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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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    Harriet Kill Devil Hills, NC, United States 02-02-14
    Harriet Kill Devil Hills, NC, United States 02-02-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved this book!"
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    I was worried that this would be too much like a documentary, but it was not at all.
    Excellent story which evoked such compassion!

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    Deborah Jacob Port of Spain 12-29-13
    Deborah Jacob Port of Spain 12-29-13 Member Since 2016

    I am an author and a librarian, and I happily now live in the realm of audio books.

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    "An unforgettable experience"

    The Elephant Whisperer is much more than the story of a herd of troublesome elephants. It's an all inspiring tale of what we all receive when we believe in a difficult cause. It's an ode to challenging circumstances, and it's a blueprint for communication with ourselves and nature. Lawrence Anthony manages to inject the story with high drama, which makes it a fascinating audio book. This is one of those rare stories where you want to do nothing but absorb this amazing tale of love and hope. It totally transports you to another place, which is an additional boon for those of us who listen to audiobooks in traffic To say this is an amazing book is understating a case, but I have no word that adequately applies to the joy this book brings.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dea Draper 12-14-13
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    "Info about elephants new to me."

    Most fascinating is the unexplained, long-distance communication between man & elephants, and herd to herd.

    This sounds like a preserve I would like to visit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JACK RENO, NEVADA, United States 11-13-13
    JACK RENO, NEVADA, United States 11-13-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Wonderful story"

    I cannot say enough perfect things. Perfectly read. Lawrence Anthony's life on Thula Thula is a dream and true contribution to earth and all its creatures. Highly recommended for a people of all ages.

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    Laura 10-18-13
    Laura 10-18-13
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    "Maybe the best audio book I've heard!!"
    Where does The Elephant Whisperer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top!!


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

    Amazing! I want him to read all the books to me! Wonderful!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES!!


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    Beautifully written and read. Incredible story. I didn't want to turn it off. Sad that it's over. I just wanted it to continue on and on!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Delacey Riley Columbia, SC USA 10-10-13
    Delacey Riley Columbia, SC USA 10-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    I greatly enjoyed this book. I drive 4 hours a day and this book made me look forward to the drive so that I could listen. The narrator did an excellent job. This book made me look forward to listening to more books by this autor and I also looked up more books by the narrator as well and that speaks for itself. You won't regret one part of this book. Highly recommend.

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    Jay Vancouver, BC, Canada 09-27-13
    Jay Vancouver, BC, Canada 09-27-13
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    "My Favorite Book This Year"

    I loved it. I think it's a poor choice for a title, but otherwise, I adored this book. If you like or appreciate animals and the wild... give this one a shot.

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    Wynne Griffith 09-21-13
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    "Interesting story of life with elephants"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Great read. Informative. Compassionate and well performed by Simon Vance.


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

    Other books written by wildlife experts.


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

    None


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gina pompton plains, nj, United States 09-04-13
    Gina pompton plains, nj, United States 09-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "The greatest love"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Elephant Whisperer to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed the audio version becuase I could listen on car rides and walks


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    Amazingly clear, compassionate, easy to follow, animated and fun.


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

    Elephantine Love


    Any additional comments?

    The authors life, principles, and practices are pure beauty. Words cannot express the greatness of this book, this man, this story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    matthew 05-31-13
    matthew 05-31-13 Listener Since 2008

    I am an English teacher in China and can now read and write some Chinese.I have been to 13 countries on 4 continents.I am an avid audiophile

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    "An adventurous romp through Africa"

    I also listened to this in Sri Lanka,where I was able to get up close with these magnificent beasts.The author takes on a small head of destructive elephants marked for slaughter.He builds a safari camp with his sophisticated French girlfriend and they battle poachers,an escape and even have to kill one elephant that goes on a rampage.What is very touching is to hear how he gradually gains the trust of these renegade behemoths.The narrator speaks with a very clear British accent and the book was written in an entertaining manner.This was not the case with Ivory's Ghosts,anther Elephant book,that demands close attention to the details.That book was more of a history,and science book.Man has a big dilemma to deal with these creatures.They need space,copious amounts of water and abundant food,but then man is increasing his numbers all the time.Encroaching on the wild and shrinking the animals rightful home.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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