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  • The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (2005)
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    (1825)
    Story
    (1837)

    >When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

    Tango says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written"
    "Stunning!"
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    Listened to this on my iPod.
    An excellent tale (true) of an Englishman in Africa who is a conservationist and finds himself suddenly the owner of a herd of 7 elephants. Well written and well narrated. My only comment has to do with the last 5 minutes of the book in which, I believe, the author attempts to state uncategorically that his goal was NEVER to relate to the elephants on a personal level, but to allow them to remain uninfluenced by humans so they would remain true wild animals. To that I say, "A likely story! Who among us could resist befriending one (or more) of those huge behemoths." But I suppose rather than wishing to promote ownership of wild animals, he decided, in the end, to pretend this was a cautionary tale!

    Truly impossible to put it down.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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