, it surpassed my expectations.
It was so very heartwarming to journey with the herd of elephants and was
so moved by the connections they made with humans.
I really liked the two main characters, David and Lawrence. They were so gentle with
all animals. I wish everyone was like them.
a journey with elephants
warms your soul
I listened to the audiobook version of this, and loved it! It was a great story. While the title is "The Elephant Whisperer" I'd say at least 50% of the book was not about elephants, but about the ups and downs of running a game reserve in Africa. Things like dealing with poachers, flash floods, and the local Zulu tribes, as well as the decision to accept paying guests and how to keep your pet dogs safe. I do feel that at times, I wondered when we would get back to the elephants, and the last chapter or two barely mentioned them until the very end. Even then, it felt like it was put in there to wrap up the book by keeping in spirit of the title, not because it was needed to complete the story.
I often felt it was in the spirit of "The Gentle Jungle"
The narrator read it well (much, MUCH better than the last audiobook I listened to) and really did his best to pronounce the Zulu words correctly, at least I think he was pronouncing them correctly. He was able to talk matter of factly, as the owner/operator of a large facility dealing with wildlife would sound. Nothing was over-dramatic in his inflections or emotions, which really added to my enjoyment of this selection.
This is the only way to get through all the books I want to enjoy...and still I'm behind!
The narration, the fact that it felt that I was actually there in Zululand instead of thousands of miles away in a car, in my home. So well documented, warm, humorous, loving, sad and most of all touching. This book was educational without effort.
What was not to like, the whole story was memorable and I would listen to it again for the subtle details I missed. It's so wonderful to know that there are conservationists in the world that are making a concerted effort and a difference to the environment, that is bringing our present world a better place.
Oh, definitely Lawrence Anthony himself. His South African accent, knowledge of Zulu all made everything so easy to picture in my mind. Ooops, gotta watch the road! You get lost in the voice, and know Mr. Anthony is teaching and wanting you to experience and understand more about the elephants and other animals that are in his world.
I laughed at a Disney reference when referring to the elephants in a line, trunk holding onto tale. Sad when all is done to help a baby and yet..... and particularly the way the elephants did understand what was happening in Mr. Anthony's life and came forward to share. Example, the introduction of new babies to him, and they meeting his grandson.
Oh, this is such a memorable read and it was recommended by my daughter-in-law. I have since recommended everyone who will listen to me to purchase the audio version as somethings just don't work with the written page. I will investigate some of his other books. I did "google" his life. Sad that such a wonderful conservationist left this world on the youngish side, but the legacy and mark he left are truly amazing. Thank you Lawrence Anthony.