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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

Critic Reviews

"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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I could smell it :)

Loved the book with such a great story. Having grown up and lived close to that area it makes the story come alive even more. I could smell it :). The narration was great with the emotion and "being there" feeling. Thanks for a great read.

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An Intimate Look at the Lives of Elephants

Loved the book. I kept hoping it would never end. Beautiful story. The narrator spoke in such a caring way. He's wonderful too.

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Mesmerized by these elephants

Great book, the British accent of the reader, the intimacy of the author and his elephants, the dynamic story, I didn't want it to end.

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A must read for animal lovers<br />

I absolutely loved this book (audio with wonderful voice). I didn't want it to end.

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A rare and moving treasure!

This book is magnificent and the performance is stellar. I cannot stop recommending it to everyone who I see.

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Outstanding! Had me hooked from beginning!!

Written so well. Enjoyed every minute. And Simon Vance has to be one of the best narrators of all. It's a must read.💕

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Outstanding

This is a great story well told. There were many times when the story was so engaging I was reluctant to stop listening. I highly recommend this book.

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Fascinating Story--A Must Read if you Love Animals

I enjoyed this book tremendously. Lawrence Anthony really cared about the preservation of all wild life. His writing exudes his enthusiasm for all species and made me want to do more on my part to protect endangered animals.

A important contributor to my enjoyment of this book was the narration by Simon Vance. Wonderful in every way. I hope to hear more of his work.

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Captivating recounts

Great insight to African society and animal behavior. Captivating recounting of events. Definitely found new respect to the wonders and dangers of wild animals

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  • Egan
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  • 01-07-17

Astoundingly beautiful

Don't miss this. It is awesome in every regard. This is what true living is.