Yes. Great read. Informative. Compassionate and well performed by Simon Vance.
Other books written by wildlife experts.
I enjoyed the audio version becuase I could listen on car rides and walks
Amazingly clear, compassionate, easy to follow, animated and fun.
The authors life, principles, and practices are pure beauty. Words cannot express the greatness of this book, this man, this story.
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.
One of the best books I've ever gotten at Audible. It brings tears of joy to my eyes as I see some people in this world that actually act and do, and spend money to help other animals like ourselves.
The man that owns this reserve is so kind and generous, and spends his life saving animals rather than killing them all.
A beautiful story of the connection that can be made with higher animals if people would try or take the time to watch and listen.
It just does my heart and spirit good to see people like this still exist in a world that does everything it can to stamp out the large mammals.
Just a wonderful fantastic book filled with love, insight and drama. Beautiful listen.
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.
I loved the fact that he told the story from start to finish and gave some history about the herd.
The story was touching and made me love elephants more than I already do. Sometimes the story was a bit too detailed and tended to run on.
This story had its ups and downs, but it was so interesting. I couldn't put it down, I just wanted to keep listening.
Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.
Beautiful writing, beautiful narration and beautiful story. It made me want to go to the Thula Thula Game Preserve in Zululand, South Africa and pay homage. Both young and old will enjoy watching as Lawrence forms friendship bonds with a breeding herd of creative, determined and traumatized wild elephants... and then learns to "hear" and understand them. Got loads of yard work done... cause I didn't want to stop listening. Already added "The Last Rhinos" to my wish list. I want more :).
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.