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The Elephant Whisperer Audiobook
The Elephant Whisperer
Written by: 
Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
Narrated by: 
Simon Vance
The Elephant Whisperer Audiobook

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

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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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    dennis 02-26-13
    dennis 02-26-13 Member Since 2015

    Always Learning though I'm not sure it changes much of your life to be honest.

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    "The Best."
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    One of the best books I've ever gotten at Audible. It brings tears of joy to my eyes as I see some people in this world that actually act and do, and spend money to help other animals like ourselves.
    The man that owns this reserve is so kind and generous, and spends his life saving animals rather than killing them all.
    A beautiful story of the connection that can be made with higher animals if people would try or take the time to watch and listen.
    It just does my heart and spirit good to see people like this still exist in a world that does everything it can to stamp out the large mammals.
    Just a wonderful fantastic book filled with love, insight and drama. Beautiful listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D. Hummel Arkansas USA 01-21-13
    D. Hummel Arkansas USA 01-21-13 Member Since 2016
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    "I thoroughly enjoyed this book!"
    What did you love best about The Elephant Whisperer?

    This book showed how amazing elephants are, how intuitive and "sensitive". I enjoyed Mr Anthony's ingenuity in finding ways out of difficult situations. I was quite surprised by how much I enjoyed the reader and the book.


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

    Mr. Vance did an excellent job reading this book. I never would have thought to "read" it with an English accent. His accent when using the African vernacular added an authenticity to the book.


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

    Well, yes, but I don't want to say and ruin the moment for anyone planning to listen or read this book.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-23-14
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    "Heartfelt story"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the fact that he told the story from start to finish and gave some history about the herd.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The story was touching and made me love elephants more than I already do. Sometimes the story was a bit too detailed and tended to run on.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Duncan, British Columbia, Canada 04-21-14
    Jennifer Duncan, British Columbia, Canada 04-21-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Story"
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    This story had its ups and downs, but it was so interesting. I couldn't put it down, I just wanted to keep listening.

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    Susan Bartonville, TX 09-27-14
    Susan Bartonville, TX 09-27-14 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers, some contemporary and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.

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    "Precocious Pachyderm"

    A perfectly wonderful, true story of a not so perfect herd of elephant's, who have been broken by poor human behavior and dramatic circumstances. I'm so glad this was not another flowers and butterfly story about wild animals, definitly not Disney. A great adventure into the lives and intelligent minds of these sensitive giants and how they have rules and expectations just like humans.

    I liked this book much better than I ever expected to, substance and amazing integrity made it very easy to become attached to the wonderful couple who took on a dangerous and selfless task.

    The actions and feelings of these majestic creatures were portrayed beautifully and Simon Vance did an exceptional job narrating. I won't soon be forgetting this enchanting, true story of love and generosity of the heart, that was shown to these nobel, complex mammals.

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    Ann 03-17-14
    Ann 03-17-14
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    "Great Book!"
    Would you listen to The Elephant Whisperer again? Why?

    This man is my hero. To go through all that to save elephants is incredible. To save any animal at that cost!


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jacquelyn Knoxville, TN, United States 02-26-14
    Jacquelyn Knoxville, TN, United States 02-26-14
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    "Great narration for a wonderful story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Elephant Whisperer the most enjoyable?

    I listened to the audiobook version of this, and loved it! It was a great story. While the title is "The Elephant Whisperer" I'd say at least 50% of the book was not about elephants, but about the ups and downs of running a game reserve in Africa. Things like dealing with poachers, flash floods, and the local Zulu tribes, as well as the decision to accept paying guests and how to keep your pet dogs safe. I do feel that at times, I wondered when we would get back to the elephants, and the last chapter or two barely mentioned them until the very end. Even then, it felt like it was put in there to wrap up the book by keeping in spirit of the title, not because it was needed to complete the story.


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

    I often felt it was in the spirit of "The Gentle Jungle"


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    The narrator read it well (much, MUCH better than the last audiobook I listened to) and really did his best to pronounce the Zulu words correctly, at least I think he was pronouncing them correctly. He was able to talk matter of factly, as the owner/operator of a large facility dealing with wildlife would sound. Nothing was over-dramatic in his inflections or emotions, which really added to my enjoyment of this selection.


    Any additional comments?

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy 02-20-14
    Kathy 02-20-14

    This is the only way to get through all the books I want to enjoy...and still I'm behind!

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    "Amazing Experience"
    What made the experience of listening to The Elephant Whisperer the most enjoyable?

    The narration, the fact that it felt that I was actually there in Zululand instead of thousands of miles away in a car, in my home. So well documented, warm, humorous, loving, sad and most of all touching. This book was educational without effort.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What was not to like, the whole story was memorable and I would listen to it again for the subtle details I missed. It's so wonderful to know that there are conservationists in the world that are making a concerted effort and a difference to the environment, that is bringing our present world a better place.


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

    Oh, definitely Lawrence Anthony himself. His South African accent, knowledge of Zulu all made everything so easy to picture in my mind. Ooops, gotta watch the road! You get lost in the voice, and know Mr. Anthony is teaching and wanting you to experience and understand more about the elephants and other animals that are in his world.


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

    I laughed at a Disney reference when referring to the elephants in a line, trunk holding onto tale. Sad when all is done to help a baby and yet..... and particularly the way the elephants did understand what was happening in Mr. Anthony's life and came forward to share. Example, the introduction of new babies to him, and they meeting his grandson.


    Any additional comments?

    Oh, this is such a memorable read and it was recommended by my daughter-in-law. I have since recommended everyone who will listen to me to purchase the audio version as somethings just don't work with the written page. I will investigate some of his other books. I did "google" his life. Sad that such a wonderful conservationist left this world on the youngish side, but the legacy and mark he left are truly amazing. Thank you Lawrence Anthony.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Abby 01-16-14
    Abby 01-16-14

    New to audible but love the convenience of listening to books while doing mundane household tasks. Mother of 3 whose nest is 2/3 empty as the grown children move on to bigger and better things.

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    "The best of mankind."
    If you could sum up The Elephant Whisperer in three words, what would they be?

    Compassion, generosity, intuition.


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

    Gorillas in the Mist.


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

    I was always amused when he spoke the part of Francoise.


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

    When one of the baby elephants was born with deformed feet and the entire herd stood by trying to shade the helpless infant from the hot sun and trying to get it to stand so it could survive; I found this whole scene very moving.


    Any additional comments?

    This was an exceptionally well written account of an exceptionally generous undertaking by an exceptional man. With little regard for his own safety or economical repercussions, Lawrence selflessly saved a herd of elephants from death. With incredible intuition and unending generousity, Lawrence gave his time and resources in an effort to bond with these wild creatures in order to not "tame" but to "settle" this herd so that they would not be put to their death. It is a very moving story showing the great intelligence of elephants and demonstrating the best of mankind in Lawrence.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Pickering, Ontario, Canada 09-17-13
    Jeff Pickering, Ontario, Canada 09-17-13 Member Since 2015

    54 yrs, ,memb 12yrs,library -75%nonfic 10% fiction,15% classics. History, all sciences, bio, classics,diverse other interests.

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    "AN ENJOYABLE WORTHY READ"

    This book was a real departure from my usual fare- and having "whisperer" in the title was yet another hurdle in accepting this book into my ridiculously huge figurative pile of books that are on the go. The fact that once started I never diverted my attention until it was finished really says something for this book.

    I have always had a fascination for elephants. Beyond their remarkable anatomy, their intelligence is legendary. After checking this book out on Goodreads and reading a few reviews I snapped it up and started reading it right away- being exhausted by my usual synapticly intensive reads. The narration was perfect which helped with an immediate immersion into the story. I thought it was well written, balanced and conveyed the atmosphere of this region and its people/culture very well. The story is a very emotional ride and I clung to the story right till the end.

    While It's a great story that ( I think) can be shared by the whole family- It's not the least bit sucky or saccharine. While naming the book the elephant whisperer makes most everyone roll their eyes and plead for the "whispering" to end, it is fitting, and I can understand why this title won in the end, despite what damage this title may do to sales. Don't be put off though- it is a great story and a worthy read. No doubt it will be coming to a theater near you at some time in the not too distant future.

    This may deserve 4 stars but I've learnt to be harder on my rating. For me- 4 stars is a really great book and 5 stars is for a totally outstanding-life changing,"cant stop talking about it" book. 3 stars is-a worthy read, and it is!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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