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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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    Duy T. 11-16-16
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    I love the fact that this over large story has many micro stories. a story well spoken.

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    Jseppe 11-16-16
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    John 11-15-16
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    If you love animals you will enjoy the story, I laughed and cried while listening to the story.

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    DurhamDeb California 11-11-16
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    If you could sum up The Elephant Whisperer in three words, what would they be?

    This story about a game sanctuary in South Africa captured my attention so much that I couldn't wait to be able to listen to more. I fell in love with the Elephants and my understanding about their lives increased all the while I was being entertained by this beautifully written story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The writing was superb; the narration excellent, and the storyline was captivating.


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

    The Narrator, of course and the Head Elephant (I've forgotten her name as I read this a few weeks ago.)


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

    A Story That Can Only Be Told in the 20th or early 21st Century!


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you,

    I voted for Hillary and my heart is breaking at the idea that we have a sexist old man in the White House!

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    Eddie 11-09-16
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    One of the best books I've ever read. Very touching and inspirational. Will read again.

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    the audio equivalent of a page turner! one of the best books I've listened to. narration is excellent.

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    "Fantastic book, wonderfully narrated"

    I've listened to several dozen audio books now, and this is the first book that touched me enough to compel a written review. Absolutely fantastic book!

    1) Compelling subject - entertaining, informative, funny, and heartbreaking in just the right amounts. Although not to this particular reserve, I've been to Africa and it was cool to hear the perspective of a game reserve owner from behind the scenes.

    2) Narrating was superb. Just the right pace, clear speaking voice.

    First thing I did when this book was over was purchase another book by the same author, with the same narrator.

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    Patricia 10-27-16
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    Beautifully written. A fantastic read/listen. Inspiring and heartfelt. Thank youfor sharing your story! Loved it!

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    Ivan Rockport, MA, United States 10-25-16
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    "Inspiring. Period."
    Where does The Elephant Whisperer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's one of those stories that opens your heart and mind. It does remind me of why I have such a deep respect for animals, and people sometimes not so much. Lawrence Anthony is not typical a "tree hugger" and over the top environmentalist-conservationist. He's a well balanced, thoughtful, clear minded human being. We need more humans like him on the planet. Rest in peace sir.


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    Gulf Coast 10-24-16
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    I found the story of Lawrence Anthony and his elephants excellent!! I want to visit Thula Thula, see the wildlife, eat one of Francoise's fabulous meals!

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