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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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    Karen North Easton, MA, United States 03-07-14
    Karen North Easton, MA, United States 03-07-14
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    What made the experience of listening to The Elephant Whisperer the most enjoyable?

    It was so very heartwarming to journey with the herd of elephants and was
    so moved by the connections they made with humans.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really liked the two main characters, David and Lawrence. They were so gentle with
    all animals. I wish everyone was like them.


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

    Lawrence


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    a journey with elephants


    Any additional comments?

    warms your soul

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sher from Provo Utah 06-17-13
    Sher from Provo Utah 06-17-13 Member Since 2015

    tired teacher

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    "Love the elephants"

    Such an insight into one of the most intelligent animals in the world. I loved learning about this misfit herd, and what Lawrence Anthony was able to do to save them. Just amazing.

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth 05-11-14
    Elizabeth 05-11-14 Member Since 2007
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    From the opening of this book, you could understand that you were going to have your assumptions about the natural world fundamentally changed. I am so thankful to Mr. Anthony for sharing and Simon Vance for his excellent delivery.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Descriptions of elephant community life


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He tells the story with conviction.


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

    I couldn't stop listening. It held me from start to finish.


    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    AudioAddict 10-28-14
    AudioAddict 10-28-14

    I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!

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    "Wonderful story with an important message"

    STORY (personal memoir) - Lawrence Anthony is "The Elephant Whisperer." He lives in South Africa and runs an animal preserve called Thula Thula. He is persuaded to adopt a herd of rogue elephants to save them from being killed, and he establishes a form of communication with them. Though they still live in the bush and remain wild, he learns from them and earns their respect. They form a strange bond, and his life is forever changed and enriched.

    Much of this story is about the day-to-day running of Thula Thula. Anthony must deal with poachers, fire, Zulu tribal politics, animal attacks and running a preserve teeming with all kinds of creatures. In a place where only the fittest survive, there is the beauty of life but also the sadness of death. I'm an animal lover and must admit to shedding a tear or two, but I'm so very glad I heard this story. I was impressed with Anthony's patience and kindness, and I was amazed by the intelligence of the elephants! The message I take away from this book is one which is mentioned in the beginning, that there is much more to life than yourself, your family and your own kind. Makes me think...

    PERFORMANCE - He does a good job. I liked his African tribal accent.

    OVERALL - I'd recommend this book to everyone except younger children, due to some intense scenes. There is no profanity. Animal lovers who are softies (like me) will cringe and cry a little, but the book is wonderful so don't let that hold you back!

    UPDATE AFTER THE BOOK - Mr. Anthony died in 2012 of a heart attack. According to news articles, two herds of elephants mysteriously traveled for 12 hours to his home shortly after his death. It had been approximately 18 months since their last "visit." They stayed two days, as if paying their respect, and then returned into the bush. Yet another example of the unusual communication and bond Anthony had formed with the elephants.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Debora and Larry Sammamish, WA, United States 03-19-14
    Debora and Larry Sammamish, WA, United States 03-19-14 Member Since 2011

    Reader - Writer - KnitterLove romance, mysteries, suspenseful stories with great characters. Especially enjoy series.

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    "An Elephant Never Forgets & I'll Never Forget This"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Wow, what a surprising story. I loved every minute of it. Not only is it a true story but it's told by a real storyteller. I learned a lot about elephants while laughing and crying with Lawrence Anthony. Anthony's passion for the wildlife of Africa shines through.


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

    Simon Vance was terrific at bringing all the characters in Anthony's narrative to life -- especially the African natives.


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

    The side story of rescuing the animals from the Baghdad Zoo!


    Any additional comments?

    After finishing this narrative, I immediately searched for more of Anthony's stories and was happy that another of his books has made its way to Audible (about the endangered White Rhino). I've got my fingers crossed his third book about the animals in the Baghdad Zoo makes its way to Audible.

    Anthony was a man of real integrity and I am so glad I read his book. I've recommended this book to so many people since listening to it. An elephant never forgets and I will never forget this story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Krista San Antonio, Texas USA 03-17-14
    Krista San Antonio, Texas USA 03-17-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Thoroughly enjoyable"
    If you could sum up The Elephant Whisperer in three words, what would they be?

    Animals are intelligent!


    What other book might you compare The Elephant Whisperer to and why?

    This book reminded me a bit of the Born Free story in subject, as well as the hurdles the author has to face.


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I thought his voices were wonderful.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    If you think elephants are not intelligent, sentient beings, you'll change your mind after reading this.


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't stop listening. The author obviously has a deep respect for animals, from the stately elephants, all the way down to a little spider. The love and caring that is shown by the author needs to be more prevalent in this world. Well-written, well-read and had me hooked from the beginning.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lexie Sagle, ID, United States 04-30-14
    Lexie Sagle, ID, United States 04-30-14
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    "A step away from anthropocentrism"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The story is captivating, suspenseful, and a world away from America. The narration is outstanding. I fell in love with the people and the animals and their collective wisdom, intelligence and ability to communicate.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It honors non-human life.


    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?

    At the beginning, my heart broke for the tragic loss of the original matriarch of the herd. There were many other equally moving moments throughout the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this!

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Jan 09-13-14
    Jan 09-13-14 Member Since 2011

    Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.

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    "Expected a $3.99 filler book - got new favorite!"

    Beautiful writing, beautiful narration and beautiful story. It made me want to go to the Thula Thula Game Preserve in Zululand, South Africa and pay homage. Both young and old will enjoy watching as Lawrence forms friendship bonds with a breeding herd of creative, determined and traumatized wild elephants... and then learns to "hear" and understand them. Got loads of yard work done... cause I didn't want to stop listening. Already added "The Last Rhinos" to my wish list. I want more :).

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy 07-06-14
    Nancy 07-06-14
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    "Compelling"
    What made the experience of listening to The Elephant Whisperer the most enjoyable?

    I have experienced these amazing creatures in Kruger National Park and two private game reserves in South Africa. I wanted to hear some history.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    His performance conveyed empathy; however, his accent was more heavily weighted to British than the rich, lilting South African dialect.


    Any additional comments?

    I was overwhelmed by the author's sobering account of the African elephants' plight. He provides insight into the secretive life of the hierarchy within the herd. These sentient beings touched me by their extraordinary familial interactions.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MARYANNE EDEN, UT, United States 05-22-14
    MARYANNE EDEN, UT, United States 05-22-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Its about so much more"

    Wow. Broke my heart, filled my heart. Story of a refuge that takes in elephants labeled rogue. But really, it's about a man, his love for African wildlife and living in the bush. It's about the politics, it's about the economy, it's about love, it's about death...fascinating and riveting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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