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)
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.
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.
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.
Haven't read the print version
I really liked the whole thing
I have a "thing" for elephants.... This book satisfied greatly
I haven't finished listening to it yet, but it is so interesting and so well-written. I highly, highly recommend it...!
"If 'tis a sin, I don't give a Fiddler's fart!" -Frank McCourt.
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.
I just loved this book,
adventure, romance, mystery and great, great narration
This book should not be missed
It made me laugh
It màde me cry
I did not yet read the print version; however, the audio version is really excellent.
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.
Excellent! He conveys the spirit of the story in a compelling voice.
The rescue of the baby elephant and the attempt to help it recover.
I purchased a Kindle copy of this book for my 13 year old granddaughter today and I will recommend it to everyone I know.
The explanation of the relationships built between humans and animals.
Listening to the struggles of the birth of the deprived elephant baby
No, too long. 43 chapters, 10 hours.
could have been told in 20 chapters.
Communicating with animals
The health of the baby
I would recommend to any nature lover. Well told tale of man and animals
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