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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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  • Gina
  • pompton plains, nj, United States
  • 09-04-13

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.

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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.

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  • Sharon
  • GLEN ELLEN, CA, United States
  • 05-08-13

Incredible insight into the world of wildlife

I can't begin to describe how much this book impacted me. I work with wildlife myself and feel it is such a privilege to do so. They move in a different world than we do, but share our space. Just reading the introduction got me hooked. Not only did I want to hear every word of this book, I knew I had to have the physical book to have, to keep and look through, so I ordered it immediately.

Lawrence Anthony really understood wildlife. Anyone who would adopt a herd of rogue elephants has my complete respect & admiration. Just reading how he dealt with the elephants and the other animals in the book gave me so much vicarious pleasure. It is such a good read that I could barely put it down. Mr. Anthony writes from his heart.

Just as I was thinking that we so need people in this world like Lawrence Anthony, I discovered that he died of a heart attack in the past year. Devastating! I also read that the elephants, the very same ones that he talks so eloquently about in this book, showed up at his home shortly after he died and stayed there for days. If you read this book you will know why - there was a powerful bond between him and the elephants and the story of how that bond developed is in this book.

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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.

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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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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.

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  • Jennifer
  • Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
  • 04-21-14

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.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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A Beautiful Read!

A Beautiful true story by Anthony Larwence who runs a conservationist game reserve. He takes on a misfit herd of elephants and bonds with them saving their lives. I was completely captivated by this story it kept me at the edge of my seat, so much so that I have added visiting Tula Tula to my bucket list.

The narration was 100% perfect! His voice was soothing and easy to listen to. I am always so pleased when the right reader is chosen for audio books. I am very pleased to have come across this story it made me laugh and cry. You don't have to love elephants to love this book there is so much more to this story... it's worth the credit!

P.S..... I do these reviews to help others find good books. I rely on reviews when picking out my next one, who wants to waste their time and money on a bad book? If my review helps you please click "helpful" . Thank you

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  • Susan
  • Bartonville, TX
  • 09-27-14

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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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