It's hard to believe this is a true story. Lawrence Anthony runs a game reserve in Africa, and this is the first-person account of adopting a herd of "feral" elephants. By feral, I meant that not only were they wild in the typical sense, but they were also disturbed, angry and destructive. Indeed, they were available because the owner of a nearby game reserve couldn't control them and they kept breaking through the electric fence, wreaking havoc on the surrounding areas.
Mr. Anthony has a deep passion for conserving the wild game of Africa, and an even deeper compassion for the elephants who become his charges. His story of developing a rapport with them is astounding. I never knew this, but elephants are incredibly intelligent, social and loyal animals, and the story of this herd's trials, tragedies and happinesses was capitivating. The narrator, Simon Vance, did a superb job.
This book is all the better for being a true story. I have the greatest respect for Lawrence Anthony, and I was truly sorry when the story was over. I just wanted to keep listening.
Great narration, great character development, and twists and turns that kept me on my toes. Loved this book. It was great.
I'm trying to simplify my work life, and this book was just what I needed. It's clear and motivating.
Really loved the author's voice, too. It's not often that authors do a good job of reading their own books, but this one was perfect.
Another great listen. Great narration, strong plot and excellent character development. The Dublin Murder Squad series is my favorite mystery series of 2015!
This book was great. I loved the plot, the characters and, especially the narration. It was so vivid I felt I was watching a movie.
The characters in this book really came to life. I don't know if it was Galbraith's (really J.K. Rowling's) terrific dialogue, or Glenister's facility with different accents and voices, but the characters were so distinct and believable!
I also liked the plot quite a bit. I'm a sucker for a good mystery, a down-and-out gumshoe who makes good, and anything British. So, this novel was the perfect listen for me, as it had all three.
This book was very well researched and written. I didn't know all that much about the Columbine shooting before I began, and it turns out that much of what the public was told by the media was simply incorrect. The author did a great job of really going in depth about both the victims and the shooters. Terrific listen.
This was the best audiobook I've listened to in ages. The narration was perfect -- I really felt like the two characters were actually telling their stories (book is written in first person). The plot just kept getting better and more compelling. The author is a wonderful writer -- I'm surprised I haven't discovered her before. The plot, the writing, the narration, all of it added up to a delightful read. I cannot recommend this title highly enough.
By the way, this is the first time I've felt compelled to write a review.
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