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The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild | [Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence]

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

>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.
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Winner, Biography/Memoir, 2014

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.

The Elephant Whisperer is a heartwarming, exciting, funny, and sometimes sad account of Anthony's experiences with these huge yet sympathetic creatures. Set against the background of life on an African game reserve, with unforgettable characters and exotic wildlife, it is a delightful book that will appeal to animal lovers and adventurous souls everywhere.

©2009, 2012 Lawrence Anthony and Graham Spence (P)2012 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"An inspiring, multifaceted account, Anthony's book offers fascinating insights into the lives of wild elephants in the broader context of Zulu culture in post-Apartheid South Africa." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 05-29-14
    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 05-29-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Riveting, and not just about elephants!"

    Every once an a while a book comes along that is captivating, and this is one such book. It’s been a while since I’ve enjoyed an audible book this good, and I’ve listened to some great books recently.

    Don’t let the title put you off. This is really a story about life on an African wildlife preserve. The elephants play a central role, but the myriad of other stories (stories that are always entertaining and sometimes emotional) contained within would have stood on their own. The pace of the book is steady and flows from situation to situation. It is this that keeps your attention as a reader / listener. It really is masterful story telling.

    Couple this to Vance’s performance, which is flawless in this reading and matches the pace and feel of this story, and you have a book that I know I will listen to again. That’s not something I do often.

    I really can’t praise this work too highly. Go on your own African Safari and slip into this book. You’ll be glad you did.

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    Jonathan B. 05-26-14
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    "Great true story - well written & well read."

    A very interesting and fun story and conservationist Lawrence Anthony. There are many great tales of life in the South African bush running a game preserve and the author has a wry sense of humor that will keep you smiling throughout.

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    Suzy 05-24-14
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    "Took me away to Africa"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I enjoyed this story immensely. The actor enhanced the experience since he sounded from South Africa and said all the African names that I can't read so easily. The story was amazing and I wish I could have everyone read this account of elephants so we could all pitch in to try to protect them.


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    Amber 05-23-14
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    "I enjoyed this immensely"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Elephant Whisperer to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the print version


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Elephant Whisperer?

    I really liked the whole thing


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I have a "thing" for elephants.... This book satisfied greatly


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    Joy Casey Solana Beach, CA 05-22-14
    Joy Casey Solana Beach, CA 05-22-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful book..!"
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    I haven't finished listening to it yet, but it is so interesting and so well-written. I highly, highly recommend it...!

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    Taylor United States 05-21-14
    Taylor United States 05-21-14 Member Since 2011

    "If 'tis a sin, I don't give a Fiddler's fart!" -Frank McCourt.

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    "Brilliant"

    Who knew Elephants could be such magnificent, intelligent creatures? This is definitely one of the most interesting stories I've ever heard.

    I was particularly astonished by the complex relationship between the main character and the elephants. It's amazing to see how they were able to learn from each other. I know I learned a lot.

    As always, Simon Vance was superb. He did a grat job bringing the story to life.

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    Amazon Customer rockport,maine 05-19-14
    Amazon Customer rockport,maine 05-19-14 Listener Since 2008
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    What did you love best about The Elephant Whisperer?

    I just loved this book,
    adventure, romance, mystery and great, great narration
    This book should not be missed


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    The elephants


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh
    It màde me cry


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    George 05-18-14
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    "A Truly Great Book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Elephant Whisperer to be better than the print version?

    I did not yet read the print version; however, the audio version is really excellent.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The book represents a unique combination of adventure, wildlife lore, insight into animal behavior and general storytelling that is absolutely great. I kept thinking it would drop off in interest and intensity, as many books do, but it did not. It is one of the best books I have ever read - listened to. And all the books I have read would fill a really large room top to bottom.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    Excellent! He conveys the spirit of the story in a compelling voice.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The rescue of the baby elephant and the attempt to help it recover.


    Any additional comments?

    I purchased a Kindle copy of this book for my 13 year old granddaughter today and I will recommend it to everyone I know.

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    Arnie Smith 05-18-14
    Arnie Smith 05-18-14

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    What did you love best about The Elephant Whisperer?

    The explanation of the relationships built between humans and animals.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Elephant Whisperer?

    Listening to the struggles of the birth of the deprived elephant baby


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    Francios


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, too long. 43 chapters, 10 hours.


    Any additional comments?

    could have been told in 20 chapters.

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    Mary S Fl keys 05-18-14
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    "My kind of story"
    If you could sum up The Elephant Whisperer in three words, what would they be?

    Communicating with animals


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Elephant Whisperer?

    The health of the baby


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    several


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend to any nature lover. Well told tale of man and animals

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