With the title I was hesitant to listen to this book, because it sounded as if it were another of the animal "whisperer" stories, none of which as good as the original. The Elephant Whisperer is an intriguing story of man and his elephant relationship. The narrative captures attention and the narrator excellent as first person. As one knowing limited information on elephants, this story gives one a new insight into elephants. The story is entertaining and enlightening. I looked forward to each next listen.
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Amazing! I want him to read all the books to me! Wonderful!
Beautifully written and read. Incredible story. I didn't want to turn it off. Sad that it's over. I just wanted it to continue on and on!!
I greatly enjoyed this book. I drive 4 hours a day and this book made me look forward to the drive so that I could listen. The narrator did an excellent job. This book made me look forward to listening to more books by this autor and I also looked up more books by the narrator as well and that speaks for itself. You won't regret one part of this book. Highly recommend.
It was well written account, and even though it was bit slow, it was still enjoyable. I honestly expected it to be slow, but I enjoy nature documentaries and thought I would give this book a shot. I am glad I did.
I loved it. I think it's a poor choice for a title, but otherwise, I adored this book. If you like or appreciate animals and the wild... give this one a shot.
Yes. Great read. Informative. Compassionate and well performed by Simon Vance.
Other books written by wildlife experts.
Compelling, charming, sincere.
The story of the elephants is told in such a way that it's not maudlin or cheesy, but with respect and insight into them and their reasons for how they are at that moment in time. Matter of fact, all the characters in the book were treated with integrity and respect, yet still managed to hold my attention through out the entire book.
It also charmed me in many ways. The dogs in particular were so very much ....dogs, even Bijou.
This is about conservation and makes the important points without being preachy/betha better than you type, with very real portrayals of People, animals and most of all, the land.
No one favorite character, but I did have a soft spot for the orphaned young male elephant who lost not only his direct family, but his standing in the community he knew.
All were well voiced- you had no tr5ouble telling who was saying what, the tomnes were good and the reading pace excellent.
Yes. I wanted to know what was next.
Not the longest book, but well worth the time and let me "see" another world, another culture or three, and entertained me a lot.
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.
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.