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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2017 Lawrence Anthony and Graham Spence, adapted by Thea Feldman (P)2017 Tantor

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“To know them is to love them”

This book was a beautiful description of elephants. I really respect their intelligence and instincts.

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fantastic audio book!☺ this is a wonderful keeper

fantastic audiobook and we'll worth the listen. I am sure you will enjoy it too.

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The power of inter-species compssion

A well-told story of empathy between species, and how that empathy can make a difference between life and death for vulnerable creatures. A reminder that humans can be gobsmackingly stupid at the expense of other lives, but that we still have free will to choose another path.

Many mysteries of elephant life and family culture come to life in this book, with many mysteries left unsolved as we have so much more to learn about this incredbile, intelligent species.

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So inspiring

Loved the story and appreciate elephants so much more. The narrator was easily understood and nice listening to him.

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Exciting, instructive, heartwarming

I don't know whether the author sounds like Simon Vance, but his reading comes across as his story. So all I can say is I felt like I spent five hours with a great story teller. I came away with the feeling I had been to Tula Tula and I knew these magnificent creatures. I felt Mr. Anthony's vast respect and love for his land, the people and these creatures of God. I found myself engaged, entertained, and moved in a way only literature can, when it is so well done.

As he listed his trials and tribulations after deciding to take the herd, I wondered what it was that drove him so to do all that needed to be done. A lesser man would have abandoned this project at so many places along the way. This is not just the story of the largest land mammal, but it is also the story, told without ego, of remarkably successful achievement by an exceptional human being.

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What a Heart❤💙 opener!!

If you could sum up The Elephant Whisperer in three words, what would they be?

Whole New World!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Elephant Whisperer?

Lawrence's telepathic connection to Nana!

Which scene was your favorite?

When Lawrence is standing just yards away from the electric fence, which Nana and Frankie are beginning to short out with an Acacia tree. "Don't do it, Nana. Don't do it girl. This is your home now...You are safe here" And her response...moving away. I cried tears of deep amazement.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The devotion shown to an injured newborn calf by the whole herd and her mother's refusal to leave her.

Any additional comments?

I am still impacted by this book. The authors deep resonance with the animals on his reserve filled my heart with gratitude. Namaste'

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Wonderful adventure

In the vein of born free, a lovely adventure into a world I can hopefully experience in person some day.

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Beautiful book

This is a wonderful book giving us great insight into the beautiful contributions animals have to our lives and we to theirs.