I love stories about unusual relationships, and this is one of the best.
But it needs a pdf file for pictures. Pictures are in the physical book, but the audiobook buyers lose out. There are some pictures on the website lawrenceanthony dot co dot za
As to the story, this is truth stranger than fiction. It’s wonderful to watch a man talk to angry wild elephants. Emotions are communicated both ways. It shows there are other senses than those we normally think about or accept.
The story is what it’s like to run a game preserve in southern Africa. There are problems with employees, poachers, and working with local tribal leaders. And of course problems with the animals. The animals are Lawrence’s family -- his children. There is always some new thing he needs to attend to. But the story is mostly about Lawrence and the elephants. It’s a true story. And it’s fabulous.
Too many true stories are depressing with bad things happening to animals. But this is not. The main animal and human characters do not die. There are some animal deaths, but the ending feels good.
The audiobook narrator Simon Vance did an excellent job.
I really didnt think I would like this book very much because this is not normally the kind of book I choose for myself but I was drawn in and amazed at what I learned, both about the elephants and about how a reserve operates and the heart that is put into this kind of place. I have recommended this book many times, to many people (something I dont normally do). I loved this book and am going to read more of Lawrence Anthony.
When he had to shoot his bull elephant because he thought he had gone rouge and how it hurt him so much, and then later to find out it was a bad tusk that was the problem of him going rouge.
No, but I thought he did an amazing job.
I laughed and cried. This book is very touching.
I will recommend this book to all my friends, as I already have.
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 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.
Truly a feel good book.
Yes. Love his voice.
If you love animals, you must read (or listen to) this book.
New to audible but love the convenience of listening to books while doing mundane household tasks. Mother of 3 whose nest is 2/3 empty as the grown children move on to bigger and better things.
Compassion, generosity, intuition.
Gorillas in the Mist.
I was always amused when he spoke the part of Francoise.
When one of the baby elephants was born with deformed feet and the entire herd stood by trying to shade the helpless infant from the hot sun and trying to get it to stand so it could survive; I found this whole scene very moving.
This was an exceptionally well written account of an exceptionally generous undertaking by an exceptional man. With little regard for his own safety or economical repercussions, Lawrence selflessly saved a herd of elephants from death. With incredible intuition and unending generousity, Lawrence gave his time and resources in an effort to bond with these wild creatures in order to not "tame" but to "settle" this herd so that they would not be put to their death. It is a very moving story showing the great intelligence of elephants and demonstrating the best of mankind in Lawrence.
We have a wonderful herd of elephants at our local zoological park. Knowing the family ties, it still doesn't even come close to the descriptions given in this story. I felt like I was on the reserve and I knew these magnificent creatures.
The authentic nature of the story telling made me feel as if I were on the reserve watching this herd. The animals had personalities, intelligence and most importantly, felt as if they had souls.
Simon Vance is the bomb of story telling. All of his characters are memorable and I listen to as many of his recordings as I can.
The tragic turn toward the end of the story with a 'lone' elephant was particularly moving. I felt the author's pain during, and most especially later in the story when he discovers the reason behind the behavior of the elephant in question. (Trying to avoid spoilers here.)
I am a very active reader/listener; consuming 50-60 books a year. This book has moved to number three on my all time best books list. I have already downloaded his later story on rhinos. I can't wait to listen.
At first this started out a bit slow but as I kept listening I truly became sucked in to this true to life story. Loved it and would listen again!!
I loved all the elements. Nature, environment, story and even a bit of psychology. Lawrence Anthony was truly brilliant in the ways he related to the elephants, his staff and the surrounding communities.
Everything! I loved his accent, intonations, enthusiasm and ability to pronounce African words.
I could listen to 50 more books like this! Excellent!
Don't know, the only printed item that might be valuable would be a map of the area.
There are many great, scary, touching, beautiful descriptions throughout this great book. An early one that sticks out is the scenario where the safari ranger is inside the temporary elephant pen trying to repair the electric fence while his team distracts the heard, only to be discovered by the elephants and charged at. And then.......!!!
He's got the soothing English accent going for him and does a good job conveying a broad range or emotion without being overly dramatic.
The story is cohesive, rewarding, and filled with amazing descriptions of the author's life with this herd of elephants. It is very easy to project yourself onto his reserve and imagine yourself with these animals. This book made brought out a range of emotion. It made me tense, giddy, angry, inspired, sad, and excited. I was content at the end, a bit disappointed it was over, captivated throughout, and at times insanely jealous of the author's experiences.