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 story has truly touched me. I had no idea how intelligent, family oriented, and special elephants are. So glad there are amazing people out there, like Lawrence Anthony, to fight for the lives of these magnificent animals.
The author has a good story telling style, much like "All Creatures Great and Small."
The birth of an injured elephant was spellbinding.
This is not a great literary work, but it was enjoyable.
Great narration in this fascinating and entertaining story of elephants, the game preserve where they live, and their people who connect with them.
This is a touching story told from the perspective of an intelligent, compassionate man about human-animal interaction. The beautiful backdrop of Africa and tribal culture sets a compelling stage. Don't be surprised if you end up with a new perspective on life as we know it!
Simon Vance's voice is still ringing in my head.
The realization that one man can be so right when so many are wrong is a powerful revelation in this book.
All of Lawrence Anthony's books should be on all student summer reading lists!
Made me laugh, cry, and taught me some of the issues conservationists face. I will never look at an elephant at a zoo in the same way.
A beautifully written and performed glimpse into the wonderful world of wild elephants. Loved it so much!!
An audible addict:)
This book is not just a book - this is a privillage to listen.
Journey through the precious lifes of elephants, human behavior and the respect for other
people and cultures makes the listener richer!!! This is money well spend
The narrator is fabulous. Wow! Very pleasing to listen to and wonderful voices and accents for each character.
I loved learning how amazing the animals are when you understand how they think and communicate. The descriptions of the preserve and people opened my eyes to a different world. This book makes me long to go to South Africa.
No, but I certainly will check to see what else he has narrated because he was great.
The writing is beautiful -- not a wasted word. It is descriptive, full of suspense, brave deeds, and gentle humor. I will enjoy listening to it again. Excellent for all ages.
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