I don't understand the hype about this book. It was extremely difficult to get through. I started listening to this book several months ago and only got through an hour before giving up on it. Then I found out that it was an "Oprah's Book Club" selection, so I decided to give it another listen. It was just as I had remembered. Dull, with no plot. A man and a boy wandering. What is their purpose? Where are they going? If you have kids, you know how they like to ask annoying questions and whine. And that's all this boy does the entire book. "Where are we going? Are they the bad guys? What are we going to eat? I'm cold. Why can't I come with you?" Please use your money to get another audio book from this site. There are plenty of fine ones.
I enjoyed this audiobook. The tale was told well although it wasn't that exciting. The narrators are excellent - there is one narrator for the young Jacob and one for the older Jacob. The young Jacob narrator does a great job of changing his voice to imitate the various characters in the circus. Water for Elephants reads like a fictional memoir.
I found the most interesting part of the audiobook were the anecdotes that Seth Godin tells about real-life companies. The Riedel wine glass story that opens the book is hilarious. As a marketer, I learned a lot from this book, even if it was, at times, a little dry.
This is the only audiobook which I couldn't finish. I got about three hours in. There wasn't much excitement, and I didn't learn much about the cultures. I didn't know that the traveling was done in modern days...the audiobook I listened to prior to this was "Endurance," which was a lot more exciting. Sahara seemed to be more of a documentary than an adventure.
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