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Still Life With Elephant | [Judy Reene Singer]

Still Life With Elephant

Neelie Sterling never did listen well to the conversation around her. Always preoccupied with an inner monologue, she sometimes missed things. She was happy when Matt, her veterinarian husband, told her he was getting a collie; she liked dogs. But he had said colleague, to help with his busy practice. The problems start when the pretty blond "collie" calls Neelie to say that she is pregnant with Matt's child.
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Publisher's Summary

Neelie Sterling never did listen well to the conversation around her. Always preoccupied with an inner monologue, she sometimes missed things. She was happy when Matt, her veterinarian husband, told her he was getting a collie; she liked dogs. But he had said "colleague" - someone to help with his busy practice. The problems start when the pretty blond "collie" calls Neelie to say that she is pregnant with Matt's child. Sent into a tailspin, Neelie throws herself into her horse-training business, until she discovers that Matt is part of a group planning to leave for Zimbabwe to rescue a badly injured elephant. Thinking she can win Matt's heart again, Neelie manages to get included.

The trip is dangerous, exhilarating, and revealing. Neelie learns about herself as a wife and a woman. Back at home, she discovers secrets everywhere: with her parents, with Matt, even in training an elephant. Fighting to keep her life from unraveling as she struggles to gain the elephant's trust, she ultimately learns that healing can be mutual.

©2007 Judy Reene Singer; (P)2007 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

"A joyful frolic, full of...wry truths about grown-up romance." (Tampa Tribune)
"A rollicking fun read." (Chicago Sun-Times)

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    Suzanne Richland, WA, United States 12-29-10
    Suzanne Richland, WA, United States 12-29-10 Member Since 2007
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    "entertaining, and charming"

    i read this book while living in africa. it was very charming and a fun read. i really appreciated how she didn't over humanize the elephants, but also discussed the hardships that wildlife in africa are facing these days, as well as the people of africa. light read, but enjoyable and fun.

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    Katy 06-03-14
    Katy 06-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    What did you love best about Still Life With Elephant?

    The story line was cute but relatable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Neely. How can you not like her


    Have you listened to any of Karen White’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't


    Who was the most memorable character of Still Life With Elephant and why?

    Neely. I loved her problems and following her as she worked through them.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope audible gets her other books

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    Carolyn jackson, WY, United States 06-08-12
    Carolyn jackson, WY, United States 06-08-12 Member Since 2005

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    "I swear I have that problem too"

    There are times when I can sympathize with the main character in this book over her misunderstanding of certain words. I hear so many thinks incorrectly; however, I have always blamed in on my hearing. Anyway this was a good book. It is a bit of a love story, but not much. Mostly its about a divorcee picking up the pieces of her life and finding out what she is really about. The most annoying part of the book was the fact that she did keep misunderstanding words and phrases and I would sometimes have a very difficult time trying to figure out what the actual wording should have been. Although most of the time the reader let you know what was actually said, I struggled to reconcile the word or phrase with what she thought she heard. After a while, I just wished she omit those misunderstandings.

    Overall, it was enjoyable.

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    Elizabeth east chatham, NY, USA 09-10-07
    Elizabeth east chatham, NY, USA 09-10-07 Member Since 2007
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    Very entertaining. I enjoyed the whole book.

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    family of JTB ga. 12-07-07
    family of JTB ga. 12-07-07 Listener Since 2007

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    "EXTREMELY BASIC"

    WRITTEN AT THE LEVEL OF A THIRD GRADER. PREDICTABLE TO BEAT.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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