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
"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)
This was a wonderful and insightful true story of the love of Africa and elephants told in the words of Lawrence Anthony.
The narration was great because the gentle accent of Simon Vance gave it an authentic feel.
Really enjoyed this story. I am an animal lover and this story hit home on a grand scale. Would definitely recommend this for anyone one who believes in the awareness of animals. Will be purchasing his other stories.
Very moving account of one man who made an immense difference in his life, in his world, and for those who love wilderness and the inhabitants.
After struggling through too many novels about evil and human misery it was a true pleasure to emerse myself in this wonderful tale of truth and fidelity.
I didn't know what to expect when I started this book. I was immediately taken in both by the story and the narrator. It chronicles the beginning of a wildlife park in South Africa and the rehabilitation of a misbehaving herd of elephants. The author tells his story, the joys and challenges he and the animals faced in the process. I found myself laughing and crying at alternate times during the course of the book (which got a little awkward when I listened to it while working out at my busy gym)! I strongly recommend this book!
I don't normally write reviews, but this audio book has been wonderful. The writing is clear and concise. The stories are thoughtful, educational, inspiring, and entertaining. I can't recall partaking in such a pleasure as this in a long time. I've a newfound respect for elephants and conservationists alike. Highly recommended!
From the first sentence, I was hooked. The narrator was spot on and I enjoyed his voice inflection, accent and animation. Although I've never visited Africa, I feel somewhat closer to the continent and the reserve. This was a highly enjoyable account of a few rare individuals who truly love wild animals and fight for their welfare. I'm downloading more books by the authors.
I loved the immense compassion and other-worldliness in his communication with animals. The breadth of his knowing and the depth in which he understands his station and where he fits among all living creatures in the cycle of life gives his story a refreshing perspective. I would recommend to all nature lovers. This story has the ability to make the reader laugh and cry and truly feel.
i am actually glad that I did not read the book, but listened as I would have otherwise missed the mesmorizing voice and accent, and would not have appreciated the poetic descriptions. Loved this!
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